Anthony Errigo | Exploding Boy - Astropimp - The Taint - This is a Call - Lounge Act | 1973 Fender Precision Bass"My very first bass was a Squier Precision model, but my first exposure to a real Fender Precision was at GFI studios in 1987 when I was 17. I was playing an Ibanez RB800, totally 80s, and it was suggested I play the P bass on the recording. The Precision tone is so distinct, and the bass is so versatile in any style, I was drawn to them obsessively after that session.
I'd love to say that my "73" was my first Precision bass, but it was my second. It was meant to be a back-up to the first, which was an '87, if I recall, but the '73 just sounded better. Many basses have come and gone, but the '73 has been my go-to ever since. I might bring it to a gig once in a while but I consider it retired. Currently I'm playing a "Select Series" Fender Precision which is perfect for me.
I bought my '73 from the House of Guitars in 1992 for $200. (I still have the original receipt.) It was literally leaning up against the back wall with a botched refinish job and missing a string... just pathetic lol... but I knew it had potential.
I put a Badass on it, a Hipshot, and Seymour Duncan QPs... it became my standard set up for many years. More recently I had the frets replaced, the pots updated, and changed up the pick guard to brass. Then I added the thumb rest for looks. The only original parts of this bass is the body, neck, neck plate, and the small piece of hardware that holds the D and G in place on the headstock. I beat the shit out of this bass, it has all my markings on it, which is why I love it. "
Who is your favorite Rochester musician?
"Man, don't make me answer this! So many great friends and bandmates I could name, I couldn't pick just one."
What is your favorite Rochester music venue?
"There have been so many, again, I couldn't pick one. I have great memories and have met so many inspiring people. I can still mind map my bands and gig dates from the past.... IDOLS, Backstreets, Jazzberry's, Water Street Music Hall (Horizontal Boogie Bar), Alexander Street Pub, and APUB LIVE, and all the good people from the Jukebox. Today, would have to be Iron Smoke, Anthology, and Lovin' Cup."
Why do you love the Rochester music scene?
"Rochester music has been a part of me my whole life. My father was a saxophone player with a band called "The Continentals" and gigged around town when I was very young. Naturally, I gravitated towards musicians and artists growing up, wanting not only to be a part of a tribe of sorts, I was inspired to learn and grow, and be known as a solid bass player. So many of my friends are from bands that I played in or played with, there really is so much talent here. The Rochester music scene will always be home for me."