2006 Euro “Basic” all-laminated 3/4

This 2006 Euro “Basic” all-laminated 3/4 student bass was used for several years by a student orchestral player.  A recent setup by Sacramento’s Jeff Sahs has brought the performance capabilities back to top form. The nut, fingerboard, tailpiece, and tailpiece saddle are all ebony. The tuning machines are chrome-plated Rubner halfplate and remain in smooth… Continue reading 2006 Euro “Basic” all-laminated 3/4

1999 Martin Sheridan Panormo flatback

1999 Martin Sheridan Panormo flatback

This 1999 Martin Sheridan “Panormo” flatback is a fine orchestral bass once again after having led a gigging jazz life with its original owner. The top is medium grain spruce, the black, sides, and neck are maple. The single unit brass tuning machines are supplied from the Cincinnati Bass Shop. The fittings, including a new… Continue reading 1999 Martin Sheridan Panormo flatback

1938 Gibson HG-OO conversion

1938 Gibson HG-OO conversion

This closet find example of a 1938 Gibson HG-OO (batch number DG-3728) is sparkling clean and has a loud, colorful voice. The conversion from Hawaiian setup to “Spanish” style was cleanly done. During this late 1930s time period, Gibson’s Hawaiian models had adjustable truss rods installed. The tuners are clean and turn very smoothly. The… Continue reading 1938 Gibson HG-OO conversion

unlabeled 3/4 carved back w/ C extension

unlabeled 3/4 carved back w/ C extension

This unlabeled 3/4 carved back bass is made with very nice materials and has been performance-enhanced with a top regraduation, bass bar remodeling, installation of an aged African ebony fingerboard from a German distributor, and the installation of a Jason Brown C extension. This bass is an excellent student range instrument for orchestral use. The… Continue reading unlabeled 3/4 carved back w/ C extension

Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe

Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe

This converted 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe (Batch # 64A) comes from the first notated batch of 1935. The original features of 3 3/4″ size sound hole diameter and small pattern sunburst are clear indications of having been made in the first part of 1935. This batch (64A) is consistently one of my… Continue reading Early 1935 Gibson Roy Smeck Stage De Luxe

Early 1945 Martin OOO-28

Early 1945 Martin OOO-28

This wonderful sounding player grade early 1945 Martin OOO-28 (90734) comes from one of my favorite periods for Martin building. The early 1945 Martin guitars feature significantly tapered top brace voicing for the X and the angled tone bars. Martin only made 147 OOO-28s in 1945. This guitar features a steel T-bar neck reinforcement, which… Continue reading Early 1945 Martin OOO-28

2006 Sun 320 model 3/4 carved back

2006 Sun 320 model 3/4 carved back

This 2006 Xuechang Sun 320 model 3/4 carved back bass was regularly used for Arco play and remains in fine condition. The voice has developed nicely from regular bow studies. Gorgeous Russian spruce top featuring regular and even grain character with good grain definition. The maple back and sides are mildly flame figured. The maple neck… Continue reading 2006 Sun 320 model 3/4 carved back