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When great bass players are asked how they get their fabulous tone, the typical response is: "My sound is in my hands". While this is true to an extent, it also helps to have great-sounding instruments and equipment.

Derek's arsenal of basses, amps, effects, and recording equipment includes the best of the old‑school and new‑school: Fretted, fretless, solid‑body, hollow‑body, 4‑string, 5‑string, steel-string, nylon‑string, roundwounds, flatwounds, fingers, pick, keyboard, tube, solid-state, analog, digital... rest assured that Derek has all the necessary tools and techniques to create just about any bass sound you're looking for!


1963 Fender Precision

1976 Fender Precision

1973 Fender Mustang

1966 Harmony H-22

Custom Electravox Jazzmaster/Mustang/Thunderbird Hybrid

Fender Road Worn 60's Jazz Bass

Fender Nate Mendel Signature Precision 

1985 Rickenbacker 4003

LaBella Olinto 4-string P-Bass

Moollon P-Classic 4-string

Fano JM4 w/ rosewood fingerboard

Fano JM4 w/ maple fingerboard

4-string Celinder J-Update ('70s Fender Jazz Bass style)

Lakland Decade 4-string (stock)

Lakland Decade 4-string (custom) w/ Nordstrand Big Blade pickups

Lakland Darryl Jones signature 4-string

Sandberg California VM5

Sandberg Forty Eight

Custom Sandberg California VM5 tuned BEAD

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray

Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling 5

Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray Short Scale

Warwick Adam Clayton signature 4-string

Early 70's Univox Coily (Hollowbody)

Hofner Club Bass (Hollowbody)

Roscoe LG-3005 fretless 5-string 

Rob Allen Fretless 5 String (semi-acoustic with nylon strings)  

Martin Acoustic Bass Guitar

NS Design Electric Upright

Lanakai Bass Ukeleles (Oak and Bocote)

all strung with La Bella Strings


Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Keyboard

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho SE Keyboard

Studio Electronics SE-1 analog synth module

Roland Controller


Apogee Symphony Desktop interface​

MOTU 828 mk3 interface (for expansion)

A-Designs Reddi tube direct box

Avalon U5 direct box

Noble tube preamp/DI

Universal Audio 610 mic preamp

Sennheiser MD421 Microphone

Sennheiser E904 microphone

SWR Mo'Bass amplifier

SWR Mini Mo preamp

Line 6 HX Stomp



1965 Ampeg B-15 amplifier 

Aguilar DB 750 amplifier

Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 amplifier

Aguilar AG 700 amplifier

Aguilar DB 410 cabinets

Aguilar SL 112 cabinets

Noble tube preamp/DI

Kemper Profiler


Noble tube preamp/DI

Origin Effects Cali 76 compressor

3 Leaf Audio Octabvre   

Darkglass Vintage Microtubes 

Darkglass Microtubes B3K              

MXR Bass Envelope Filter

MXR Bass Fuzz Deluxe

MXR Bass Octave Deluxe

MXR Suboctave Bass Fuzz

MXR Bass Chorus

MXR Phase 90

MXR Phase 95

MXR Smart Gate

MXR Mini Bass Crybaby Wah

MXR Mini Volume Pedal

Two Notes LeBass Tube Preamp

Aguilar Tone Hammer Preamp

Aguilar TLC Compressor

Radial Bassbone OD Preamp

HBE Hematoma Overdrive

Dunlop Bass Crybaby

Mutron III+

Electro-Harmonix Q-tron+

Boss Loop Station

EBS Unichorus

Digitech Bass Synth Wah

DOD Vintage envelope filter

Electro-Harmonix Big Muff distortion

Korg G5 synth bass pedal

Ernie Ball volume pedals 

Shure wireless

Radial Twin City Switcher

Radial JDI Direct Box

Digitech Dirty Robot

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