About

I began playing bass as a young teenager growing up in Houston, Texas during the 70's.  Like most kids my age I was drawn to the sounds of KISS, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Foghat, ZZ Top and so many other rock bands from that era.  My junior high book covers became canvases, covered from edge to edge with drawings of guitars and basses.  Not much changed through highschool excpet for this thing called punk rock.  After highschool I continued playing bass and guitar as well as going to college to study art and design.  Turns out the college thing wasn't for me. Instead I opted for a career in autobody repair.  Always willing to roll the dice I set off for Southern California in the mid 80's.  It was during this time that I began to tinker with musical intruments as I continued in the field of autobody repair and paint.  Buying and fixing up pawn shop instruments, painting customers' guitars and basses, and putting together piles of aftermarket parts to create new instruments kept me busy on the weekends.  While in California my pursuit of all things guitar and bass led me to the G&L factory in Fullerton where I had a brief encounter with the late, great Leo Fender.  Now that I'm a builder, I look back at that moment, having much more respect for the man who set the bar so high.
 
After shuffling around the country for a few years and having returned to school to learn computer-aided drafting, I eventually found myself in Houston once again with a new career, working for various engineering firms and home designers.  Off time was still spent doing what I loved; messing with basses and playing in bands.  Never one to leave well enough alone I continued to modify my own instruments and construct Frankensteins out of whatever I could get my hands on.  I also focused on getting a little music theory under my belt, studying jazz and taking private lessons.
 
Eventually I met my lovely, bass playing wife, Lynda and ended up in England for a year.  It wasn't long after we returned to life in Houston that we found a new home (new to us).  The property happened to have a huge shop on it.  I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do in that shop, but I knew I had to have it.  Not too long after we moved in a dear uncle of mine passed away and I ended up inheriting most of his woodworking tools.  The year was 2004.  This was the beginning of LeCompte Electric Bass.  Finally I was able to take what I learned in art school, join it with the skills I aquired doing autobody repair and paint (along with some woodworking skills I picked up from somewhere), solidify it with my technical education and work experience, roll it all up into my passion for bass and have the space to do it all in.  Sounds like a perfect recipe for a bass builder to me.
 
While I do have to give my wife a lot of credit for supporting me, helping me with this thing called the Internet and making my presence known, all of the basses I build are crafted by me, souly.  I do all of the design work, all of the woodworking, all of the finish work, all the parts ordering, all the wiring and assembly and all the picture taking.  Heck, I'm even the guy who puts the bass in the box and ships it to you when it's done.  I could still use a little help learming how to use a broom though.
 
Here's to more sawdust and more basses!
 
 
Bud LeCompte