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1990s Blaster Licensed by Philip Kubicki Ex Factor Headless Electric Bass Seafoam Green, Japan


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Up for sale, a 1990's Blaster bass Licensed by Philip Kubicki in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Known as an integral part of Fender’s R&D team in the ‘60s, Kubicki is responsible for the development of George Harrison’s rosewood Telecaster, Jimi Hendrix’s rosewood strat, and the now classic Tele Thinline. Kubicki went on to design the innovative Ex Factor bass, launched into popularity by Duran Duran’s SNL debut, with official production starting in 1985. An iteration of the Ex Factor bass, this '90s Blaster was made in Japan via a licensing agreement with Philip Kubricki, featuring the iconic headless design, drop lever to extend the scale length of the lowest string, and upgraded pair of EMG pickups.

The neck position EMG 35J is the original J pickup in an Extended series housing for four string bass, with the coil located in the back of the housing for sweeping harmonic overtones and punch. This quiet pickup has classic jazz bass characteristics with a broader tonal frequency range that adds dimension and clarity, increased low end response, and tight midrange punch with a dynamic high end. At the bridge, the EMG 35DC is a powerful modern sounding humbucker for bass players looking to cut through a dense mix. The two coils loaded with ceramic bar magnets provide exceptional punch and clarity with a crisp top end and plenty of output. The bass weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-100 strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The multi-ply neck features a slender rounded C shape with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .925” at the 12th. The slab composite fretboard features mini dot markers along the bass side and stock jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with faint uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-6, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The bass plays cleanly in every register up the neck with an optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut is compensated for the drop lever, with an extra fret accommodating the full step down, and tuning is adjusted via individual black knurled knobs for each string at the body end of the bass.

The electronics work as they should, with individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone. The sturdy overbuilt bridge and tuning assembly is the full depth of the body, with hefty individually adjustable saddles and large tuning gears. Cosmetically, the black Blaster graphics are pristine, and the gloss finish has a tint and saturation similar to Fender's Seafoam Green. Cosmetically, there is a small, professionally addressed crack on the back treble-side lower bout extending an inch from the control cavity cover, with faint marks and finish scratches mostly relegated to the perimeter and back of the instrument. The neck sports the original gloss finish with only a few small shallow nicks on the profile length.

A gigbag is included.