In an effort to provide bassists with the best value for their money, Washburn teamed up with Stu Hamm to design what he feels is the perfect bass guitar, the Washburn Stu Hamm Signature SHB40. After many difficult hours going over meticulous details, Washburn molded this bass guitar from the precise specifications provided by Hamm. By incorporating both art and technology together in the SHB40 basses, Stu Hamm and Washburn have given us all a new idea of what a great bass can accomplish.
Born in New Orleans, Hamm spent his childhood and youth in Champaign, Illinois, where he studied bass and piano. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met guitarist Steve Vai and, through Vai, was introduced to Joe Satriani. This meeting and following introduction led Hamm to perform and record with legendary guitarists including Steve Vai, Frank Gambale and Joe Satriani and bring his unmatched bass playing skills to national attention. Subsequent recordings with Satriani and other rock/fusion artists, along with the release of his own solo recordings further solidified his reputation as an extraordinary bassist and performer.