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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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

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