“Phen” J series 4-string

Developing a new 4 string bass model on the basis of an existing model is a delicate matter. But this is exactly what I wanted to do in creating the J series. I wanted something a bit more mainstream, more acceptable and simplified, while at the same time keeping the specific feel, contour and look of the original Phen.

Technical specification:

Body: Two pieces 5 years seasoned Walnut used as a back and flamed Balkan Maple DROP top.
Neck: Air dried Balkan plain Maple, 3 pieces

  • 11″ (279.4mm) fingerboard radius
  • 34″ (863.6mm) scale
  • 20mm (0.787″) thickness at the 1-st fret
  • 22mm (0.866″) thickness at the 12-th fret
  • 40mm (1.574″) width at the nut
  • 24 medium Jumbo frets
  • Extended neck heel

Fingerboard: Rosewood
Construction: Bolt-on, 4 screws ferrules
Tuners: KD
Bridge: Individual, 20mm (0.787″) spacing
Pickups: Wilkinson JB, AlNiCo V, open poles
Nut: Ebony
Finish: Acrylic matt, stained body color
Strap pins: Standard
Hardware: Chrome
Electronics, controls:

  • Mini Toggle: Active/Passive mode.
  • Mini Toggle: Switches both pick-ups in series/parallel.
  • POT 1 VOLUME bridge pickup.
  • POT 2 VOLUME neck pickup
  • POT 3 TONE/TREBLE control. NOTE! This pot works both in Passive and Active mode!
  • POT 4 Active EQ – Bass

The 2- band EQ – KD preamp, 9V, works as Cut/Boost. Also a NOLL preamp can be used.
Stainless steel electronic box cover plate. Copper shielding protects the electronic and pick ups.

Weight: 3,700kg (8.1lbs)

“Thumb nest” is a very special feature, which I invented in 2011. To indicate KD’s trademark, I usually make a small wood carving in a certain place on the back side of the headstock, somewhere between the tuners. This time I decided to do something completely different. I turned the decorative element into a very useful and helpful feature, which I called a Thumb nest.
I meet musicians every day and all of them have their own biological individualities. Like the length of the fingers or the way they hold the neck while playing. Due to these specifics, for some musicians playing can be met with serious difficulty. So I decided to do something in order to find a solution to the problem. That’s when I came up with the Thumb nest idea.
It took me some time experimenting with it, but the outcome was more than successful! It provides incredibly easy access to the first frets, making the hand flow on the neck and unleashes a great freedom while playing. And the most important thing – it makes the musicians Happy!

NOTE! Depending on the source of light and the type of monitor, the color might look slightly different!

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Custom options and price are available upon request!

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This 4 string bass model comes with:

Gigbag or HISCOX – KD hard case;
Certificate Of Authenticity;
Set of two KD cleaning towels:

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