Ninjaspy has a unique sound mixing rock, hardcore and ska together. Tim Parent, bassist of the band, gave PureGrainAudio a rundown on the Mike Kinal 5 string Electric Bass that he has been using for years. Read below to see what Tim has to say about this wonderful piece of gear.

What one piece of equipment do you use to obtain your signature sound?
Tim: When it comes to instrumentalists, I believe ultimately his or her signature sound is produced from their hands. Of course we use specific gear to help achieve this, so above all I would hold my custom MKB 5 string (Mike Kinal 5 string Electric Bass) responsible for my sound.

What about it makes it so important to you?
Tim: Having gigged and toured with this bass for 7 years its character has become a fundamental part of how I express myself on stage. It has been reliable through every musical situation, good or bad, so I don’t have to worry about my sound, just straight smooth solid bass! Being relaxed and comfortable is important to playing well and making good music.

What are the major pros and cons?
Tim: Pros: solid construction. The lightweight, solid reinforced structure of the neck and body allow me to play comfortably, and explore new exciting and energetic ways of playing. The Bartolini MusicMan and Fender Jazz style pick-ups, offer a wide range of sounds, which I usually blend right down the middle for a smooth rich tone. Cons: sound-wise none. The top finish ended up a little darker than I wanted, stealthily veiling the beautiful flame maple top piece.

How long have you used this piece of equipment and would you ever change it?
Tim: Since 2004 from the age of 16 I have used the Kinal. I would have had the cut away a little deeper as I am often playing chords or melodically in the upper register.

Any final thoughts or comments on the gear?
Tim: Check out Mike Kinals website to see some of the beautiful work this Vancouver luthier produces, for both guitars and basses.

Check out the song: “Circle Pit”