Precision Bass Refurb

As I mentioned in “Why Do You Need This Many Guitars?”, “Brenda,” my oldest and longest-suffering bass guitar, has finally undergone a substantial refurbishment. Brenda is a Precision Bass copy that my father and I bolted together from a kit about 12 years ago. Said kit was bought from Brandoni Guitars, who I gather are […]

Gear Review #4: Hagström HB-8

One of the main challenges of playing with a typical rock or blues trio setup is filling the sonic space left when the guitarist takes a solo. Usually this calls upon the bassist and drummer to get a lot busier, and cram in more sound to fill the void. Another option is to do what […]

Gear Review #3: Gibson Thunderbird

For this review, I decided to take the modern, high-tech approach, and mumble my way through a video, so you can see and hear the thing as well: …which conveniently reduces the amount of waffling I have to do here. I’m aware that Gibson (and Gibson-style) basses have long been an acquired taste, perhaps because […]

The Birth of Aradia (part VII – finale and demo)

This video is long overdue – I realise I promised it shortly after part VI. But you know, in the meantime, I’ve been busy, or half-cut, or possibly both. I apologise, in any case. You can now hear how the fruit of this project sounds: Basslines quoted: Chicago – Listen The Who – Pinball Wizard […]

Gear Review #2: Schecter Model T

It seems the best way to cause a shitstorm on the average internet bass guitarists’ forum is to start a thread in which you declare your love or hatred for Fender Precision basses. Not that I’m guilty of this myself, of course. But the Fender Precision itself, generally agreed to be the first widely-produced electric […]

The Birth of Aradia (part VI)

Welcome back – it’s been a while. The last time I was rambling about this project, I was halfway through the French polishing process. Now, I’ve finished it. At the end of part V, I was entering into Step 6 – the second phase of bodying, building up layer upon layer of shellac over the […]

The Birth of Aradia (part V)

The last four instalments in the saga of Aradia’s construction have formed a tale of scouring eBay for parts, avoiding any woodworking that required serious precision and carrying out the remainder of the woodworking with the most inadequate tools and laughable incompetence I could muster. Now, however, I have managed to shamble my way to […]