After many long hours of Washburn working together with Stu to design what he feels is the perfect bass, the Washburn SHBH3 was born. Molded to Hamm’s precise specifications, the SHBH3 basses bring together art and technology, and create a new innovative idea of what a great bass can be.
Washburn loads this bass with exclusive EMG X series Stu Hamm pickups with piezo preamp for incredible versatility that can handle virtually any style, any player. The SHBH3 Stu Hamm signature bass also features a super comfortable Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard on an Alder body which is a classic, tried and true wood combination that gives maximum warmth and clarity.
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.