Drake Basses - "Rita" Mk4 Prototype
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This used Drake "Rita" Mk4 Prototype Bass is one of two basses that were used to demonstrate Drake's building techniques and is the prototype for what became the Mk4 model. Made with a Wenge (African Rosewood) center block and Padauk wings, and finished with a hand-rubbed oil varnish, it's lightweight (9 lb., 1 oz.) and looks absolutely incredible - not to mention how great it sounds and plays. Its quarter-sawn, two piece Wenge neck is slim and fast, perfect for bass solos or standard rhythm playing, and the Wenge fretboard is super clean. For extra strength and durability, a pair of carbon fiber rods run along its dual-action truss rod.
It has a 34" scale length and 1 1/2" nut width. Its electronics are dual EMG 3.0 Jazz with built-in preamps, so regardless of the tone you're seeking, it produces - anything from deep growls to punchy mids and highs. With a Hipshop A-style bridge, adjustable string spacing, and action that can be set fairly low, you've got an immensely versatile bass, one that can go from jazz to rock and funk to metal with ease (finally, a bass that can keep up with the eclecticism of Mr. Bungle's Trevor Dunn!). Here in Excellent condition, it has very little playwear in its five years, and is a great option for any type of bassist. And as if the Drake "Rita" Mk4 Prototype Bass isn't cool enough, its amazing coloring will darken with age - to a deep red/crimson tint. Includes original hardshell case.
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- Prototype of Mk4 model
- Body: Wenge (African Rosewood) center block with Padauk wings and hand-rubbed oil varnish finish
- 34" scale length
- Quarter-sawn, two-piece Wenge neck with slim profile
- Wenge fretboard with 24 frets and faux turquoise inlays
- 1 1/2" nut width
- Two carbon fiber rods and dual-action truss rod for stability
- EMG 3.0 Jazz pickups with built-in preamps
- Two volume and one tone controls
- Hipshot A-style bridge with adjustable string spacing
- Dunlop strap locks