Advice to Prospective Custom Customers

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rickbass, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    If you have been engaged in the custom instrument process, what advice would you give to prospective custom clients???

    Mine is - "Do Your Homework" (e.g., woods, pickups, construction techniques, et al).

    Thanks for your insights.
  2. Mine would be:

    1. Rick's comment from above...
    2. If you're asking for anything unique, ask how the luthier plans to accomplish it up front.
    3. Set an expectation of quality
    4. Be preparred for the project to take a little longer than initially expected.
    5. Be patient - you DO want a great bass, right?
    6. Don't harass the luthier.
    7. Don't change the design once you have an agreement. There may be points to clarify along the way, and that's to be expected. But don't suddenly decide you want a different fretboard without expecting to pay more and it increase the time.

      I'm sure there are many more...

  3. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    1. Know what you want
    2. be specific about what you want
    3. pick a luthier that you feel you can trust and then listen to his/her advice
    4. have enough money available to make it worth the luthiers time and energy
    5. don't haggle over price with your luthier
    6. don't expect your project to be completed quickely, but you should be given a realistic timeframe in which you can expect your instrument to be ready
  4. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    - All the stuff you guys mentioned..

    Don't be afraid to ask people questions. Post here at the board, e-mail luthiers... Many of these guys are very friendly and helpful, and most of the time happy to answer your questions, even though you may not buy a bass from them in the end.

    Rickbass, thanks for your help with woods and pickups, I value it.
  5. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I'd also add that you should have a way of checking out the luthier's previous work. See if you like the way he/she has built instruments before. Talk to previous customers. See what they'd have done differently, and how close to their ideas did the luthier come...
  6. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Find out how much it's going to cost, and THEN add another 300 - 400 bucks to the total. Ya' never know what'll come up.;)
  7. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    My pleasure. I hope you're thoroughly confused now. :D

    Man, you guys are good! Thanks for the great input thus far. Things sure have changed since I last had one made in `92. You had hard to look hard for a custom at that time (pre-internet).

    warwicknut - I herd det!!! That's exactly what happened to me. Considering how much longer mine still has to go, I fear the temptation to run my tab even higher.