These are Benjamin Verdery and Billy Dean, rising hip hop star and best friend of Mitsuko, Benjamins daughter. The girls have known each other since they were eight years old. The cooperation between Billy and Benjamin is only very recent. Mitsuko made two video’s of it: Black Bach and Start Now for which as you can see below, he used his fifth bass guitar.
fifth bass Guitar
Last week Benjamin Verdery sent me an e-mail
Last night I played a concert and while the Barri always sounds great for some reason, the humidity, the hall what ever, it sounded INCREDIBLE!!!! I almost started to play like Segovia used to and hold certain notes just to hear them longer, who cares about the phrase!!!!!!! I got so many great comments about the guitar! Onward we go! Thanks again for such a great instrument!
All acoustic basses sound alike which, in my experience, they usually do. Or at least they did prior to the arrival of the fifth-bass guitar designed and built by Amsterdam luthier Otto Vowinkel, husband of the performer. Tuned, as the name indicates, a fifth below a standard guitar. Steenbergen’s instrument has an unexpectedly bright and slightly metallic tone. But most of all, it has the one quality that somehow seems to have eluded the majority of acoustic basses both past and present. That quality is sustain.
This is Esther. I think she is a great guitarist but I am not the most objective person on this matter cause I married her. Today exactly 20 years ago. That’s what I call a good cause to put her on my site even though she is a little uncomfortable with it.
But she agrees she can’t be left out of my list of guitarists playing my instruments. So here she is. Beautifully playing Bach on a fifth bass guitar I made in 1994.