Learn Upright Bass Repair and Restoration


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We love old basses and are committed to the idea of passing the tradition on to future luthiers, offering a range of private workshop sessions  designed to maximize your understanding and knowledge of the instrument and to prepare students  for working in fine repair shops  around the country and on their own. We have been told that this one of the only shops in the country offering upright bass specific trainings and have taught hundreds of students over the last two decades.

Click here for a list of current course offerings in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.

To the right is our hand rubbed sunburst finishing video compliments of the folks over at finewoodworking.com and a spray finishing video shot by our friends over at Dream Guitars.

Checkout this thread from a one-on-one private student workshop on restoring an old Juzek bass, from our friends over at talkbass.com.

Thanks to the Guild of American Luthiers for hosting us  at several of their conventions in Tacoma, Washington where James gave workshops in vintage plywood bass restoration, finishing, new bass building, and archtop voicing & design considerations. You can find the 20+ page printed restoration article series in American Lutherie magazine issues #109 & 110, along with almost 20 other articles James has written for them over the years. This has consistently been our favorite luthier gathering in the country; the GAL rocks and the Seattle area is a fantastic place to attend!

Another big thanks to The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans for hosting us at their 2015 Symposium featuring an upright bass repair and restoration supersession that will be transcribed in an upcoming issue of Guitarmaker magazine.