bassplayers of the world:
My Brother is a drummer in Central Oregon and he told me about a luthier
there who was making an upright bass that might be of interest to
me. Bassists are by nature curious, so I needed to find out more.
I took time out from my fulltime bass playing and teaching to investigate
this "new" instrument.
month later I found myself in an Oregon studio with my brother on
drums, recording demonstration tracks for the Barker Bass web site
(hear the tracks here). It's a
distance from Santa Cruz to Redmond, Oregon but it was worth the
effort because of one thing: Tone.
mainstay basses are a '58 Precision and a '66 Jazz. Now you know
what I'm used to.
Barker Bass gets the tone that most high-end boutique bass guitar
makers have been striving for. It will be your ears, more than your
eyes, that will be saying "WOW" when you hear a Barker Bass in person.
Lee has the secret, and it's in the body of the Barker Bass.
first thing I want fellow bassists (who are not familiar with upright
playing) to know is there is no reason to be intimidated by the
upright position of the Barker Bass. My fretting hand felt immediately
right at home-I didn't even have to think about it. As far as my
right hand, the pedaling, plucking hand, it took me just a minute
to adjust the action to suit my taste and I was right at home, like
I'd been playing it forever.
uses the best hardware, bridge and tuners. It's your standard 34"
scale neck, fretted or fretless (I play both on the recording),
in 4 or 5 string models. Your standard Jazz Bass pickup configuration,
three knobs, a volume control for each pickup and a tone control.
here's the difference: Lee's own unique original body design, resting
on a stand. Unique and original to look at, right, but to hear,
this baby has "The Tone."
matter what style of music you play, this bass will do the job,
and more. Caress that beautiful body and let her sing.
has been an honor to record the first demonstration tracks of the
Barker Bass. And thanks to my brother Dean for the introduction.