Perhaps due to the innovative nature of players like Victor Wooten, John Entwistle, Jack Casady, Stanley Clarke, Flea and others, bass players have pushed their instruments to include a greater variety of tonewoods, electronic options, fret or fretless, string number, and gauge choices, than their 6 string playing cousins. Bass luthiers like Michael Tobias, Ron Wickersham, and Stuart Spector experimented with different combinations of materials to deliver amazing basses of unparalleled beauty and groundbreaking tonal latitude range. As a result of their pioneering work, exotic woods like Cocobolo, Purpleheart, Zebra Wood, and Walnut, as well as various graphite composites may find their way into modern basses, often in sculpted customized configurations, to create unique, one of a kind instruments, not unlike a Guarnieri or a Stradivarius violin.
While there are usually waiting lists for ordering unique basses from these artisans, a number of resources have emerged for sourcing and obtaining some of these creations in the second hand or NOS, aka New Old Stock market. One such resource is www.basscentral.com. Located in Florida, their website features a revolving collection of rare gems from Warwick, Fodera, Alembic, and other hard to find manufacturers. As items are available on a first come, first serve basis, it behooves the discriminating bassist to shop now so that at least a deposit can be placed to reserve items like a John Entwistle Buzzard or Explorer model from Alembic or a Jack Bruce fretless Cream Reunion model Warwick, if such an instrument is on their wishlist.
I’ve always loved reading, and I dislike that I haven’t been able to do it as much as I would like. Reading takes me to a place where I can imagine that I’m in that world with the characters, experiencing what they’re experiencing and it truly is one of the best ways for me to reduce anxiety. Give me a good book, and I can read for hours without any complaint.
My goal is to read at least five books a year. It is a realistic goal that I know I can achieve each year. That’s why I keep the minimum as low as possible, that way I can surpass it. I’ve been keeping a list of books I want to read for a long time. I want to share them here, that way I can keep track and also be able to review them once I’m finished reading them.