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About

SAFRAN BASSES: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

In 2008 I designed and built my first solid body bass. That followed by several others for another two years. In 2010, my son "Safran" was born. I named my instruments after him, I designed my 'S' logo and it all began. Since the beginning, I focused entirely on passive, hollow body electric basses. In addition to my hollow body electric basses, in 2016, I developed an archtop bass which I named "Iris". As of 2018 the collection of Safran Basses further extended with the addition of semi-acoustic electric basses. All Safran, all musical!

 

At the age of fourteen, I had my first electric bass. The bass virus got into my blood and I found myself practising all the time. Practising, rehearsing with bands, gigging, quite literally bass guitar became my life.

 

When I turned nineteen, I decided to take things a step further and went on studying contemporary music in Melbourne, Australia. After completing my first year I wanted to continue my music studies in Europe. I got accepted to the Prins Claus conservatorium in Groningen, The Netherlands. I had the chance to study with great musicians, trying to understand the role of a bass player as a musician.

 

Pursuing a career as a musician requires absolute love and dedication to the craft and I realised that I had that love and dedication to the instrument itself, ELECTRIC BASS. 

 

I found a school in Belgium where I could learn this 'mysterious' craft called lutherie. That's where I learnt the basics of lutherie and the importance of using traditional hand tools. Blending traditional methods with modern techniques and my approach to lutherie, I have been trying to bring out the full potential of Safran Basses as musical instruments.

 

One could build a good bass guitar choosing the right species of wood and using quality pickups, electronics and hardware. However, to build a musical instrument, I personally select only the best of the right species of wood, wind my pickups, build my bridges, carve the ‘S’afran sound hole and french polish it by hand. My musical instruments, Safran basses, truly handmade!