My name is Dave Gartland. We Emigrated from the South West of England in November 2008.
I am a sheet metal worker by trade and have numerous welding qualifications which included Nuclear welding to 100% xray standard.
I completed an apprenticeship as a sheet metal worker in 1989.
In 1998 I started my own Business manufacturing top of the range motorcycle exhausts and mufflers. Using exotic shapes and materials, all hand crafted without the use of ugly pop rivets. Sidekick Performance Exhausts were sold around the world with agents in the USA, Sweden, France, Amsterdam and through out the UK,
During a day trip to Victor Harbor here in Adelaide, I noticed in a shop window, what was supposed to resemble a Cello or double bass, I decided to make my own skeleton
bass to scale. This was soon snapped up by the design team at Scott Salisbury homes, where it now stands proud in one of their million dollar display homes.
Having been involved in the Rock n Roll and Rockabilly scene for over 30 years, including DJ-ing and Photographing some great names in Rock N Roll, www.midnightrockers.co.uk I was obviously a keen fan of the fifties style Guitars and of course the Rockabilly stand up Slap Bass. In conversation one day to Steve Mitchell, the Bass player with Adelaide`s most well known Rockabilly band, I said I would like to build an Aluminium Double bass, having no idea that they were made during the second world war in Germany and in the USA, On typing into Google I soon discovered apart from the odd picture of an original 1920s polished bass, there was nothing.
In July 2010 I designed a pattern for my first Bass, The name Ali Kat seemed to be a kool name, as Ali is the short term for Aluminium, and from day one, these Kool Katz were going to stand out in a crowd.
The Second Design was to Celebrate my 25 years in American Kenpo Karate, of which I teach Now teach at 3 clubs in Adelaide
The latest Designs are the unique carazy car designs inspired by the 1950s,
and the very latest and first of the Motorcycle range.
for more details check out the individual Ali Kat designs.
EVERY ALI KAT IS CUSTOM MADE, WELDED, POLISHED, PAINTED AND ASSEMBLED BY HAND. ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE DESIGNS MIGHT STAY THE SAME, THEY ARE STILL CUT OUT BY HAND AND EACH HAS IT`S OWN INDIVIDUAL UNIQUE FINISH. IF YOU WOULD LIKE A CUSTOM BUILT GUITAR, IN A CERTAIN SHAPE, COLOUR, OR WITH PARTICULAR HARDWARE TO A CERTAIN THEME, THEN I WILL BE HAPPY TO MAKE IT FOR YOU.
Thank you for looking
The Ali Katz are all custom built special orders, nothing is mass produced, everything in aluminium is made by hand,
If an Ali Kat instrument has been designed, manufactured and painted and becomes available for sale, then thats exactly as it is, if you would like a specific colour or various hardware , or strings etc, then this will be your choice when ordering. Thank you
The Aluminium Bass
ever since I can remember, I have always loved the Rock N Roll and Rockabilly Music, and the instrument that stands out to me is the Upright Bass, sometimes frowned upon by traditional bassists. As many know by trade I am a sheet metal worker. and for many years always fancied making a double bass in metal, after the interest from the skeleton bass I made recently, and on talking to My good friends and bassist Steve from the Satellites, Francis Macri from the Saucermen ,Dave Wells from the Jump Daddys,and of course AJ from the Silverados, the feeling I got was that an aluminium bass would be something special to see and play. Steve Mitchell added by saying that years ago they were actually made in aluminium and even tin, so this got me a researching, only to find that the aluminium bass is so rare that most rockabilly bass players would love to own one. So he we are, I started on the 25th July 2010, and designed my own shape, made the template, ordered the aluminium, and after waiting a while to have the dimensions turned into a format that a laser cutter would recognise, I decided I would make the lot by hand, so off to cash converters to buy a $12.00 black and decker jigsaw, of which the blades cost more, and a cutting i would go.
The ONLY Picture I could find on the net of an aluminium bass was this one, apart from a company in Japan that have made a couple of cellos to show off their work, so it is safe to say once completed , this will be the only aluminium rockabilly double bass in Adelaide. possibly Australia, (unless you know different).
As I work full time, the only chance I had to make the Bass was after work and weekends.