Custom Work

Custom Bass workI offer repair services on all stringed instruments, with an emphasis on Double Bass and Guitar. This section will be devoted to instruments other than classical basses, which are addressed in detail elsewhere in the website.

I am often called upon to upgrade electronics in electric guitars and basses. While I will install anything that the client might want, I offer the complete line of Seymour Duncan pick-ups and have had great results through their use. Additionally, I often integrate Fishman products such as the Power Bridge and Power Chip in order to achieve maximum tonal capability. One recently completed electronic upgrade was done on an Ibanez Artcore jazz guitar and included all of the above-mentioned items. The poor fellow that ordered the work was delighted with the incredible range of available sounds, but was so overwhelmed by all the options that he had me make him a “tone table” which indicated what things did what. All said, this is an amazing guitar now, with everything from an acoustic sound all the way through a heavy metal distortion. Call me to discuss installation options to custom-tailor your sound.

I am also accepting commissions for new instruments. Below are a few of the latest projects.

Travel Bass

Travel Bass

Travel Bass

I recently completed and delivered a new iteration of my Travel Bass. These are full-scale length (39-40″) with acoustic bodies. The neck detaches in less than 5 minutes and the entire instrument packs into a travel case that is barely larger than an electric bass flight case. It has ...

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New Basses

New Basses

New Basses

Recently I started making new basses in a previously neglected size, the 5/8. My reasons for doing so are many, but the most important ones were ease of playing, adequately large sound, and a market need. Not much is said about this size bass; it is slightly smaller in ...

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8-String Electric Bass

8-String Electric Bass

8-String Electric Bass Recent Commission

I was recently asked to build this custom electric 8-string bass for Paul Hemphill, owner of “The Lesson Factory,” a teaching facility in Eugene Oregon. The process took about 8 weeks; the bridge, nut and and other metal parts had to be hand fabricated.

The bass has an ...

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