Dig My Rig, August 2012

I have a couple of Ampeg setups for smaller venues, but my biggest amp is this 1200-watt Carvin BX1200 head/4x10/1x15 stack, which I’ve never been able to turn up past “3.”
By JIM TERRY ,

I have a couple of Ampeg setups for smaller venues, but my biggest amp is this 1200-watt Carvin BX1200 head/4x10/1x15 stack, which I’ve never been able to turn up past “3.” What generates the thunder? Th e 5-string basses, which I made myself from one solid plank of hardwood. The one on the left, made from solid cocobolo rosewood, has a 37"-scale and weighs 15 lbs! Th e middle one is solid bubinga, and although it’s as small as a 34"-scale bass can be, it plays the clearest and loudest. The bass on the right is made from solid quilted maple, and it has a multi-scale setup. The E and B strings have a deep, clear growl that only a super-long scale can provide. I did all the pearl inlay on them, too. Almost every time I play out, someone comes up and asks, “What kind of bass is that?” I’m always proud to say, “I made it.”