Our core values:
We are known for our workmanship; it doesn't come easy and it doesn't come cheap.
We build up to a standard, not down to a price. To us, though we feel "machine
perfection" to be soulless and boring, we pride ourselves on our fit and finish and
attention to detail. Any less would not do justice to our gifts or this opportunity.
All Birdsongs are crafted to be simple, durable tools of creation with warm passive
pickups and natural, hand rubbed oil blend finishes. We live simple lives and make
simple instruments. That's what we do, mildest to wildest. No paint, no circuit boards
or batteries, no flashing lights. We build tone machines, not computers.
We do what we do out of a love for the craft, a reverence for music, and a desire to
help put more of it into the world. We bring our best to every build. This is not
our job, it is our good work. To build one of the best basses on the planet has
not come easy or cheaply, but American craftsmanship is alive and well here.
It means a lot to me that you are taking this time with us. A Birdsong is not for everybody
and that's fine, since we can only build so many the way we do. If it feels like a match, it will
be our honor to build you a Birdsong. Thank you for your interest in what we do...
...and who we are.
"We do what we do how we do it because it works
so well. A Birdsong is a complete design already, right down
to the strings. These aren't clones or copies ~ they were
designed from a blank page to do what they do, look as they
look, and sound like they sound. That horn? It's for
balance... the pickups? They worked the best. 2 volumes? The
pickups liked different value pots. Tone and ergonomics always
take precedence here over anything else. And we live simple
lives, so we build simple instruments... like playing music or
writing a song, you bring to it what you are and speak of
what you know. Otherwise you're an actor, an entertainer
playing a role. Nothing wrong with that, but it's not what we
do. The art comes out so much better when you can put your
essence and your truth into it, when it's honest & real."
Search online about our reputation and instruments.
Ask anyone who actually owns a Birdsong what they think.
And know anyone you see playing one bought it and talks highly
of it by their own choice - that's real "endorsement." Anything else
is bought & paid for advertising. Don't confuse the two!
Behind the scenes there are always those helping anything to
happen... they're not the faces or the names, and often they like to
stay behind the scenes. To us they have been helpers and advisors,
teachers and angels. You know who you are and we thank you...
...especially those now gone:
John C. "Uncle Johnny" Kirtland
Picker, wood artist, woodshop mentor and friend; his tools still craft.
His spirit will live on in all I do, all anyone I have mentored will do,
and forever onward out into the world wherever woodcraft is loved.
His generosity helped our growth in 2010. It is his old construction
building we now occupy as our workshop. The deal he cut me out of
the kindness of his heart was the last piece of the puzzle and the
first domino over of so much that is happening now.
And our thanks to you!
We are honored to serve you.
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