Yesterday, an amazing thing happened!
I was contacted by Igor, from Serbia (former Yugoslavia), who told me that he had seen my long lost Kebbon Bass V!
I built this approximately 1989-90 to sell it but it was stolen before I had a chance to do so. I have been watching music videos and tv appearances ever since and sometimes thought that I had a glimpse of it, but there are plenty of basses that have similar appearance.
It is now for sale, and Igor spotted the ad. The pickups have been replaced with a pair of MusicMan, but otherwise, it looks the same.
Igor helped me contact the seller, who reported that he had owned it for some 5-6 years and bought it in Serbia. Quote: It “has great sound and playability, and sounds something beetwen Jazz bass and Warwick”.
It’s been 20 years, so obviously it’s too late to recover it. I just feel that it’s fun to see what became of it. Current owner: feel free to post back!
I have been planning to upload some sound samples for some time. I have also been planning to get some more videos, but was dreading it simply because the effort required was nightmarish and still, after hours of messing around and downloading different programs, came out not wide screen but squeezed together. But I got a new computer the other day that had the latest version of the operating system and suddenly everything worked as expected – smoothly. But now I had not made an effort when lighting the recording properly. But next time…
So, I met up with Peter Hansson, who helped me test tremolos before, and we recorded some sound samples. Rather than just putting up mp3s, I used the new software to put them up on YouTube witha single click! Sound has been lined from a Mesa Boogie Rectoverb through a Palmer speaker simulator. No effects boxes except on the distorted sample where we added a Boss Flanger and some echo.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/user/olastrandberg to see all the clips.
Here is one sample, showing the action of the tuners.
Expect more videos soon.
In case you haven’t seen it already, I have written a brief history of the first EGS guitar over on eLutherie.org.
As I’m finalizing the research of a new supplier for the tremolo knife edge, I am faced with having to make a decision regarding how to deal with 7- and 8-string tremolos. I am getting quite a few requests for this, and it is a fun thing to be able to support. The issue is that the knife edge is by far the most expensive component I have, and I would ideally like to be able to use the same for all.
Please let me know your thoughts – I need input on whether this is acceptable or not. Durability and action is another matter that I will obviously have to deal with. An 8-string version with the same basic setup will likely require 5 springs and may feel very stiff.