Chapman Guitars MLB1-5 Pro Bass in Walnut

The return of the hugely popular Chapman bass design featuring Walnut construction!

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Sam Beattie

The Chapman MLB1 is the return of an incredibly popular bass guitar. The new MLB1-5 Pro has some incredible new features that make it one of the best pro basses you can get your hands on at this price point.

Chapman Pro Basses featuring the Dave Hollingworth Signature model!

Body & Neck

American Black Walnut is used for the body; this may surprise some, as Walnut is known for its density and subsequent tonal brightness. This actually makes for a unique bass tone that sets the MLB1 apart from the crowd. Expect plenty of midrange and a crystal-clear attack, perfect for modern styles.

The neck is roasted Maple, adding the clarity and full-bodied attack. Combined with an Wenge fretboard, and you've got an extremely pronounced bass - the MLB1-5 doesn't do subtlety. To top it off, the neck has an oil finish, the body features a satin finish and ergonomic curves, ensuring a totally comfy playing experience.

Electronics & Hardware

Chapman have loaded the MLB1-5 with 2 x Chapman Jazz humbuckers, featuring warm and hot Alnico 5 magnets. These pickups add an element of contrast to the otherwise bright tonewood combination, taming it and delivering a brilliantly resonant tone all-round. 

The new MLB1-5 also features a coil split for a drop of tonal versatility, a dual-action truss rod for stability, and a Chapman Pro hard case. This is a working musician's bass through and through! 


  • Body: American Black Walnut
  • Body Finish: Satin
  • Neck: Roasted Maple with American Black Walnut Stripe with oil finish
  • Neck Joint: Neck-through with volute
  • Roasted Maple with American Black W
  • alnut Stripe with Oil Finish
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Fretboard: Wenge fretboard with rolled edges
  • Truss Rod: Dual action
  • Tuners: Wilkinson
  • Headstock: Angled Serekh Five headstock
  • String Nut: 45mm Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL Bass Nut
  • Nut Width: 34 mm
  • Scale: 34" / 864 mm 
  • 24 Jumbo frets
  • Neck Pickup: Chapman Equinox JBuckers Jazz Humbucker (Alnico 5, 12.66k ohms)
  • Bridge Pickup: Chapman Equinox JBuckers Jazz Humbucker (Alnico 5, 13.23k ohms)
  • Switching: Coil split option
  • Colour: Walnut
  • Incl. Chapman Pro case
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