This month, like pretty much every other at Mass Street Music, brought some really unique instruments through our Repair Shop. Take for instance this one string bass that Andrew brought in to get strung up. Putting one string on, no problem. Sussing out what string works best for a 40s boat engine casing bass? That took a minute. Or two.
Andrew intended to built a gas tank bass similar to the beast Jeff Eaton from Split Lip Rayfield created. When he visited his friend’s salvage yard though, he was fresh out of gas tanks – then Andrew spied this 40s motor boat engine housing. He added a neck and bridge from wood he trimmed from a hedge in his own yard. After talking a bit about it, Josh ended up recommending a Fender 72 gauge nylon tapewound string. Thank you Andrew for sharing your Sea King 5 bass with us.
A little more detailed, this 60s Gibson ES-345 came in dressed to the nines in a tooled leather covering so intricate we all stopped and gawked for a bit.
Super clean, and really beautiful old-school tooling with amazing details. The ES-345 received some TLC and it’s back to playing like new now, thanks to Mass Street Music luthier Mike Runyon.
As for the purpose of the leather covering, it’s really just for decoration, and perhaps a bit of an homage to Elvis and others who were fond of the treatment in the 50s.