Brubaker or Stambaugh???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jaco Taco, Jan 21, 2014.


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What custom 6-string should I get?

  1. Brubaker

    11 vote(s)
    47.8%
  2. Stambaugh

    12 vote(s)
    52.2%
  1. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    So, for those who have played Brubakers and/or Stambaughs:

    I'm thinking of getting a custom 6-string bass from one of these companies. It will be:
    1. Passive
    2. Under $5,000
    3. String spacing of 14mm at bridge

    Would you recommend either over the other? I've got a feeling a Stambaugh is going to be more affordable.

    Thanks.
  2. Kwesi

    Kwesi Supporting Member

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    Either would be fantastic but I love Brubakers through and through. I do think the Stambuagh would be more affordable so I guess it depends on what more you want out of the bass.
  3. MrLenny1

    MrLenny1 Supporting Member

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    I own a Stambaugh, very happy with it.
    Also very reasonable price for A CUSTOM BUILD.
    Not familiar with Brubaker.
  4. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Wow, neck and neck with 7 votes each so far. I'm not looking for dirt, but does anyone have anything bad or cautionary to say about these two builders?
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  6. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Both are great builders no doubt. Although I've only ever owned a Stambaugh but, based on the Brubaker rep, you can't go wrong with either of them.
  7. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Yes, the Stambaugh will be more affordable. Depending on options you're likely looking at less than $3,000 for a very high quality, custom bass.

    That said, Brubakers are incredible basses. I've been wanting to try one for quite a while and finally got the chance a couple months ago and was not disappointed. The one I tried had a relatively (by Brubaker standards) simple finish but it played and sounded fantastic. On that same visit I played a lot of nice basses (MTD, FBass, Sadowsky, Roscoe, Zon, Lull etc) and it more than held it's own, being one of my favorites that I tried.

    And in my opinion Kevin Brubaker does the most amazing finish work in the business. I'd love to have one of his basses. For that matter my dream bass is probably a Stambaugh with a Brubaker finish.

    I don't think you can go wrong either way. Stambaugh is a more truly custom shop where you can define pretty much any and all of the specs which is a positive for someone who knows exactly what they want but could be a negative for someone throwing together ideas and ending up with a mish mash. Brubakers have a more defined identity in some ways while still allowing lots of customization.

    So if you dig the awesome aesthetics and design/playability of a Brubaker and have the cash then go for it.

    Or if you have some very specific or different ideas and want somebody to execute those (or just don't have the budget for a Brubaker) then give Chris Stambaugh a call.

    I've never talked to Kevin Brubaker but he seems like a great guy and Chris definitely is.

    Good luck.
  8. Kmrumedy

    Kmrumedy

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    There is a really nice Brubaker in classifieds today.

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f126/brubaker-custom-6string-bass-1048046/
  9. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Thanks for your input! Yeah, this is one of my thoughts as well. I love the Brubaker thing where they finish the fretboard with the same color(s) as the body, I think that looks amazing. But Stambaugh could probably do that too.

    Does anyone know a ballpark figure for what a custom Brubaker 6-string would probably cost? If I get it through a Brubaker dealer would it be less?
  10. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    Just as a note, Chris doesn't do any spray finishes in house. He'll do tung oil, rubbed on lacquer and dyes with rubbed lacquer. Everything else he outsources.
  11. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Well, I will say that I'm very impressed with some of the inlays that Stambaugh does on his basses.
  12. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Anybody here buy a custom 6-string from Brubaker? What did it cost you?
  13. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

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    Bumped for more voting and more comments! :D

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