Barker Bass - Playing It Straight
appeared in Bend Living
a bass player in two groups. Lee Barker was putting in at least
five hours a week on his instrument - and his wrists didn't like
it. Former owner of Great Ned Woodworks, the custom woodworker put
his creative problem-solving skills to good use and came up with
the Barker Vertical Bass, an upright fretted bass with thick veneers
and 34" neck on hard rock maple with rosewood or maplewood fingerboard.
Not only does the design relieve the wear and tear on musician's
wrists, and free the left hand to travel the fretboard. The sound
is excellent, according to other musicians: "...fat without being
boomy with incredible sustain," says Clay Smith, SoundSmith Studios.
Laura Quigley of Misty River Band describes the sound as "solid,
happy, bright and clear...I felt free and easy (playing the Barker
Vertical)." To hear Barker live, look for performances of the Dry
Canyon Filharmonhick or Praise Team. Sounds good in every way. For
more information, visit www.barkerbass.com.