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There are plenty of things that contribute to a basses' tone, playability and feel. Many of these things have been discussed at length on internet forums, after gigs and wherever players gather. But, there are some features that I believe are quite unique to Mallia basses. Below is a quick run-down on some of the things that make Mallia basses exceptional.

Bent Top Arm Cutaway

Bent Top Arm Cutaway

A feature rarely found on high-end basses; 6mm-thick figured tops are bent over the top arm curve. Fluidly sculpting the top curve into the side results in a continuous flow of the precious figured top wood over the arm cut. To achieve this requires very detailed forward planning and steam bending to achieve a flawless result. Available as an option on all models.

Brass Threaded Inserts

Brass Threaded Inserts

Where ever you need to turn a screw to make an adjustment or access a battery, you will find a machine screw threaded into a brass insert. This feature is both for ease of use as much as for longevity. Stainless steel screws are used in preference to chrome to avoid rust. This holds for pickups, truss rod cover and rear control cavity cover screws. Standard on all basses.

Deep Body Contours

Bent Top Arm Cutaway

Whereas many makers use CNC or simplified jigs, Mallia basses feature contours carved by hand. The approach to carving all contours is to shape - until the instrument tells me to stop. It is similar to the way one plays a solo: keep to form, but express yourself within the framework of the piece. Body contours are carved to feel comfortable when playing. Deep cut neck heel contours allow the neck to flow into the body, and give full access to the fretboard.

Full Cavity Shielding

Full Cavity Shielding

Watertight...Thats what a shielding strategy needs to be to achieve quiet noise levels. All cavities (pickup and control) are fully shielded with silver plated copper flake electrodag brand USA paint. Painting the shield is more time consuming than copper tape to achieve neatly but carries the detail and performance of Mallia basses to the places you don't even see. Standard on all basses.

Headstock Veneers

Headstock Veneers

When you buy a hand-made bass - whether custom or off-the-rack - you should expect something special. As an option, head veneers can be made out of wood matched to the top and or back of the instrument's body. These can also be book matched for greater appeal.

Knobs

Knobs

Knobs can be made out of wood to add an accent, or to match body woods. All knobs are made in house by hand and can include indicator lines, or inlays. All hand made knobs also feature a brass inner sleeve for strength and concentricity.

Inlays

Inlays

All Mallia Basses feature an inlaid logo made typically from abalone and mother of pearl shell. This is not a simple inlay for a logo - it requires a three stage inlay process to complete the visual effect. Inlays of any design or compexity are available as an option, and are priced individually according to the resolution or complexity required.

Matching Covers

Bent Top Arm Cutaway

Available as an option on all models are matching covers for pickups, truss rods and the rear control cavity. These are made from wood that matches the body veneers. Seemingly small differences like this take an enormous amount of effort, but really make for a special instrument. As with headstock veneers, truss rod and pickup covers can also be book matched for a stunning effect.

Rear Volute

Rear Volute

A feature not frequently seen on high end basses is the rear head volute. This adds strength, and visual impact, especially when paired with a rear head veneer option. The rear Volute is standard on all basses that have an angled headstock.

Tapered Neck Laminate

Tapered Neck Laminate

Traditionally, laminated neck basses use a centre piece that is a constant width along its length. This results in very narrow outer laminates as the neck tapers to the nut. After many years, I decided to switch to a tapered centre piece. This keeps the balance of all neck laminate widths more constant along the neck's length. This results in superior stability and is visually more appealing. Standard on all models.

Ultra Light Option

Ultra Light

Often, the end product of a custom bass can end up being quite heavy, especially with the use of laminates and exotic woods. With this in mind, I've been focussed on weight reduction in recent years. My basses now incorporate a proprietary titanium/carbon fibre composite truss rod. This reduces weight and increases response. This is coupled with custom body chambering patterns to lighten the bass, while enhancing the tone.