Une nouvelle interview de Joe DART
il y raconte l'histoire de sa sterling signature : copier/coller pour ceux qui ne voudraient pas lire tout l'itw :
When did you switch to Ernie Ball?
“What happened was that I played Stratton’s Music Man clone on a Vulfpeck track called ‘It Gets Funkier’. That was probably the best tone we ever got on a Vulfpeck track, and so after that we thought we should probably get the real thing. We borrowed a Stingray, we borrowed a Sterling Classic, and played those on a few Vulf tracks to great effect, but even then still didn’t own one until Ernie Ball reached out to me and said, ‘Hey, do you want to come demo some of these new basses we have?’ I flew out to San Luis Obispo, where I demoed some of the axes. I loved them, and they said, ‘If you want one, I think we can hook you up’. That’s how I got my first Ernie Ball axe, about three years ago.”
Which leads us to your new Joe Dart signature bass, which sold out its 50-unit run really fast.
“We became friends, me and the guys at Ernie Ball, and we were talking one day and they said, ‘We’d love to make you a custom bass if you’ve got any ideas for a unique instrument’. Stratton and I had been talking about that exact bass that I told you about that I played on ‘It Gets Funkier’, which was a cheap Music Man copy. Stratton and I said, ‘What if we could build one that felt and looked like that, except good?’ So we took that idea and ran with it. We brought them the copy and my Jazz bass, and we said, ‘Let’s make a hybrid of these two’.”
Tell us about the spec.
“It has one knob, one pickup, and it’s passive. The whole thing started out as Jack’s idea. He calls it the single-speed bass. Me and Jack both fell over when I took it out of the box, because they completely nailed it. It’s exactly what we envisioned, to a point where to see it in the real world, even right now, is pretty surreal. I’ve gotten a lot of great comments about it along the road. I took the prototype that we built out on a couple of tours, and it’s been funny to see people taking a closer look.
“We wanted flatwounds that have a brightness to them and give you that really old-school disco tone. It’s a very sweet little axe. It’s very much my childhood dream. It’s cool to see something that’s only in your mind come into being and be a physical thing. The look of the one knob, one pickup, white on wood - I haven’t seen anything like it. We feel like we brought something new into the world.”