Indeed it’s the combination of fine workmanship and a price tag of £600 that distinguishes the sumptuous looking German made Ortega basses, available in a variety of finishes from the classic blonde spruce topped, flamed-mahogany bodied KTSM-5 model, high gloss black finish version in the D1 series, or the stunning golden brown Dao wood and mahogany of our D3C-5 review bass.
Indeed, there’s no doubting the wow factor when pulling this beauty from the accompanying padded snug-fitting Ortega gig bag, that also comes complete with comfortable leather strap, security strap locks and a handy allen key. All of which adds up to a thoughtfully produced package that Ortega should be proud of. Good looks are one thing but this bass also scores highly on playability and sound as well. The long scale neck has a 22-fret rosewood fret board, with the high gloss finish on the back of the neck enabling easy mobility across the full tonal range. The discreetly embedded Fishman Isys+ pickup system includes bass and treble controls and a handy inbuilt tuner, all configured on the compact control panel that’s conveniently positioned on top of the bass’ upper body curve for easy access while playing. The electronics produce a wide range of resonant tones from deep yet punchy bass notes to clear guitaristic sounds for chords or melodies. The stylish Florentinestyle cutaway allows for greater access to the upper register and when strapped on the bass is wonderfully comfortable and lightweight. The Ortega website features a video of these instruments getting the full hand-crafted treatment and it’s Ortega’s attention to detail and elegant styling that’s produced one of the best looking, most playable and rich-sounding acoustic bass guitars we’ve ever seen.
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