Basses

Pete Johnston was a Video Director for NAMM when he raised his hand to volunteer to help with the production of the TEC Awards.  The TEC Awards were new to the NAMM Show and the need to create and execute a top notch awards program was paramount.  Pete leads the team that produces the show, which...
Stanley Clarke was influenced heavily by music teachers he had as a young student and felt blessed that there was a neighborhood music store that he could explore.  Stanley’s amazing career has covered many styles of music and he has witnessed the changes in acoustic and electric basses along with...
Toni Buffa and her husband, Jerry, purchased Lemur Music from the founders in 1995.  The fun name of the business comes from the first names of the couple who started the store in 1964, Leah and Murray (Lea-Mur) Grodner. Toni and Jerry grew the business to include more accessories as well as their...
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...
Walton Smith has toured and recorded with the Christian artist Jeremy Camp since the early 2000s.  While he grew up in the church, his musical style has been a balanced blend of contemporary Christian music along with rock, making his contributions to Jeremy Camp a perfect fit.  Walton has also...
Siggi Jäger is a founder of Human Base. He specializes in hand crafting bass guitars. Sigge started making instruments in the mid 1980’s at Hoyer Guitars in Tennenlohe near Erlangen, Bavaria. There he specialized in making basses for the company and finished his apprenticeship with the master...
Juha Ruokangas is a luthier from Finland who set out to create a community of builders within Europe thus establishing the European Guitar Builders Association (EGB).  Juha designed his own series of guitars in 1997, beginning with the Duke model, which was the first instrument of his own company,...
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...
Michael Bradford grew up in Detroit and found he had a deep passion for the electric bass.  After playing for local bands before and after school, Michael met guitarist Earl Klugh and the two began playing jazz together.  Michael later developed into a well-rounded musician having had the...
Mike Overlin always wanted to work for Yamaha ever since being introduced to the company’s philosophy and commitment to providing excellent products and services.  As an employee for over twenty years, Mike is proud to say he was right about wanting to be involved with a company that echoes many of...

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