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About Us

Influenced by the past...not shackled to it!

New York Bass Works is more than just a bass guitar company. We build and maintain relationships as well as the basses we lovingly place into our clients hands.

It is with great pride and satisfaction that we introduce to the world, the New York Bass Works Reference Series Bass Guitars. The Ultimate Jazz Bass® Platform!

These instruments are born from one young man’s frustration with the sparse offerings of the early days of extended range basses. The Reference Series Basses are a product of one builder’s search for the ultimate in tone and playability in the Jazz Bass® platform - a platform that has endured for close to 60 years, nearly unchanged. David Segal, an avid collector, restorer, luthier, and professional bass player has had literally hundreds of these instruments under his fingertips. He is one of the few true experts when it comes to understanding what makes a great Jazz Bass® …a great Jazz Bass®. His quest for the “ultimate” in tone and playability culminated in the founding of New York Bass Works, his own guitar company in 1997.

"The threshold of your instrument should always be just beyond your grasp."

David Segal & David Beasley

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