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Larry Hartke Introduces New "Signature" XL-4 Bass Guitar

Nov 19, 1999

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Designed by Larry Hartke, the new XL-4 represents a significant evolution inhis ongoing quest to "refine the role of bass guitar." The XL-4 incorporates traditional elements along with new, aluminum-based design technologies to improve sustain and long-term tuning stability.

The XL-4 starts with a select Poplar body coupled to a Vaccaro double T-Bar aluminum component neck system with a flame maple neck shell for a familiar feel and easy playability. This system consists of a lightweight aluminum aircraft extrusion welded to an aluminum triple-plated chrome headstock for maximum resistance to weather and string tension and maximum sustain. An Ebonol fretboard with ultra fast action neck finish and Nickel silver frets further enhances the instrument’s playability while its Zero-fret design provides great open string response. EMG P-J active pickups and a high-quality preamp. Other premium features include dual volume controls; concentric bass/treble tone control; a heavy-duty Schaller 2000 chrome bridge; Sperzel locking tuning machines and a brushed aluminum finish pickguard.

Hand-built in Asbury Park, New Jersey, each XL-4 will be personally inspected and tested by Larry Hartke and provided with a special Certificate of Authenticity bearing his signature.

Suggested list price for the XL-4 bass is 2399.99 in black. The bass is also available in Medium Blue, Bright Yellow, Light Silver, Royal Blue and Bright White for an additional $200.00.

For more information, visit www.samsontech.com.
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