GIANFRANCO GULLOTTO – Head of Bass
MARCO DE VIRGILIIS, MARKBASS Owner
“There are persons in life that you cannot meet a lot, in relation to fast moving time, but that you know they will always be there for you, and that you always wish to hear about reciprocally. One of them for me is Gianfranco Gullotto. Calling him an historic teacher is reductive, though absolutely true, considering the great number of excellent bass players that he formed.
What impressed me the most, since from the start, in this gentle giant is his sincere availability and passion transpiring not only form his words, but from his movements and actions, too.
An authentic and passionate musician with whom I share one of the characteristics I prefer in human beings: enthusiasm!”
He is one of my long-term Endorsers (Markbass’s, of course), since when a few people only trusted that those amps could become something good in the world. He was always encouraging, since he trusted what I was doing and how I was doing it, and above all since he was really sharing my same feeling, and he knew how to communicate it!
“Marco, the ampli you sent me is amazing… the students are impressed…” This was the tenor of his phone calls… how can’t you love someone as sincere and as committed to what he is doing?
A rally special person, a serious musician, knowing the bass history, having lived it: you can simply read his interviews, in which he tells of the tie when the bass was totally irrelevant until when Jaco changed his life, as he did for many.
He carries on his teacher role with passion and respecting the students.
But this is not a constructed kind of respect, it is embedded in his person and in every thing he makes.
I wish to conclude this by saying that he is a great man, under any respects, and I am honored to have him as endorser since when being an endorser was a generous aimless gesture, having shared the growth of my brand. But he is above all a friend, for me and for all those who had the chance of meeting him in their lives.
Please forgive me, but this is what I really think!”
Extract from the book TESTA DI BASSO (Bass Head) by SATURNINO
“After unending discussions, we decided to contact a Roman teacher, Gianfranco Gullotto, author of a method entitled “The electric bass handbook”… On one fine day we left for the Capital to go and meet him. We had a crazy project in mind… if only he came and teach us once a week in Ascoli.. We were expecting a denial, but he liked the idea and he started traveling between Ascoli and Rome. Besides being a great teacher, he demonstrated a wonderful person… I owe Gullotto a lot… and he spent so much time correcting my mistakes.”
Extract from the Book ALZA IL BASSO! (Pump up the Bass) by MARCO CAUDAI
“With his 40 years of teaching experience, Gianfranco is THE bass teacher… He was the teacher of a long series of professionals… He is also the author of the “Electric bass handbook”, the first book written in Italian on this subject and that became the Bible of almost all Italian bass players.”