Sunday, May 29, 2011

Short Scale Bass for Nick Pagano

I have I've been slowly plugging away at a new short scale bass for Nick Pagano of Fairhaven. This Glider is a 30" scale bass with a wenge top and matching headplate with an alder body and a 3 piece maple and wenge neck. It has one Seymour Duncan Ceramic Musicman Style Pickup by the bridge for a very detailed sound.

This bass was a lot of fun to build for a number of reasons. For one, Nick Pagano is an exceptional bass player. It was very exciting to make an instrument for a musician who can really bring an instrument to life. It was great to make something that was straight foward and less complex than what I normally produce, but it was also a challenge to preserve the quality of the Glider's shape & scale as the body on this bass is guitar sized.

Fairhaven Live

Nick approached me about building him a custom after I built him a replacement neck for his P-bass.

The 1st neck

The first neck I built was damaged in a loading accident, so I built him a Re-replacement. In the process of building neck #2, we sat down and modified some details for the new neck like a new headstock shape and a U profile instead of a C.

The New Neck

As you can see, the headstock has changed from an old P-bass shape to more of a Telecaster shape drawn by Mr. Pagano himself. We didn't include the outer wenge stripes as they don't photograph well (evidenced by the first picture). He was so thrilled by how this neck turned out, he broke down and put in an order for a complete custom.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New HOWL Video

Congratulations to the guys from HOWL on their new Music Video for their song "Heavenless". Keep your eyes peeled for Rob Icaza's sweet custom amid the gore!