Phoenix Custom 4 Review

manufacturer: Traben date: 04/16/2008 category: Bass Guitars
Traben: Phoenix Custom 4
The Phoenix Custom takes one step further toward tonal dominance! With the Custom package Traben teamed with Duncan to augment the Phoenix with a complete Seymour Duncan Basslines amplification system. What can we say? The Phoenix Custom just sounds amazing!
 Sound: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 10
 Features: 10
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overall: 9.8
Phoenix Custom 4 Reviewed by: zichy1, on april 16, 2008
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Features: This bass was made in July of 2007, in the good ol USA. It's a 34" scale 4 string. The neck is a beautful double laminated with rosewood finish. The most striking thing about the neck is the mother-of-oealr flames that are inlayed all the way along the lenght of the neck. It has a basswood body, with a semi-translucent finish. The body shape is a very funky variation of the standard strat. The bridge is massive. It is a Traben Phoenix Flame bigger bridge, which covers a large percentage of the body with it's totally cool chromeness. It has two Seymour Duncan bassline soapbar pickups, with a Seymour Duncan stc3a active pre-amp. It comes with a three-band eq with volume and blend controls. // 10

Sound: When you first look at this bass, it screams "metal" but I use it for everything from classic '80s pop to hard rock, and it does the job beautifully. It has a really deep rich sound which doesn't peter out, the natural sustain on an open string is incredible. The bottom end is deep and booming while the top end is still clean without being "tinny". There is no string or pickup hum when not being played, and you can hear each not clearly, instead if a big muddy mess. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: The action is fast, fast, fast. The neck is amazingly well designed, not to large or thick so you can move up and down the neck and across the frets beautifully. Out of the shop the setup was crap (admittedly it has just travelled from the US to Australia) but was easly adjusted to suit. I cannot stress that this bass is flawless, no dings, scratches or anything out of place. // 10

Reliability & Durability: I haven't had this bass long, but in the 2 months I have, I have flogged the guts out of it, and it has passed with flying colours. The hardware hasn't missed a beat, I still haven't had to change the battery yet either. I can so count on this bass I don't need to worry about a back-up. I can get it out of the case and play it straight off. After two months of heavy work out it still looks as good as new, although I vam getting tired of having to polish all the chrome. // 10

Overall Impression: This bass suits me perfectly, it's a bit querky but solid perfomer. Once you get past the fact slot of people think it's a "metal" bass, it sound great playing just about any style of music. I've been playing now for 16 years, and it it now the bass I reach for first, even before my ESP, which I just love, so it says something about this bass. It feels great to play live, an amazingly solid bass, yet I was surprised at how lightweight it was. It's well contoured, it feel great just to hold and play. If it was stolen, I would hunt down the person Who stole it and do very very painful things to them, if it was lost, I would replace it in a second. My only complaint about it was Ihad to wait 7 months for it, and I could only get it in black finish (and I really really wanted the red one). Overall, a fantastic value for money, amzingly cheap for the high end value, bass. // 10

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