My next electric in the jazz bass tradition will be a Callowhill Junk 5, made by Tim Cloonan in Philadelphia. Tim and I spent some serious time on the phone and I feel great about his building approach and philosophy; it was a delight to find a builder who had thought of a great number of details that were important to me. He can also source some amazing Brazilian Rosewood, which is CITES protected and not offered by many builders. Seeing one in the flesh a few weeks ago sealed the deal.
One of the biggest things that he’s improved the balance and reduced the weight of his bass, often achieving basses near 7 lbs that sound great and don’t have any neck dive. It will be really gig friendly and I can’t wait to get it! Should be 4–8 months.
Chambered ash body
Flame maple top, dark cherry burst finish
Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard, no dots
Nordstrand Big Single or Big Split pickups, Sadowsky preamp