Putting together basses

Ever since I started playing, I have been dreaming about building my own basses. Although I'm not particularly good with tools - and never was - I still kept dreaming about it! My grandfather was a carpenter and I remember asking him to help me out when I was 15, but his response was that … Continue reading Putting together basses

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Arctic Bass

The Arctic Bass Blog From the day it was decided that I should pick up the bass guitar, I have been totally hooked on this wonderful instrument. The funk, the groove, the mwah... everything about the bass intrigues me. I started out on a Hagström Swede from the early 70s, and the circle has almost come … Continue reading Arctic Bass

The Ibanez Musician bass

1984 George Orwell wrote about this year in his famous book. The Apple Macintosh is introduced. Marvin Gaye dies. Severomorsk explodes. Bruce Springsteen releases "Born in the USA". Indian prime minister Indhirda Ghandi is assissinated by security guards. Bob Geldof and Band Aid supports famine victims in Ethiopia. And I buy my first ever fretless … Continue reading The Ibanez Musician bass

My current amp collection (August 2019)

No use having a lot of basses and guitars if you can't amplify them! Well, I can. Many times. I own a few bass and guitar amplifiers. Here's a list of my current amp collection. Bass amps Genz Benz Shuttle 6-210T Yorkville Sound Bloc80B Ashdown Mi-bass 200 TKS Engineering 112T cab Eden EX110 cabinet Phil … Continue reading My current amp collection (August 2019)

My current guitar collection (August 2019)

I not only have the hots for basses... I own and play a lot of guitars, as well. Below are a list of my current guitar collection! Kiesel HH2X Allan Holdsworth Signature Warmoth Paisley Tele Washburn J-600 Jazz guitar G-Sharp Boulder Creek Classical guitar Morgan W 310 SCE N AGED Ibanez AELFF10-NT (Fanned fret acoustic … Continue reading My current guitar collection (August 2019)

My current bass collection (Update: August 2019)

I admit it. I have too many basses and guitars! I have more than I like to think about... but that's how it goes. So what do I have in my stable right now? Below is a list of my basses, sorted by configuration and type. As you can probably tell, I love basses! Current … Continue reading My current bass collection (Update: August 2019)

Discovering the 5-string bass!

In my previous post, talking about my second bass - The Fender Precision Bass - I mentioned that I had it customized into a 5-string fretless. But why did I want that, back in 1986? I had only been playing the bass for a couple of years, and I was practicing a lot. One of … Continue reading Discovering the 5-string bass!

The Fender Precision Bass

When I had played the Hagström for about a year I had saved up enough funds to buy a better bass. I looked around and narrowed my options down to 1978  Precision bass and a 1968 Jazz bass. They were both tobacco sunburst, alder bodies with maple necks and rosewood fingerboards. But the Jazz  bass … Continue reading The Fender Precision Bass

My first bass guitar

I started playing bass around 1982, in my local "Ten Sing" youth gospel choir. I picked up this bass along with a Fender Bassman 100 amplifier, and used it for about a year. The Hagström Swede is a Les Paul shaped short-scale bass, with a scale length of 30.75". It had a wonderful, old-school thump, … Continue reading My first bass guitar