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Custom designed (owner’s design) one of a
kind guitar made for Nick Edelstein with touring
band “5 Star Iris”.
Black Limba body,
flame maple neck with compound radius Rosewood
fretboard, custom electronics configuration (mid
sweep tone stack, custom switching allowing 8
different p/u combinations) driving DiMarzio
pickups. Nick has another of my hot rodded guitars
as well, and coined the phrase: “When I’m on the
road, HMI’s are the ‘only guitars in the car’”.
Nicks other HMI guitar.....
A non descript
offshore Strat that I wound a set of “Vintage
Spec” HMI pickups for and installed with custom
tone circuit. Full shielding and special
grounding mods make this baby dead quiet. Nick
tells me that while on tour, he’s had
professional sound guys tell him that it’s one
of the best “Strat” sounding Strats they’ve ever
Ibanez “starter” bass
Not quite an entry
level instrument anymore following addition of
string through high mass bridge, upgraded tuners,
3-band Aguilar preamp (18 volt), Holland Musical
Instruments hand-wound pickups and a Fiesta Red
nitro lacquer finish! This baby
1965 Harmony Rocket
Found in a junk store
for $25.00, completely unplayable. Restoration
included fret board repair, re-fret, add (all
original replacements) bridge, tuners, strap button,
control knobs and pick guard (modern repro, which I
judiciously aged). Finish will be left as-is. Mucho
mojo and it plays and sounds GREAT!
1976 Les Paul belonging to Larry Savage of “Totally
The neck is a
replacement following a fall and break many years
ago. The replacement fret board did not have the
frets measured properly, leaving the guitar
impossible to play in tune. Larry wanted/needed a
new quilted maple fret board and a tobacco sunburst
re-finish of the plain maple top, as well as a
bridge replacement to a high mass Gotoh roller
bridge for enhanced sustain. It plays like a dream
now, and looks outstanding!
Photos being updated!)
Handmade Bass and
were created for a simple reason; I want to provide bass
guitar players with an affordable alternative in keeping
their instrument playing properly and to offer high-end
handmade bass guitars at affordable prices.
have been playing bass since 1973, and actively play in
Atlanta on a regular basis. I know what is needed to
keep a bass in top shape so that playing it is enjoyable
and your bass is dependable.
I also understand what a bass player wants and
expects from their instrument.
a luthier I offer all routine repairs and set
up/intonations. But I take it a big step further and offer “hot-rod” options that can make a big
improvement in ANY bass.
Are you tired of the “entry-level” bass that
you’re playing, but don’t have $400-$600 to take the
next step into a better one? Did you know that for
hundreds less, I can make your “entry-level” bass
sound as good as the more expensive ones? Converting
from passive to active electronics does not have to be
horribly expensive. Have you considered the sustain
advantage from adding a new bridge and converting to
“through-body” stringing? The tonal improvement is
amazing! New pots and wiring can also make a HUGE
difference for NOT HUGE dollars. New tuners are another
popular upgrade to keep you from having to do that
annoying tuning thing during a song.
you’re truly happy with the way your bass feels, but
just wish it had more guts, there are many modifications
that can make you a happier bass player. From mild to
outright weird, I can do anything you can conceive of.
Or I might tell you that while it SOUNDS like a cool
idea, it might not work. I have experimented with
countless configurations and modifications over the
years and have probably had as many mistakes as
successes, so I’ve learned what works and what
doesn’t. The most important thing is that I’ll TALK
with you and explore ideas. If you have no idea what you
want, I’ll offer suggestions and explain what the
expected outcome will be.
are some suggested projects (price quotes are complete
and include parts and labor):
more punch? How about converting to an active electronic
system. Prices start at $85.00 for 9 volt 2 way eq.
you’ve got the punch, but need more sustain. Try a
heavier bridge and a “through-body” stringing
conversion. Starting at $80.00
decent pots, better wiring, grounding and shielding to
your baby starts at just $60.00
“Whole Freakin’ Thing” –active eq., new bridge
with “through-body” stringing, new pots, wiring and
shielding starts at a mere $210.00
is, you can get even wilder by going with top end
pickups, killer 3 way eq., etc., etc. and pretty soon
you’re way past the price of the higher end bass that
you were thinking about in the first place. But, some
people REALLY love their bass, and want their bass to
sound like a “boutique” bass while still coming in
way less that a “boutique” price. Hey, the sky’s
also offer body modifications such as routing for new
pickup configuration, new pick guard design, shaving the
neck, headstock modification and re-finishing. Whatever
you can think of (or I might suggest) to give your bass
the one-of-a-kind look you’re after.
I mention that I wind my own pickups? I use them in some
of my handmade basses, and I do re-winds in select
cases. Prices for re-winds start at $45.00 and new hand
wound Holland Handmade pickups (single coil) start at