MICHAEL GRIFFIN

Luthier's Care

See GRIFFIN VIOLINS Videos on YouTube!

B A S S E S

Bassmaking is never finished! I build three personal models, all Italian influenced, and loved by players. I continue to make on these successful models, and am also always researching new model possibilities. For the models of the SOLD instruments below made by me (notated with ***), please keep in mind the possibility of ordering a bass. Terms are negotiable, based on time and materials. Additionally, one can choose certain specs in advance, or as the element comes into play. 

A recent adventure in personal growth and understanding was the making of a replacement top plate for my personal 19th Century, unnamed Northern Italian bass. I am now enjoying a more reasonable string length, while the top plate has some work done. The sound is still impressive, a great blend of maturity and power.

If any bassist has a great old bass whose top is problematic for reasons of condition or unwieldy string length, consider the possibility of a top replacement. The original top can be safely stored for restoration work, while the player benefits from the same or better ergonomics and tone spectrum.

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FOR SALE: SHEN SB150 Hybrid-carved top, 2009 (well played-in), mint condition. (Listed 08/18/2020)

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O. Zimmerman "Dark Gagliano" 

                     For Sale

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Newly Restored

JOS.XAVIER JACQUET - SOLD

19th Century Mirecourt

DEFINITELY A GREAT BASS!


Tone muscular & punchy, immediate full sound. Jazz or orchestral.


Finest creaftsmanship of the Mirecourt school of making.


Breathtakingly beautiful under stage lights.


Distinctive beaded Jacquet edges.


Carved back wood the prettiest I've seen in any Jacquet.


Now set up with bridge adjusters.

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        GRIFFIN 2018 

*** Orchestral Model - SOLD

This Griffin model is incredibly powerful in all registers, and still easy to get around the shoulder! It ranks favorably against the world's finest basses, old and new. This bass was ordered when the buyer saw the 2005 bass pictured below at the 2017 ISB Convention in Ithaca, in spite of the fact he was not even bass shopping! Kevin is absolutely thrilled with the instrument, and I'm sure would be happy to speak with anyone considering this model. He also had choice of materials.

This model can be ordered or commissioned.

(Model shown 32,500 plus sales tax.)

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19th Century French (JTL) 

Orchestral Bass - SOLD

Superb example of Mirecourt makers' careful craftsmanship, inside and out.

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GRIFFIN 2008 

*** Italian Solo Model - SOLD

Incredible bear clawed Euro spruce.


Solo fingerboard extension AND carbon graphite neck stiffener! Crack reducing saddle.


String length 41.75 inches. Super easy shoulder permits high position ease. Clear mature sound. Impressive lower end in addition to singing upper register. Compact design makes for eary transporting.

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*** THIS MODEL CAN BE COMMISSIONED STARTING AT $22K. CHOICES INCLUDE MATERIALS, FITTINGS, STRING LENGTH, RIB DEPTH, AND MORE.

HEAR THESE TWO GRIFFIN BASSES PLAYED IN DUET!   Click above pic

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   GRIFFIN 2005 

*** Orchestral Model - SOLD!

This bass has won Kieran a principal job! (CLICK on the front pic below to hear one of many Utube posts by Kieran, featuring this powerful yet sweet and easy-playing bass!)

It is an amazing model with power and beauty to spare. Easy shoulder in spite of its great air volume. As great a solo bass as orchestral. (Too bad these old pics here are overexposed - I will get some better ones up. The NW American maple is impressively beautiful, and I have two remaining flatback sets! As usual, the person ordering can request certain specs. References available!

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ANGELO RADRIZZANI 1933- SOLD 

(Hear KelvinNg https://www.facebook.com/kelvinchintoo/videos/1121175584923442/?t=0)

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      GRIFFIN 2013 

*** Northern Italian Model - 

                  SOLD!

This classy model is based on M.GRIFFIN'S 19th-C. Northern Italian, and is available in various woods,. It can be ordered or commissioned. It is everything a serious bassist needs in a fine bass!


Hear Joshua DePoint playing Bach on this bass: https://www.facebook.com/TheOrchNow/videos/1033834743753856/?t=0

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GRIFFIN 2004 

B-BOMB! Model - SOLD

One of a kind, sorely missed!