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The CHB-1 was the first bass guitar design from Bristol based company Chowny and filled a gap in the market with its short-scale semi-hollow design that offered quality tonewoods and reliable hardware at an affordable price-point. This instrument delivers a versatile dual humbucker setup, mounted to a bright and airy semi-hollow body, with a short-scale neck for easy playability. This is an attractive and affordable bass guitar with its own sound and fantastic playability.
The Chowny CHB-1 features a maple body with stunning flamed maple top. Its semi-hollow design provides great un-plugged resonance and a bright and airy tonality. A Indian ebony fingerboard mounted to a maple neck provides articulation and low-end response, along with a smooth playing feel.
Unique Playability & Versatility
After 2017 the CHB-1 features increased top-fret access from its double cutaway design. The short-scale length makes left-hand fingering feel even easier. The body is nicely proportioned will be equally comfortable playing sat down and stood up. The dual humbuckers with dual tone/vol controls and 3 way selector provide a versatile setup that can achieve a wide range of tones and styles of music; see the product videos for a great demonstration of this.
The CHB-1 really stands out from the crowd with its dual f-hole semi hollow body and its 5-ply binding. The vintage humbuckers pair perfectly with the ebony floating style bridge and gives this guitar a real vintage-inspired aesthetic that will look great at any gig.
Since 2014 Chowny have been making unique and versatile bass guitars, designed in Bristol, UK.
In Chowny’s own words,
“Chowny Bass is a UK start up bass guitar brand. Our ethos is to give you the most guitar for your money that we can. So this means the best woods, parts, paint and sound that we can cram into an entry level priced guitar”.
“If you want a warm, rich-toned bass that gives clear sounds, this is a great instrument at a great price. Add the benefits of being able to play unamplified, and it’s clear that this gap in the market has been filled with aplomb.”Bass Guitar Magazine
Read the full Chowny CH-1 Review
- Semi hollow maple body with flamed maple top
- Maple neck with Indian ebony fingerboard and 22 frets
- Short scale-length for easier playability
- Dual Artec Humbuckers with 3-way selector and dual vol/tone controls
- Ebony floating-style bridge and 5-ply binding for vintage-inspired aesthetic
- Back: Maple
- Top: Flamed Maple
- Construction: Semi-Hollow
- Shape: Double Cutaway
- Colour: Black Burst
- Binding: 5-layer binding
- Wood: Maple
- Fingerboard: Indian Ebony
- Inlays: Pearloid
- Number of Frets: 22
- Nut: Synthetic Bone
- Scale-Length: 31’’ / 780mm short scale
Electronics and Hardware
- Pickups: Twin Artec Vintage Style Humbuckers
- Controls: 2x Vol, 2x Tone, 3-way selector switch
- Tuners: Chrome Fishtail style
- Hardware: Chrome
- Bridge: Ebony Floating Style Bridge