Crowdsourcing a better bass design

My friend Jennifer and I are trying to design a high-end short scale bass that is better suited for, but doesn't condescend to women/femme/petite players, and we need your help!  If you fit this description, please fill out this short questionnaire.  Otherwise, send it to your friends who do!  The more responses we get, the better we can do.  We hope to organize a chat and brainstorming session sometime in the near future, so let us know if you'd like to be involved!  

Holiday sale!

Hey friends...I know I've done a bad job of posting on the blog.  Moving and renovating the new shop have taken a lot of time and I'm just now getting caught up on the builds I have in progress.  More on that soon.

For now, I am very pleased to announce that I will be offering $100 off the base price of all solidbody custom guitars and basses, $150 off semi-hollow builds, and free small inlay upgrades from now until December 31st.  Get in touch and order your dream guitar today.  Build spots are limited, so get in touch while supplies last!



Moving and shaking...last chance for current pricing!

Hey friends...continued thanks for all the work and support!  I'm very pleased to announce that I will be moving shop very soon.  My wife and I are closing on a house next week and I will have my very own garage all to myself.  Don't worry, we'll still be in South Minneapolis.  This is going to require a lot of work, as the shop needs insulation, drywall, wiring, and climate control before I can really be up and running.  It will be a major improvement over my current duplex situation.  This means I will probably take a few weeks off from guitar work while I get everything sorted.  I am still taking in repair work for now, so please don't be afraid to bring work by.  I will have more information and pictures as work progresses.  Currently, the basement half of my work space is a real mess as I pack and work at the same time.

In other news, I've been getting some really cool commissions so far this spring.  I will still be accepting custom builds, but the list is filling up fast.  I will be accepting one more commission at the current pricing model, but only before July 1st!  So if you want one, please get in touch now.  Don't miss this opportunity!  Here's an update on the custom Siren I'm currently working on.  I've been having a lot of fun with the inlay on this fretboard.  Swamp ash, Cherry, and East Indian Rosewood...and a whole bunch of Mother of Pearl.

Limited time offer!

Thank you to everyone for the compliments on the new website.  Things are moving along nicely in the shop.  Lots of repair work recently, which is great.  Keep it coming!  Headstock inlays are all done on the new batch of Andromedas, as well as a very cool new fretboard design, which you will see soon.  Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for a sneak peek and some headstock pics.  I'm also (slowly) working on plans for an archtop version of the Andromeda!

So, here's the real of July 1st, I will be RAISING PRICES all across the board.  As I'm sure you're aware, $1399 as a starting price is an absolute steal.  I take pride in the amount of care and time it takes to build an instrument, and in order to continue to bring you these one a kind guitars, I need to make some money.  I've been very fortunate to have such good customers and I want to thank you all for your business.  This is a tough industry, and one in which many people never make a living.  I still work a part-time job, but I spend more time than ever building guitars.  This price increase will help me focus more of my attention on building you your dream instrument.  It will also allow me to expand my shop and buy new equipment.  

There's never been a better time to order.  Please be assured that the new pricing scheme will still be a bargain.  And remember, it doesn't cost any money to meet with me and discuss options.  All price quotes given before July will be honored for an additional three months, so please come talk to me!  


Hello and welcome to!  A real website has been long overdue, but I'm finally catching up with the times.  I'm also now on Instagram (@whalehazard.)  Stayed tuned to this blog for regular build updates and pictures, as well as some special upcoming projects and new designs.  

For's what I'm working on.  I've got four new Andromeda builds on the bench.  From left to right:

One piece ash with cherry neck and rosewood headstock/fretboard

One piece ash with maple neck and jatoba headstock/fretboard

Two piece mahogany with mahogany neck and rosewood headstock/fretboard

Two piece mahogany with maple neck and jatoba headstock/fretboard

2016 Andromedas

2016 Andromedas

All of these are for sale!  If you're interested in owning one of them, there is still plenty of time to pick out your hardware/pickup configuration and color scheme!  Click the Contact tab at the top and get in touch!  

I am also currently taking in any and all repair/maintenance work.  Please let me know if I can do anything to make your guitar play better.  Estimates are free!

Thanks for checking out the new website.  Follow me on Instagram and Facebook, and stay tuned here for more news.