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Bass of the Day: PRS Gary Grainger 5-String Bass

When Paul Reed Smith, Joe Knaggs, and Gary Grainger put their heads together to create a signature 5-string bass for Grainger, the resulting instrument was well received by the bass guitar community. Initially, it was offered only as a high-end PRS Private Stock bass but as popularity and demand grew, PRS introduced it into their Core series. The PRS Gary Grainger 5-String Bass is a custom instrument with all of the tweaks and upgrades you’d expect, designed by two world-class luthiers and one monster bassist, now available in a production model.

PRS has a sterling reputation for building gorgeous, premium-quality instruments and that begins with wood. The Grainger 5-String starts with a mahogany body for natural warmth and is balanced by a figured, maple top that adds the perfect brightness; this time-tested combination covers a wide sonic range. The set-in maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard with PRS bird inlays that fits perfectly in your hand due to its comfortable carve and flawless satin finish. After playing the first note on the Grainger 5-String, you feel this bass vibrate freely with huge tone; and that’s when it’s unplugged!

The two, dual-bladed pickups and 18-volt active preamp with 3-band EQ on the Grainger 5-String offer an awesome tone and huge range of variation that pairs perfectly with any style of music, thanks to its deep lows, punchy mids, snappy highs, and overall great balance. The GG pickups follow the curve of the fretboard radius for clear, fat, even-sounding notes across all five strings. The individual volume controls for each pickup are also push/pull pots that when pulled, put the pickups in passive mode for even more tonal options. In active mode, the bass, mid, and treble controls are voiced perfectly to dial-in exactly what you need; thunderous low-end, barking or scooped mids, and slap-approved highs are right at your fingertips.

Pictured here in Charcoal Burst, the Grainger 5-String is also available in Makena Blue and Armando’s Amethyst. These beautiful finishes highlight the stunning wood quality and excellent craftsmanship that go into the making of this true workhorse. The PRS Gary Grainger 5-String could easily become your favorite bass.

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