2 unrelated topics in one: boutique gits/Wishnev.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Zerozeddy, Nov 22, 2005.

  1. Thought I'd throw these together to save space.

    1) We see pics of dead ace boutique basses on this forum. But is it just me not looking, or is the whole "boutique" thang limited to basses? I rarely see our 6 string cousins having the equivalent. Unless you want a swish Strat-type <yawn>

    2) I doubt I'll see one in the flesh in the UK, but Wishnevskys (Wishnevskies?) are regularly panned in the forum for construction/design quality. But might it be that they play and sound superb? Well, do they?
  2. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003

    There are tons of boutique guitar builders out there.

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    There are tons of boutique guitar builders out there, you just need to look for them.
  3. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    And for your second question, Wish's play and sound like ass.
  4. Brad Maestas

    Brad Maestas Sono est omnia Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2003
    Petaluma, CA, USA
    I'm kind of glad I haven't played a Wish :D

    Some Atlansia's that I like


    What about that crazy thing built for Yngwie.


  5. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    I think the point here is that even "Custom" guitars, if they don't look completely freaky, are mostly gibson, prs or fender rip-offs. And the market for custom guitars is definitely not as big as the market for custom basses. Do you think guitarists will go to a gig with an Aureswald? On the other hand, will a bass player go to a gig with an Alembic? or a Fodera? or a Nordstrand or Marchlewski or Lecompte or any other custom or uncommon name brand?

    However, I think there are some really nice original guitars out there, and they probably don't get enough recognition. David Myka makes some beautiful guitars, as well as Driskill.
  6. This is the point really - there's obviously a lot of bass players using Benavente and Stambaugh ilk coz they crop up regularly on this forum. However no guitarist I know has a fancier git than an Ibanez Universe - flash but stock.
  7. Yes

    When I was in a classic rock band I used my 7 string fretless Sei bass. Never had any complaints that it wasn't a 'P' or 'J' just loads of compliments on my sound.

    I use it on pub gigs, anything. It is a great bass that in my eyes just happens to be a custom bass that looks fantastic, fancy top and all.

  8. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    I just realized my initial post was not well formulated. This is exactly the point I was trying to get across. Sorry for the confusion.
  9. theshadow2001


    Jun 17, 2004
    I thought this is was the ugliest thing I've ever seen


    Until I scrolled down and saw this


    Then I was proved wrong yet agin when I saw this


    My god is it any wonder people dont buy custom guitars as much??????

    This I dont know about this one its kinda ugly but its an amazing piece of craftmanship as well so I'll let it go

  10. Conklin makes some pretty sweet boutique guitars as well, here's one that's selling at Bass Central: (The pic is massive, I don't know how to resize (sorry)
  11. mbulmer


    Nov 25, 2002
    Feeding Hills, MA
  12. it could only be Yngwie....
  13. The build quality of my wishnevsky is quite ordinary...especially in the finish department...I'm currently in the midst of a refin on it and it is looking quite good...

    playability on my instrument is quite reasonable, now...but I swapped out the bridge for a design not unlike that of Hambone's fairlane (see the Luthier's forum)...

    soundwise...the bass is SWEET!...it came with DR black beauties and sounded very nice when I got it...but when I put on a set of Labella Nylon tape wounds on it, the bass took on a sweet, clear, round dimension that I absolutely LOVE...

    I'll post pics of it, once i am finished with the makeover.