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A New Axe.. Human Base??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nicka, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. Nicka


    Jan 10, 2006
    Endorsing Artist: Peavey Electronics
    Hey TB'ers!

    I've been playing with a progressive metal group for a couple of years and am looking for a great 5'er that will be alittle more practical than my '94 'Wick 6 string. Don't get me wrong, my 'Wick is fantastic at the task, but the 6-string is alittle much considering the high C is used on only occasion in this band.

    So I went looking online and of coarse started looking at the standards; the MM Stingray (HH), the Warwick Taranis, and them stumbled across a little known brand called Human Base.

    I check out their .de site and found quite a few nice looking models but their xOC series really started appealing to me with the Delano p-ups and Glockenklang preamp. Plus, the price is outstanding for the quality of parts listed.

    My questions to the Human Base owners are this:

    What kind of "bark" or "growl" can the electronics get? How sturdy does the bass feel? Would you describe it as a great value?

    *For those of you parusing for some pics here is a link to The Low End's website, of whom I found to be one if not the only Human Base dealer in the US*

    The Low End - Human BaseX OC5
  2. here is a review on youtube
  3. Nicka


    Jan 10, 2006
    Endorsing Artist: Peavey Electronics
    I've seen that one and while I love Ed's playing his reviews are more like endorsements in that he doesn't really mention any negatives or comparisons.
  4. I love the Human Base tone. Go for it !!!
  5. daddycal


    Apr 3, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Eden Electronics, Music Man Basses
    I just bought a Human Base 5 string from Brian at The Low End Bass Shop and it would be an understatement to say that I am pleased. Not only is the bass amazing, Brian was a pleasure to work with. The bass is very punchy, yet has a very nice high end snap. I catch myself not even using it in active mode much. BUt, the Glockenklang pre is amazing, it only adds color to your bass if you adjust the eq. It is a very transparent pre and does not change the natural sound of the bass. I had Brian put a coil tap on mine and I really can get some nice Jazz Bass tone as well. Not exactly Jazz but close and nice. I say buy one. I played many basses before I bought this one and I would have had to spend an extra $1000.00 dollars to get a bass that I liked only a bit better. It is a very versatile bass. You will not be sorry. And buy it from Brian. He'll take good care of ya.
  6. Alaska Bass

    Alaska Bass

    Dec 31, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Phenomenal bass guitars. I tried a fretless in Germany this last summer, and have not heard a better one. Human Base is well known in Germany, but just starting to become recognized here in the states. For my $0.02, you can't go wrong with them.
  7. grace & groove

    grace & groove

    Nov 30, 2005
    Self-Appointed Ambassador to the Dragonfly
    I got lucky enough to play a used one. There are certain brands that when it comes to feel, you simply cannot beat (Pedulla, Rob Allen, Fbass, USA MTD, etc.) and Human Base is up there. Way up there.
  8. Alaska Bass

    Alaska Bass

    Dec 31, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Actually, there are 11 currently listed on their US website. Try the link below for that list.

  9. BobXboB

    BobXboB Banned

    Sep 25, 2007
    They are paid endorsements. It's Ed's business.
  10. Paid or not, where else do you get such a thorough review of an instrument? Video and audio? For free?

    Nice job, Ed.
  11. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    The KC Bassmint was carrying a bunch of them for a while right around the time of the Talkbass GTG in Kansas City. Kurt brought a nice fretless out for a trio jam and I got to play it and a couple others. I liked them quite a bit and almost ended up buying the fretless. I probably would have if my Bolin NS fretless hadn't come available.

    The electronics in them are definitely nice. James Hart has been evangelizing the Delanos ever since he got his Bee and after playing an axe with them, I totally agree with him.
  12. Nicka,hey I know Bass Central is a dealer of Human Base also.Last time I checked they had the 5 string used you want for about $1300.They had a 4 string in Cherryburst I was salavating over for $1200.:bassist:
  13. svp


    Mar 12, 2007
    Talk to Jim at The Atlanta Bass Gallery (they have a website) and I think you might be able to get a new one from him for $1300.00, also he his is one of the best I have ever dealt with, and I have purchased a Zon, Spector, and an SVP PRO from him and gotten an amazing deal every time:bassist:
  14. bassic_element


    Sep 20, 2006
    I say go for the Human Base! I tried a 4 string at bass place in Tempe Az, and it was awesome! I think its going to be my next next bass!
  15. bottomzone

    bottomzone Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2005
    Very nice basses!!! Tripp Wamsley did a very nice demo at Summer NAMM 2007. Here is the link:


    Click on the scrolling Summer NAMM 2007 window at the bottom of the page, then on the second Human Base entry.

    A Groove is a Terrible Thing to Waste! :cool:
  16. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    They had several Human Base basses at the Glockenklang booth last year at NAMM, and I was blessed to not only play several myself, but better yet, to hear Trip play them! ;)

    They seemed like great basses, from my brief encounter.

  17. steve4765630


    Feb 27, 2006
    I played one at the Arlington Guitar Show. Very nice. I would say go for it.
  18. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Human base really are excellent.
    I can only comment on the german made ones though.
    I have played them at many occasions and all of them were extremely well made.
    They sound good too!!
    I can't say anything about the American ones but they seem to sound somewhat different .
  19. SurrenderMonkey


    Aug 18, 2006
    Man, I've looked at The Low End offers, that Sandberg Ken Taylor with wenge top makes me drool uncontrollably...

    These guys have the best stuff! bass porn heaven.