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Gene Simmons KISS replica Bass

Custom Guitars

A client asked me to replicate the early 70s version of the custom built bass that LoBue made for Gene Simmons. Took quite a bit of research, there really aren’t many quality pictures of it out there and to make it worse, the original was stolen years ago. Mr. Simmons accounts of what it was and where it went change on a regular basis, so he’s no help.

Mahogany construction, 30″ scale length, Schaller roller bridge and tuners. Gibson-style ‘mudbucker’ pickup.

Turned out to be a nice instrument as well as looking the part. Here’s hoping the client is happy with it. Want something similar… or something nothing like this? Gimme a yell.


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Burl Maple topped chambered Eman Special.

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I had this burl top laying around for a while, I was going to use it on a high end bass but decided to go ahead with this six string instead. Alder body, figured maple neck with burl on the headstock. 25.5″ scale, medium Jumbo frets and 12″ radius. Two way truss rod. Locking tuners, Bone nut.

Pickups are Brian May Signature Burns Trisonics.

5 way switch for ‘normal’ Strat -type selection. Push/Push Tone switches the neck pickup on independently for the additional option of bridge/neck and all three at one.
Volume is a push/push and in positions 1and 2 gives you the Bridge and middle in series for those cool Brian May tones. Positions 4 and 5 give you middle and neck in series.

So that’s 9 individual pickup selections all from the classic Telecaster plate look.

Bridge is Gotoh/Wilkinson 2 point trem in chrome.

Shipping to lower 48 included, this guitar is CITES friendly and if you want me to ship it out of the country, contact me.


Currently on assignment over at 148 South Street Studio


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Custom Semi Hollow Bass

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Edit: I started playing this one with the band and they all love the sound, so I guess I’ll just play it for a while.
Here’s a bass I just finished building. Mostly chambered walnut construction with maple laminates in the neck-through for rigidity. 35″ scale with a thick ebony fingerboard, 16″ radius and medium-Jumbo frets.
Top is spalted maple. Guitar is hand finished in Tru Oil.
Pickups are GFS REDActive as is the wiring. Sounds really good and super noiseless. 9V battery required. All black hardware. Two way truss rod. Graphite nut.Nicely balanced and weighs less than my Ric 4003. 35″ scale gives the low E ‘authority’.Any questions, let me know. Price includes shipping to the lower 48.
International peeps, get hold of me and we’ll work it out, it’ll be extra of course.

No case.

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Eman ‘Vette” Custom SOLD!

For SaleSOLD!

I built this recently as an homage to the Gretsch Corvette. I always liked the funky 2+4 headstock and cool body shape.

As an alternative to the Chinese-built ones of today, here is an all mahogany Made in the USA version!

Pickups are TV Jones Powertrons. 1 meg pots all round, Master Volume, neck pickup volume, bridge pickup volume and master tone.

Fretboard is bound ebony with medium jumbo frets and 12″ radius. Neck has a chunky profile, feels fat in your hand. Nut is bone.

Cut down Bigsby and a Towner tension bar. Bridge is a Wilkinson roller.

This is a rock machine!

I can build one to your specs, let me know!




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5 string narrow neck custom bass

For SaleSOLD!

This is a bass I built for myself so I wasn’t too concerned with cosmetics, as a result there are a couple of blemishes in the thin nitro, that said…

It’s fairly lightweight (compared to my Rickenbacker 4003), plays well and sounds great. Bridge pickup is a 1976 Rickenbacker 4001 that I picked up damaged. I had it rewound and it sounds awesome. The neck pickup was just a shell and I had the same guy that rewound the bridge pickup build a humbucker to fit it.

Neck-through construction, mahogany and maple throughout with a couple of walnut stringers for contrast.

Two way truss rod and a pair of carbon fiber rods in the neck enable the neck to be slim and still hold up to the 5 string tension easily.

Pau Ferro fretboard with real abalone fret markers. 16″ radius, medium jumbo frets and 33″ scale. Graphite nut.

Kahler USA Bridge.


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EMS #1 for sale, $1199, lower 48 shipping included.

For Sale

Shown here is the first Eman Special I built.

  • Chambered alder body with spalted maple top.
  • Lipstick pickups with 5 way Strat style switching.
  • Two point Gotoh/Wilkinson tremolo.
  • Maple and ebony neck with two way truss rod and locking, staggered tuners, bone nut.
  • 12″ radius fretboard, medium jumbo frets.
  • 25.5″ scale.
  • Contoured body for comfort.
  • Lifetime warranty.

Plays great and sounds great. Tone is closer to the old 60s Strats than the ones of today. Clear and precise. Trem feels nice, easy action. Neck is finished in Tru-Oil and the body is finished with clear nitrocellulose.
I will ship internationally but we need to talk about it first if that’s what you want.
Price includes shipping to the contiguous United States in a new case.


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Lightweight EMS red $650 delivered in the USA *SOLD*


This super-lightweight guitar has a paulownia body and a nitro finish.
Three lipstick pickups give you a slightly mellow yet clear Strat-like sound, 5 way switching.
Two point Gotoh/Wilkinson trem, floats nicely. In one of the pics you can see I added a block of ash for the the trem inserts so they don’t move in the softer paulownia.
Allparts licensed Tele neck, slight recontouring and nitro finish with bone nut.
Contoured body for comfort. So light you hardly notice it’s there.

The body is soft and the nitro is thin. Consequently, it’s pretty easy to ding and it’s already picked up a couple, so I’m adjusting the price accordingly.

I will ship internationally but we need to talk about it first if that’s what you want.
Price includes shipping to the contiguous United States in a new case.

I do build variations on this theme, I’m in the process of building a burl topped version with Burns Trisonic pickups. Contact me if you have specific requirements.


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Eman Guitars T Shirt.. you know you want one!

For Sale

Eman Guitars T Shirt now available! Coolest thing ever!

About the shirt: The Gildan 64000 makes for a great staple t-shirt. It’s made of a heavier cotton and the double-stitched neckline and sleeves give it more durability. It’s part of Gildan’s Softstyle line, so it’s softer and more fitted than some of Gildan’s other t-shirt models.

The Shirt:

Available USA only (if international, email me and we’ll work it out). Black Or Navy.


Special thanks to Mark Fountain for the pic.





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