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Are There Any African American Bass Builders?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Duuuuuuuuuude, Nov 4, 2012.

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  1. Duuuuuuuuuude

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    There's so many great African American bass players but I can't recall if I ever heard of any black luthiers. Or what about Latino, Asian or women builders? Just curious.
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    Scott Ambush of Spyro Gyra offers his own line of basses. Does that count? Come to think of it, I can recall more Jewish builders.....great basses, more guilt.

    Riis
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    CapnSev Supporting Member

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    Isn't Louis Johnson making his own basses these days?
  7. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

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    Pierre Harry Erizias from Montreal is the only black luthier I can think of.
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    There's this thing about Jewish carpenters.
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    Scott Ambush has been making basses for years.
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    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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    ...does it matter?
  11. Kmonk

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    Not really. A great bass is a great bass regardless of who makes it.
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    +1
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    +1. Huge plus 1.

    The last thing I think of when I order a bass is I wonder what colour the person is building it. That pretty much defines racism.
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    smperry Moderator Supporting Member

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    The OP asked a question and he said he was just curious. If you don't care, don't post in the thread please.

    And, FWIW I don't agree that asking a question about the race of someone "defines racism."
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    No it doesn't and he asked a very valid question.


    The late David Minniewather.

    Ferdinand Pickett (he made the very first symbol guitar that Prince later made famous by another builder).
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    I don't think the OP meant for this to be anything negative about race it's an honest curious question if he had posted " Would you buy a bass from a black luthier" that would be different in my opinion.
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    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    It didn't take long for this to pop up. For crying out loud, he was just curious as to whether there are any African American bass builders. Where the hell is the racism in that? Your comment is disgusting.
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    I think it does matter. Why is it an issue to ask a question regarding the ethnicity or background of a product builder. When we can't talk about race is when it becomes an issue. If any bass player, or any one for that matter, chooses to support a business owner who comes from a certain racial or socioeconomic background, then it is their right to do so without being declared as a racist.
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    :p
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    I didn't say the OP was racist asking if there are any african american luthiers, I was stating how it doesn't/shouldn't matter

    For me to care about what colour the person building my bass, is racist. Which is why I don't care. Whether I want a black guy for positive or negative reasons, is still racist.
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