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Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by T2W, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. T2W


    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    Hi guys,
    First off, this is pretty much for guys who have built more than 1 or 2 instruments. I think the title says it all. What is your day job? Do other woodwork apart from bass building? kids? Without feeding your ego with a shovel, Id like to know your background since behind every bass is a builder. Show a pic of yourself if you want. The point is to, maybe, possibly, try and make this place a bit more 'human'.

    TalkBass rules (as a reminder for some...)


    Thanks !!


    Chapter 2

    Thanks for replying guys, I appreciate it. Ive always prefered TBers calling me by name instead of my username... come to think about it I should have used my name as my username.. :meh: I dont want TB to be like facebook, we can just go to facebook if we want the chitter chatter stuff. Im sure im not the only one who might want to use this as a reference in the future, maybe it can help certain 'potential customers' to find a builder for their dream bass... so here is a list of everyone who has participated:

    Page 1:

    mikeyswood - Mike
    Rodent - Rod
    Ledbelli Bass - Cleve Johnson
    T2W - Mario Tremblay
    tjclem - Tom Clement
    hoytbasses - Karl
    phat5 - Steve Thompson
    Greenman - Brent
    wilser - Wil Ramirez
    Lon - ?
    scottyd - Scotty
    erikbojerik - Erik Hauri
    BassBilodeau - Mathieu Bilodeau
    jordan_frerichs - Jordan

    Page 2: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=516880&page=2

    MPU - Marko Ursin
    dblbass - Joe
    renniw - Martin
    vbasscustom - Lee
    alembicplyr - Jason
    Beej - Brent J
    powerbass - John
    Son of Magni - Karl Thorkildsen :smug:
    Greg Breshears - Gregory Breshears
    radii - Jean-Pierre
    leswatts - Les

    Page 3: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=516880&page=3

    guitar ed - Ed
    Gone - Jeff
    eleonn - Enrique
    maybass77 - Shawn
    Ray Holt - Ray Holt
    moonshinegtrs - Rick Wilson
    MadMan118 - ?
    XylemBassGuitar - Anthony Olinger
  2. mikeyswood

    mikeyswood Banned

    Jul 22, 2007
    Cincinnati OH
    Luthier of Michael Wayne Instruments
    Hi. My name is Mike.

    About to turn the big 3 0 :(

    I am an organic chemist by day and have been building instruments for 15 years. I started working with wood in the sixth grade and I have been hooked ever since. I currently have over 120 types of trees in my house from all parts of the world with the exception of the Antarctic. My carpentry skills quickly grew into mechanical skills and I am now an outpatient of the Henry Ford Clinic.

    No wife, no kids-that I am aware ;)

    Built my first bass sophomore year. Junior year my brother had a physics project for a "stringed instrument." He went into that class with a fully functioning guitar and was the toast of the high school for the remainder of his years. :bassist:

  3. Rodent

    Rodent A Killer Pickup Line™ Commercial User

    Dec 20, 2004
    Upper Left Corner (Seattle)
    Player-Builder-Founder: Honey Badger Pickups & Regenerate Guitar Works

    software deployment program manager who specializes in CAD/CAM/CAE for advanced composites in aerospace. prior to being on the software side I was on the user side for both engineering and manufacturing. I get to visit some pretty ... um ... off the beaten path places sometimes :ninja:

    my building time is limited to evenings and weekends at the moment, and I'm in process of 'fitting into' a new shop

    all the best,

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  4. LedBelli Bass

    LedBelli Bass Fine, Handmade Custom Bass Guitars

    Dec 25, 2008
    Pasco, WA
    Cleve (Cleveland) Johnson, age 50;

    Kids: two daughters, aged 12 and 13

    Wife, married for 15 years next month.

    Dog: long-haired Chihuahua whose christened name is "Nelson" but whom I have called, "My-little-rodent-friend" since the day he came home. (sorry Rodent!)

    Favorite music: Dave Matthews Band (license plate: DMBJAMS . . . sad isn't it?)

    Favorite Car: My 1981 Mercedes Benz 300SD bearing the above plate.

    Metal Trades Supervisor, Nuclear Industry: 30 years exp.

    Musical performance: since 1979; bass since 1999 Usually get out 3 or 4 performances/ month

    Woodworking since age 14; mostly furniture until this past year.

    Hobby: Avid road cyclist (like Lance) logging 5k to 6k miles in 8 months per year

    Second job: building basses; intent is to take the next 10 years till I retire to develop a viable supplemental vocation. Please send me a bandsaw . . .
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  5. T2W


    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    Cool ! Right on guys. Rod that seems like quite the job.. So you have no problem drawing up plans of your next build, right? haha. Dave Matthews, Cleveland? Sweeeeeet !!!! I also got quite the lack of patience, many walls have seen pieces of wood thrown at them, and many pieces of wood have been thrown to the walls. I envy you for your marriage and daughters. I can't wait to have kids.

    Hello my name is Mario and Im an alcoholic. Im 25, 'engaged' to m y lovely girl that Ive known for the past 10 years, and have been working wood for, also, 10 years. I now run a 19 by 42' shop, building doors and windows, furniture and basses.

    Here is a small example of what I do.
    I custom built the Staircase, Door, and even installed the floor in this house. My brother took care of the Crowns. It was a nice house when we got it done.


    Walk In closet. All Maple. Hefty pricetag


    Anybody on TalkBass is welcome to my shop for a cold beer, I love talkin about wood and basses and beer. Thanks again, Peace
  6. tjclem

    tjclem Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 6, 2004
    Central Florida
    Owner and builder Clementbass
    Tom Clement
    50 years old soon Nooooooooooooooo:bawl:
    Camera repair man 1979- 2007
    Started building bases for fun 2002 then I lost my job 14 months ago and have been building full time ever since.
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  7. hoytbasses


    Mar 30, 2003
    Cape Cod
    I build stringed instruments.......
    age 56: Married 33 years, 3 kids 3 grandkids

    built my first acoustic guitar in 1978 as a haven from working with troubled adolescents as a behavioral therapist. did that work for 23 years. The last 9 years of counseling was as a school social worker. i took over as a woodworking teacher in 2000 and have taught about 400 kids how to build electric and acoustic instruments.

    played bass in weekend warrior bands my whole life and started focusing on basses in the mid 80's

    I don't know how many instruments I've built but it's in the hundreds by now.

    still can't wait for the next project!

    T2W.... stunning work!

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  8. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    Steve Thompson, 49
    Married 20+ yrs, to my college sweetie
    2 boys 15 & 11
    Rat terrier, "Elvis" the wonder dog.
    Day job, 19 yrs as a General Motors technician.
    Got my start in building basses in '78. I used to hang out at the Guitar Works, in Santa Cruz CA.
    2 of the techs ( Rick McKee and John Tuescher) were regulars with the Doobie Bros and various other pro bands. These guys were great to me. They planted the seed, and it's been growing ever since.
    I'm starting a hobby/side business this summer, and plan on building my spin on the venerable P bass and 2 other designs I have. I'm limited on time, space and larger shop tools, but I make due and enjoy every minute of it. I continue to learn by my mistakes;) Btw, I love this forum, it's been a great ride!
    I also enjoy catfishin' with my boys and USHL hockey games with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.
    My recent craze is Latin Jazz, Mongo Santamaria is da man!
  9. T2W


    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    COOL !! Keep it comin' guys ! Tom... or Mr.Tom that is (hehe sorry) how is building full time? It must be easier at 50, financially speaking. Its nice to see all of you guys are older, no joke. My best friends are my Dad and Uncle, as well as my buddy's Uncle, who is 56. Nothing like takin a beer with them and talkin for hours. What can I say, I love learning and most guys my age don't so they ain't got much to teach me, so I turn to my older friends to learn. Hard to smoke some 'funny tobacco' with some of you though...
  10. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    Glad to see the age of some of you.

    Brent - 51 years young

    Co-owner of a couple businesses with my wife dedicated to employment consulting, disability management and accessibility customer support training. Aproved service providers for the Ontario Disability Support program.

    During my spare time I work 40 hrs. a week as a journeyman Glazier/Metal Mechanic with 26 yrs. experience.

    Will be restarting an old build thread soon.
  11. Wilser (Wil) Ramirez ....Wil is cool.
    33yrs, married to my beautiful wife Maria for 8 years, 2 daughters who are 4 & 6, Christian who loves metal music.
    I work as a software engineer for a living (hate the day job).
    Extremely judgemental and self conscious about my work.
    Playing bass for 20 years now.
    Been building basses as a hobby 2002, formalized the business part time in 2005.
    LOOOOVE photography and spend way too much money on cameras and lenses.
    I am not an alcoholic (wait, doesn't that mean that I AM?) but I enjoy tasting out world liquor.
    I am NOT tidy, but I know where everything is and if you move something or straighten up I will not find anything, ever.
    I like to do "manly" stuff like shaving with a straight razor (and cutting my face), driving a manual transmission, wearing uncomfortable boots and old time rugged hats, NOT doing the dishes and drinking craft beer.
    I like horror movies.
    Pirates are better than Ninjas.

    Here's us:
  12. T2W


    Feb 24, 2007
    Montreal, Canada.
    HAHAHAHAHA Wil that is awesome ! Mid Humper, wearing uncomfortable boots, pirates.... its all good. hahahaha

    Brent, good to hear from you again, how is that Aluminum inlay coming along? Its been a year and a half my friend... how's that goin'?

  13. praisegig

    praisegig Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    Stephenville, TX
    Hello all. I'm 65, been married for 22 years to my second wife, bunch of kids, G/kids and GG/kids. Live on 17 acres 65 miles SW of the Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex is nice, but limited supplies for my hobbies.

    I've been in the furniture finishing/refinishing for around 30 years. Since I retired this year, back into building basses for grins. Been working on some prototypes, fun and makes this old brain keep working. I like to build up/finish parts basses and donate them to kids who are musically inclined, but don't have the resources to afford one.

    Hopefully by the end of next week, I'll finally have my shop built. Will have a 24'x24' metal building with a dedicated finishing room. Man, can't wait.......:):):)

    Love to play bluegrass, blues, country, gospel, praise and worship.
  14. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses
    Great thread Mario!! just what the doctor ordered.

    My name is Scott most call me Scotty. I'm 31 years old. My family consists of my son who's 8 and my wife of 9 years who I've been with for well over 13.

    We've got 4 dogs, the only one I really care for is a Chihuahua wiener dog mix that I playfully named Sancho. That said, Sancho is my homie! If I'm at home he's right by my side, and when I arrive home he's waiting at the door.

    I'm a water treatment operator by day and I build guitars part time on nights and weekends. I've done repairs for a looooong time and I've been building since 03,

    The number of builds I’ve done is in the mid 20's 18 of which are Redeemers. I named my basses Redeemer because I feel that any talent I have is not rightfully mine because it was given to me by my Savior Jesus Christ, so I do not find it appropriate to have my own name on them. (Please note that this is not up for debate, these are my personal feelings and if you don’t like them that is fine but please keep it to yourself and I will respectfully do the same for you and your feelings):)

    As far as woodworking goes I've also built a little bit of furniture, my last project was a fireplace mantel for our home.

    I started playing guitar at around 13 years old, I switched to bass not too long afterwards, I never really got very good at either one..... :meh:

    I also like to build stuff from steel (welding cutting ect), I've built several custom cars and hotrods, my latest project is a bobber style motorcycle.

    Short term goal; build a new shop.:hyper: Long term goal; stay healthy, happy and keep on building basses.;)

    Sancho and me!
  15. scottyd

    scottyd Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2006
    Waco Tx
    Builder/owner Redeemer Basses

    Congrats on the shop Lon! Sounds like you've earned it.:D
  16. Isn't there an old thread like this in the archives?

    Well - here's my personal web page at work (hasn't been updated in about 8 years!).


    Just about to celebrate the 13th anniversary of my 30th birthday.

  17. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    You have a good memory or you went lookin' back.
    Work has consumed my life the past year. It's not always that way but this year has been good. I'm going to order parts soon so stay tuned.

  18. Greenman


    Dec 17, 2005
    Ontario Canada
    BTW Tell your brother the crown over the transom lite looks great. Very heavy looking door as well.
  19. BassBilodeau


    Apr 2, 2007
    Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada
    Builder of Bilodeau Basses
    Hey nice thread!

    I am a web programmer, working full time, but I've been a system administrator, network technician, movie cameraman and a 3D graphics designer.

    Like a few people around, I will turn 30 in two months, my fiancée and I will have our first kid in mid july. I also have a dog and a bird. Although, the bird belong to my girlfriend, I just can't stand it when it sings early in the morning.

    I have been learning wood working and building basses since 2004. I have made 8 basses so far and a ukulele for a friend. I also made two poker tables. I can only work on weekends and evenings in my small shop of 13 x 10. Actually it is supposed to be a bedroom in my basement that I converted.

    I also enjoy doing motorcycle trips, I try to do at least 10 000 miles per summer. T2W knows how short summer is in Canada ;)

    Short term project: finishing a bass for april
    Mid term project: making the kitchen cabinets
    long term project: raise our kids with the best I can give them
  20. jordan_frerichs


    Jan 20, 2008
    cool insight of the master builders of tb. i wish the standards would be wider, to include the hobbists and amateurs out ther trying to make worthy instruments. btw, erik, love the anneversary thing, that is an awsome way of putting it!