... Where traditional meets contemporary music,
where classic meets neo style there is Barcelona ...
Carles Benavent Barcelona V with flamed eucalyptus top, ebony fretboard, one pickup layout and piezo bridge
The Barcelona Bass guitar, beyond our OBSESSION series basses, was specifically designed for bass player Carles Benavent. In the beginning this instrument was not intended to be available widely to the public.
It is a semiacoustic bass with a sitka spruce top and two magnetic pickups. A beautiful mellow sound and mandolin size frets is what Carles asked for when I decided to make this bass for him.
It took lot of meetings with Carles in our shop in Barcelona in order to get that design.
With the help of Carles, I tried to design the instrument according to his previous basses and his very personal playing style, but it also had be different from what he played before now, so I blended it with my own philosophy and that bit of Neo style look.
The name Barcelona is a tribute to the town where both of us live.
|Barcelona Carles Benavent Signature specifications|
|String version||5 string|
|Standard Frets nº||24 mandolin frets; 1,35mm wide and 0,94mm high|
|Is 28 fret version available?
|Is 36 fret version available?
|Body||swamp ash or khaya (afican mahogany)|
|Construction||set-in neck construction|
|Neck||3 piece, maple and ash with thin wenge runners|
|Headstock||Angled 8º grade; headstock top may match body top upon request|
|Fingerboard Radius||flat ( no radius)|
|Inlays|| 2mm diameter side dots, Frontal 6mm diameter markers are optional
upon request at no charge
|width at nut||39mm|
|width at 24th fret||62mm|
|Thickness 1st fret||19mm|
|Thickness 12th fret||21mm|
|Bridge||Jerzy Drozd propietary wooden bridge, fully adjustable. strings thru body|
|strings spacing @ bridge||14,3mm|
|Standard Hardware color||Chrome plated|
||JeDXD bass picup - Jerzy Drozd double coil pickup or double and single coil type pickups|
|Electronics||Passive (Aguilar OBP-3 active bass preamp - 3 band available as custom option)|
|Controls|| Volume, Balance, Treble, Middle, Bass, Passive tone, Active/pasive switch and Mid
|Knobs||Wooden dome knobs, 18mm diameter|
|Body finish||Poliurethane/ Acrilic satin finish|
|Neck finish||Poliurethane/ Acrilic satin finish|
|Strings||SIT 30-40-60-80-100 (in bold standard 5 string tuning)|
|Case||high quality gig bag|
(*) these numbers are average for standard Barcelona bass guitar and may vary depending on chosen woods
Chick Corea The Ultimate Adventure, Live in Barcelona 2007
Carles Benavent playing his Barcelona V Signature with Jorge Pardo and Tino Di Geraldo
Carles Benavent Masterclass playing his Barcelona V Signature