Lakland Bass Guitars

Tech's Corner

Tech's Corner

When artists play major shows they don’t have time to stop and tune a guitar or bass. The continual stopping would interrupt the flow of the music (we’ve all been to those gigs). That’s why most major acts engage guitar and bass technicians whose job it is to make sure all instruments stay tuned and setup to play perfectly.

The instrument the artist chooses to play directly affects a tech’s quality of life. A wreck of an instrument that won’t stay in tune will take longer to wrangle during the show – and after it. The tech appreciates an instrument that is well built and stable as much as the artist does because it makes their lives a lot less stressful.

For this reason, the tech’s recommendation holds a lot of sway with artists open to trying new instruments. In fact, techs have helped open the door to relationships with some of our biggest endorsers, including U2’s Adam Clayton.

MEET GEOFF TEMPLETON - THE FOO FIGHTERS

How long have you been with the Foo Fighters?

Thousands of years ago, before the dawn of man…or for 4 years…

Besides the Foo Fighters what other bands have you worked with?

Queens of the Stone Age, Beastie Boys, Afl, Tenacioius D, Eddie Vedder, Burning Brides, John Tesh, Everclear, Flip, Jimmies Chicken Shack…

How did you get the gig?

Down on my knees…Which is how you keep it, too…

How did you become aware of Lakland?

Charlotte (Cooper) from The Subways at a festival.

What do you like about Lakland basses?

It is all about the neck. Best bass neck EVER…The tones we get from these basses are rich and classic…The precision in the manufacturing is downright amazing. After constantly touring with them for several years now, they have held up better than anything else we have tried. As well, after meeting the folks at Lakland, touring the factor, etc., I would find it hard to believe that there is a company out there more personally committed to making great basses. 

I know I may sound like your standard ass kissing, bootlicker. But far above and beyond all the crap on the market, these basses are the shit and make my life easier. Pick one up and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed. 

Featured Bass Tech: Geoff Templeton

Read the interview with Geoff Templeton, who helps keep Lakland's low-end tools in prime playing condition for the Foo Fighters.

Can you relate any amusing story about the line of work you do?

I have been treated like a king and traveled the world, doing the grunt / janitorial work of the rock industry. Of course now all that has changed since Dave bought myself and most of our crew as a part of some sort of Central American Slave Trading Act that is a sub charter of NAFTA. Which his teams of attorneys have somehow deemed legal. The hours have increased, conditions have greatly suffered, as well in lieu of pay we receive little more than all the cotton candy and corn dogs we can eat. So during these dark days I keep my head low, spending far too much of the day trying to avoid the beatings and sexual advances of band members…Escape is futile, due to the RFD locater chip they have implanted in my neck…someone end this hell, please…