Producer, Owner DesistoMusic.com
"Martin Keith's bass produced one of the roundest, fattest bass guitar sounds I've ever put into a mix. It made the job of "getting the bass right" a painless pleasure. In the hands of groovesmith T. Xiques it was a formidable weapon indeed!"
Bassist/drummer for WeMustBe, recorded at DesistoMusic
"The fact that Martin Keith is a virtuoso luthier and player becomes evident when you play his instruments. The 5-string is so responsive and easy to play, only a bass player could have created it. He is rooted in the tradition while making guitars of the future. I can get any sound that I can think of on this bass. I could not be without it in the studio and on live gigs it definitely turns heads."
NYC area Bassist
From the ergonomic design to the beautiful tone and stunning looks, Martin builds basses that inspire me. Throughout the ordering and build process, Martin is very responsive and the outcome always surpasses my expectations. As a bass player of twenty years, I've played nearly everything; I wouldn't trade my four Martin Keith basses for anything.
Within a minute of first playing a Martin Keith bass (fretless Elfin 5) I knew I had to buy it! The tonality of it was something I have been chasing for close to 40 years of playing fretless bass. Almost immediately, I was thinking of ordering a fretted bass from Martin! Now I have that, too. Both of these basses have a passive electronics package that is really quite versatile; I have even been asked what kind of preamp was in the bass - when told there is no preamp people are blown away. Both of my Martin Keith basses get constant play and have become my primary instruments in the bands I play in.
Bassist/Musical Director: Lizz Wright, Poppa Chubby, NYC sessions
The Elfin and I had our first recording session today, doing rhythm tracks for the cast recording of Godspell. It was a total success. The orchestrator had written a lot of material below low E, so the B string got a work out, and to my delight, I was able to play naturally and have those low notes blend in perfectly with the "regular" range. That's something I've never been able to do with any five string in the past. This bass is so even. And responsive! I've got the action set really low, with almost no relief in the neck, and I can play with lightest right hand touch I can muster and notes just speak so easily. Very rewarding.
Also, the other night, I did a real intimate gig at a small club on the lower east side. There were numerous bass players there and, to a man, they were unanimous in their praise of the tone and look of the Elfin.
There are so many thing I love about your basses. Tough to go into details on this. I fell in love with my first Elfin the moment I saw it. Then I played it and... That was it.
I had a deposit on a new 5 String at a local shop. As the guy was getting it ready, I started noodling around on other basses in the shop. I picked up yours and that was it... I knew what I wanted to do. I'll take this guy. He was cool with it.
So, that's how it started.
Thanks Again, Martin. I bonded with the fretless as quickly as I bonded with the fretted. It's there. No doubt. I am so freaking happy with this bass. Thanks Again!!!
LA Bassist – Facing Arrows, Alex Masi
"I have been playing my Elfin Plus bass for a few months now and I absolutely love it! The Elfin Plus body is unique in its own right but gives some obvious nods to the timeless J bass contour, which makes me feel right at home with it. My bass has a maple neck that makes playing feel fast and effortless and the string spacing feels just right for a 5-string. My low B rings out nice and clear even when I'm tuned down a half step, something I have never gotten from mass-produced basses.
The thing that I love the most about the bass is that despite being a single-cut 5-string, I can play it easily with my strap slung fairly low. The bass balances well; Martin clearly designed the instrument to be ergonomic and easy to play.
Martin Keith makes amazing instruments and to top it all off, he is such a nice guy! He's easy to work with and very open to new ideas, as his designs are always evolving. Get yourself a Martin Keith bass. Do it. Do it now."