BunnyBass Field Trip: 2003 NAMM show, page 8.
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Hanewinckel basses. There was a lot of great things going on at the Bartolini booth this year. Harry had never seen or played a Hanewinckel bass in person before, so he was very happy to have the opportunity to meet Pete Hanewinckel. Jon is more familiar with his basses, having bassed around in L.A. for a long time, and over the years he's seen many excellent instruments from Mr. Hanewinckel.
To be blunt, we don't have any explanation as to why Hanewinckel basses are not more well known by now (hey, sometimes the bass world is stupid, sorry). Pete builds each instrument by hand, and each and every one we saw was absolutely flawless. In your hands they have a silky smooth feel and the sound is articulate, even, and full. They're certainly top-quality instruments, his prices are very reasonable, and the range of options Pete offers is very extensive.
Jon: "Several of his body designs are very pleasing to my eye - I like the Gripen, and the Fusion too, and I like the Nimbus one too even though that one isn't so 'sexy' looking... Okay, I think I named almost half his body shapes..."
Nancy: "Oh wow, he inlays his entire name into the headstock one letter at a time - that's a LOT of work!"
[ www.hanewinckelguitars.com ]
M.V. Pedulla Guitars. Here is Henner and Michael Pedulla. The MVP and Buzz models are among only a very small handful of basses that can be called true classics. To compare a current Pedulla to an early one from the 70's it becomes obvious how some designs are just done right the first time. Two and a half decades later and Michael's basses are still some the most desired among working professionals. Obviously he is doing many things right!
Henner and Michael have known each other for a long time and whenever we lost Henner in the crowd we knew where we could find him.
[ www.pedulla.com ]
Moses Graphite. Here's Nancy posing with Moses Graphite head Stephen Mosher. We had a lot of fun talking with Stephen, the guy is so brimming with ideas and unique insights into the industry and is full of positive energy. Stephen managed to say motionless for 1/30th of a second and show us one of his new designs (left), an all graphite composite & aluminum fretless bass called the Key Bass. It has Lace active pickups, a 35" scale length, and weighs less than 7 pounds. This bass is a natural for the travelling bassist - it's extremely durable, headless, and disassembles very quickly to fit into a small gigbag (10 seconds if you're Nancy, 3 minutes or more if you're Jon/a monkey).
Also available for checking out at the booth were a lot of replacement necks (of course), as well as a Vertical Jump bass and the new (?) Starhawk bass. No pictures of these products, but there are lots of nice pictures and information at the Moses website...
[ www.mosesgraphite.com ]
We had to include this charming picture - Stephen actually brought this upright all the way to the NAMM show from the Moses Shop in Eugene, Oregon (!?!). The short story: Stephen asked an artist to carve a "new scroll" for this old upright, what he ended up with is a carving of a beautiful woman playing a cello (or something similar). The cello has its own scroll, the double bass has its scroll (large one on the side, see it?), and of course the woman has lots of flowing hair that looks just like even more little scrolls. In additioin to this, she is naked - Stephen was careful to point this out to us several times! *lol*
VF Guitar Works. A 9-string bass? The top half of the neck is basically a fretted 5 string, the bottom 4 strings live on a fretless ebony fingerboard. This bass was built by VF Guitar Works, Napoli, Italy. The neck looks incredibly wide (and it is), but it's really not too difficult to play.
Here's Harry and a zebrawood 7-string, posing with Vittorio Alloggio, principal at VFGW. A very nice guy, Vittorio was trained as an engineer but decided a while back that he'd rather spend his life working with his hands building fine custom instruments, instead of sitting at a desk all day long. More people should do this!
[ www.vfguitars.com ]
[ continue to page 9: interesting! : Daisy Rock, King Uprights, Burrell ]
Table of contents.
[ page 1 ] introduction & setting.
[ page 2 ] basses & builders: Jens Ritter.
[ page 3 ] basses & builders: Michael Spalt.
[ page 4 ] basses & builders: Celinder, F bass, Dave Olson.
[ page 5 ] basses & builders: Rick Turner.
[ page 6 ] basses & builders: Mike Kinal.
[ page 7 ] basses & builders: Carey Nordstrand, Geoff Gould, Harvey Citron, Abraham Wechter, Lightwave.
[ page 8 ] basses & builders: Hanewinckel, Michael Pedulla, Moses Graphite, VF Guitar Works. <-- you are here
[ page 9 ] interesting!: Daisy Rock guitars, King Doublebass, Burrell (the twisty bass).
[ page 10 ] other cool stuff: Coffin cases, Nancy's balalaika, the Strapture strap, Jeff Berlin.