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Rob Doane

Rob Doane

Guest Columnist

Rob Doane is a bassist who cut his teeth in the basements and garages of the Grand Rapids, MI area. The music was hard rock from all the usual suspects of the late 70’s/early 80’s era. The bass was one he pieced together from a cheap, plywood body Encore and a box of Teisco parts and, out of necessity, a passion was born. Vocationally, Rob has done work in various forms of fabrication, machine building and metal forming. He has a strong background in both the machine shop and the wood shop and is quite accustomed to making a pile of materials look and function exactly according to plan.


Latest from Rob:

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To Mod or Not to Mod: Considerations for Modifying Your Bass

You guys have followed me through a few projects now and, if I?ve done my job, some of you have been inspired to take an instrument and make it fit you better in some way. This month, I want to talk about why we do this and pose some questions you should answer for yourself if you?re considering upgrading or...

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Mod Shop: Upgrading Your Tuners

I’ve told you a little about my Lab Rat bass and showed you some of what I’ve done to it so far. The Lab Rat was a brand-new SX Ursa 4 that I paid about $150 plus shipping, and I bought it for the specific purpose of experimentation. I had a pickup configuration in mind that I wanted to try...

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The Buzz Killer: How To Shield Your Bass

This month, we’re going to talk about an all too common problem: the humming and/or buzzing you get from radio frequency waves interfering with the electronic signal in your bass. These waves can be emitted from any number of sources, many of which are common on the stage and in the home. Neon and fluorescent lights, central AC and refrigeration...

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Mod Shop: Bridge Replacement

Upgrading the Lab Rat: Bridge Replacement I have a bass I call the Lab Rat. It’s a really cheap Jaguar knock off I bought to experiment with some ideas I’d been kicking around. I’ve upgraded all the electronics already, and we’ll briefly go over some of that in future articles. I’m on to the hardware phase now, and today is...