The rest – what you need to make a light ash 5-string bass with a blue-dyed textured poplar top – had little value. Only at the end, when everything was ready for painting, I knew that the only thing that would really matter for Giacomo, who had asked me to make the instrument, was that hidden symbol. A simple letter, his personal “G”. A badge that until that moment had been hidden by something. A sleeve, a dress or who knows what, if it is a tattoo. Not anymore. 5-string basses often have this effect, they reveal something more. Let’s play.