CASS: My favourite subject! I’m a big, big, big Music Man fan. Not so much the modern stuff, it’s the old school stuff. I know the Stingray is the one that everyone used as the industry standard for Music Man, but it’s always been the Sabre for me. The two pickups, the two humbuckers. I like to use the humbucker on the back and a single coil on the front. I get a nice tone that way. But not just the Sabre, I like them with the graphite necks, which are the Cutlasses, which are the rarest of them all. I used to endorse a different bass brand, but they started using all those exotic woods, like bubinga and wenge, in the necks. And every gig I come to, the neck’s in a different position – moving around and around. Until the point where at one show, I got up on stage, and the strings were out, so I took the bass and gave it a good slap against the corner of the stack. I decided I didn’t want another wooden neck bass in my life. I’ve always loved the Cutlasses, but never been able to get hold of them. I went on a mission to find them, and I found two. I bought them both, and ever since then, I’ve never turned back.
And then… and then… I got a message on Facebook. He said “Hey Cass, I’d like to meet up with you, I’ve made a guitar for you”. And I thought yeah yeah… I’m going to have to go and smile and be nice and be polite. But he seemed really nice, and I don’t like being offensive to people, so I go and meet up with the guy. He’s had a look at what I’m playing, the Music Man Sabre, and he’s made an identical copy of a Music Man Sabre, but made of aluminum. Chambered, CNC machined. The level of workmanship is RIDONCULOUS, where he’s gone with it. So I’ve taken it, and as soon as I saw it, I couldn’t believe the way it looked. But that’s just the way it looked. Maybe it won’t sound as good. So I plugged it in… and he’s copied the components, the electronics, everything. Updated it a bit, but I’m playing a familiar bass, and I fell in love with it. So I started using that and the Music Man on tour. Then he made a signature one for me, and I decided to retire one of my Cutlasses. At the end of this last tour, in Italy, he turned up again with another bass for me. It’s aluminum, but it’s layered carbon graphite over it. So I’ve got this black, carbon graphite bass. Jesus Christ… It sounds amazing. So this company is called Alusonic.
I don’t care how many basses people give me. If I don’t like them, I’m not going to play them, there’s no point in taking them. I bought I load of basses from Music Man and I ended up giving away three of them to friends who play bass. I gave my cousin one because I didn’t like the color, but it’s the best bass he’s ever had in his life!