"Is that a bass?", "How big are his hands?", "What is it?", "Who is this guy?" are just some of the many questions asked by visitors
to our factory while this bass was under construction. Afterall, it isn't every day you see a bass that challenges the very definition
of "bass," and it is this challenge that belies the anscestry of this project.
Trip Wamsley was demonstrating gear for Gallien-Krueger amplifiers at a NAMM show
and was introduced to the Wickershams by their friend Doc Greene. They were totally amazed by Trip's talent, wit and enthusiasm. It was clear to all that an interesting
project was about to begin. Originally, this project was to be a baritone guitar. After the four days of
the show, and many cups of coffee, the idea of this bass started to take form. What did Trip want most from this instrument? That the sound should "explode." So
a combination of woodworking and electronics features were selected to help make the exploding sound get out of Trip's head.
The pickups are arranged so that the four lowest strings have one output and
the four highest strings have another. There is also a mono output that combines the signal from all 8 strings. Inside are jumpers the allow Trip
to route the 4 pickups any way he wants between the 2 channels.