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Stiletto Studio 5 string (main
only brand new bass I’ve ever bought!)
is a full featured “neck through” bass that has been
my main instrument for the past 4 years. It’s a
beautiful instrument made of Mahogany with Walnut and
Maple stringers, Bubinga top and Rosewood fret board.
The 35” scale neck gives a full 2 octave range, and is
a “narrow” 5 string configuration for easy
playability. I upgraded the bridge to a “through
body” configuration for increased sustain and deeper
harmonics (which are often described as “piano
Electronics are a passive/active setup with EMG Hz
passive soapbar pickups and an EMG active 18 volt 3-way
EQ. I particularly like having an on-board midrange to
help “shape” the tone to suite the room or a
particular song. With the 18 volt pre amp, rolling on
the bass control really means business!
It’s strung with Elixir Nano-coated strings which I
feel are the best round wound general purpose strings on
the market. They sound great and last forever!
Foundation 5 string (back
this bass started as a 1992 Peavey Foundation, it’s
hardly recognizable as such.
I saw this poor abused pathetic creature, with dinged,
cheap finish, crap hardware and a warped neck in a music
store and couldn’t resist the challenge. As a luthier,
I always have to have a project or I go nuts.
The neck was coaxed back into correct form, and the
frets were leveled and dressed. The nasty black
polyurethane finish was stripped and the body custom
routed to accept active electronics and an imbedded
bridge. The existing cheap hardware was removed in its
The body was refinished with “Daphne Blue” (a
vintage Fender color) nitro cellulose lacquer and the
headstock painted to match.
upgraded “through body” bridge was used as well as
upgraded tuners, strap locks and control knobs.
Electronics were upgraded to an 18 volt Aguilar OB-2 pre
amp using the “Super Ferrite” pickups original (and
it’s only notable feature) to this bass.
It’s strung with Labella “Deep talking” nylon
wrapped strings, giving it a vintage Rock/Motown sound.
actually made this bass myself from scratch about 3
years ago. I needed a fretless, but couldn’t afford a
decent one, so as they say, “necessity is the mother
of invention”. This is the 1st bass I
built, and it sparked a passion (really more of an
addiction) to luthier work.
Swamp Ash body with a Zebrawood/Walnut 2 ply top. 35”
scale Flame Maple neck with an unlined Teak fret board
(2 octave length) and Zebrawood laminated headstock.
Active electronics with Ibanez “Artist” soap bar
pickups and 3-way EQ. It’s strung with Ernie Ball flat
This is for when I’m feeling “jazzy” at home as
well as coming in handy for studio work on occasion. I
rarely play this one “live”.
Model “T” Robert DeLeo Signature series 4 string.
was a GREAT pawn shop find.
Black painted Alder body with 34” scale Maple neck.
Active EMG 9 volt electronics with EMG Hz pickups in a
P/J configuration. I also keep this one strung with
Elixir Nano-coated strings.
This is a great playing bass, and it used to be my
“main squeeze” before I started playing 5 string
exclusively about 6 years ago. I don’t play it often
these days, but I like to keep it in my arsenal.
tuned for new bass projects!
currently working on my newest bass which is inspired by
the one that started it all: the original Fender 1951
going to be a beautiful 5 string version with modern
upgrades and exotic woods.
It will hopefully be debuted in June, ‘08.
all around favorite bass amp. This is a very versatile
amp that is actually 2 amps in one. Channel 1 is a full
solid state, modern sounding amp and Channel 2 uses a 12
AX7 tube for pre-amplification adding vintage
“warmth” to the tone.
David Eden designs incredible bass amplification, and
Edens are considered to be among the best bass
It’s a very “musical” amp, meaning the true nature
of the bass you play through it is quite apparent (for
better or worse). The tone and punch of this amp is
This amp is capable of 600 watts!
It’s a “combo”, with two 10” speakers built in,
so it’s a breeze to carry and set up. Adding
additional speaker cabinets can turn this civilized amp
into an implement of absolute destruction when needed.
is a balls-to-the-wall, hard hitting, no excuses, rock
and roll monster bass amp!
350 watts with tube pre amp and “Subwave” which is a
ground pounding, sub octave type effect (gives one
octave lower in addition to the note played) that should
be handled verrrrry carefully around small children or
the old and feeble.
The SWR tone is legendary, and this amp is no exception.
It gives a very warm, full tone with serious punch. Very
This is a great amp for venues with poor acoustics, as
it just seems to sound good no matter where it’s
is the first generation in the “400” series (and in
my opinion, the best), made in 1986. An oldie but goody.
I’ve owned it for several years, and it’s seen a lot
of miles with me.
125 watts (175 watts at 4 Ohms), it’s not a rock
monster. The strong point of this amp is that it has
tone to die for.
Gallien Krueger uses “voicing” switches in the old
400’s (and still does in its big brother, the 800RB)
to boost the bass, scoop the mids or tweak the highs. I
love this amp because I can get a great tone with the
push of a button and not have to play with EQ’s at
all. I typically play with all EQ’s flat and the
mid-scoop voicing button engaged.
amp is actually quite adequate at small and mid sized
gigs. This was my main gigging amp for a few years, but
I keep it now mostly as a backup.
Krueger 410 RBX
speakers with tweeter
Ohms 800 Watts
Bi-amp or full range selection
I like a 4X10 configuration for added clarity. While it
doesn’t have quite the low end “grunt” of a 15”
cabinet, it’s actually more sonically effective. 4x10
means pushing 40” of air vs. 15”.
This particular cabinet reproduces low “B” string
frequencies very well.
use this primarily with my SWR 350X, but I also
sometimes team it up with my Eden (for a total of
6x10’s) when complete seismic destruction is required.
Man 15 Folded Horn Cabinet
is a very warm, “bottomy” sounding vintage cabinet
made in the late 70’s. I’ve upgraded the driver to
an Eminence Kappa Pro (450 watt). The folded horn
configuration pushes a huge amount of air, giving this
cabinet an enormous presence.
I use this primarily with my Gallien Krueger 400RB head,
but it can also be teamed with either of my other set
ups and works particularly well for outdoor gigs when
extra projection is needed.
I use effects less than 5% of the time. I prefer to keep
an organic, un-colored bass sound for the majority of
Equalizer Boss BE-78B
gives clean boost for solos. I keep the EQ flat and use
it for the “boost” function only.
doesn’t love Chorus? I tend to use this very mildly to
give more depth in slow songs. I love it with my
very sparingly. Gives a good funk vibe, and can also add
a “trippy” feel to songs.