Haim Sweet Haim
Bass Player|March 2021
“It’s just me, with no bells and whistles,” explains Este Haim of the bass behind her trio’s acclaimed music
By Amit Sharma

If you had told the 16-year-old me that she was going to be a featured player in a Fender ad, she would have immediately burst into tears!” says Este Haim, bassist and singer in Los Angeles sister trio Haim.

Since forming in 2007, the pop-rock group have signed to major record labels, wowed the crowds of both Glastonbury and South By Southwest, and seen their debut album climb to the top of the UK charts.

The three sisters—Este, Danielle, and Alana—now stand as one of the biggest indie acts to emerge over the last decade, so a recent collaboration with Fender to promote the American Professional II series will come as little surprise to their growing army of fans around the world.

“This new P-Bass is definitely easy on the eyes,” continues Este, who is also promoting the group’s third full length Women In Music Pt. III, released last June. “My first Fender was actually an American Jazz Precision from 1989, and a fine piece of craftsmanship. It was my axe. I liked how the Precision sounded more than the Jazz, so I kept it on that pickup. As I got older, I knew I wanted a Precision bass, and a Seventies one particularly. I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford a pre-CBS one! When I found out the price of one, it was roughly the same as my college tuition. But I’d already become Precisionobsessed... I tried other basses and took a dip into the Hofner world when I got into Rick Danko and the Band, but I never really like playing with a pick, even a felt one, it’s just not my thing. I stuck to what I loved—and that was the Precision because of how easy it was to play, how the neck feels and how rich and deep the tone is.

“Most of my playing is in the left hand. The relationship between me and my Precision is very beautiful. We have a very simpatico relationship. It helps me achieve the tone and sound I’m after. I’ve pretty much been playing them my whole life.”

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