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The Bass Shop

The Bass Shop Johnson String Instrument Upright Double Bass Shop

Johnson String Instrument
1029 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464

617-964-0954 or 800-359-9351

Store Hours

Bass Rentals

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!

Bass Bows

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

Electric Basses

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

We have:
Cases & Bags
Sheet Music
and much more for all of your bass needs!

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