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Fat Bass Tone: New Bass Shop Offers High Quality Components and Technical Expertise

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Wells, Maine USA - January 6, 2020 - With over 4 decades of combined experience as bass builders, repairmen and advisors to players looking to improve their electric bass tone, Brian Ristola and Max Kay have launched a new venture, Fat Bass Tone, LLC.

    Fat Bass Tone’s mission is to deliver high quality bass components and technical expertise to the electric bass playing community. The new company stocks a large assortment of pickups, preamps, bridges, tuners & more at their online store https://fatbasstone.com

    The company is an authorized and stocking dealer of Aguilar, Allparts, Bartolini, Delano, East, EMG, Hipshot, Lindy Fralin, Nordstrand, & Seymour Duncan.

    So, what is Fat Bass Tone's story?

    It was established by two luthiers, players, bass nerds and all around good guys, who happen to be friends.

    In early high school, Brian Ristola bought his first electric guitar and started playing with his friends in a band. In his 20’s he transitioned to electric bass guitar and enjoyed the band scene in Washington DC for a year, before heading up to the woods in New England. Since that time, two decades ago, he has made electric bass guitars his career. The transition from player to luthier came in 1999 when he began an apprenticeship with Chris Stambaugh (Stambaugh Designs). Eventually, when he and his wife bought their first home, he built his own shop and went into business for himself under the name “Ristola Instruments" in 2002.

    The next evolution in his career was helping bass players around the world get access to high-end bass guitar hardware and electronics. He also found his niche providing quality technical information and resources for players who were looking to upgrade their bass or build an entirely new instrument. To that end, Brian founded Best Bass Gear, LLC in 2003 and operated the business until 2010.

    Max Kay started his career as a luthier in the early 1990’s when he attended the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. He has worked as a bass and guitar tech, as well as a repairman ever since. He has built up a wealth of knowledge which is invaluable to players looking to modify their instruments.

    We believe that our expertise in building and repairing electric bass guitars will benefit our customers. We have the knowledge to help players get the most out of their instruments and to find their "perfect" tone.


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    emjazz, ErikP.Bass, MonetBass and 4 others like this.
  2. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin Estimator Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    May 13, 2015
    Greenville, NC
    I can't get the website to load. All I see if a big green truck and a large black box under it. My Javascript is turned on and up to date so it's not that.
    Loring likes this.
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin Estimator Extraordinaire Supporting Member

    May 13, 2015
    Greenville, NC
    Now it's working. Maybe they were working on it.
  4. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Site works fine for me in Chrome.
  5. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    So what’s happening to Best Bass Gear?
  6. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    I used to order from Best Bass Gear. Having a store closer to me is always nicer. Welcome!

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