This last spring, Alex’s youngest son Paul graduated High School and we set out to build him a bass guitar together. Alex (my dad) and myself (Josiah) have been working on finishing the guitar. Paul and my dad selected an awesome piece of figured black walnut for the bass, from the same slab as the guitar we made for me back in 2004. Pretty cool to be able to have two instruments made for brothers that are themselves brothers in a way. Paul was quite involved in the process and got the neck and body sanded absolutely satin-smooth for finish. We are getting the bass sprayed in a vintage-style nitrocellulose lacquer, which will buff up to a deep, slightly-amber hue finish. Now, I know most of you don’t know, care what that means, but having built a few (I mean that literally, only a few) guitars I know firsthand the great amount of time and labor it takes to get a nitro finish to look right. But, this is for Paul, and he really deserves to have an heirloom quality finish on this bass. Here’s a little photo-spread of some of the process up until this point. Expect more down the road as we do the assembly and string it up. Now Paul will need to get a proper amp to complement this baby!