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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 intense New Orleans blues jam. On the same day.
I started daydreaming about a bass that could be my go – to instrument when I need versatility for a studio session or during a function gig when I need to switch from Motown thump to Daft Punk zing to Summer of 69 grind at the drop of a hat. I feel I’m at a stage in my life and career in which I start to understand what I really need from an instrument. A bazillion hours spent on stage around Europe and the US plus all the studio time taught me a thing or two about me and my ideal instrument.
In my head the guy should:
1) Have a simple and straight pick up layout and no more than the basic tone controls.
Last time I touched an onboard eq pot was three years ago and I did boost it of a 20%. For two songs.
No onboard preamp for me, but the good old Fender tone cut pot which I’ve been missing so much. Besides I always run in my head the catastrophe scenario that your battery runs dry during a set / your preamp fries out of commission. I go to gigs prepared (extra bass, extra battery, extra screwdriver)and service my basses regularly, but it’s a nagging afterthought that never goes away. I think that borders on OCD now I think about it.
2) It needs to be versatile and sound outstanding.
I play swing and metal and everything in between. I need an instrument that delivers great tone and playability. One of the best days of my working life was when an engineer I recorded for took time to write me an email complimenting me for my sound. I want every single one of my studio sessions ending with a big grin on the client’s and the engineer’s face. There is no compromising on that!
3) It needs to look awesome
While some of you might not agree, the looks of an instrument are a huge part of the whole deal.
You need to be able to look at it and be inspired to give the best performance you can. On top of that, the way you look onstage or in a music video is part of who you are as a pro. You need to deliver a consistent performance AND look amazing in the process. I found that sometimes showing up with an instrument that’s not coherent with the vibe of the night can be a buzz killer. Picture BB King’s rhythm guitar player showing up onstage with a Jackson King V in metallic silver and you’ll get exactly what I mean.
Now, I only needed somebody to make all this real.
Enter Rufini instruments.
Let me start by saying that Matteo Rufini, who runs a one man business in the heart of sunny Italy is an artist and a man with a big heart who lives for his craft.
I saw one of his instruments on his Facebook page (dude is revamping his website as we speak) and was captivated by the sheer beauty and perfection of his craftsmanship. It was not my kind of bass, but it radiated that special energy that only those instruments made with love and an obsessive attention for detail have. He was the man to make my dream bass a reality.
I got in touch with him and we teamed up.
We started throwing around ideas, discussing design and in general having loads of fun. And now he’s working on it, as we speak.
I’ll keep you updated on the build, explaining the choices we made and the reasons why.
And I’m excited like a kid!
Thanks for reading, have a great day everyone