to New York Bass Works!
Segal builds premium, hand crafted, high performance bass guitars.
starting to play bass in 1973 Fort Lauderdale, David embarked on
a quest for the ultimate in tone and playability. By 1976 he was
performing Jazz, R&B, and Top 40 seven nights a week. The majority
of his time was spent in wood-shedding, learning tunes, recording
sessions, and tweaking his Fender Jazz basses. They were great instruments
but he felt that he could improve on them. Having developed fine
woodworking skills long before his bass playing adventure, it was
inevitable that he would build his own basses. By 1978 he had built
several excellent basses. In 1980 the bar was raised when David
purchased a 1964 Jazz Bass that surpassed his previous efforts.
He stopped building and started collecting and restoring old Fender
basses - an important experience for his future of building fine,
toneful instruments. All in all, he had about fifty of these vintage
instruments over the years.
David's own words: "By 1983, I was playing bass and keyboard
synth bass in top 40, and funk/dance bands. It seemed that I was
playing more keyboard synth bass than bass guitar because it was
so widely used in popular music. Don't get me wrong, I do like a
lot of the classic "Moog" bass lines pioneered by Stevie
Wonder, Gary Wright, George Duke, Joe Vanelli and others, But keyboard
bass was not my instrument and I did not enjoy playing it nearly
as much as bass guitar. However, I loved and needed the LOW NOTES.
There were already a few brave and talented bass builders out there
crafting some really fine extended range instruments, but I needed
to do my thing, my way."
the low B string. There was nothing available with a low B string
that sounded and played like David's basses or the vintage Jazz
Basses. No longer having access to a good woodworking shop, in 1985
he took his first 5-string design to a local builder/repairman.
Unfortunately, the bass did not meet the criteria. For the next
few years it was trial, error, and the obsession of building the
ultimate bass. By 1989 David found a great shop to work in and it
was there he built his first successful 5-string bass with a graphite
reinforced 34.75" scale neck. This was the true beginning of
New York Bass Works. Then in 1996, David built his own shop where
many refinements and additional designs continue to evolve.
take a look at the basses on this site (and watch for updates).
They represent a portion of David's superior craftsmanship. Overall,
NYBW basses possess incredible tone, unsurpassed playability, surprising
comfort, and lasting reliability. Use your own imagination and then
take advantage of David's experience to create your ultimate bass.