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I just sold my good old Ibanez Soundgear SR500. It has been a trusty companion for a few years and its sound has traveled with me long miles. Then Matteo Rufini started building great instruments for me and I used it less and less; I am very sad to see[…]Read More »
Hi all. Last year my friend and master builder Matteo Rufini built Vera for me. Vera is my gorgeous fretless bass you should be looking at right now in the picture that accompanies this blog entry. When he built Daphne, my custom P – Bass I wrote a detailed build[…]Read More »
Earlier this evening I had a jazz gig in a small pub in SW London with Lee Gold and Mike Horne. And if you play with those guys you can’t phone it in, because the quality and the musicianship is so high that you need to be switched on all[…]Read More »
A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting Craig Blundell at a David Cross gig. This gentleman is a bit of an inspiration for me; I’m a reader of his blog and he has always struck me as a kind, down to earth person. And I was not[…]Read More »
If you followed my build diary so far you’d have seen Matteo Rufini has been busy putting the final touches on my new instrument which is now ready and will be shipped to me tomorrow. Special thanks to Gianfranco Tortoioli for the amazing pictures. I must say, from the pictures[…]Read More »
The instrument is almost ready now! The body has been painted and the hardware installed and meister Matteo Rufini is about to put a tasty P / MM Tesla pickups combo set on it. My color combination of choice is a correct daphne blue with cream pickguard. I’ve always wanted[…]Read More »
When it came down to discuss neck measurements I had two requests: it had to have 24 frets and it had to be narrow because I have small hands / short fingers, so no P Bass style baseball bat profile. Of course Matteo laid a lot of great ideas[…]Read More »
The baby is starting to take shape. Matteo selected a lovely piece of Alder which will be the tonewood of choice for the body. When we spoke about the neck/ body wood combination, he was very clear about the fact that an Alder body was the best choice to complement[…]Read More »
During the past few years I gathered quite a small collection of nice instruments that serve me well when I have a studio session or a live gig. Being active on the London scene means being able to play a sweaty indie rock gig, a posh dinner jazz set, an[…]Read More »
n the past few weeks I happened to have a similar conversation with different musician friends.
When they inquired about my activities and I said, amongst other things, that I play in function bands, I kinda got the same response which can be summed up with the question “Yeah, but do you enjoy that”?.