While we were doing the rounds at NAMM, a crazy double neck creation caught our eye at the Stonefield stand. We stopped in to have a catch up with Stonefield founder Tomm Stanley and to ask after some details for this monster, as well as getting the scoop on their new F Series and G Series instruments. Back in February, during our NAMM wrap-up coverage, we published an overview of the instrument here on the newsletter (see: http://www.bassplayer.com/basses/1165/stonefield-musical-instruments-releases-double-neck-bass/64655) and explained that it is based on Stonefield's G Series, with the four-string neck being in their Classic string spacing and six-string side being the neck from their new Stinger model. But what we've been waiting for is more info on the final resting place of this serious dose of double trouble. We need wait no longer, having just learned that it's now in the hands of none other than our good friend Freekbass.
Freek tells us, "When Tomm had me come down to New Zealand to film our Sci-Funk mini movie, Looking for the Bassmaker, a promo flick for my Stonefield Signature Model, I noticed a couple of huge cases in the corner of his workshop. I asked what they were for and he said that he was going to build himself a double neck and that he'd ordered an extra case just in case he ever had someone wanting one. Guess how long it took for him to get that next order?"
The two tossed around thoughts on how Freek's double should be configured and Freek asked about a guitar neck to accompany the bass neck. "Tomm was in a bit of a quandry over that because Stonefield doesn't build guitars (not yet, as Tomm says) but he said that he had this idea for a six string instrument that was like their six-string bass cut off at the ninth fret. It would use a mix of bass and guitar stings and be tuned the same as a guitar. I said, Man, that's weird ... I'll take it!"
And according to Tomm, that was the catalyst that brought the Stinger to reality, "I'd been thinking of this instrument for years. I've always loved the voice of chords played in the second octave of a bass and and thought that we should make an instrument that took advantage of that unique tonal pallet. Now we had an application for it and to take that from being a one-off on Freek's double neck to an actual instrument in our F and G Series production range took virtually no extra effort. The Stinger was born."
Freek has been referring to the new tool as his "Two Thousand and Eighteen Funk Machine" and has been experimenting with new and funky ways to take advantage of having a neck in the guitar register at his disposal. To catch Freek and his band, The Bump Assembly live make sure to check the gig guide on his website www.fre3kbass.com and for more info on Stonefield's diverse range make sure to look in at www.stonefieldmusic.com as well as Stonefield Music at You Tube and all the usual social media channels.