Eva Gardner is a first-call bassist who’s held it down for the likes of P!NK, Gwen Stefani, The Mars Volta, Cher, and Telstar. You might say Eva Gardner was born to play bass. Growing up in a rock and roll family, her dad Kim Gardner was bassist for the legendary British Invasion band The Creation, and his Ampeg bass rig is among her earliest recollections.
“He had a little setup in the living room with a Portaflex, and every time he’d flip that switch, that little blue light would come on,” she recalls. “As a little kid, I was always drawn to it.”
It’s hardly surprising, then, that she was drawn to Ampeg as her own musical affinity grew. “When I was in high school, and I decided to get my own amp, I went big,” she reveals. “I got an old SVT rig with an 8×10 cabinet! That was the first amp that I bought with my own money.”
Like any dedicated pro, Eva’s strength is in her musical versatility, and her ability to deliver her own unique sound across a wide range of styles and genres. And no matter what the gig, Ampeg is there. “Ampeg is really the common thread across any style of music I play,” she observes. “You know, you can play with your fingers, play with a pick, no matter what style of music I’m playing, Ampeg feels like home. It’s the one thing I know is going to work every time. I’ve dialed in an Ampeg tone, I feel like it’s me coming through.”
Check out this recent performance of “White Rabbit” with P!NK