During the lifetime of a bass it will go through many seasonal and environmental changes. These can cause cracks, open seams, rib problems and playability issues. Also because of the size of the bass it is at risk for more incidental damage than it's smaller counterparts. Bassists on average spend more on repairs and general maintenance than violinists, violists, and cellists; and that is why I am excited to offer personalized repairs that are effective, reliable, and budget conscious. Each repair is a chance to improve the structural integrity of the bass, the sound, and the player's happiness with their instrument. I have been fortunate to have extensive training and education in the field of bass repair, and I find great joy in helping other bassists realize their instruments full potential.
- Open Seams
- Fingerboard issues
- Cosmetic work
- Structural work
- Neck grafts/replacements
- Wood replacement
- Neck issues
- Endpin issues
Additionally, setup work is of crucial importance to get the most out of your instrument. I am happy to work with each bassist to find their ideal setup.
Setup and adjustments include
- Bridge height/placement/shape
- Fingerboard shaping
- Nut/Saddle corrections
- String selection
- Soundpost adjustment
Please email me at Chicagobassworks@gmail.com for more information or to setup an appointment to have your bass evaluated.
Another old German workhorse bass... this has been repaired more than a few times. While I had the top off I removed a lot of redundant 'cleats' and put in my own. BONUS! This bass had an "integral" bass bar that is carved from the same piece of wood as the top.
Cello with a big ol' rib crack, did some touch up varnishing and polishing to make it look better!
When the top is cracked at the soundpost area, often the most effective repair is to inlay new wood in the effected area.
Sometimes pegbox cracks are easy to repair, other times it takes a lot of patience.
When resetting a neck in order to make certain the neck is perfectly centered I use a laser projector as a reference line. I love using magnets and lasers in my repairs whenever I can.
Sometimes it is necessary to add new wood, especially at fragile places like corners.
Most flatback basses will at some point have the bracing come loose. In this instance I was able to reglue the braces without completely removing the back.
If the lower block is damaged beyond repair, the only course of action is to carve it out and replace it.