Handmade bass by Spanish luthier Jaime Catalá Redondo located in Denia-Alicante.
Singlecut/neck thru design. 35" scale, BEADGC tuning.
Jaime Catalá has been building basses and guitars for more than 20 years now and is one of the best luthiers in Spain. He has different models, some of which are based on some other well known basses but with a twist and some of his own specs and appointments.
This is an exceptional instrument where no corners have been cut. It is extremely comfortable to play, allows for unrestricted access up to the 24th fret and it balances really well regardless if you play seated or standing.
Two excellent Nordstrand pickups are used and these are capped in Eucalyptus matching the top of the bass. The excellent and ultra low noise Mike Pope preamp does it job flawlessly. You get Passive Tone as well as 3 band EQ and you can switch from Active to Passive.
Scale is 35" but for some reason it feels just like a 34". This is probably due to the body design. No need to stretch to reach the 1st fret as with some other 35" basses. Of course the low B is just phenomenal. The High C sounds full and clear.
The Singlecut design not only looks beautiful. It also transmits the vibrations of the strings more effectively and adds sustain.
To sum up, an excellent handmade bass that not only looks gorgeous but it plays and sounds just as good.
This is a used bass but it's been completely refurbished by the luthier so it plays and sounds just like a new JCR. Frets have been leveled and polished so very low action is possible.