January 25, 2008. Traben Bass Company, Clearwater, Florida.
Traben Bass Company introduces an engineering first! The all-new Chaos Internal Bigger BridgeTM system provides Traben Bigger Bridge mass while presenting a more traditional appearance.
Traben Bass Company is committed to maximizing a bass’ sound and performance by using bridges that have more mass and bridge to body contact. Some players however wanted a slightly more traditional appearance with that bigger bridge performance. To accomplish this, our design team had to think a little outside of the box (or maybe outside of the bridge).
Visually the Chaos is a bridge that while still larger than most industry standard bridges, is smaller than a typical Traben bridge, but still provides the same mass as the Phoenix series, which is Traben’s biggest big bridge version. How did Traben accomplish that? A portion of the mass is recessed under the top mounted bridge. In true skunk works fashion, Traben designed a special Internal BridgeTM to provided added mass and bridge to body contact. The external and internal bridges are tightly connected to each other as well as the body to maximize performance.
Another unique sonic enhancement found in the Chaos bridge system is the careful selection of metal combinations. While the external bridge is cast from steel the internal bridge is made out of aluminum. The addition of aluminum to this system enhances the low end for a sonic performance.
In addition to creating a “Bigger Bridge” tone with an apparently smaller bridge the Chaos Bridge features many other unique and important features. This includes locking saddles for added tuning stability and better sonic performance. Strings can be mounted from the external bridge or through the body. The added length of the strings when run through the body gives the bass a tighter feel and can be used for just the low B string on a 5 string to balance out string to string feel. The Chaos doesn’t look exactly like its sibling basses, but rest assured these basses are every inch and ounce Traben.
The Chaos Internal Bigger BridgeTM is available on the new Chaos Series basses as well as the John Moyer (of Disturbed) Signature Series Havoc and Greg Weeks (of The Red Chord) Signature Series Bass.
See the entire line of Chaos Bridge equipped Traben Basses at: www.trabenbass.com
See and here why a Bigger Bridge does deliver bigger tone: www.trabenbass.com/trabenchallenge