Show Us Your Gear: DIY Builds
Mitch Ralph's Whamola
Ralph was inspired by seeing Les Claypool solo and built upon the Whamola concept. He stripped the pickup, volume, and tone knobs from a "pawn store P-bass knock-off" and bought the rest at Ace Hardware. The wooden bore is a pine wheelbarrow handle shaved into shape and stained. The instrument has two stand-up bass strings to facilitate tuning to different intervals, and he added a hump-fret at the second octave, "for some higher frequency mischief." He adds, "the sustain on this puppy is outrageous!"