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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 126
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, June 23, 2006 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post

I have the opportunity to purchase an interesting acoustic bass custom built by Danny Ferrington. It's not supposed to be a Kramer Ferrington, but a Ferrington. I don't know anything about this luthier or his guitars. This one plays, looks and sounds like no acoustic bass guitar I've ever played..Can anybody help me on this? Thanks.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3998
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 6:28 am:   Edit Post

There is actually a book called Ferrington Guitars that was published in 1992 that features his custom made guitars and which you can pick up used at Amazon.

Ry Cooder owns 5 custom Ferringtons.

From what I've been able to tell just glancing around the net, Ferrington made unique custom built guitars for well known musicians.

The book, by the way, came with a CD, apparently audiophile quality sound, and apparently with a lot of name musicians playing custom Ferringtons.

My impression is that he is a highly regarded luthier.

I don't understand the relationship with Kramer. There is a Ferrington on Ebay right now. Read the description. This particular guitar isn't labled Kramer, just Ferrington, but apparently was a production run while he was at Kramer. And the description says there were four such production runs based on guitars that had previously been custom builds for specific clients.

If it were me, I would spend the rest of the day doing research on the web. But based on my initial reading, if it's a custom built Ferrington it might be a pretty special instrument.
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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 127
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 24, 2006 - 8:30 am:   Edit Post

Here's part of the rest of the story...the guy who owns the bass (or has posession of it) owns a little music store in our little town. He is a songwriter of some published note, goes and plays with the Nashville musicians, yada, yada. Anyway he says he talked withDanny Ferrington, by phone, about the bass and was told by him that it is one of his custom built instruments. It was confirmed as a custom by Ferrington by the way he (local music store guy) described it to Ferrington.... Supposedly in the Kramer connection, Ferrington was a luthier for the original company, designed some models, then took his designs when the company folded. Now Kramer is back with some Korean made Ferringtons. This is supposedly one of those you alluded to, Dave. One of the custom built instruments for some Nashville musician (since it is in the general area) and he (Ferrington) is supposedly trying to remember for whom he made the ax. All of this leads to the guitar being more than I want to pay right now, but our local music store guy is pretty cool and we are in the "negotiating" stage.

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