Comments on: Clever Bass? Weird Bass The Blog for Bass Players - Covering all the basses! Thu, 13 Feb 2014 13:03:27 +0000 hourly 1 By: TinnMann Mon, 26 Jul 2010 21:26:40 +0000 AHH that sounds great.

i cant wait to get good at playing the bass.

i use to be so useless but now im getting the hang of it thatnks to this guy. =]


Try it. ;P

By: dAs Fri, 15 May 2009 18:07:21 +0000 I think the bass is awesome. Designing an instrument for the user what a concept! It’s amazing that a plank of wood with a stick attached to it became an acceptable standard. Okay, so it’s easy to mass-produce – quanity above quality. Thank you for exploring and giving inspiration.

By: Benjamin Thu, 05 Mar 2009 15:58:47 +0000 There is definitely some inspiring stuff on – you are right, it is all to easy to end up as a “tone junky” and not think about the design.

Thinking of design, you can set up a gravatar at – I’m sure you don’t look like that after drinking coffee :)

By: Rick Toone Wed, 04 Mar 2009 10:39:48 +0000 PS: Funny avatar. I don’t know that it exactly captures my mood, but maybe it will after drinking more coffee!

By: Rick Toone Wed, 04 Mar 2009 10:38:10 +0000 Thanks, Benjamin.

There is such an amazing difference between a “conventional” bass and an ergonomic bass…it’s the difference between conforming to an awkward shape in order to play vs. just playing music and never noticing the instrument itself.

An effective design will simply “vanish” and allow the mind and body to work without distraction. In comparison traditional commercial basses feel like wrestling with a surfboard in a windstorm. An effective design should balance and never require your playing hand to support the neck.

Custom ergonomics are even more “transparent” and an important tool for those who are deeply invested in their music.

We’re hoping the work we’re doing at will begin to inspire musicians to demand higher quality more comfortable instrument designs.

Rick Toone

By: Rich Tue, 03 Mar 2009 16:48:00 +0000 The Orchid looks beautiful! I was thinking about things like this the other day after reading this article about a custom made ergonomic bass:

It does intrigue me how much emphasis is often put on sound quality of a bass, and then it seems little thought on how the bass “fits” people. Like, theres what, maybe two or three main body shapes that bass guitars conform to? And we expect these to be comfortable for everyone.

I personally would love to play an ergonomic bass. With my bass (admittedly bought by a very naive beginner!) the curve at the bottom doesn’t conform well to my leg, the top horn digs into my sternum and I have to really angle the wrist to reach the high frets (15-24). It needs to be designed more open down there.

Definately when I buy my next one, comforts going to be first on the priority list! :P

By: Benjamin Tue, 03 Mar 2009 10:40:38 +0000 Thanks Wulf, I have to admit I was thinking about some your conversations on bass design as I was writing this one. The Orchid has some interesting ergonomic details – even the head stock looks carefully cut down.

By: Wulf Mon, 02 Mar 2009 18:11:29 +0000 Nice find, Benjamin. I’d love to give one of those a try some day, or something built with similar principles.