Ron Fairbairn


cartoon by Scott Fairbairn



When I was 16, I asked a friend of mine if I could play in his band. I was kind of a “folky” with nothing more than my acoustic guitar. His advice was that I should get myself a bass because, as he put it – “there’s a million guitar players out there but there’s never enough bass players”.

I headed down to the Long and McQuade music store on Granville street in Vancouver and came back with a Hofner “Beatle bass”. I couldn’t get enough of it! As basses go, the Hofner is a small bass with a shorter scale, so adapting from guitar was not that difficult. It also had the advantage of being a semi-acoustic instrument and so I developed the habit of playing it acoustically. I basically played it 18/7 (when you’re young, you do that). I believe that the better an instrument sounds unplugged – the better it will sound when it is plugged in. (more…)