The Bass Shop
Johnson String Instrument
26 Fox Road
Waltham, MA 02451
617-964-0954 ext.113 or
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
We offer a full selection of acoustic basses including beautiful antiques, basses by modern makers, and the highest quality shopmade instruments available! We will work with you to help Create Your Own Outfit, starting with any bass and adding on that perfect bow and bag.
This Month's Featured Bass:
Juzek Bass c.1930 with a Fishman Full Circle Pick-up
We carry a great selection of French and German style, modern and antique, wood and carbon fiber bass bows.
For students and intermediate players, check out our student bass bows.
This Month's Featured Bass Bow:
Horst John Special German Bass Bow
Our electric basses are from NS Design and Yamaha, the leaders in electric string instruments. Want to really be heard with your acoustic? Check out the pick-up, pre-amp, & amp section. Come on by the shop for a try-out or have it delivered to your home.
Repair - Restoration - Adjustment
Our professional staff is ready to perform repairs, restorations, and tonal adjustments to your bass. We look forward to meeting you and working with your bass.
Please call us for an appointment. 800-359-9351 ext. 113
Accessories- Bags - Sheet Music - Strings
Learning and not ready to own?
We are bass rental specialists!
We offer rentals from 1/10 to 3/4 size in Regular, Advanced, and Master grades. It's easy to rent a bass from us, just give us a call!
We have a full-time restorer!
KURT RATERING attended the school of luthierie in Red Wing, Minnesota, where he studied violin-family restoration and guitar building. He worked in the Johnson String Instrument Rental Workshop for two years, then took a leave of absence to study double bass repair and restoration. He returned to us in 2007 with extraordinary skills in bass lutherie and now heads our Bass Shop. He looks forward to meeting you and working with your bass! 800-359-9351 ext. 113
"Kurt in the JSI bass shop did a spectacular job on my old Kay. This thing was an unplayable mess for years, collecting dust and taking up room. Kurt's restoration was artistic, timely, fairly priced, and the customer service was second to none. He replaced the fingerboard, bridge, nut, tailpiece, soundpost, and made miscellaneous other adjustments. Highly recommended! Thanks!"
- Danny Blume