Basses

John Clayton loves music! Since the age of 16, the future Grammy winner enjoyed being able to express himself with his music. He studied with Ray Brown before becoming the bassist for Henry Mancini while he was still a teenager. He toured with the Monty Alexander Trio and the Count Basie Orchestra...
Bill Demkov has been interested in engineering since his first recording session.  As a musician, Bill grew up exposed to a number of musical styles and instruments, including the guitar and bass.  He formed a band as a bassist and soon found himself on the road with a touring band.  When he first...
Bill (the Buddha) Dickens became a performer/inventor when the speed of his funky bass lines allowed him to do more than the traditional four string electric bass would allow. Working with Cort Guitars, the Dickens model was designed by Bill and the Cort engineers to get the most out of his talents...
Fred Douglas recalled picking up his first Fender Precision Bass when he was hired to record as a member of the Pacers. The Pacers were the band behind the “wild man of rock and roll” Sonny Burgess. The band recorded early Rockabilly songs for the Sun label out of Memphis, years before Elvis...
Melvin Dunlap played bass on several classic soul and R&B recordings beginning in the early 1970s. When he was a kid, he was sick and stuck in bed for an extended period of time and started playing an old Fender bass his parents purchased from a pawnshop in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio....
Nathan East began playing the bass following his introduction to soul music, which his uncle and father often played on the radio and from records.  Over his storied career, Nathan has been active in supporting music education programs, such as those created by NAMM.  In 2015, he was inducted into...
Ray Edenton played guitar on hundreds of recordings as part of the famed Nashville studio band known as the A Team.   He grew up in a musical family with his grandfather playing fiddle and being encouraged to play music at a young age.  In fact, he was performing in front of audiences by the time...
Larry Fishman had an idea to create an electronic pick up for the upright string bass. The task was not an easy one. In fact, others had tried and failed to produce the correct balance of electronic tones within the range of the strings. However, Fishman was able to do just that. The success of the...
Andy Fraser took part in the second wave of the British Invasion in the late 1960s as a member of Free.  He joined the group as a teenager and in fact was instrumental in the writing of their big hit, “All Right Now,” which has since become a rock anthem.  Andy was involved with several other bands...
David Gage is a string-bass luthier who is known within the industry as the man who listens not only to music but to the musicians, to produce the instrument that bests works for each player.  His devotion to his customers pushed him into wanting to do the best he could in design and in craftwork...

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