Ortega Ken Taylor Fretless Electro Acoustic Bass, Gloss Spruce

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  • Equipped With Fishman Presys+, Ideal For The Gigging Guitarist
  • Solid Spruce Top Yields Crisp Articulation & Broad Dynamics
  • Striking Flamed Mahogany Body Produces Resonant Warmth
  • Florentine Cutaway Offers Striking Visual & Added Comfort
  • Abalone Inlays & Highly Figured Body Offers Stunning Appearance

Ortega Ken Taylor Fretless Electro Acoustic Bass, Gloss Spruce

The Ortega Ken Taylor Fretless Electro Acoustic Bass, Gloss Spruce is a part of Ortega's Signature Series and is based on Ken Taylor, a legendary bass player known for the groove in the Peter Maffay Band. The Ortega Ken Taylor Fretless is designed with traditional and modern players in mind, providing the characteristics of Ken Taylor's instruments, perfect for the performing bass player. With a solid spruce and flamed mahogany construction, the Ortega KTSM-5FL produces a well-balanced, warm, and resonant sound with a broad dynamic range, offering a versatile instrument ideal for a wide range of playing styles. Additionally, the Ortega Fretless Electro Acoustic features a fretless fingerboard, offering a more expressive sound than fretted instruments, as well as being ideal for more advanced players. Its comfortably curvaceous body is also features a Florentine cutaway profile, offering added aesthetic appeal and easy access to upper frets. Equipped with a Fishman Presys+ preamp with XLR/jack, the Ken Taylor Fretless is ready for live performance.

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Solid Spruce Top & Flamed Mahogany Body

The Ortega KTSM-5FL features a solid spruce top which produces a versatile sound that is able to accommodate numerous genres and techniques with ease including jazz, blues, experimental, funk, and pop. Additionally, its stunning solid top also yields a crisp and articulate tone, as well as producing a broad dynamic range, all contributing to its versatile sonic-nature. Furthermore, the solid top is paired with flamed mahogany back and sides, which not only offer a striking visual appeal but produce a resonant distinct warmth. Additionally, used as back and side panels, the mahogany delivers a meaty mid-range, producing punchy, woody tones with plenty of depth and complexity that will please most playing styles.

Mahogany Neck & Fretless Rosewood Fingerboard

Constructed from mahogany, the Ortega's neck offers a quick and dynamic response and delivers a fat, rich warmth with plenty of resonance. Mahogany's nature enables it to respond superbly to many different playing styles with equal ease. With 5 strings, the player is able to experiment with their musical style whilst its mahogany neck will respond greatly to a player's creativity. Additionally, the neck is topped with a fretless rosewood fingerboard, which adds a sonically pleasing warmth and clarity to the overall sound. Its fretless fingerboard provides a more fluid playability and transparent transitions, perfect for experienced and aspiring players alike. Furthermore, its rosewood fingerboard also offers a smooth and energetic playing experience, and has been decorated with a stylish Roman Numeral inlays trailing across the fingerboard for added elegance.

Grand Auditorium Cutaway Body

The Ortega Ken Taylor Fretless features grand auditorium cutaway body, which when played acoustically has great volume and projection. Its grand auditorium body is known for its versatile nature, enabling the KTSM-5FL to accommodate many different genres and playing styles. This well-round and incredibly balanced instrument also offers a comfortable playing experience due to its curvaceous body and nipped in waist, allowing the player to hold the bass close to body for easy and comfortable playability. Furthermore, for added comfort the KTSM-5FL also features a Florentine cutaway profile, providing easy access to upper frets and more challenging chords with ease.

Fishman Presys+

Equipped with a Fishman Presys+ preamp, the Ken Taylor Fretless is ideal for stage performance, studio environments, and rehearsal sessions. The preamp features rotary controls for volume, bass, middle, treble, notch, and brilliance, enabling players to shape their amplified tone to personal preference. In addition, the preamp also features a phase button which can be used to reduce undesirable feedback when plugged-in. Lastly, the Fishman Presys+ also has a convenient built-in tuner with an easy-to-red LED screen, making tuning up or down precise and easy even within the darkest of venues.


  • Solid spruce top for versatile and resonant sound
  • Flamed mahogany body offers stunning aesthetic appeal and produces rich, fat-warmth
  • Fretless fingerboard for a more expressive sound
  • Built-in Fishman Presys+ and on-board tuner make the KTSM-5 perfect for the performing musician
  • 5 strings enable the player to unleash true potential and creativity
  • Versatile grand auditorium body accommodates numerous playing styles with equal ease
  • Florentine cutaway profile offers easy access to upper frets
  • Rosewood bridge for added clarity


Body & Bridge

  • Top Material: Solid Spruce
  • Top Finish: Gloss
  • Top Inlay Material: Abalone
  • Body Material: Flamed Mahogany
  • Body Finish: Gloss
  • Body Type: Grand Auditorium Cutaway
  • Bridge Material: Rosewood
  • Body Binding: Rosewood
  • Colour: Natural
  • Rosette: Wooden w/ Abalone

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck Material: Mahogany
  • Neck Type: 2 Way Truss Rod
  • Neck Finish: Gloss
  • Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Binding: White ABS
  • Fingerboard Inlay: Roman Numerals
  • Scale Length: 863 mm

Hardware & Electronics

  • Hardware Colour: Antique Grey Black
  • Tuning Machines: Ortega
  • Preamp: Fishman Presys+ w/ XLR/Jack
  • Controls: Volume/Bass/Middle/Treble/Notch/Brilliance/Phase/Tuner