Kubicki Ex Factor Bass
The Kubicki Factor Bass appeared as a limited production item in 1983. Once one of the first built was used by John Taylor of Duran Duran during a Saturday Night Live appearance, demand rose sharply. These basses were built in Santa Barbara, California.
By the late 1980’s, demand was so high that Kubicki entered into a licensing contract with Fender and from 1989 to 1991 the Factor bass was built at the Fender Custom Shop in Corona, California. Once the contract expired, hand-building resumed. Philip Kubicki died in 2013 in New Hampshire.
Here we have a Kubicki Factor Bass in 4-string format, with the Drop D Tuner. It bears the Fender Custom Shop logo on the back of the head.
The body is maple, with a distinctive offset waist design and tuners at the tail. The neck is a headless design with an integrated Drop D tuner lever, and is made from laminated maple for stability and strength. The truss rod adjuster is at the very end of the headstock.
The proprietary bridge with integrated tuners works very well, and tuning is smooth and accurate. The pickups and 18v (two 9v batteries) are original and working.
Body Material: Eastern soft maple
Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Neck: Laminated hard rock maple; bolt on
Fingerboard: Ebony; 7-1/2 inch radius
Scale Length: 32 inches (36 inches with extension)
Number of Frets: 23 (plus 2 extra frets on the headstock extend the E to a D string)
Markers: Resin side dash™
Truss Rod: Single; adjustable at headstock
Neck Width: Nut 1-17/32 inches; 23rd Fret 2-15/32 inches
Bridge: Kubicki with internal tuning machines; .750 inch spacing
Pickups: Two Kubicki humcancelling ™
Controls: Kubicki 18v Preamp
2 stacked pots (Vol/Pan and Treble/Bass boost) and 6 position rotary selector switch (three passive, two active and standby playing positions)
Overall Length: 44-1/2 inches
Body Length: 19-3/4 inches
Body Width: 13-1/2 inches
Body Depth: 1-9/16 inches
Weight: 8-1/2 lbs
Models Options: Fretless; Fretless with Black or White inlaid fret slots