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Affordable custom bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    i dont necessarily want a boutique bass, per se, but something more vintage-inspired. Can anyone name any companies/luthiers that can give me exactly what I want, for somewhere in the price range of 3-5k??

  2. Carvin, either the P-bass or Jazz bass copy they make to spec. And for much less than 3K.
  3. Firesalt

    Firesalt Is good enough. Supporting Member

    May 18, 2010
    Charlotte, NC
    Sadowsky NYC basses are custom built or they may have one that meets your needs in stock.

    Valenti Basses builds all custom stuff.

    Mike Lull also does vintage inspired custom stuff.

    Thats just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are tons more.
  4. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Chris Stambaugh can do anything you want for way under $3k. Or even under $2500.

    Same thing with Andrew Drake.
  5. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I'd add Nordstrand to this, and call it about good.
    I've had some of each of these builders, and they're all top shelf.

  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    another good choice ^^
  7. JeffVanter


    Sep 23, 2012
    I was always told that custom basses are often a bit more pricey when you get more out of actual companies. Were these people wrong? It always kept me from getting a super 6 string custom bass with my spec choices :crying:
  8. barrybass33

    barrybass33 Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    westchester new york.
    M Basses....
  9. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    If you might want a medium or short scale for well less than $2K, Jimmy Wilson is your man at Landing Bass:

  10. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Wilkins is awesome... you can save money but getting a Warmoth body and having him do a custom neck and custom finish. I did this a while back and it came to right around $1900 after pickups, preamp, hardware, assembly, finish, etc. And that was a fancy neck with fancy expensive block inlays.
  11. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist Supporting Member

    spectorbass.com or guitarhouse.net, if your wanting more of a Fender P or Jazz check out there Coda basses.
  12. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    ACG - it depends what you want exactly, but Alan certainly seems to be quite flexible if you're working from one of the standard body shapes (although there seem to be a few cases where elements of two different body shapes are blended).

    As for your prices, it'd be well within that. Graft basses from £795, Custom Series from £1600.

    I've got one of the Graft basses, which are only semi-custom, i.e. a choice of only three body shapes, two body woods (one with a choice of many different tops), two fretted fingerboard woods (plus a third option for fretless), three scale lengths, 4 or 5-string, three different pickup types, four different electronics options...

    (You get a sense that the 'full custom' gives you most options you could imagine! )
  13. sunbrother


    May 3, 2013
    G&L LB-100, JB or JB-2 are nice options. Classic, semi-custom, and you could get 2 or 3 for what you're willing to spend
  14. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    How do I order from Staumbaugh??
    The Vbass and DB models look awesome!!!
  15. Tanner5382


    Sep 26, 2010
    Canton, GA
    Tom Clement has the most reasonable prices out there. 4 string custom basses base price is $1450.

  16. bassdude51

    bassdude51 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Since you are thinking about a "vintage-inspired" type of bass, why not buy a top quality production bass to your liking and take it to a top notch luthier and have it "fine toothed". Mods and tweaks can be done to it too.

    The same can be done with buying a body, neck, hardware, electronics. Assembling it yourself or having a qualified person assemble it and then take it to a luthier for complete nut, fret work and set up.

    The end result will be the same as a custom made bass and much money can be saved.
  17. Michael Dolan Custom Guitars. He is a master level luthier and has impresssive professional bio. He likely will be well under your budget.
  18. Heh. Not exactly what I think of when I think affordable custom.
    To me, an affordable custom is in the $1-3k range.
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Affordable custom to you clearly means something else than it does to the original poster.
    Which is fine.