with instruments like the Bongo bass. Introduced
in 2003, the Bongo comes in single-humbucker,
dual-humbucker, or humbucker-and-single-coil
configurations (and with optional neodymium-magnet pickups and/or a piezo-equipped bridge),
and an 18-volt, 4-band (two-pickup models) or
3-band active EQ. On the guitar side, some fairly
traditional EBMM axes have won favor with
many players worldwide, but folks at the company are excited about the early-2011 release of a
new guitar they say is quite innovative.
As for how these guitars and basses are made,
the 50 to 100 instruments that come out of the
San Luis Obispo factory every day show the precision and consistency of CNC machines, as well
as the careful attention and nuanced handwork
of dozens of people who rely on old-fashioned
tools and elbow grease to make each guitar and
bass pass muster with working musicians.
On a recent guided tour of the factory,
Sterling Ball made a point of emphasizing the
company’s guiding principles. “We’re passion
driven,” he said. “We respect the niche.” The
mantras kept coming as we snaked backwards
The first electronic test is conducted on a Reflex Bass after pickup installation. Note the temporary
handle attached to the neck joint. This allows the bass body to float above the workbench during
sub-assembly, eliminating the possibility of scratching from loose accessories, tools and debris.
the Straight Truth About Pickups by Jason Lollar
Yes, we’re still chasing the dragon. It’s been on my list of
“great pickups I’ve always wanted to build” forever, and
took several years to design — my new Lollar “Regal”
Based on the classic “wide range” (but with a few twists
of my own), it’s fat and clear, with a nice top end sparkle.
Great note bloom and a vocal midrange that never
sacrifices note definition. Same size as the original —
drop it in and turn it up.
I personally design and wind over a hundred different
pickup models including most of the vintage classics,
obscure works of art from steel guitars to clavinets,
and even a few of my own designs that have never
existed in the past.
I invite you to visit our website for sound clips, videos and
current product information or feel free to give us a call.