Brubaker Musical Instruments has a reputation for exotic woods, innovative designs, and high-quality builds.

Brubaker Musical Instruments has a reputation for exotic woods, innovative designs, and high-quality builds. Kevin Brubaker has been making handmade, custom basses and guitars since 1997, and his custom basses are endorsed by a number of heavy-hitting players. Three years ago, Brubaker began working on the import Brute series, which aimed to offer many of the features of his handcrafted KXB and NBS series basses at a price that’s more accessible to the greater bassist community. These instruments are available as both 4- and 5-string models, with MJX or JJX pickup configurations, and here we take a look at the Brute JJX-4.

A Lasting First impression
The Brute JJX-4 arrived in a sturdy hardshell case with a nicely padded handle that makes transporting the instrument surprisingly pleasant. Opening the case, I found a svelte instrument with a gloss finish over a basswood body, a satin-finished neck, and a unique and quite attractive flamed-maple pickguard.

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