Rick Turner is a legendary luthier. He has built instruments for many musicians including Jerry Garcia and Phil Lesh (The Grateful Dead), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin), Lindsey Buckingham & John McVie (Fleetwood Mac), Stanley Clarke and Carlos Santana (to name a few). For this interview we focused on what I consider to be the most gorgeous basses I have ever seen by my favorite bassist, the late John Entwistle of the Who. Rick discusses the origin of the “Explorer” Alembics he built for John and gives quite a bit of insight.
Some of the topics discussed are piezo & magnetic pickups, woods, carbon fiber as well as some rock & roll history (including what Elton John brought on tour with a custom Anvil case, what instrument John McVie used for “The Chain”).
John Entwistle has done more for me as a bassist in terms of inspiration than any other. I consider this interview a small way to pay back him and Rick for being a part of my musical upbringing. I hope you enjoy the audio interview below.
Ted – Sonic Nuance Electronics