A prodigal son returns (Updated family photos - Ritter, Sadowksy, MTD, Kennedy)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Marlat, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Well, after three and half years of living in the UK with my 6 string custom stuck back in Australia I finally managed to rescue it when I went home for Christmas and so have taken the opportunity to take some updated family pics of my four basses in the UK. I have another left in Australia, a Hotwire 4 string, but couldn't bring that back. My four main basses are:

    Sadowsky PJ4 NYC
    MTD 535-21 "Marilyn"
    Ritter Roya 5 Royal "Casa Fronto"
    Kennedy 6 string

    More details on each bass are below in seperate posts. But here are the family pics:





  2. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Sadowsky PJ4 NYC
    Alder Body
    Brazillian Rosewood Board
    Daphne Blue Finish
    Hipshot D Tuner
    Routed for JJ pickups




  3. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    MTD 535-21 "Marilyn"
    Chambered Alder body
    Wenge Neck
    Walnut Top
    Birdseye maple fingerboard






  4. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Ritter Roya 5 Royal "The Casa Fronto"
    Swamp Ash Body
    Hard limba neck
    Maple (dyed) fingerboard
    38 Frets
    "Casa Fronto" antique plaster finish





  5. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Kennedy 6
    Built by Neil Kennedy (an Australian luthier)
    Tasmanian blackwood core
    Jarrah accents
    Figured camphor-laurel top and back
    13 piece neck Flamed Maple/wenge/bubinga/ebony
    Gaboon Ebony fingerboard
    Alembic Signature Electronics
    Alembic pickups







  6. That Kennedy is sickeningly gorgeous! Does Neil have a website?
  7. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Unfortunately not. His basses are sold through Billy Hyde music in Melbourne aus. But there is basically no advertising other than word of mouth. They are amazing basses. As well made as anything I've played from any other luthier. They are roughly modelled on a ken smith in terms of wood sandwich and pickup placement. But neil prefers the clarity of the alembic pickups and preamplifier rather than the smith "ping" in the mids.
  8. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    Wow Mark.. Wow. I never knew you had basses like that, I honestly had no idea what you even played! :D Im just in total awe of your collection man, honestly.

    Phew.. I need to quit drooling everywhere.
  9. Gastón


    Nov 28, 2004

    Really interested in Kennedy´s basses!:bassist:
  10. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Unfortunately there just isn't much info out there on them. Neil works at Box Hill TAFE in Melbourne and I believe you could try and contact him through there. He doesn't build that many basses and they are at the pricey end (all the components are top notch as is his wood selection). He tends to use Australian timbers in his basses. I tried to search for them on the music junction blackburn website but even that doesn't have any info. However, Im happy to answer questions about them!
  11. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    You'd be surprised how often I hear that! :D

    Here's some sort of proof, me playing my old (and sorely missed) Sadowsky:


    and here's me back when I was a young-un (that's me with the long hair and the Warwick:


    Haha, I need to find a way to post MP3's up online so I can prove it. I use photobucket, will that work or do I need some other sort of service?
  12. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    The Ritter is not really to my taste, but the other three are incredible. Wonderful collection Mark.
  13. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    I think we believe you Mark, no need to prove it. But sound clips are always welcome!

    Bump this thread for some killer basses that Im still in total awe of.
  14. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    Thanks. The Ritter's arn't too everyone's tastes generally, and this one is a little "unusual", but the bass is so easy to play and its super light weight (7.3lbs) even with a plaster finish. Its strung E-C and is great for solo / chords, but can hold its own in the first five frets too provided you role back the tone a little bit. With the tone on full its a little bit trebly for groove playing with the pickup jammed up against the bridge. That said, with the treble roled back a smidge and a tube preamp (I used a DHA-VT1-EQ-Bass drive) its got a great fatness to it too!
  15. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford

    Feb 15, 2008
    What a way to wake up, checking out this thread yet again. I'm still in total awe factor. The elegance of the Ritter, yet being passive, is insane to think about. And the way the 6 string flows.

    Bravo Mark.
  16. burk48237

    burk48237 Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Oak Park, MI
    Very cool Mark. The Ritter looks like it could use a re-finnish though. Or maybe you could just stick NIN and Blink 182 stickers on it to cover up all those flaws.:D


    I love that Sadowsky by the way. Matching headstocks always hurt me. I do have another question. You're a Lawyer (Bannister)and you already have a large Bass Collection. Are you trying for the Tom Bowlus UK designation?:cool:
  17. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    One of the things I love about this bass is its the ultimate "relic" bass. It just goes to prove the point that relicing is really just a finish option because you can relic a bass beyond its possible natural relicing ability. I think Jens would have a heart attach if I wanted him to refinish it. He told me how much the finish cost him! :D

    I am not sure I could ever achieve Bowlus status. For starters, I don't have nearly enough basses. I only have one of each brand! :D Secondly, I am not really into amps, whereas I understand Tom has a basement full of them. Thirdly, he started a magazine! and, finally, my carpets are far more tasteful than his! :D
  18. Wow, beautiful collection of instruments. That Kennedy 6 has a LOT of Drozd in the look, but I actually like it better. That really is a beautiful instrument!
  19. That is quite the collection. Wouldnt mind getting my hands on those.
  20. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    Nice basses! The Kennedy reminds me of a Drozd, though.