About Ray Ross Bass
I am Aaron, Or am I Ray?
Actually, I am both. Raymond Aaron Ross to be precise and I have a wood problem, or a guitar problem, actually both. Allow me to explain…
The resume is a little bland and un interesting so I won't make issue of that here, But the word "carpenter" would come up more than a few times. That along with words like "Landscaper", "Hydroponic Gardener" (not what you think), wood geek and everybody's favorite... Drywall. There I said it and already feel better admitting that. Like I said, bland. The important thing to take from this whether I knew it or not, was that apparently everything I had done for the past 25 years had prepared me for where I am today. "Exactly where is that?" You might ask. Some days I'm still not sure, for the time being, I will say Springfield, Missouri where I have lived for almost 35 years, with an awesome wife and four awesome kids. (Yes, I figured out what causes that.)
Six or so years ago when the housing market crashed, so did my income. What I had been doing was lots and lots of drywall, banging around on a six string Ibanez bass, raising 4 kids and saving some bits of wood. Not just any wood, special wood, old wood, wood you cannot buy anymore; wood I was going to make something special with. I found myself with free time, no money, and the desire for a fretless bass. So into the garage I crawled and chewed and cut and rasped my way to my first instrument, an unwieldy, unbalanced, creature with no frets, six strings, and a face only its mother could love. Maybe someday I will post a picture of that bass, but not today. The important thing to point out is that it played nice and actually sounded pretty good. Ahh, hope tastes so sweet.
They say the second anything you create is the hardest, the second novel, the second invention, it really is all the same. By the time I finished the second, I was exhausted but hooked. From there each instrument I finished had something to offer the world and that pleased me immensely. They did however all lack something else, refinement. Design is a concept most difficult to describe, it really has to be experienced not explained. A curve for instance, such a simple thing! Anyone can draw a curve right? The obvious answer is yes, but when you apply a curve to an existing item in industry, how do you make it look NOT like everything else? Now things are getting difficult. If one were to try to make an original curve, an hour into the process one might be buried in eraser crumbs and tears. Like I said, design is harder than it would seem.
The refinement of the bass happened over a period of 4 years, many eraser crumbs and a lot of sweat. Each bass I finished looked better, sounded better, played better, thus providing something like light at the end of the tunnel I didn't know I was in. Now we come to bass number 12. Something really happened there and I knew I was home. Everything started falling into place. The design was right, the pickups were right, the bridge was definitely right. From there it has pretty much been downhill on the design side, which in turn created another problem. I have more basses than any one man could ever need, unless your last name is Wooten, Clark, or Willis. I am sure that those guys have more basses than I do but I would also venture a guess that they have devoted rooms for said dozens of basses. I currently have children filling all the rooms of my house and cannot afford an addition, so I decided to start a website and offer these one of a kind morsels to the world. Not my children, the basses. Only basses.
So that's where I am today, in my shop, making bass guitars, loving life, and running out of room. I will make guitars non-stop until I'm dead, it's that simple. You are more than welcome to make one yours if you like, my wife would appreciate the extra space and you will most certainly appreciate the bass.
Enjoy the gallery, look all you want, feel free to ask any questions. I look forward to hearing from you. Until then, I'll be in the shop.
Aaron Ross, Ray Ross Bass