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builder profile: colibrí guitars and basses méxico

Rodrigo Javier Castellanos Garcia of Colibrí Guitars and Basses México, a man of many names who builds beautiful instruments, is from Mexico City.  Every time he contacts the shop we are bound to say his name in full.  With emphasis. Where are you located? We are located in Mexico City, in the … Continue reading

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builder profile: mina bass design

At the 2017 NAMM Show, there was a buzz in the bass building world coming from the Genzler Amplification booth.  A known player with a new game emerged and his bass was on display.  Maurilio “Mo” Mina, from Los Angeles, California, (via Switzerland) was debuting his first bass built under … Continue reading

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De Gier Guitars and Basses

Sander of De Gier Guitars and Basses from Schiedam, The Netherlands, started as a luthiers apprentice.  He has been building for 20+ years and produces approximately 40 instruments a year. Why do you build instruments? Passion, I love doing it, I wouldn’t know anything else I’d rather do. When did you … Continue reading

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builder profile: mike lull custom guitars

1995 in Bellvue, Washington, Mike Lull Custom Guitars launched after Mike spent years as a top notch guitar repair tech, including having his own repair business. Since the launch of these two lines (guitars and basses) Mike’s business has continued to grow and he has created and repaired instruments for thousands … Continue reading

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Builder Profile: Lake Effect Guitars™– Great Instruments from the Great Lakes

Lake Effect Guitars is headed up by owner Paul Jollineau. Paul has been building for four years. Paul loves the technical aspects of acoustic, electric, and bass guitars. What inspired you to become a luthier? It started out as a hobby when I was collecting older models of Fender basses. I found that I … Continue reading

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Big J-Blade: The Comparison

Big Blade Jazz-Style Bass Pickup The Big J-Blade is Jazz-style single coil pickup, with a continuous sensing blade offered in two different winds to provide the style of tone specific to the individual player. One wind provides a “warm and wooly” tone, while an alternate wind provides a “clean and … Continue reading

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builder profile: little guitar works–innovative ergonomic design

Jerome Little, of Little Guitar Works, began building basses in 1994 after a lifetime of woodworking and serious bass study since the age of 13. After building his first bass on his own, the passion was further fueled after attending the Formentera Guitar Building Institute on the Spanish island of Formentera … Continue reading

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builder profile: doner designs

Some of our favorite customers here at Nordstrand are our independent builders. For some it is a hobby, and for some it is a full time job. For Steve and son Richard, of Doner Designs, it is a means to philanthropy. Name of Co: Doner Designs Builder/owner: Steve Doner and … Continue reading

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endorser profile: Ten Years with Igor Saavedra, Renaissance Man

If you are not acquainted with extended range or solo bass then you may not know the name Igor Saavedra. If that’s the case, here is a chance to learn some about a master musician, career educator and Renaissance Man, and about his latest album, Organic Bass 1. Igor has … Continue reading

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Finding Tone with Jeff Potts

We switched out the stock Ibanez pickups in Jeff Potts’ guitar with some Nordstrand NVH Pickups.  So what’s the difference?  Check it out!   About the tone of Jeff Potts’ NVH This is a hot-rodded version of a traditional humbucker with an Alnico V bar magnet. It is slightly overwound … Continue reading

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