Johnson String Instrument 2014 Spring Sale

On Sale

Attention Bass Shop Customers

Please note that The Bass Shop will be functioning at a limited capacity until we reopen in our new home at 1029 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA on May 6th. We urge you to please call our customer service department at 800-359-9351 to schedule an appointment to ensure the best possible service.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for shopping at The Bass Shop.

The Bass Shop

The Bass Shop Johnson String Instrument Upright Double 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

Acoustic Basses

Upright String Double Basses are  ON SALE!

All Acoustic Basses
are ON SALE!

Acoustic Basses

Bass Bows

Bass Bows are ON SALE!

All Bass Bows
are ON SALE!

French Bows - German Bows

Bass Strings

Bass Strings ON SALE!

Selected in-stock Bass Strings
are up to 60% OFF!

Bass Strings On Sale

Please Note

Sale prices apply to in-stock items and can end at any time.


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

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!

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!

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