I am a 50+ bass player from the Netherlands and I also belong to the exclusive
club of left hand players.
I first bought a right hand bass as left handed bases were hard to get and I wanted
to try it. This was a long time ago. This bass was cheap and bad, even worse.
My second bas (first lefty) was a beautiful Ibanez roadstar II Sunburst, I still have
a bad feeling of selling this one. Unfortunately everybody makes mistakes in their
The second lefty I owned was a Soundgear (by Ibanez) SR 800 in the one and only available
colour black. It sounded okay but used to a wider neck of the Roadstar this neck was
way too slim for me, not really a success.
But where to find another bass. I wanted to start playing 5 string but this quest was
even more difficult in Holland. A lot of music shops, okay but with only one or two
lefties and 5 string, dont even think of that.... . Remind this was the age before
internet (sort of stone-age as I see it now) Three cheers for the inventors of internet.
After a search of several years I finally found a Pedulla Series II 5 string blue coloured
(Hmmmm) with Bertolini soapbars, This is awesome !!!
Some years later Ive got the nerves again. I wanted something else so I started
looking around on the internet and I've found something I always wanted to own. A Warwick
bass and I am proud to own a 2002 Neck Thru Thumb bass 5 string. Man, this thing is
heavy but the pain in the back dissapears as soon as you hear the sound. THE GROWLL
My first amp with the Ibanez lefties was a Peavey TNT 130. Later Id found an
Dynacord BS412, the legendary bassamp.
Getting older and playing 5 string for some times and owning a Warwick (and a Pedulla)
I wanted to complete my young boys dream so Id bought a (pre Gibson) Trace Elliot
stack. An AH500X amplifier with a 1 x 15" cabinet and 2 x 10" + tweeter cabinet.
I was satisfied for several years but then I saw a Trace Elliot Quatra Valve. No second
thoughts... bought it at once.... The difference between a solid state and a valve
A good friend of my owned some Vanderkley cabinets, first time I heard them I knew
I wanted them as well. Now I have a Vanderkley 210MT (2 - 10 inch speakers) and a Vanderkley
112NMT (1 - 12 inch speaker). I am a happy trooper....
Ive played in a band in Delft for 15 years. Due to a tragic accident our guitar
player died, unfortunately the band fell apart, during that time I've moved so had
to look for another band.
First played several years in a band called Square One, and now already a lot of years
in Snakedrive. In both bands we play covers of the Hardrock / Metal songs we grew up
with end 70s beginning 80s.