Traffic Bassist David Hood Gifted with Replica of Stolen Bass

David Hood of the Muscle Shoals rhythm section (The Swampers) performs on stage with Traffic at Birmingham Town Hall on Wednesday March 20 1973. He plays a Fender Jazz bass guitar. (Photo by Brian Cooke/Redferns)
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Forty-six years after it was stolen, legendary bass player David Hood has been reunited with his beloved 1961 Fender Jazz bass guitar. Well, sort of. Hood was gifted with a handmade replica of the rare instrument by fellow bass player, Drew Tomecko.

A little backstory: Hood was a session bass player at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound recording studio in Alabama. Having played on such tunes as The Staples Singers' "I'll Take You There" and later on Paul Simon's "My Little Town," his musical prowess landed him a spot in the band Traffic alongside Steve Winwood and Dave Mason.

It was while on tour with Traffic in 1973 that his prized 1961 Fender Jazz bass was stolen from the band's semi-trailer before a show in New York City along with several other instruments, including one guitar Eric Clapton had given to Winwood, Hood told Times Daily.

It was earlier this year that Hood met Drew Tomecko at  the Trissl Sports Cars Uber Region Fest V in Florence, Alabama. Tomecko was playing bass in a band booked at the event, and the pair became fast friends. Visiting the Muscle Shoals Sound studios, Hood told him the story of the stolen bass. Tomecko was inspired to recreate the Fender Jazz bass for his new buddy.

"It was such an unfortunate situation and since I felt compelled to show my appreciation, I decided to build it," Tomecko explained. "He is a legend in music and one of my inspirations. The body took only a few days to cut and shape. The finish took about a month from start to finished."

"I think it's beautiful," Hood said of his new bass. "I'm overwhelmed he built it and came all the way here from Las Vegas. I'm almost speechless."

Watch a live clip of David Hood performing with Traffic in Santa Monica, CA, circa 1973.


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