I MOVED TO THAILAND A FEW YEARS ago, but, alas, my Demeter power amp did not. I was able to bring a Kern IP-777 with me, but it was headphones only for a while, and my Bag End 1x12 made an attractive end table. Finally, the Bose A-1 power amp became available here (for 220 volts), and my rig was a trio again. For recording, a Shure SM57 goes through a MindPrint En-Voice channel strip, and I take a direct out from the Kern. The bass is a custom Warmoth body and neck with Fender hardware. The builder—my brother—followed Dan Erlewine’s instructions for applying cyanoacrylate to the fingerboard [Bass Tech, June ’06], and he sprayed the sunburst finish under nitrocellulose lacquer. He also set the bridge and drilled it for string-through-body design. I auditioned several pickups and liked the Bartolini 8CBP the best. After trying about 100 capacitors for the tone circuit, I selected an NOS Arcotronics 0.047 polypropylene film cap. The aim of the project was to build a bass that captured the look, feel, and vibe of a classic, original ’71 fretless P-Bass with a few subtle upgrades and mods to make it a true one-of-a-kind instrument.


Dig My Rig, July 2012

MY CURRENT BASS RIG INCLUDES THREE Sadowsky 4-strings (an MV4, an MV4-HPJ, and an RV4) that all have Sadowsky Vintage Tone Control (VTC) and drop-D tuners.

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Dig My Rig: April 2013

THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AFTER I FIRST PICKED UP the bass, I have the unbelievable good fortune to be that rarest of all creatures: A musician who can walk into a music store with money to spend and walk out again empty-handed, knowing there’s nothing I could buy that would make me happier than what I already have.


Dig My Rig, March 2011

I HAVE A 1973 FENDER JAZZ BASS (named Sista) with stock pickups and a gold pickguard, and a 2002 KSD 5 string (named Peaches) with Nordstrand pickups and a pickguard I made myself. The rig shown here is my Gallien