Washburn teamed up with Stu Hamm to provide bassists with the best value for their money possible, and to create in Stu’s estimations, the perfect bass guitar. One of the models they ended up with was the Washburn Stu Hamm Signature SHB60. After many difficult hours ironing out the many precise details involved, Washburn molded this bass guitar from exact specifications provided by Hamm. The SHB60 incorporate both art and technology together, giving basses 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.