Mayones Jabba Hadrien Feraud HF5 5-String Bass, Sherwood Green Gloss
Upon opening the premium Mayones hybrid bag, we were immediately greeted by the gorgeous combination of the beautiful classic color Sherwood Green Metallic and striking gold hardware. Although they're known for instruments with a more modern aesthetic, Mayones crafted this Hadrien Feraud signature 5-string bass in a way that combines vintage looks with contemporary tone and versatility.
The "Tone Enhanced", carbon rod-reinforced maple neck and fretboard are effortless to play and feel great, as with all Mayones necks, and pairing that combination with old-school J looks has especially won the hearts of the traditionalists here. It's not without its modern appointments, though - the heel is contoured for far greater fret access than an original J.
Mayones once again nailed it with the configuration of the Delano pickups and proprietary Mayones preamp. Switchable between passive and active, the P/J Delano pickups are hum-canceling and have a bit more output than old-school pickups whilst retaining awesome versatility. The P split-coil has a bit more presence and boom than a vintage-style P, whereas the J bridge's increased output allows it to get some nice growl and helps it avoid the issue of thinning out in a dense mix. Even so, both pickups can still clean up nicely for a more vintage vibe in passive mode if that's more your speed. This pickup set sounded great through both transparent modern rigs as well as more vintage-style amp setups at the shop.
If you're looking for a premium J-style bass that has the appearance of a luxury instrument yet has the tonal versatility of a true workhorse, the HF5 is a top-tier choice.
Possessing a unique combination of tonewoods in its sassafras body and maple neck back and highly-figured maple fretboard, this Jabba HF5 stands out as a vintage-inspired instrument with modern sensibilities. 24 frets allowing greater access than a standard J, the flat fretboard radius, and modern pickups cater to the contemporary player. Players of all genres will appreciate the Delano PMVC/JMVC pickup set and versatile Mayones preamp that have become synonymous with this series of basses.
"When I needed to own a bass that would be utterly versatile from Pop music to straight-ahead Jazz with a lot of punch, clarity, sustain, great comfort, an awesome look and last but not least, light weighted, I called Dawid and here is the result! Extremely proud and grateful for this collaboration, Dawid and his team at Mayones guitars & basses never cease to amaze me. Please see and try it yourself!" - Hadrien Feraud
- Model: Jabba Hadrien Feraud 5 (HF5)
- Color: Metallic Sherwood Green Gloss
- Body: Sassafras
- Pickguard: Pearloid
- Construction: Bolt-On
- Fretboard: 5A Birdseye Maple T.E.W.
- Neck: Hard Rock Maple T.E.W. (Graphite Rod Reinforcement)
- Scale: 34.25"
- Fretboard Radius: 20"
- Nut Width: 1.69" (43mm)
- Nut Material: TUSQ
- Frets: 24, Jumbo, Ferd Wagner 9665 Nickel Silver
- Inlays: Mother of Pearl Blocks / LUMINLAY Side Dots
- Pickups: Delano PMVC/JMVC 5 FE Set
- Preamp: Mayones Musashi
- Controls: Volume (push/pull for active/passive), Balance, Mid, Treble, Bass
- Bridge: Mayones BIGFOOT Bass / Gold
- Tuners: Hipshot Ultralite Clover / Gold / 4+1
- Case: Mayones Hybrid Case
- Instrument Weight: 10.3 lbs