“It started out as a 1962 Fender Jazz Bass, and then I got bored and did this to it”: Why Lee Sklar hand-carved his pre-CBS Fender

Lee Sklar playing a hand-carved 1962 Fender Jazz Bass
(Image credit: Playing for Change)

When an album features the bass playing of Lee Sklar, you know you’re in for a treat. He’s first choice session man for the likes of Lyle Lovett, Jackson Browne, Steve Lukather and Phil Collins, and has played on too many hits to mention.

Aside from his regular session work, Sklar is also known for his long standing musical relationships with James Taylor. Indeed, it was the gig with Taylor that proved to be his ticket into the session scene back in the late ‘60s.

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.