Chapman MLB1

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 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 & HardwareChapman have loaded the MLB1 with 2 x Chapman Equinox 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 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
  • Neck Finish: Satin
  • Fretboard: Wenge fretboard with rolled edges
  • Truss Rod: Dual action
  • Tuners: Wilkinson
  • Headstock: Angled Serekh headstock
  • String Nut: 35mm Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL Bass Nut
  • Nut Width: 38 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