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John Kallas Appreciation/Owners club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sneha1965, Jul 7, 2013.


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  1. Now THAT is one beautiful bass. If it sounds as good as it looks we're all in trouble!
     
  2. On second thought you need to sell me that one and get the natural one you're dreaming of!
     
  3. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    MA
    I sent away my 64 Jazz to get refinished by John with amazing results. Sure it looked cool before I sent it to him but because of the way it was finished the varnish would always wear away on my hands and I couldn't play it without the stained finish stinking up a storm. Now John's restored it to it a perfect closet classic finish and I have no qualms about playing it often. Plays better than it ever did. Way exceeded my expectations.


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  4. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

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    Awesome. Nobody does burst like John!
    Can hardly wait for mine to get through the queue.
     
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  5. Wow that really looks great!
     
  6. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    MA
    Here are some more shots. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1393781751.827685. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1393781771.206870. ImageUploadedByTalkBass1393781805.173228.
     
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  7. ROOTSnFIFTHS

    ROOTSnFIFTHS Low-end Lover since '78! Supporting Member

    Oct 25, 2012
    NJ to Sin City
  8. slagbass

    slagbass Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2005
    Canada
    I'm not an owner but I am an admirer of John's work.
    Oh... and bump for more pics! :)
     
  9. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    Don't own a Bass, But John's Zeke Overdrive Pedal is the bomb.
     
  10. Hope to be able to have John build me one, someday. Incredible, authentic, and professional work - you can really tell that it is a labor of love for him.
     
  11. That's a great refin, but I also really like the funky ""before" version. Too bad that finish was sticky and stinky.
     
  12. KPO2000

    KPO2000 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2001
    MA

    Yeah, that finish was cool for about 10 years, but John's refin feels and looks much better!
     
  13. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Another stunning project from John Kallas.
    John just knows how a vintage Fender should look, feel, sound... (and probably even tastes, LOL) more than any other builder I've ever seen... it just comes through as pure and authentic in every bass I've seen of his.
    Having that vast knowledge base in the construction of these instruments(He did work with Leo), the clearly defined vintage-correct aesthetics, and the skill and craftsmanship to translate that knowledge into reality is just a wonderful gift. It's art.
     
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  14. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Oceana (Pacifica) CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Very impressive, and yes I agree it appears he loves what he does and it shows. Fine artisan/craftsmen of his level gives one hope and inspiration.
     
  15. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    MP-16.

    My first JK restoration.
     
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  16. Very cool!
     
  17. Mr. Wu

    Mr. Wu Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Canton, GA
    I've got one in the works ... Excited, to say the least.
     
  18. sneha1965

    sneha1965

    Nov 7, 2007
    NOVA
    Cool! What's your build going to be?
     
  19. Mr. Wu

    Mr. Wu Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2008
    Canton, GA
    '73 Jazz ... Black Nitro, Maple neck, bound and blocked ... Can't wait :)
     
  20. 9mmMike

    9mmMike Would you happen to have a cookie for me? Supporting Member

    Wait 'til you see the one I have on the way..... John sent me pics of the painted body and it is looking very very good.
     

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