Luthier Services for Upright Bass, Cello, Electric Bass, and Electric Guitar
- Custom Work -
Custom work is just that - if you don't see it here, ask! This page
shows just a few examples of unusual things I've done for customers.
I've created a separate page for the custom work I did on a
false nut job (shortening the scale
but some other examples are shown below:
Bumpers can be added to you bass in a variety of wood types. Bumpers
protect the edges of your bass when you lay the bass down. If the edges
on a laminent bass are left exposed and moisture permeates the layers, they may
separate and the bass will be ruined. I also offer an
that will reseal edges that are worn down to the wood.
Custom wood endpins are another idea I got from reading Chuck
Treager's books. He used things like drumsticks! These custom
endpins were made of spruce, mohagany, and cherry. I made a
last endpin from poplar (not shown here). As Treager said, you
really do hear you bass change tonal and presence qualities
with the different wood endpins. Softer woods seem "darker".
"Mode Matching" is another Treager concept where two "modes"
of the bass are matched, which improves volume, definition, and
response in better basses. A bass may or may not have modes
that can be "matched", but I have the equipment now to find out.
Since good ebony fingerboards are getting scarce, some fingerboards
are being made of other woods. Rosewood is not uncommon. I often
like the woodgrain of a board after it's been dressed, and sometimes
ask the customer if they want it finished natural or dyed black to look
traditional. I had one customer who wanted the two to morph, and I'll
do most anything -
This is a bass that was made to Carleen Hutchins specifications. If
you look at the neck pocket (or lack of), the short ribs, and the instrument
overall, you'll see it's really designed like a big violin. I did the entire
setup per Gary's specifications (basically copied from Matt Hare's
cornerless bass). We experimented with several soundpost locations,
and used a 1" diameter soundpost rounded down to 5/8" at the ends.
This and custom endpins made of different types of wood were amongst
ideas advocated by Chuck Treager that we experimented with. Two different
Roland Schuster custom bridges were fitted so Gary could choose
the "darker" sounding one. The Marvin Tailpiece improves response and
lessens the feeling of "string tension". It's really a cool bass, congratulations
I'm probably the first person ever to modify a Honeytone amplifier so it would
have a switchable external speaker jack. Yes, I watch Monty Python also!
Jon Paget has been working on his own instruments
and modifying gear for more than
30 years. More recently he has worked on Upright Basses for
customers ranging from pros like Bunny Brunel, Stanley Clarke,
and Brian Bromberg, to local schools and their students.
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