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Bass Repair in Boston

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by guitarbass, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. guitarbass


    Feb 3, 2012
    I just had the fingerboard replaced on my 1939 Kay M1 bass by Michael Hartery in Boston, along with a new bridge. My bass has always been special for a plywood instrument. It vibrates and has a warm tone. It's neck is typical for Kay -- narrow and with a thin fingerboard. A luthier had already added a graduated wedge under the fingerboard to raise the height of the bridge and improve the tone, but he only did the job part-way.

    Michael improved the wedge, used a wonderful thick ebony fingerboard, and also flared the board just the right amount to add some needed width to the neck. The neck feels incredible now! He carved a fine bridge and set the bass up to maximize its sound. It's a totally different instrument now, with a deeper voice. It sounds great pizz, arco, and through an amp. It's like he turned my plywood bass into a very nice instument. He's totally maximized it!
  2. jacochops


    Jul 2, 2000
    Bryan, TX
    Mike's an exceptional luthier, and a GREAT guy! I have nothing but the best of things to say about Dr. H! He's an exceptional luthier, and totally trust him in the DB/set-up dept!
  3. Michael Hartery

    Michael Hartery Guest

    Mar 13, 2018
    I no longer work on basses.
  4. rickwolff

    rickwolff CGJ Emeritus (Certified Gear Junkie) Retired???

    If you need a bass luthier in the Boston area look up Volker Nahrman. Great work.

    Also has a Huge selection of basses.

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