The B2-ADB bass, coloured head to toe in gloss black lacquer, features an American maple body and neck in a neck-through configuration. The very slim profiled neck features a dual action truss rod and has 24 jumbo frets neatly fitted to a rosewood fretboard. The B2-ADB is a full scale 34” design. Both the nut clamp and bridge tuning unit are Steinberger licensed units that are sturdy and very well made. The bridge unit, as opposed to individual mono-rail pieces that we see on a number of modern instruments, is a large block, housing all four tuners with their saddles and string clamps. The tuning action is smooth and fairly easy to turn each key. It also features a superb detuner lever that I think is absolutely brilliant. It is possible to set the tuning of this bass to standard EADG, but at the flip of the handle on the bridge, you can tune accurately down to another note on the E string.
Off camera I messed with D and C# with no tuning problems at all - in the video we dropped all the way down to B! The string as you might expect did get a little floppy at such a low tuning, but it worked perfectly in tune. That for me is a great addition to the bass. Simple, tidy, effective!
Moving on to the electronics, the B2ADB comes with two humbucking EVL-1P pickups - a pair of soapbars in a JJ configuration. The pre-amplifier on board is powered by a 9v battery and provides bass and treble cut/boost. There is also an 'active/passive' bypass switch that allows the instrument to be run in true passive mode. A red LED shows the active status of the circuit. Each pickup has its own volume control to mix to taste easily. I'd have preferred a pan control personally as it can be fiddly to adjust volumes after you have found that two pickup mix sweet spot.
The bass is quite comfy to play though I have to admit, for me, a little on the awkward side. It'd take a little getting used to since the bass has so little mass, and I found it hard to get it to stay on my leg with the more animated playing styles. I appreciate I may have to work on that a bit - but it's surprising how much of a normal bass body I rely on to steady things a bit!
One thing that I found very useful is the kick down leg that simply unfolds on the bottom of the body. It does the job brilliantly and better still it folds away in a stand-up position.
So bashing aside, what about the advantages? It's small and therefore easy to ship, carry and store. It is very light and the lack of headstock and body wings will be a godsend to those with back and shoulder problems. It's perfect for warm-up and practice as well as learning and teaching in schools too, for the same ease of transportation reasons. The slim neck will suit all hand sizes too.