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The Guaneri

In the spring of 2023 the principal bassist for The Minnesota Orchestra , Kristin Bruya, approached Seth about building her a player's copy of the Andreas Guanerius bass which she plays for the orchestra. Intrigued by the challenge and the opportunity to study this old gem, Seth flew out to Minneapolis with his calipers. This is the result.

This bass matches the measurements of the Guarneri bass owned by the Minnesota Orchestra, including the original Eb neck as Bruya wanted to be able to switch back and forth seamlessly from practicing at home to playing at the hall.  Seth adapted the design to accommodate a more usual D neck for another client, so this model is available with either.


 The top is of Ponderosa Pine in 2 pieces. The flat back is of Western Maple in 4 pieces with strong flame at the center. The sides, neck and scroll are of the same flamed western maple. The varnish is brown over gold. The bass is equipped with a New& C-extension with four gates. It has Rubner tuning machines with wooden keys, and a new Harmony end-pin with a hollow stainless steel shaft. It has a straight ebony tailpiece, a 34 1/8 inch ebony fingerboard with light ebony 3/16 inch dots, ebony nut and saddle and ebony side bumpers.

String length; 41 1/4 inches.
Top Length: 43 7/8 inches
Back length with button: 45 inches
Upper bout: 18 1/2 inches
C-Bout: 14 1/4 inches
Lower bout: 26 7/8 inches!

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