Price paid: £ 409
Purchased from: GigGear
Sound — 9
This bass sounds like a beast. The 3 band EQ system can get a huge range of tones out, and the humbucker/soapbar pickups are great for a fat, smoother bass sound, however you CAN get pretty much any tone you want from this bass. I play my Traben through a Line 6 spider III guitar amp (I couldnt afford a seperate bass amp), but on green clean and with a bit of chorus and reverb I get a really really nice sound. The tone is DARK, but by turning up the treble and turning down the bass, you can get a good slap tone and a general brighter sound. One thing I don't like about the bass is that it buzzes slightly on the bottom B string around the first few frets. Other than that, sound is almost perfect! And it is TRUE what Traben say about the bigger bridge, bigger tone. No doubt about that!
Overall Impression — 9
I play METAL... And rock, but this bass totally suits both styles perfectly. Its an agressive looking, and sounding bass. Not for any mellow stuff, just power and punch! This is my second bass guitar, however I've tried out loads in the stores before and this one stood out for me so much. For a good price, it is one hella' lot of bass. I even compared it to a Warwick corvette $$ 5, and the tones come pretty close! If it were stolen I would without question, buy me another one. I love it THAT much. Often when I get bored, I get creative and design my very own custom guitars. My ideal picture would be the array, but with MEC humbuckers, black harware, matt white finish and black outlines, and a 3-way Switch. Hopefully in time I might just get that, but until then this bass is definetley the one for me!
Reliability & Durability — 10
This thing has hit walls and been dropped a few times aswell, and has endured it all without leaving a single dent or scratch. I haven't played it at any live shows, but at practices it has been messed around with quite a lot, and has come out good as new. The hardware is all good quality, and I'm pretty sure its going to last a LONG time. I can realy rely on this bass, I'd probabaly take it to a gig without backup. The finish is great. Good enough to last for sure.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The action is really great. When I bought it, the neck was bowed very very slightly up, which caused the B string notes to deaden after 3rd fret, but I quickly got this fixed by the local guitar shop. The pickups came perfectly adjusted. The basswood body is quite heavy, but very very VERY durable. The control knobs were a bit loose. I haven't sorted it out yet, but they're hanging on quite nicely at the moment.
Features — 8
The Traben Array Limited 5 string bass guitar has a load of great features: * 5 String * Traben tribal flame bigger bridge * Bolt on construction * Traben sm combo - humbucker and soapbar style pickups * Traben t3 active pre-amp * Three-band eq with volume and blend * Basswood body * Spalted Maple top * Rosewood fretboard * Brass nut * Abalone dot inlays When I bought mine a gig bag wasn't included, so on a budget I got a soft case with it for an extra 15.