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Dan Lakin and Ashdown Engineered Manufactured Bass Guitars

Ashdown Basses, Built by Dan Lakin, showcasing at NAMM 2020.

Dan Lakin Luthier/bass aficionado and Mark Gooday, friends for many years, have pooled skills, resources and passion for Bass with a line of co-designed Dan Lakin and Ashdown Engineered manufactured Bass guitars.

Originally, it was just going to be one bass but as you can imagine things got a little carried away and they opted to go all out with an impressive range of instruments.

Dan’s passion sees him making basses in Chicago to order, and totally USA built. Basses built to order are one thing, but getting a brand out there as he had in the past was not of interest to him.

A chance meeting between Dan and Mark at the Chicago Music Exchange saw the seeds of interest sown. Months later those seeds came to reality.

Originally the necks were going to be finished with polymerized, low-sheen tung oil but this product became increasingly difficult to source. Birchwood-Casey Tru-Oil brand gun stock oil turned out to be the best substitute product to obtain the classic feel of the bass neck.

Using Hipshot Tuners, Dunlop Strap Locks, Wilkinson Bridges & Dunlop Strings these basses have been made using the best possible materials for professional use on the road, at home or in the studio; the Ashdown range of basses have been built to stand the test of time.

The range consists of four instruments as well as a few options for all styles and genres. The range is as follows:

  • The Low Rider
  • The Saint
  • The Arc
  • The Grail The Grail is available with 4 or 5-strings and also comes as a short-scale version.

You will see some unique products at the NAMM show in Anaheim this coming January. Be sure to stop by and discuss all things Bass with Dan and Mark.

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