Traben Bass Company recently announced that the first production Bootzilla Basses are currently shipping! After a six month wait since its introduction at winter NAMM 2006, the Bootzilla is ready to plunder through the village of funk! As Bootsy so eloquently puts it: "If you want some "boomin' biotic's" from the master of chetta, airo-funka-ronics then you best play tention or did I forget to mention, the New Traben Bootzilla Bass that's funkin' up the place, like 13 cans of magic shaving powder, givin'-u-moe-p-funk, hour after hour. Ahhhh - the name is Bootsy baby!"
About the Bootzilla:
Traben basses have made a name for themselves with their Bigger Bridge Bigger Tone innovation. Basses with massive chrome plated brass bridges have become instantly recognizable to the eyes and the ears as distinctly a Traben. Traben claims and incidentally, backs up the claim, that its Bigger Bridges with their increased bridge to body contact increase sustain, attack and definition of note when compared to an industry standard bridge.
It was really only a matter of time that a top-shelf bassist searching for a bass that sounds as loud and big as it looks would find Traben Bass Company and call it home. A match was seemingly made in bass heaven when the flamboyant, renowned bassist Bootsy Collins decided to team up with them to take the Traben Bigger Bridge sound a few steps toward the funk and create a bass that would be an extension of his own style and music genius.
Trabens Product manager, Todd Rockfield, added, "We worked diligently to dial in Bootsy's desired specifications and tone, while still keeping the feel and performance that he demands from his basses and we demand from a Traben. Finally after a few developmental prototypes and numerous custom wiring patterns, the Bootzilla Traben Bass was born."
On the outside, the bold look is predictably preserved with a massive shooting star themed Bigger Bridge as well as shooting star inlays on the fretboard. The bold visuals are backed up with big bold tone it is whats on the inside that counts. For its electronic heart, Traben worked closely with Aguilar Amplification to create increased bass boost and treble roll off. This, coupled with Bootsy's choice of two Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder j-style pickups and the aforementioned shooting star Bigger Bridge, gives the Bootzilla all the versatility, dynamics and deep resonating thump to be truly funktastic!
The Bootzilla Traben Bass will be available early to mid summer 2006. Manufacturers retail price is $1,290 for the four-string version and $1,430 for the five-string.