This is kind of a "Thank you" letter to TBers out there that turned me on to GAMMA basses. I'd been reading about them on TB for a while and after seeing a demo of one of the GAMMA P-basses on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ILr8tbQhg4
) I was really intrigued. The bass just sounded so fat. It was hard to believe that you could get a custom bass that sounded that good for less than what you'd pay for a MIA Fender.
So about a week ago someone was selling one of the of the GAMMA BETA basses, the jazz model and I couldn't resist. They were basically giving it away so I had to bite. I knew the GAMMA P-basses sounded good, so I figured the J-basses would too.
HOLY CRAP!!! I couldn't believe what a beast this thing was...("uh...is?). I have a late 90's Stingray that booms, but this GAMMA stands right up to it. I was shocked that passive pups could produce this kind of punch. The whole bass is just rock solid. It has a beautiful maple/maple neck that feels super solid. Not to mention the thing is just gorgeous.
I've been in contact with the TBer who makes these basses, Joe Milstein, and he's been super helpful with any questions that I have about the bass. He seems like a great guy. I'm in need of a fretless replacement and I'm going to have him build it for me.
I'm not a professional bassist (but I did stay in a Holiday in Express last night! ..."sorry I couldn't help myself") so I'm not an expert by any means. However, I do know what sounds good and plays good and this freakin' GAMMA does both. I can't afford to drop a couple thousand duckets on some sweet boutique honey like I'd like to, but I also don't want to be stuck with some mediocre MIM, or equally lame, bass. Joe gave me a quote on what he sells his NEW custom made P-basses for and it was less than $800! That's insane for quality of bass he makes. If you can find one used they are even more affordable.
I know there a number of TBers who have spread the word about GAMMA basses and that was a big help to me. I just want to return the favor and add my voice to the crowd. GAMMA basses freakin' rock. I'm a fan.
Take a look at my new baby.