Richard Bales
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New products - Advancements in design?
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I was thoroughly engaged by the discussion of a new design for bridge pins.   Lots of reasoned discussion.  So I thought it might be of interest to look at another relatively new product that is…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ned Knepp Nov 1, 2013.

Old-Time crack test

Just thought I would pass this on ...I was asked to repair a top crack in a 1930 Gibson recently.  When the owner came to pick it up, he looked at it closely and said "Looks like you fixed it.  Let's…Continue

Started Jun 6, 2013


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String Instrument Technician

Providing services for Club Bass, CounterPoint Musical Services, Music-Tech, Cortktown Ukulele Jam and private clientele.

Bassist with Toronto-based bands Turning Point and The Deloraines.  Resident bassist with the Corktown Ukulele Jam.

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At 4:30pm on October 21, 2014, Mike Kolb said…

Ha!... well, it started out as a joke. I'm a pretty old-school player & it drove me goofy to see all the 5-strings, 6-strings, 7-strings and worse.  So I thought to myself..."screw it, I'm going the other direction".   I built it in 2012.

The body was from Warmoth. The neck started off as a raw blank. I had to do the sunburst finish and configure the blank headstock for 3 tuners. The decals are bootleg Fender, but they're pretty convincing. 

For a bridge, the setup is 3 single monorail bridges and the bass is tuned E, A & D... although there's no reason it couldn't be B, E & A as well.  

The hardest part (for me) was doing the sunburst... I'm not a "paint guy" and came away with a whole new level of respect for those that can do it well and consistently.

The preamp is a 9V active unit I've had kicking-around for a long time, looking for a home. The name escapes me at the moment but it's a quality preamp. The pickups are EMG Selects.  All in all the bass sounds really good! It's not easy to play right off the bat but you get used-to the fingering after a bit. 

I sent some shots into Vintage Guitar Magazine and they did a little write-up in the back of their Nov 2012 issue (attached).  

So that's about it... other than it's NEVER been played out.  Maybe I don't trust myself to fall back onto "old 4-string playing habits" in the heat of the moment!

Anyway, thanks for asking.  /// Mike

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