aaron bruch's 434SC

granadillo over walnut

This was the first bass I built for Aaron Bruch of the rock band Breaking Benjamin. From day 1, Aaron has been the nicest guy and I can’t begin to say how much it means to me that he took the chance on me and keeps coming back for more instruements.

When we first started talking shop, he asked me, “Can you make me sound like Justin Chancellor?” which, as a builder, is a daunting task. Luckily, with the help of the great folks at Nordstrand Audio and their Big BladeMan pickups and 3-band preamp, it was something I could tackle.


preamp & pickups




  • Single-cut, 4-string, 34″ scale, 24 frets
  • Walnut wings with granadillo faces
  • Maple and walnut neck
  • West African ebony fretboard
  • Nordstrand Big BladeMan pickups 
  • Nordstrand 3-band preamp
  • Hipshot Ultralite tuners
  • Hipshot A-Style bridge