Wishbass Equipment Upgrade

$20,534 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 376 people in 52 months
In the early morning of February 17th, 2015 our shop burned to the ground.  This shop was home to Wishbass, where instruments of great quality and individuality were created.

People responded with 20,000.00 from Go Fund Me, which let us rebuild and reopen. Unfortunately, we had to make do with used and donated equipment, and had to run up quite a bit of debt in the process.

After two years, we are viable, but need to retire the debt so we, me and my wife Teresa, can move up to the next level.

We have some amazing new designs, but need the following to get fully into production. We need  

1) a Milling Machine, $1000,
2) a real thickness planer, $2000.00,
3) a better Table Saw,  about $1500.00.

In addition, it would be a quantum leap to get a better model Shopbot CNC machine, which would allow us to make basses and guitars with one process. The model we need is about $18,000.00.

I know it is a lot to ask, but we are coming up on wishbass #2000,  so if everybody who bought a wishbass, or a wishnevsky guitar or mandocello could chip in twenty bucks or more, we could easily reach our goal and carry on our tradition of reasonably priced, American made, individual musical instruments into the future.

 Show your love of music by giving what you can, and plan to buy some great instruments in the future.

If you dont feel able to help, we have two Wishbass books on kindle, and in paperback, so you can get a fine book for $19.99, and help the cause. Just search for wishbass. 

Thank you.
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Reactivating this Go Fund me, to get some better equipment and make better and more advanced wishbasses. If you can help, please do so.. Thanks
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If you can't make a donation outright, you can buy this book on Amazon and help us that way... Thanks
https://www.amazon.com/Wishbass-Book-15t
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We are going to restart this, and try to get some professional equipment. It is difficult to do production work with hobbyist equipment.. Thanks so much
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Salvage is officially finished, the last clamps were painted today, and the first load of machinery was delivered to the new build9ing. All thanks to you and your generosity .
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Jonathan Newton
51 months ago

Dear Steve, I was heartbroken to find out about the fire, only just now (sometimes news travels slowly). Almost ten years ago, I was idly surfing around Ebay when I stumbled upon the first of your basses that I've ever seen. I kid you not: I sat speechless for probably ten minutes or so, just staring at the screen. I was totally blown away. Having played guitar since 1981 and seen most of what there is to see as far as guitars and basses are concerned - or so I thought - here was a completely different approach; instrument craftsmanship taken to a level I had never seen ir dreamed about before. It took a while, but eventually, I got my Wishbass, and it really lived up to every expectation I could ever have, and more. This truly was and is another dimension. Everywhere I take the bass to play, it grabs the attention of people. But what's more - it's that organic extension of yourself that allows you to perform your very best. Trying any other bass nowadays is like getting a cheap toy. It's like I never really understood what a luthier could do until I got this. Your talent and unique approach is such a contribution to the world of music that it simply must not cease, certainly not from such a stupid thing as a fire. I hope and pray that you will soon get your new workshop up and running and that there will be many more years of instruments from you. May God bless you and lift you up out of the ashes, may you fly on brand new Phoenix wings, soaring to new heights. The whole Wishbass community is behind you. All the greatest, Wishbass #543, Jonathan Newton

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Brooke Neal
52 months ago

People who wait for misfortune and then pounce on the one who experienced it are nothing. You have put so much energy into your community, into music and offering others the opportunity to make music at the Shuffle, on your instruments, you connect people and you write better than you give yourself credit for. You are appreciated, whether you like it or not. Keep on keepin on, Stephen.

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Deborah Park
52 months ago

Non Illegitimi carborundum!

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Christopher Brooks
52 months ago

Fuck the trolls, Steven. You do what you gotta do to bring it back. Recovery from total loss in a fire is a heroic challenge. Don't give assholes and mosquitos a second thought!

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Lana Dalis
52 months ago

hello to eeveryone. visit my page. eveyrone good luck!

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Scari Kerr
52 months ago

donated :) can anyone please also check out my gofundme for a homeless man gofundme / mg2844

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Eli Bennett
52 months ago

Ya know that karma thing? What goes around comes around? Works in the positive, too.

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DB
$25
David Blair
17 months ago

Got my 2 Wishbasses on the used market,that don't help keep things running so I'll gladly make a contribution.

WH
$25
Wulff Harris
23 months ago
$50
Laura Mae Sheets
24 months ago
CI
$150
Charlie Irwin
24 months ago
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
JM
$20
Jeff MacIntosh
24 months ago
$20
Heidi Hanson
25 months ago
1
1
$20
Anonymous
48 months ago
JS
$50
Jeremiah Smith
49 months ago

"Wish" you the best, Wish. Someday, I'd like to own one of your basses.

SS
$50
Sanj Surati
50 months ago

More Money from the Fund Raiser

Jonathan Newton
51 months ago

Dear Steve, I was heartbroken to find out about the fire, only just now (sometimes news travels slowly). Almost ten years ago, I was idly surfing around Ebay when I stumbled upon the first of your basses that I've ever seen. I kid you not: I sat speechless for probably ten minutes or so, just staring at the screen. I was totally blown away. Having played guitar since 1981 and seen most of what there is to see as far as guitars and basses are concerned - or so I thought - here was a completely different approach; instrument craftsmanship taken to a level I had never seen ir dreamed about before. It took a while, but eventually, I got my Wishbass, and it really lived up to every expectation I could ever have, and more. This truly was and is another dimension. Everywhere I take the bass to play, it grabs the attention of people. But what's more - it's that organic extension of yourself that allows you to perform your very best. Trying any other bass nowadays is like getting a cheap toy. It's like I never really understood what a luthier could do until I got this. Your talent and unique approach is such a contribution to the world of music that it simply must not cease, certainly not from such a stupid thing as a fire. I hope and pray that you will soon get your new workshop up and running and that there will be many more years of instruments from you. May God bless you and lift you up out of the ashes, may you fly on brand new Phoenix wings, soaring to new heights. The whole Wishbass community is behind you. All the greatest, Wishbass #543, Jonathan Newton

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Brooke Neal
52 months ago

People who wait for misfortune and then pounce on the one who experienced it are nothing. You have put so much energy into your community, into music and offering others the opportunity to make music at the Shuffle, on your instruments, you connect people and you write better than you give yourself credit for. You are appreciated, whether you like it or not. Keep on keepin on, Stephen.

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Deborah Park
52 months ago

Non Illegitimi carborundum!

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Christopher Brooks
52 months ago

Fuck the trolls, Steven. You do what you gotta do to bring it back. Recovery from total loss in a fire is a heroic challenge. Don't give assholes and mosquitos a second thought!

+ Read More
Lana Dalis
52 months ago

hello to eeveryone. visit my page. eveyrone good luck!

+ Read More
Scari Kerr
52 months ago

donated :) can anyone please also check out my gofundme for a homeless man gofundme / mg2844

+ Read More
Eli Bennett
52 months ago

Ya know that karma thing? What goes around comes around? Works in the positive, too.

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