Over the years I have been a pretty tragic acquirer of hyped up basses here on TB
I'd love to say this all changed because I got smarter but the reality is it all changed due to the arrival of m daughter a couple of years ago. Disposable income was gone and I needed to find a bass that would suit me for all gigs and recording.
I contacted Ben Lindsey and wasn't really expecting much different to other custom builds I had ordered. Some had been great, some had been average. I sort of expected Ben to be similar - somewhere in the middle. What surprised me was how into the build Ben was. He dug the idea of the bass, communicated with me a lot and just seemed to have an air of positivity and passion right through the build. So when my first bass was ready, I just knew that I really liked Ben as a person and really hoped the bass would turn out well.
I didn't really post a honeymoon review type thing here. I probably should have. I've now had my Lindsey bass for almost two years and have used it on every gig, recording and rehearsal since. It's the best bass I have ever owned and I'm trying to remember if I have even played anything as good. Other players have tried it out and the response is pretty much the same - it's just a killer precision. This is Lindsey bass one -
So a couple of years have passed and I started to panic about only having one bass. What if something happened to it? All of that sort of stuff. I immediately knew I wanted a second Lindsey and started chatting to Ben again. Due to being based in Australia, I've never met the guy in person and our communication is via email but I consider Ben a friend and an insanely knowledgable builder. We talked as friends and Ben even steered me away from a hair brained idea I had initially
Just to underline the only frustrating thing about guys like Ben. He's a one man shop. He's always busy. He builds these amazing basses (and guitars), takes really nice photos of them and just does so to keep his customers in the loop. Its part of his service. He has no single online location where you can see all of his work. He makes the build exciting and fun - and he's fast. In saying all of that, his web presence sucks. To get an indication of his work (which is extensive) do a search here or email him directly at email@example.com
I'm a precision guy. Ben and I talked and we agreed that the perfect addition for me is another precision that is the alter ego of my 57P. Since my last build, Ben has refined his techniques. He now makes necks by hand, winds his own pickups and as always, does all finishing and every other detail end to end. This is what Ben has just completed for me -
Ben deserves every success in my opinion. He's just a good, low bs guy with a huge talent for building basses and he's never really had the time or capacity to heavily promote what he does. That's the point of this post. I hope people check out his work and consider him for future builds. I haven't founder a better builder of a Pbass after years of searching and I know he's had similar reactions to his other work.