Grammy Award winning Electric & Acoustic bassist Abe Gumroyan is part of the new generation of bass players crossing musical borders on a daily basis. In addition to his technical command of the acoustic and electric bass, his diverse musical background has allowed him to fit into a gamut of genres from Salsa & Latin Jazz, traditional Armenian & ethnic fusion, & his daily work in symphony orchestras. The son of Armenian immigrants, Abe was born in Los Angeles, CA and began double bass studies at the age of 10. He also is a strong proponent of using technology & effects for sound manipulation, which makes him a true sonic alchemist to be reckoned with. Aside from his work in the classical music industry Abe is also an in demand recording musician, most noted for his work in the Latin & Pop music industry Abe recorded on the Grammy winning freshman album from the San Francisco based latin big band, “Pacific Mambo Orchestra”. Abe’s live appearances include Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Ricky Martin, Carrie Underwood, & many others. Whether playing as a sideman, producer, or soloist, Abe is known for his deep groove, creative & melodic solos, and prowess of different tones and techniques for any musical outing.
Describe your rig or instrument of choice. I always go for a real clean sounding rig with a flat frequency response. I have been using Gallien Krueger Amplification, Bergantino Audio Systems, & Walter Woods Amplifiers for many years and have not looked back (thank you Vik Momjian). As far as instruments go I always revert to a Fender or Fender inspired instruments as they just work for me. Lately I have been using Colibri Basses, a Nordy J, and a Hammersmith J5.
How did you discover Nordstrand? I was first exposed to Carey’s work from my first serious electric bass teacher, Adrian Garcia. I remember being blown away by Carey’s craftsmanship and later his pickup wizardry. I am fairly certain I was the only 17 year old on the west coast sporting Nordstrand pickups in my bass LOL.
What Nordstrand products do you use? With the exception of the newly released Big Blade series I use all of Carey’s pickups and preamps in my instruments from Big Splits, Fat Stacks, Big Singles, Dual Coils, countless P & J pickups. They record extremely well and kick major ass live !!
How long have you been using Nordstrand? Probably around 10-12 years
Artists whom with you are currently working: Halsey Harkins, Pepe Jimenez & Groove Culture, For The Record Live theatre productions. Too many to count !!
Other artists of note whom with you have worked: Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Stuart, Carrie Underwood, but to name a few.