The Aaron Patrick AP4 Signature bass is modeled on the popular Solo Series guitars. It has classic styling which is very comfortable and provides great access and playability. The body is made from premium black walnut, which is a high-quality tone wood that is warmer than alder or swamp ash, and has a very attractive grain when finished in glos, satin or tung-oil. The body can be also topped in any of Kiesel Guitars' many finishes, including solid colors, translucent finishes and our metallic solid finishes. If desired, you can add premium top woods, such as AAAA flamed maple, AAAA quilted maple, flamed koa, flamed spalted maple, burled maple and California Claro walnut.
The AP4 features a standard 34" scale ebony fingerboard with white pearl dot inlays, standard black-ring Luminlay Super Blue glow-in-the-dark side dots, a 14" radius and 20 medium-jumbo stainless steel frets. You can choose from a wide assortment of fingerboard options, including rosewood, royal ebony, zebrawood, purpleheart, maple, birdseye maple or flamed maple fingerboards; dot, block, diamond inlays in mother-of-pearl or genuine abalone as well as colored acrylic dots, blocks and diamonds and Luminlay inlays. The Custom Shop also offers a number of fretwire options, including jumbo, low-wide and stainless steel, with medium-jumbo stainless steel being standard. For the fretless player, you can choose an unlined ebony fingerboard, or an ebony fingerboard with white inlaid lines and with or without dot position markers. All fretless necks also have Luminlay side dots. The "Rapid Play" low action neck assures effortless playability throughout the entire fingerboard, while the lower cutaway and innovative cutaway neck heel allows easy access all the way up to the 20th fret. Our fully-computerized CNC machinery guarantees a neck pocket which the neck will fit perfectly in to, increasing stability and sustain.
A Hipshot™ A-style bridge with strings fed through the body is standard. Kiesel Guitars has used an assortment of bridges throughout the years, and we've found the Hipshot to be one of the best available. This bridge provides deep punch and definition, and has individual side-to-side string adjustment which allows you to custom-tailor the playability of your bass. The Hipshot bridge allows you to feed the strings through the body (standard), or top load the strings. The AP4 comes equipped with medium-light roundwound strings, and you can also choose medium-heavy, flatwounds or medium-light stainless steel strings. Premium 20:1 tuners are standard, and standard hardware is chrome, with 24K gold or black optional.
Other bolt-neck Kiesel basses include the Vanquish V49K, which has a retro-modern design, in a 4-string configuration with active/passive electronics standard. The V49K can be fully customized with our complete selection of Custom Shop options. A five-string model, the Vanquish V59K, is also available. Other bolt-neck Kiesel basses include the popular PB and JB Series, available in 4 and 5-string configurations, as well as multiscale JB Series models.