Esh Basses are back
Thought I'd pass on this tidbit. I exchanged emails with Petr Vykydal, with Radical Strings GmbH, and he provided the following news:
"Thanks for your interest in Esh basses. Yes, the Esh basses are in business. Probably more than ever. We took over Radical Strings GmbH from Mr. Ralf Scholl. Our company builds instruments for many top brands incl. Spector, NS Design, Hagstrom etc. The only difference is that the Esh basses will not be exclusively made in Germany but made in EU. Please check the news on our web for the Stinger II in flamed ash and new colors.
We have just started to do business with Guitar Center in USA. Hopefully Esh basses will be soon on the US market."
I'm a new fan to their instruments, so I think this is great news. Yay! :hyper:
Oh well. Another reason to be pissed off, as if there weren't enough in my life already. My misanthropy just rose by degrees.
I always thought my Esh's would remain exclusive, elusive, much-appreciated-and-envied works of functional art, for those who knew high-end rarities and special instruments. I just picked up a mid-90s one-of-almost-none Esh jazz bass with ungodly sweet bright tone, like Geddy snapping away on a Sansamp, thanks to the piezo bridge and Kent Armstrong pups and active preamp... I added it to my collection of rarities inclusing a one-of-13 Esh Stinger.
Now I hear that GUITARD CENTER is going to be a distributor, and the production is going to be "EU"ropean instead of the small shop tucked into a forest in Germany? As for the website, it hasn't changed since 2010 except for a couple of pictures of "new offerings." Those choices have been there ALL ALONG if you wanted them.... any color, any finish, any wood, any flourish, as long as you were willing to pay for it.
Why, oh WHY do good things always end up changing for the worse in the end?.....
GuiTARD Center. Damn. Right there with Music123 and Behringer names; it's the same corporate ownership (surprise, those of you who didn't know). NOT what I wanted my investments to be associated with in any way at all. Sort of like owning a Porshce 928 and a 911 Turbo, then finding out WalMart is going to take over distributorship. Or owning a Rickenbacker bass and finding out Target or Best Buy is going to start selling them. Way to cheapen the brand.
If Esh goes that route, I'm done with them. Then again, esh has seen several changes of hands and management and distributors thoughout the years, and promises and threats have been made before and didn't come to pass.
Time will tell on this one.
And those of you who think I'm pouting......
I say good for them, the more choice the better.
No bass maker wants to remain an "exclusive, elusive, much-appreciated-and-envied works of functional art".
As far as being distributed by GC, yeah, not great given GC's reputation.
I tried the Esh at a music store in Frankfurt last week and it was sweeeeeet!!!! But, man - 2300 Euros??? The piezo bridge would make for an interesting sound. My only beef with it is that is shot up the volume when engaged.
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