I had the original idea to start building this bass a few years ago, right about same time that I had become enamored with the idea of making guitars full-time. At this point I was working 9-5 for a local Boston music store, and doing instrument tech-work 5-9 out of the basement of my house. The thought process that led me to what my next career move might be also took me back to how I got started working on guitars in the first place; sitting in the dining room of my parents' apartment with my only guitar in pieces on the table, poring through a stack of mid-70's customization and repair books just to make sure that I was, in fact, wiring up a new set of pickups correctly. The guy who was reassuring me about the wiring was my uncle, the same person who happened to have given me all the repair books.
The concept was simple: make an instrument that was a hybrid of his all-time favorite basses in a way that would fit the proportions of a taller player (6'8" to be precise). Part Jazz Bass, MusicMan, Ric and Spector, all with a 35" scale and 1.75" nut width, it wound up being a formidable guitar to say the least. The electronics had to be versatile enough to handle any gig, yet simple and intuitive enough to not need an illustrated startup manual. This led to the inception of the 4-stage active/passive switch. With one flick, it would not only take the active preamp completely out of the circuit, but also turn the active bass boost/cut pot into a passive tone control and open the battery connection, letting him play endlessly without draining the battery at all.
So, this one was for the guy who showed me that with the right tools (and an unhealthy amount of curiosity) someone could do just about anything. Thanks.