They made a bass from 5500 year old wood? A day at Alpher Instruments

Published November 10, 2018 in Gear

Seriously… the bass I play in the video was made from wood that’s been carbon dated to be at least 3500BC (that's over 5500 years old!)…

I’m not sure about you, but to me that sets off all my bass geek alarms (in a great way!).

And to top it off, the bass sounds amazzzzing.

In this video I’m going to be taking you to the workshop of a small team of bass builders who are doing something that is truly unique… and from a visual perspective, utterly jaw dropping.

Vacuum infused woods, timber that is thousands of years old, fitting LED’s beneath the top’s of instruments…

Simply put. If you are in any way, shape or form a bass nerd like me. This video is for you.


Lesson Summary:

  • In this video I’m taking you on a road trip to visit the guys at Alpher Instruments here in the UK.
  • You’re going to find out how this top boutique luthier is using resin and impregnated dies to make some truly incredible basses.
  • We’ll be talking about LEDs, tonewoods, electronics….
  • And I’ll be getting my hands on a bass that’s been made using bog oak from 3500 BC!


Key Quotes:

“I’ve just had a call from Chris at Alpher Instruments who make some amazing basses.”

“Chris has just finished working on a bass with a top wood that’s been carbon dated to 3500BC!”

“The tops on these basses are insane and like nothing I’ve ever seen. I want to find out exactly how they do it, and you’re going to come with me.”


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As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

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