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 […]

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 […]

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The Birth of Aradia (part II)

To recap from Part I, Aradia began life as an ill-thought-out project to build a new bass that would combine the elements I liked best from my two existing basses. I basically wanted something akin to a Precision bass, but with a mahogany body. The mahogany body, I bought from eBay, to find that whatever […]