Originally Posted by Markpotato
Dude, $4000 is not expensive for an instrument. Especially for something this unique. He probably couldn't afford to charge less. I'm somewhat surprised he doesn't charge more.
Also, building electrics is alot easier than building acoustics. If he can build an acoustic guitar, I'm pretty sure he could handle and electric.
I apologize if I sounded appalled at the general
idea of a $4,000 custom instrument. I know $4,000 isn't exorbitant, plenty of custom builders charge that much, but to charge that much for what would essentially be an experiment
seems a bit ridiculous (not to mention risky on my part). I guess I'm also just a little spoiled by folks like Clement, Marco, and Stambaugh charging what they do. The situation is infinitely worsened by his not especially clear English and his disheartening communication skills (read: ignores every other email, only addresses 1/4 of the questions asked him in the few emails he replies). Basically he just doesn't seem like the kind of cat I'd want to send $4,000 to from across the Atlantic ocean...
In regards to his building an electric instrument, I'm sure he could "handle it" fine. Obviously in terms of woodworking there is a lot more to an acoustic instrument, but if he hasn't built an electric, is he going to put in the research to understand what I might want out of this thing? Besides him not having built an electric instrument of any
kind, there is also the fact that he's not a bass guitarist, he's a guitarist. He isn't used to listening for the same qualities a bassist does in terms of tone, he's never had to worry about floppy B strings, never had to consider pre-amps, pick-ups (and how they sound in conjunction with your pre-amp), asymmetrical bolting, body weight, neck dive, etc...
I just feel like commissioning him to do a bass guitar build would be like commissioning Joey Ramone to write a piano sonata. It might "rock" and it'd probably be catchy, but I'd bet you a couple hundred bucks it would be terribly voice-led, awkward to play, un-pianistic, and not even in sonata form. Obviously an abstract metaphor, but I think it gets the point across.
Then again I guess I've decided I'd rather take a chance on the fretboard than the rest of the bass, as it's one or the other. I'm probably just an idiot =p
Nice looking instruments by the way Markpotato!