GEAR!

Okay, all you instrument geeks out there (you know who you are)- this is for you!

Let's start at the top.

This beauty is my main axe, the one I use for 95% percent of my gigs. She was made in the mid 19th century (circa 1850) in Bohemia, which these days encompasses the region surrounding modern Germany and Austria. I purchased this bass from Tobias Festle's World of Basses in Reutlingen, Germany in 1990 while on tour with the Jerusalem Symphony. In 1993 Al Jakstadt of Cincinnati installed the low C extension- this is the device you see running along the E string over the scroll. Flip the movable nut, and the E knocks all the way down to a low C. Since this picture was taken I've had a movable nut installed at the D stop as well, so the extension can be opened to a D- you can see this in some of the other pics on the site.

Currently I am using Pirastro Obbligato Hybrid Strings- they have a great jazz sound, bow well, and are easy on the fingers. My current pickup design is two K&K 'Bass Max' piezos, one in each wing slot of the bridge.

When the club is smoky, or the gig's outside, or I'm driving to Iowa in January, or I just don't feel safe bring the 1850 bass along for whatever reason, this blonde 1951 Kay does the job just fine. (I've always had a thing for blondes...) Perfectly set up for jazz, this axe has a gutsy sound that compliments many situations- you'll find me covering country gigs with this one too. This one's also fitted with Pirastro Obbligato Hybrid Strings.

Let's go electric!

A bevy of Leo's beauties. From the left:

1970 Fender Mustang. My first real bass. (The first bass I had as a kid does not count as a real instrument.) I got this in about 1982 from Bronen's Music in Paramus, New Jersey. When I got it, it was stock, although the oversized bridge and gold knobs and thumb rest still have me puzzled, those are not stock features on a '70 Mustang. In my youthful folly, I had a friend install the Seymour Duncan Vintage Jazz Bass pickup in the bridge position. It's actually a neck pickup, but with the Mustang's narrow string spacing, I couldn't get away with a Jazz Bass bridge pickup. Sounds great! But, admittedly, looks weird.

1987 Jazz Bass '62 Reissue:

1980 G&L L-1000 (sort of...)

2005 G&L Tribute L-2500

Guitars! (why not?)

1956 Silvertone

1977 Ibanez Les Paul Standard

The Power Section

Nemesis 2x10 200 watt combo

SWR Strawberry Blonde

1967 Ampeg Reverb-O-Jet