I wanted to take a few minutes to share my experience with this great Custom Bass by Brad Lowe and Lowe Custom Guitars.
It may be odd that I review or comment on another Bass Builder’s instruments, because I am a bit biased, given that I build my own basses and take so much pride in my own work. BUT, I came upon Lowe accidently and was immediate intrigued and drawn to the sites online. After reading about these, and constantly asking questions and regularly returning to the photos, I decided to actually buy one.
As stated on the homepage:
“Lowe Custom Guitars started in 2009 with the goal of combining my lifelong interest in the Musical, Visual and Industrial Arts.
Solid-body electric guitars and basses offer a unique platform to integrate form, color and texture, while combining a wide variety of materials and finishes.
- Lowe Custom Guitars, the Art and Design of Music.”
This is exactly precise!
Here is what you get:
For under a grand (a bargain price), I was privileged to receive this one-of-a-kind bass, Model #012, with the following specs:
- Beautiful Solid Northern Ash Body
- Milled in the USA by Plaid Sabbath
- Finished in a Gorgeous Transparent Blonde
- AllParts Neck
- Lollar Thunderbird Pick Ups
- Gotoh Tuners
- Switchcraft, Electrosocket, Orange Drop Electronics
- And arrived in a New Lined, Gator Hard Case Shell
I really cannot find a flaw with this bass. Mr. Lowe really has spared nothing. My eyes popped out and jaw dropped when I opened the case. And my ears (and my band-mates’ ears) were amazed at the sound that came out.
This great axe is a true BEAST of a bass. It is definitely NOT for wimps. It thumps, growls and can really rock. Tons of MOJO and MOXY!
Not a Jazz bass... I would say it has the combined super qualities of a thunderous Precision bass crossed with Gibson Thunderbird bass and some qualities of the old Mosrite basses. And the looks are just extraordinarily unique... Artwork, Architectural Modern Design and an elite string instrument wrapped up in one. As you can see, there is great attention to detail and spectacular craftsmanship.
One would expect that a Custom Bass like this would cost as much as a new high end Alembic or new high end Sadowsky, so I was pleasantly surprised and very pleased to get this Custom package for under $1000! I would assume that once the production models go into effect, they will hover slightly above this price point…But a fraction of what they are worth and what anything comparable would cost.
Here are a few pictures. Of course they can’t do the bass justice, but you get the idea.
You WON’T be disappointed. Own a masterpiece! Amazing bass!
Check out www.lowecustomguitars.com
Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or want any additional information or pictures!
To Brad: “BRAVO”!