About

My drive to make the best basses possible, comes from being a bass player myself.  
From the design and construction methods, to the set-up and the finish that is applied.  
Every step is taken to make the best sounding and most comfortable basses possible.  
All in all it is my opinion that the attention to the smallest details makes a difference in an instrument.  
The way it sounds, feels, plays, and to ensure that it will last a lifetime.

A lot of the build philosophy and construction ideas come from my machinist background. 
I have 15 years of experience being a machinist, the shops work ranged from Military to NASA
and similar tight tolerance low production jobs.  Knowing how to cut material to relieve the stress,
how to hold material to keep tight tolerances comes from all those days of working on some crazy difficult stuff.
It’s amazing how similar wood is to metal, both have built in stress, both need to be cut
in a way to not create stress and for the most part, the same methods work when working with them.

The design ideas started way back in the early 1990’s, when I was a bass major in college.
Practicing 3 or 4 hours a day you really come up with opinions on bass comfort and play-ability.
That is also when I started my first bass, it was a 4-string fretless.
It started there, putting ideas into the design for better balance, better overall comfort
for standing and seated playing.   A lot of ideas to make both your right and left hand comfortable.
Neck angle to bring the neck closer to you, shaping the body so the fingerboard comes to you
instead of leaning away from you.  Small details like rolling over the edge of the fingerboard,
to how the transitions blend into each other.  It all adds up
to make a significant difference when you’re putting some major hours down.

Thank you for visiting the website .

Cliff Bordwell