Affordable Custom Luthier?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jordanm, Dec 14, 2005.

  1. jordanm


    Feb 24, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    So it looks like I'm finaly ordering a custom bass sometime soon instead of buying used stuff. I've owned US Spectors, Warriors, Benaventes etc.. My favorite so far has been my benny 219-b. At any rate I was just curious for those out there who have ordered basses from affordable luthiers before, who I should be looking at for a top quality bass that doesnt cost more than my car. Looking for nice top, atleast 5 piece neck through, top quality dual coils and active pre, wood pu covers, maybe laminate fingerboard? basically someone who can give me all the bells and whistles for under $2500 and do a damn good job at it. I was looking at Dave Pushic, as I really like the scroll bass he makes, and he has good prices. Just curious if there are others out there I should be looking at that I might not have heard of, as I dont have the money to order a Fodera, Jerzy Drozd, Benavente etc.. with all the stuff I want. So if you have any leads please post a site for the luthier and bass pics if you have any. I really appreciate it!!
  2. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

  4. This(+strings, pickup, etc)is going to cost me(my wife, actually)$2650. Worth much more, IMO- & they hold their value better than some.
  5. chrisp2u

    chrisp2u Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
  6. Whoa, I knew his prices were good but I would've guessed more for that beauty :cool:
  7. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    If youre looking at a bass under 2500, go with a Nordstrand! I was going to go with a Pushic, but turned around and bought a used Nordstand NJ4 Deluxe. Its really pure art. Theres nothing thats not ridiculously amazing about it, imo.

    Either that, or you MIGHT want to check out Nino Valenti. He can't necessarily cover all of the bells and whistles youre looking for (I shouldnt say that, because I dont really know what he has access to), but man has he gotten great reviews here.
  8. Hyper-Flexion


    Apr 17, 2005

    JJBACOOMBA Commercial User

    May 31, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    Lecompte Bass Owners Club Member #2
    Lecompte!! I just picked up my Lecompte VB5 Fretless and words cannot describe how amazed I am with the quality and the playability of it. Money very well spent and all for less than 2K. The craftsmanship is flawless. Bud Lecompte is a cool guy to work with. He has amazing ideas and does listen to any you may have.I am currnetly working on writting a review on the VB5 and Thinking about which of designs I want next. Good Luck!!
  10. teacherguy


    Feb 21, 2004
    Cincinnati, OH
    DON'T EVEN consider Pushic for a SECOND! Esp. since you have a budget of $2500!
    I have one and am going to sell it soon. Mine's like a high school shop project that earned a C+.

    Don't forget to check out
    while you do your research!! SWEET basses at GREAT prices!

  11. Can't go wrong with his basses. I have fallen in love all over again with my bass. And that's on a weekly basis more or less. :hyper:

  12. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    I've heard good things about all the bass makers mentioned above. I've had very good experiences with Jon Shuker, of Sheffield, England:

    The exchange rate today isn't as good as it was when I bought mine, but his prices are still decent, and he's a great guy to work with.

    A bad photo of one of my Shuker basses:

  13. jordanm


    Feb 24, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Thanks for all the replies so far!! I mentioned Pushic because I wasnt sure about his reputation. Stambaugh was one I was considering as well, as well as Bee Bass though I'm not sure on their prices. Nordstrand as well looks a little pricey. The basses on Dolan guitars website look very nice, but I havent heard much more about them. LeCompte doesnt look like they have even made a neck through bass as I dont see any in their gallery, though they look like really cool basses. Valenti only seems to make J basses (I like more interesing but still "tasteful" bass shapes, actually thinking maybe a weird single cut away?). I will definatley be checking out Barber and Shuker more as well. Thanks so much again for all the great replies, just giving a little feedback so you can see more of what I'm looking for :) You guys rock!
  14. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    I'll post all the regulars...

    -Cliff Borwell

    that's what i can think of now...

    edit: Benavente and Hanewinckel too!
  15. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User


    That's an amazing price. Every piece I've seen from Stambaugh looked like it was of outstanding quality.
  16. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    I don't think Bud has any plans for neck through, but his set neck basses are awsome (bolt ons are as well :) )

    It's not boutique, but he's just getting off his feet, and it's good stuff- see pklima's lefty doubleneck.
  18. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    Mark Garza of Garz Guitars is one hell of a builder and a nice guy.
  19. That's the source for my electronics package- notice the dual outputs. :ninja: