Interview to Lorita Basses

Lorita Basses has a proper name, Xavier Lorita, located in the Alto Penedes area in the town of Guardiola de Font-Rubí, Barcelona. Xavier delights us with his originality and innovation in his instruments, he started playing the electric bass guitar until it was proposed Build yourself one, that was for the year 1996, as to all luthiers we always wish the greatest of success and the recognition they deserve, we invite you to enjoy his wonderful work, let’s meet and enjoy Xavier in this interview for All for Bass.

 

What happens to get you to the Luthier world?

The beginning, as in many other cases, was the curiosity to see if it was possible to improve the instrument I had when I started playing the bass at the age of 13. Just at that time, my cousin Miguel, who would also become a luthier over the years, decided that instead of improving the instrument it would be more fun to make one from scratch.

With few parts and less knowledge we managed to build a fretless 5-string bass, which I still keep. Shortly after that experience I decided to modify my instrument to such an extent that I ended up building a new one, following in my cousin’s footsteps. 

And the beginnings of Lorita Basses?

The beginnings of Lorita basses are being developed at the same time that I am working at JD in Barcelona. At that time I started to develop many of my own ideas that I could not apply since I was working for another luthier so in 2012 and after 13 years I decided that it was time for a change of scenery and therefore I started to think about creating my own company, applying what I understood to be an electric bass.

The last years with JD and the first two, more or less, of Lorita Basses were experimentation and relearning everything I knew, to make way for models and concepts that are now consolidated.

 

Lorita Bass

Why the bass and not other instruments?

Because it is the first instrument I learned to play with my cousin. It was love at first sight. The sound, the texture that I could hear on the first Peter Gabriel albums made me fall in love with the sound of the bass automatically and from there I wanted to improve and then build my own instrument.

Although I have to admit that the world of the acoustic guitar has always caught my attention and I don’t rule out someday going deeper into it.  

What do you want to achieve with your instruments?

In my instruments I look above all for ergonomics and sound, leaving aesthetics in the background. For me, if an instrument is not functional it is not for the musician. By this I mean that it must have a good balance and sound, playability, leaving everything superfluous or aesthetic in the background.

What identity defines your instruments?

This is a question they always asked me and over time it becomes more difficult to answer. I believe that it is not for me to answer but for my clients. I don’t think I have a style or look of my own that identifies my instruments. Nor have I ever pretended to. I simply care about the details so that the musician is happy and enjoys his bass for a long time. That’s the priority. The clients and worrying about them is what I think defines me, more than what I use on the instruments. 

 

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Influences on your learning? 

The main influences were my cousin Miguel Ordaz as first teacher. JD, who I was with for 13 long years. Adamovic, Fbass and Alembic are three of my references worldwide.

But above all I pay a lot of attention to small builders unknown to the general public and who do an incredible job. You can learn a lot from them and every day I discover new things.

Present and future for Lorita Basses

The present I occupy preparing the next Namm Show 2021, where we will have our own booth for the second year. Besides, we are working on our clients’ orders, trying to shorten delivery times as much as possible since our list is quite long.

In parallel we are developing improvements in all models, this aspect of work never stops, to make them more functional if possible. Also and for 2020 we are preparing a new acoustic model, called Deep Century, and already working on our new singlecut model called Silent, which will see the light after summer.

What importance have the choice of bass parts?

The components are always important, as much or the same as the woods we select for our instrument. We think in the instrument like a team, where each part fulfills a specific function and it would be useless to use bad components together with excellent woods and vice versa.

From hardware, electronics, pickups, strings or frets, everything must be of the best quality we can find, because with this our instrument will improve in all aspects, both in functionality and in sound and aesthetics.

 

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Quality control…

Quality control it is quite exhaustive, continuous and at the same time simple since you work alone, all the instruments pass only through my hands. With this I make sure that each part, finish or component is as I want and therefore as the customer wants. Besides I apply a later quality control since when the client receives the instrument and gives me their feedback, all this information helps me to improve the instruments in those aspects in which it does not work optimally.

Which artist would you like to see playing with your instruments?

I am not a mythomaniac person in this regard. I have a lot of bassists that are essential for me and I have enjoyed listening since I was young. From Mark King to Tony Levin, Guy Pratt, Stuart Zender, Sting, John Entwistle, Paul McCartney or Lee Sklar. The list would be long but if I had to choose one, it would undoubtedly be Mark King, since he was my childhood idol and one of the influences with Tony Levin to start playing bass.

Define the essences of your current models.

The essence could be said that although it does not seem so, it is simplicity. People may think that this is not the case, that my instruments are complicated in construction and details, but I like to define them as simple working tools.

Then we can dress them in exotic woods and aesthetic details, but for me they are simple, simple instruments that must respond perfectly when the musician needs it. The details and woods are simply a complement to this concept, making the instrument seem more complicated than it really is.

Something you want to say about yourself…

Although the interview seems to be the opposite, I don’t really like to talk about myself since I prefer that my instruments speak for me.

I spent many years in the shadow of a great luthier and I think I have become used to it. I like more to be working and moving the strings in the shade, I feel much more comfortable in that area. Better that the instruments speak in the hands of the musicians.

Some words for All for Bass

Just wish the entire All for Bass team good luck and encouragement in this new adventure in the world of electric bass. Initiatives like this are always welcome and necessary.

 

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