The fingerbord is Wenge, which in may ways represents the best of both worlds, combining the detailed treble sound of Ebony and the warm tone and feel of Rosewood. In short, this bass simply manages to mix fast and warm, which is quite an achievement for any bass. The bass is incredibly tight, and due to the Wenge fretboard and Maple neck combo, it takes out a bit of pronounced compression you typically get with an all-Wenge solution. To me, it makes it even more versatile and open-sounding – with the maple neck, it just breathes naturally. Having said that, it all comes down to personal taste and preference because the Wenge/Wenge combo is incredible, too.
The FDV Alnico Pickups are the standard pickups on the Z-series. They sound traditional and organic compared to the neodymium, but still tight, clear and very punchy.
The 4-position rotary switch lets you choose between Bridge, Bridge/Middle , Bridge/Neck Parallel and Neck. Well, this alone would be more than enough to get you safely and blissfully through any gig, but to top it off, you also get three toggle switches that allows you to choose parallel or serial wiring on each pickup, taking tonal versatility to a whole new level. And don’t worry if you are not a natural knob twister – it will soon become second nature because the advantages you get are quite servere.
The preamp is a 3-band Glockenklang, which just seems to be the perfect fit for the Z3 with Bass, Mid and Treble controls for fine-tuning exact spots when needed.
The preamp is the 3-band Glockenklang seems just to fit the Z3 perfectly with Bass, mid and treble just to hit the right spots when needed.