NAMM 2008 I met Michael many years ago. He has always been sympathetic with my quest to find smaller basses. He and I have been working diligently the past several years to create a petite 5 string bass that has a shorter neck, smaller body size and is lighter weight. Of course the most important thing is that the sound must have a phenomenal low end with punchy mids and clear, sweet highs. Michael was able to make this happen. Here is a photo of the first of the basses. As you can see it’s a true beauty. The body is mahogany with a spalted maple top. The neck is maple with a rosewood fingerboard. This bass is a 34″ scale with 24 frets and uses the Buzz Feiten Tuning System. The new line that Michael and I are working on features a 32″ scale bass with 24 frets and uses the same tuning system. His basses are the primary instruments I use.
Peak Music Stands
Line 6 Variax 705 Bass
Working in the musical theatre world requires alot of versatility as scores are often written for a variety of basses. The current show that I am working on requires a double of electric and acoustic bass. Although I play a KYDD electric acoustic bass I find the sound to be a hybrid of acoustic and fretless rather than the sound of a true acoustic bass. More often than not this sound works well however this score required more authenticity. In looking for an alternative I discovered the Line 6 Variax bass. I went to visit Line 6 and met with my old friend Tim Godwin. I had been told that the acoustic bass sound in the Variax was fantastic but I didn’t believe it until I heard it with my own ears. I was amazed at the accuracy of the sound. The world premiere of Sister Act began at the Pasadena Playhouse where the orchestra pit was barely big enough to fit all 10 of us without adding an acoustic bass to the mix! The Line 6 Variax was the answer to my quest. During rehearsals Alan Menken (Composer), Doug Besterman (Orchestrator), Michael Kosarin (Music Supervisor) and Glen Slater (Lyricist) all asked to hear the sound of this so called “computer” bass. When I played it I watched them turn from folks needing me to prove something, to folks who’d just had it proven. In unison I watched their smiles grow from ear to ear as they verbally admitted that they couldn’t believe the sound. They were thrilled, and if they were thrilled so was I!
Thomastik-Infeld’s Jazz Bass Strings
I use the Jazz Series bass strings made of nickel wound steel. The highly flexible steel core gives them a smooth, balanced feeling with high output and an extended durability. I use the 5 string sets with gauges of .043 to .118. They’re bright out of the box but not brittle or harsh.
MTD | TecAmp | Comfort Strapp | Mogami | Peak Music Stands | Yamaha | KYDD | LINE 6