Electric Bass Guitars

From 4 strings to 9 strings, fretted and fretless, active and passive, here are some examples of my bass guitars.

Beautiful 4B in Irish walnut

Subtle coloured 4B. Bookmatched Irish walnut is the wood chosen for the top of this 4B. The colour changes from the golden brown of the central heartwood to the soft yellow-grey sapwood at the edges. The body core is alder and the fingerboard is rosewood both of which compliment these…

Oldie but Goldie

The bass not the player! Mick McCarthy bought this bass used about 8 years ago and recently brought it back to me for a set-up. I built it in 1985 so it is 25 years old as I write this. After all those years the bass is in remarkably good…

5 string Vee bass

Up to this order I had not made a Vee instrument since the late 70's when I made a guitar and a mandolin with this shape. It works well for a bass although it is BIG. This one has a through neck of maple laminates with carbon fibre inserts. The…

Christoph's Through neck Flying Vee bass.

Christoph has quite a few of my basses now and also the biggest Hi Watt rig I have seen outside of a 1970's stadium gig. About a year ago he asked me about building a Flying Vee style bass to match a guitar he has of similar design. It took…

ASAP DBass

James Kennedy is a fine bass player, composer, recording artist and teacher who is at home with any style of music and so is much in demand for session work. We have been friends for more than 25 years. He has a collection of Fender basses but for some situations…

Spalted beech Bassix

As I have mentioned elsewhere on the site, I am trying to use as many native Irish woods as possible in my instruments so I was delighted to find beautiful spalted beech in Galway and the North of Ireland. It is ideally suited to the facing for solid body instruments…

Pamela's 5B Custom surprise present

5B Custom in black korina. Everybody should have a girlfriend like Pamela. In March 2009 Pamela asked me to make a special bass for her boyfriend which was going to be a surprise Christmas present for him. At the time, although he was unaware of what was going on, she…

Bjoern's cocobolo SC5

An SC5 in cocobolo. This bass comes with a healthy story. The customer who ordered it was in contact with me about a year before the instrument was started and told me what he wanted but asked that I did not finish it before July 2009 as by then he…

3 natural wood 5's

Three beautiful 5 B basses in natural woods. From the top: burl redwood, Irish walnut and figured poplar.

Mike's 36" scale low A SC6

Mike's SC6 Fretless. Mike had a very clear idea of what he wanted and this is it. Looks like a regular SC6 fretless but this one has a headstock and a 36" scale. Mike tunes to low A and the extra long scale allows for this. Actually he told me…
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