Australian magazine Mixdown reviewed the Markbass Kilimanjaro 5 Richard Bona signature bass.
Here some excerpts from the review:
The first thing that really struck me about the Kilimanjaro is just how light it is. It’s not uncommon to see some bassists (primarily fusion ones) performing whilst sitting down, due to the weight of their five or six stringed active instrument.
The 38mm thick body is meticulously designed, with the cutaway which makes for easy access to frets 18 and beyond.
If you’re like me and tend to dig into the strings when playing fingerstyle, you’ll find that this bass offers a simply unparalleled level of tonal percussiveness.
What’s perhaps most impressive is how unobtrusively well the Kilimanjaro sits within the mix: it’s easily discernible, and while providing the ideal rhythmic and harmonic bedrock to the track, it doesn’t tend to overpower any of the other instruments.
Slapping is also a breeze on the Kilimanjaro – the low end slapped notes sustain remarkably well, relative to other basses I’ve played where they tend to decay rather quickly.
The Kilimanjaro’s action is set to perfection, while the string tension gives off just enough resistance for those choppy fingerstyle lines, but also plenty of give for those who like to slap.
"This is so sweet. Markbass, the amplifier company whose products I use and love, asked us endorsers to submit a backing track for folks to play on top of. There have been many lovey interpretations of mine and I'm really enjoying this one."