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Anybody heard of gamma basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CnB77, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
  2. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    I have not heard of Gamma basses.
  3. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    I have. I've not played one in person yet, but the guy is pretty local to me. I keep asking him to build a 5 string LOL
  4. Isn't there enough companies making P and J clones?
  5. Nugun


    Dec 31, 2011
    Mesquite, TX
    There won't be until people stop doing it better than Fender. ;):D

    (Just a joke people... nothing to flame here.) :bag:
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  6. Corey Y

    Corey Y Guest

    Jun 3, 2010
    I didn't end up buying a Gamma, just because I was looking for something really specific that wasn't available, but Joey was gracious enough to give me detailed information and answer all my questions via email. He even sent me a link to someone selling a bass on TB similar to what I was looking for afterwards. So I can't speak to the basses themselves, but Joey is a good guy and really easy to deal with.
  7. Joe Milstein

    Joe Milstein Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 7, 2007
    Central New Jersey
    Gamma Bass Guitars
    Its all about fun and Camaraderie .... :p
  8. theTodd


    Dec 16, 2010
    Hughesville, MD
    I bought a Gamma Beta last week. I love it. I haven't played any of my other basses since I got it. It plays and sounds as nice as any MIA Fender I've played (IMHO). No joke. I'm glad I bought the Gamma for half the cost. Money well spent.
  9. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I've known Joe for a while and have to tease him every now and then to make sure that every single one of his units are meeting the players expectations.
  10. Joe Milstein

    Joe Milstein Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 7, 2007
    Central New Jersey
    Gamma Bass Guitars
  11. Nophret


    Jan 14, 2009
    Allison Park, PA
    I'm that ^ Scott ^ and I AM VERY HAPPY with Joe and my Gamma!
  12. mp40smg


    Aug 11, 2010
    Worcester, Ma.
    "Amazing, Unique, Affordable and Custom Built Bass Guitars"

    What about these are "Amazing", "Unique" or "Custom "?

    What do they actually do? Are they making anything or just assembling parts kits?
  13. amimbari


    May 6, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Amazing - you can get it built from start to finish a lot quicker than other companies can provide.

    Unique - They are making people happy, enough said......

    Custom - go tell Fender you want one of theirs in purple with a matching headstock and see how much it costs.

    and there is no upcharge for leftys. ( oh wait, that is coming later down the pike )
  14. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    I suppose subjectively they're amazing in the way any bass is amazing to someone who loves it. They're unique in that they are affordable custom basses. The closest thing to this is Carvin, right now, and Carvin is more expensive and doesn't offer a P-bass.
    They're custom because they're made to order.
  15. mp40smg


    Aug 11, 2010
    Worcester, Ma.
    "Amazing, Unique, Affordable and Custom Built Bass Guitars"
    This is the tagline/ Mission statement on their page.

    On a thread asking if anybody knows about or has experience with these basses to give us, as interested parties and potential buyers, some info.

    This is/was an honest question posed with no intent other than asking for more information. It seems some have taken it as a negative. It was not meant that way and I apologize if it was taken that way.

    But the question, in my mind (and others) still remains. Please, tell us about these basses and what makes them special. What is it that does Gamma do to differentiate their products from others?
  16. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Yes I inboxed him about a 5 string, sadly he doesn't build them and from the sound of it doesn't plan to.:(
  17. Balog


    Mar 19, 2009
    Mukilteo, WA
    So how does one order? Didn't see a list of options or costs...
  18. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    I would presume you talk to Joey. I PM'd him, and he mentioned that they run from $475-$625.
  19. mrufino1

    mrufino1 Supporting Member

    Aug 2, 2005
    Nutley, NJ
    I'm the Mark in the above pictures, I got that bass last week from Joe. It is a great bass. Unique? It's a P-bass with an angled headstock, so no blurry open strings like some p-basses. I always wind up putting another string retainer on the A string, on this that was not necessary. The finish on the neck feels great too. It is 8lbs, so that is really nice for my back and shoulder- the gig that the lower picture is from was an 8-12 wedding 4 hours away and we needed to provide PA for another band as well, so the whole gigs was a 20 hour day- a light bass helps! It sounds great- no buzz or hum, very powerful pickup. But, it fit in the mix nicely. The band members were very impressed with it. The guitarist is playing a Grosch (spelling?) and a Sadowsky, and he felt this was really well built, for what that is worth. I can say this, I am really happy with it.

    With my wedding band, I usually use my 5 string, but I had to bring this out to try it on the gig. They may not be happy to see my 5 string again... (I have the famous TB JJ helms 33" scale that had 11 other owners but will not be leaving me!). This bass sounded that good. I'm still getting the action and neck set exactly to where I like it, but the setup Joe provided was certainly fine, although it arrived with roundwounds that had to quickly be changed to flats! Tomorrow I have tapewounds arriving and can't wait to try them on it.

    I got it to use for the children's band I play in, where I was using a parts p-bass that I assembled from very cheap parts in the classifieds. Something spoke to me about this when it was listed on here and it was a great investment, it will kill on that gig. I can't play paying (or any) gigs on a bass that won't intonate right or has bad wiring, which my parts bass definitely did. This doesn't. So unique? In the small details yes, but at the end of the day it is a very well made p-bass with good wood, strong neck, great pickups, basically a workhorse that should always work on any gig.

    I am playing two public gigs this week, one at Adelphia in Deptford, NJ, just outside Philly on Thursday night and one at Mt. Airy casino in the Poconos on Friday, so if you are local to either and are wondering about these basses, definitely come check it out! I have no association with Joe beyond being a happy customer as of last Thursday, and although we will certainly be staying in touch, I am not part of his company nor am I being compensated in any way, just to be clear. Luckily, we are both in NJ and I was able to check it out first, but nothing to worry about if you are looking for this type of bass. Quality is every bit as good as any fender I have tried, plus I got to meet the guy who made it and had a lot of pride in handing it to me, so that says something in my book.

    If anyone has any questions or needs more pictures of me in bad band shirts, feel free to ask! It was hot inside that tent, otherwise I may have stayed looking dignified in the suit and tie...still with the metal pose on a soul gig though!
  20. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch.

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Do they turn big and green when they get angry?:bag:

    Never heard of them, but they look nice from the pics posted.
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