PBC [Bunker] GTB355H Reviews
$700 at Adirondack Strings in Albany NY.
I don't know why I was there or why I even
bought it, but I'm glad I did. Came with
very decent hardcase as well [guitar-sized,
It'a a headless 5 string with a "normal" body [fits in a guitar gig bag]. Neck is
the PBC/Bunker/Trekker tension-free neck
[see their website] which needs no tweaks
for season changes etc. Tuneable monorail
bridges give this headless 5 wider string
spacing than other headless 5's that use a
Two honking fat EMG soap bars kick major butt and the single tone knob really works.
Between the tone knob and PU balancing you
can get a variety of tones, most of which
sound loud even at lower volume. [I think
this is what some call "cutting through?]
Bunker also offers an alternative PU set
[non-EMG, forgot name, see website].
Another good thing about PBC/Bunkers is
that they all come with David Bunker who
is alwyas very helpful on the phone.
Has two volume knobs instead of a fader.
Requires double-ball strings [but some
headless PBCs get around this, and each
can be converted to the other by Bunker,
but it's not cheap].
It's a very well crafted item, curly maple
top, wood-jacketed steel neck, unique mono
bridges anchored to a heavy steel plate on
the bottom side of the body. The whole
bridge assembly is amazing [again see web
site]. Has the usual specs: 24 fret 34"
scale, rosewood board, 9v system. I think
it's an "active PUs/passive EQ" set up, an
odd choice these days but sound is huge.
Obviously not for everyone [and there is a
version with normal peg head] but everyone
loves the sound. It's compact in headless
form, not too heavy and very well balanced
so it's easy to play. Neck feels a little
fat but at least you don't have to put any
effort into holding it up. Sounds killer.
Can seem piercing even without much treble
in the EQ [OK, I have my PUs raised pretty
close to the strings] and that's with flat
wound strings. This one is definitely NOT
your father's Oldsmaobile [or Fender bass].Golem
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