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Callowhill Basses? What do you think?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mr. Majestic, Nov 19, 2007.


  1. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Disclosures:
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I have recently been introduced to Tim Cloonan's work at Callowhill Basses and I have been just blown away. He has several models that are very unique, but the ones that give me GAS pains the most are his newest J-Bass ventures. I believe he calls the J(unk)-Basses. :D
    What do you guys think? Have any of you played any of his instruments?:help:
    http://callowhill.net/
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  2. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    To me the shape doesn't work( aesthetically ).
     
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  4. They look fantastic, but I'm not a huge fan of superjazzes.
     
  5. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Disclosures:
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I used to be a big fan of single-cuts and high end basses but here lately I really have been shifting over to the "super jazzes" out there. I am ordering a Nordy from Nordstrand and currently own a Devon Daimond J. I really dig the Jazz basses, but lean more toward the modern looking ones. I wish I could put my hand on one of these Callowhills, I think Tim builds for several other makers out there and I believe it would be a great instrument.
    I kind of dig the headstock, also.
     
  6. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    I met Tim Cloonan at a bass builders' showcase in Philly a couple of years ago, which included Matt Pulcinella. I tried a Callowhill Infini four string unplugged. It felt amazing, and can't have weighed more than about seven pounds. I tried a fiver too, but don't remember much about it, probably because I wasn't interested in fives. They were beautifully made, no doubt about that. I spoke with Tim for awhile about pickup design, his building experience, etc. He is a very nice guy, whose confidence and professional attitude made a positive impression.
     
  7. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Tim is the real deal. He's very talented and incredibly detail-oriented. His instruments are wonderful creations.
     
  8. tlcbass

    tlcbass

    Sep 17, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Dudes, Tim Cloonan is the real deal. Everything I've ever played from him has been awesome! I've currently got my hands on a fretless MJ5 and it is amazing. Plus Tim is a really cool guy, very easy going, very reliable.
     
  9. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Disclosures:
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    Tim is a straight-up nice guy who is a great luthier. I sell ash to him and have grown to appreciate his ability. I sell ash to many different builders and take interest in many of there instruments. I try not to get carried away too much and go on a buying spree, but I am genuinely interested in his basses and appreciate all of your input. I think just from looking that his basses are great, and would like more input of players that actually play them.
     
  10. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    yes Tim is the real deal and very cool person, I consider him one of my great friends in the industry.
     
  11. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Always groove.... Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Why doesn't he list the J5 on the website? There's a price listed, but I can't find any other details.
     
  12. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Disclosures:
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I think he will update his site shortly. Here is a link to his myspace account, it shows several J's, check them out in the pics.
    http://www.myspace.com/callowhill
     
  13. Dude, with that logo and stuff, I always find his basses to look really hip-hop/gospel-esque.

    Not a bad thing, just an observation.
     
  14. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Disclosures:
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I really dig that headstock, but I think I like that logo more. Really separates his from the others out there.
     
  15. look great, must have great vintage tone by looking at the pickup configuration
     
  16. Matt Fat Cat

    Matt Fat Cat

    Jul 5, 2006
    The basses look great... for that price range, you can get many different luthiers to build a bass. For $2700, the bass better have me jaw dropped and drooling or... I'm gonna design the bass to my spec's. If these basses are "your thing"... I say buy 2 of them!
     
  17. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Disclosures:
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I believe $2700 is for the flagship DH6. In the world of custom instruments, I don't think that's too bad. I mean if you compare that to a MTD @ $5000, a Ken Smith @ $4000, and a Fodera @ $9000. I have owned many high-end instruments and just like life you get what you want or you get what you settle for. Either way, I believe a luthier at the top of their game should be able to charge whatever the market will support. I know many luthiers that could build me something for less, and I will probably get them to in the future, but I don't think $1850 for a custom, "to my spec", bass is too much for these J-Basses.
     
  18. rwelcome

    rwelcome

    Jan 26, 2005
    Tim is a great human being. His stuff is well thought out, and he really focuses on detail. If I didn't make my own stuff I'd totally consider a Callowhill. He has some models with woodburning on the sides of the headstock that looks amazing.
     
  19. jeremyr

    jeremyr

    Sep 4, 2006
    Maywood, IL
    I've played the Jazz V prototype thats pictured above (it was built for a friend of mine) and the DH6.

    Top of the line quality and light as a veather. That Marcus Jazz has more bottom then a big woman at a county fair. It really is just ridiculous. The playability along with the tonal response is just nuts.

    The DH6 has to be the lightest and easiest 6 string I've ever played. I relaly can't say enough good stuff about the callowhill basses.
     
  20. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    McKinney, TX
    I think I am making a phone call tomorrow! Those basses look nice!
     
  21. Mr. Majestic

    Mr. Majestic Majestic Wood Supply Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2005
    From Louisiana/In Arkansas
    Disclosures:
    Majestic Swamp Ash
    I checked out his website and saw the woodburning on the headstock, really cool and unique. I also checked out your site and you have some really amazing instruments. You know, I really am glad we moved out of the dark ages of bass design and contruction. I mean, just 25 years ago we had like 3 unique choices, all of which had production and profit as their main driving force.

    Thanks, this is exactly the input I am looking for and precisely what I thought.
     



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