Ovangkol Top on Mahogany Wings with Maple Core -The luxurious aesthetics of Ovangkol consisting of cinnamon-brown with darker streaks of color is hard to resist. Known as a great overall tone wood, Ovangkol shares similar tone characteristics as Rosewood and Bubinga with a slightly fuller midrange and a top end that’s not quite bright sounding, but the strategically placed maple in the center makes up for the missing highs. The combination of Ovangkol top and Maple core, together with warmer sounding Mahogany wings provides a perfect mixture of balanced tone. Bartolini MK-1 Pickups -Delivers plenty of punchy and warm mids along with transparent and brilliant highs for a superbly balanced sound. Markbass MB-1 Preamp -Provides a very natural and transparent boost that does not color the organic nature or resonance of the instrument’s woods. The combination of crystal clarity and natural warmth exudes a passive feel with smooth lows, full-bodied mids, and bell-like highs. MetalCraft M Bridge -Developed with more focus on ease-of-use and greater tone transfer. Depending on the thickness of the strings, the dual string loading system allows the strings to be loaded either through the body or from the top to find the best optimal string tension, resulting in enhanced sustain, greater playability and focused sound. Another big improvement for the tone transfer is the deep individual slots that hold the saddles rock-tight, preventing any unwanted movement and allows string vibrations to correctly transfer to the body. MetalCraft M4 & M5 now come with string spacing of 19? (M4) and 0.750” (18?),(M5). Canadian Hard Maple Neck -The stiffness provides stability and contributes punch and brilliance to the overall tone of the instrument. Ergonomic Body Shape -A rounder body shape is applied for the iconic unified look that the premium Artisan Series are known for, also providing much better ergonomic comfort.