Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice - Heritage Tobacco Burst

4-string Electric Bass Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fretboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Heritage Tobacco Burst
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Fast-playing Bass with a Wide Tonal Range

The Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Bass is ready for any gig or recording session. Combining two distinct pickup voicings, with dual volume controls such as a J-style electric bass, you can dial in everything from smooth and round R&B tones to bright, percussive rock tones. The slim neck profile plays fast and smooth, while the hardened steel bridge enhances sustain and note definition. Factor in the comfortable body contours and Music Man's legendary craftsmanship, and you've got a true workhorse bass with the Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Bass.

Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Bass at a Glance:
  • Two distinct pickups allow you to dial in your ideal tone
  • Truss rod wheel makes neck maintenance simple
  • Patented Compensated Nut delivers incredibly precise intonation
Two distinct pickups allow you to dial in your ideal tone

The Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Bass sports a pair of humbucking pickups with distinct voicings for maximum sonic range. The split-coil pickup delivers the punch and power of a classic P-style bass, perfect for rock and blues. The humbucker towards the bridge captures a midrange-rich sound for J-style bass tones, ideal for when you need to hold your place in the mix without excessive bottom end. And with dual volume controls, there's a world of tones to explore between these two pickups.

Truss rod wheel makes neck maintenance simple

Music Man bass guitars like the Caprice Bass sport their innovative truss rod adjustment wheel, which makes it easy to fine-tune the neck. Just take anything small like an Allen wrench, nail, small screw driver, etc., and poke it into the truss rod adjustment wheel. Turn the wheel a bit at a time until your neck feels just right, and your Caprice Bass will be ready to rock. You won't have to do it often, but this innovative feature just goes to show you that Music Man instruments are made for hard-working and hard-playing musicians.

Patented Compensated Nut delivers incredibly precise intonation

Every Music Man guitar or bass with a fixed bridge also has their patented Compensated Nut, and you'll hear the precise intonation across the entire neck. As Music Man describes it, the Compensated Nut gives each string "an individual intonation pocket that slightly changes the effective string length, causing notes that traditionally play sharp to be more in tune." It's just another way your Music Man guitar or bass will help you sound your best, and another example of why Music Man basses are so popular at Sweetwater.

Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Bass Features:
  • 4-string electric bass guitar with wide tonal range
  • Maple neck with slim profile plays fast and smooth
  • Dual humbuckers with distinct voicings for sonic versatility
  • Passive electronics include dual volume controls and a master volume control
  • Hardened steel bridge enhances sustain and note definition
Head to your gig or session with confidence with the Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice Bass.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Caprice
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 4
Color Heritage Tobacco Burst
Body Material Alder
Body Finish High Gloss Polyester
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Thin, narrow
Radius 7.5"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.5"
Nut Material Melamine
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage Music Man
Tuners Schaller BM
Middle Pickup Music Man Offset Split-coil Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Music Man Inline Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 1 x master tone
Strings Super Slinky Bass 2834 (.045-.100)
Case Included Hardshell case
Manufacturer Part Number 124-TB-20-03

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Old School Thump

OK, so I will say right away that if you're looking for something passive and a little different, but you love the tone of vintage P basses, this is a great instrument to evaluate. I spent 4-5 months playing all kinds of instruments, having decided to move on from my Fender active PJ deluxe--which I also love, but has too many noise issues stemming from the active PUPs/shielding issues. The tones you can get out of this baby are great, from sharp articulation when you roll on the tone and focus on the J to motown round when you highlight the P and roll off the tone. At just under 9lbs this baby is so light, you can play for hours without getting tired, and you're going to want to because it sounds great! Here's what I think is good and bad: Pros: -Light weight (~8lbs 8oz) -Highly variable tones, sounds amazing! (infinite blend of P & J) -Simple controls -Great neck feel, super playable -Gorgeous finish, can't say enough how nice it looks -Hardshell case included -Holds it's tuning very well (love the tuners) -Easy to setup/adjust -Unique shape -Made in the USA Cons: -Because each PUP is has it's own volume, there's no master volume control or cutoff. This makes volume/tone adjustments a little tricky while playing as you have to proportionally raise both PUP volumes to avoid changing the tone you're playing with -It didn't come with any tools to make adjustments to the bass nor did they include a cleaning kit (it did come with stickers and samples of EB instrument wipes), fender would have included them... -The factory setup was poor for a bass of this price, I'd have expected minimal adjustments required, the action was really high. Expect to need a setup. I think that's it...I took a star off for the lack of a master volume control/cutoff switch and the lousy factory setup. Other than that, it's an awesome bass that I look forward to playing for years to come.
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Ernie Ball Music Man Caprice

The Caprice represents the first fully passive bass offering from Music Man, and we recently had a chance to spend some quality time with one. The body is different, the neck a little thinner, the feel is more traditional Jazz, and the tones are passive, but it is still a Music Man....The Caprice isn't necessarily meant to nudge aside anyone's favorite passive bass, but it will allow players to get into a Music Man without, well, getting into "that" [humbucker] sound....
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