John Ferrara Music bassist, composer, teacher


Fodera 5 string Monarch w/ Khaler bridge РThis is my main bass. I picked this up from the Fodera shop and drove immediately to a gig where I played it on stage. The learning curve going from a 4 to a 5 was difficult but I was so excited to play it I just felt like jumping and getting to know it was the only option.
Homemade Taurus pedals – I had wanted Taurus pedals since CTS recorded Esperanto and I used them on a couple of tracks. One day, our lighting designer at the time, a good friend named John Olson built this by taking the foot pedals off of an old Yamaha organ, taking the electronics out of a Casio keyboard, wiring it all together and built a casing and surprised me with it. It’s been an integral part of my performing and writing ever since!
Hartke Amplifier – I’ve been playing Hartke Gear since I was about 16. My sound developed with these amps. I have several different Hartke heads, cabinets and combo amps for different performance and recording situations. The set up I have in this picture is the one I use for my solo/duo project. For CTS I use the same cabinet with their insanely souped up “Kilo” head. I also use the Hartke kickback to run sound for my Taurus pedals.
Fodera 4 string Monarch – This was my first Fodera. I was so excited to get this that I had multiple dreams about it the months before it was completed. I played this on almost every Consider the Source album aside from World War trio parts 2+ 3
Kala U-bass Hutch Hutchinson model РThese little guys pack a punch!! They sound great and work really well with the different instruments used in the CTS acoustic sets.
Goldtone Banjo Bass – Another awesome and unique instrument that I use in the CTS acoustic sets! It has a really short attack, pretty much zero sustain which is really good for fast staccato playing. Harmonics on this guy sound awesome too, really haunting!
Slapsticks – These are one of the most unique instruments out there. Slapstick are long rectangular pieces of metal with a another thin layer of metal along one side which acts like a string. They are tunable and can be fretted as well. They can be played with sticks, fingers or with your thumbs which is the main way I like to play them. In the picture here I have several different slapsticks all tuned differently and I play them like a Xylophone. I can play entire bass lines with it layed out like this and the way they sound and ring into each other is truly awesome!