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Bacchus dealer DANNY M STEWART... anyone here purchased from him?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pablomigraine, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    VP & Managing Director - Willcox Basses
    Hey all, so I've really been thinking about a Bacchus lately, something for a Jbass alternative to my Lakland DJ5. Was thinking about the 24, which is similar in aesthetic to the Sadowsky modern.

    I reached out to sales@Bacchusdo.com about buying direct and didn't get a response. I found this fellow http://www.dannymstewart.com as a Bacchus dealer, as well as seeming to sell lessons and pretty much everything else imaginable. His E-Merch website is kinda hard to navigate so I reached out to him via email. He has been very communicative and the prices he's quoting are exactly the same as shown on the Bacchus site..... however a couple of things are making me nervous;

    I can't locate it easily on my mobile app, but there was at least one Bacchus on the TB classifieds where the owner got a bass from this dealer which was very different from the one he paid for, almost an imitation of the one he thought he was getting. Instead of a bartolini pre it was some no name pre, totally different hardware etc, and he ended up selling it at a huge loss. Next... I got a response from Bacchus, saying that they no longer manufactured the specific model I was interested in..... however there may have been something lost in translation.... the sender's English was very poor. On the other hand Danny stated that the model I wanted WAS available and would be ready by Oct 15th if I ordered now.....

    Has anyone here purchased from Danny? Seems like a great guy.... but something about this setup is making my spidey-sense tingle....

    Anyone ??
  2. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    VP & Managing Director - Willcox Basses
    Found that for sale thread...


    Looking closer it appears that the seller here on TB acquired the bass from another private owner, who acquired it from Danny M Stewart.... who may have tampered with or replaced the preamp, but supposedly claims otherwise.

    Would love to hear from anyone, especially in the UK where this dealer is based, who's had any experience with him.
  3. pablomigraine

    pablomigraine Commercial User

    Feb 9, 2005
    New York
    VP & Managing Director - Willcox Basses
  4. bacchuskid


    Jun 21, 2012
    Kyushu Japan
    Hi pablomigraine,

    As a Bacchus owner, I became interested in this topic. Firstly, SOAR MUSIC (Bacchusdo), one of the local Bacchus dealers here in Japan could communicate well in English and they ship internationally. Currently, Bacchusdo has reduced the price of Twenty Four model

    check it here http://bacchusdo.com/bhm.htm#twenty

    Regarding the Bacchus bass for sale you have shown in this link

    that is a legit Bacchus Twenty Four model. That was the initial model having a single coil pickup and rosewood fingerboards. The bridge is also original Bacchus DB bridge. The tuners are original Gotoh. The preamp is original Bacchus EB-1 model not Bartolini. However, the pickguard is not original. The later Twenty Four model which is now DISCONTINUED has humbucking pickup with series parallel switch and Bartolini XTCT preamp, ebony fingerboard and ash body.
  5. danhmap


    Dec 29, 2010
    I want to order a pickguard for my bacchus woodlund jazz 5 strings. Any help I can order it?
  6. DStJ


    Jun 20, 2014
    Oceanside Ca.
    Well better a late response than never. Yes I have purchased from Danny Stewart. I would definitely recommend him. I was a bit nervous at first because he is in another country (japan) but he kept in constant touch with me via email about my custom order, and it came as promised. I LOVE my Bacchus bass. I like it better than my American Fenders, The craftsmanship is immaculate, and after a small adjustment, it plays just as well as I had hoped it would. bass.
  7. mystique333

    mystique333 Banned

    Sep 4, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Looks like Bacchus Basses and Guitars will be available for purchase from Canada from VSN guitars. I saw the advertising of them coming soon. Contacted them and they confirmed that the full lineup of all 4 series (Hand Made, Craft, Global and Universe) will be available direct from them. First shipment coming in beginning of August this year. I am expecting much lower shipping charges and shorter delivery times than ordering from Japan. Check out their ad at www.vsnguitars.com
  8. Venomouscontrol


    Sep 22, 2012
    try rakuten. http://global.rakuten.com/en/category/206002
    I've owned and demoed several Bacchus Basses. Let me warn you, they have two extreme sides. One being extremely poor quality and sound, the other being extremely excellent quality and demo. Depending one what price range you get the bass, what you pay is what you would definitely get. I mean, the cheap ones are made of poplar, the more expensive ones such as the Woodline ones have flame maple on alder, and they look gorgeous, sounds even better. I'd say you should give it a shot.
  9. steweDbass

    steweDbass Commercial User

    Jun 9, 2013
    Tokyo Japan
    Bacchus / STR Endorsing Artist and direct Dealer of new and used MIJ Brands.
    Hey guys, my name is Danny Stewart, and if you have bought from me in the past thank you very much for your business! :) I really try to do my best for my customers service wise and stand by my products, but I also understand that buying on-line can be a bit of a minefield so expect a certain degree of cynicism.
    I have only sold two Bacchus on TB one was a 2013 Woodline DX5 ex demo. Nobody else has bought a Bacchus from me direct on TB that I recall, some STR yes, and an Edwards I think....so I am not aware what this other Bacchus is.
    Anyway if there are any issues I always talk and come to some agreement with my customers. I am not going to pretend I have a perfect track record, I've made a mistake or two here and there which was a learning curve...but I always do what I can to put it right....
    There's always a certain amount of risk you get exposed to selling or buying on-line, you can get dodgy products or sometimes as a seller you get "claimers" or "trolls" who try to harass you into making concessions of false claims, it's not always fun!

    Warning about some Bacchus dealers
    What I must say as a dealer who works directly with Deviser is that I have noticed there are instances where some dealers abroad are selling cheaper Chinese or Philippine made Bacchus as if they were the handmade Japanese range, and capitalizing on the fact that not many people know for sure how to spot the differences, or maybe they themselves are not aware of the difference (unlikely though). I saw some cases of this in Europe where global series Bacchus were passed off as Handmade Japanese models. So to that end I feel I should provide you guys with some identifiers as below ;)
    NB: There may be some slight variations on these but this should help to identify the line the bass is from!

    MIJ hand made series:
    Always has a neck plate that says either "produced by headway" (old 1998 - 2007 or so), Made by Aska (2010 to present)
    Has either the DB bridge (two piece bridge) or a high end, high mass Gotoh bridge (404SJ or 404BO or other)
    Has the hand made logo on the pick ups and back of headstock (a hand motif used on 2001-2004 models) other years had generic looking black plastic pups,
    recent ones have a matte black case and the milling can be seen on the poles.
    Has "Bacchus, Beginning Of THe New Tradition" slogan on headstock sometimes mis-spelled as "beggining" (early models), or "Bacchus, Hand Made Guitars"(on recent instruments), Recent models have a stamp on the back of the headstock that states something like "Genuine hand made guitars made by ASKA"
    Has a bartolini NTMB or XTCT preamp in some cases they used the Bacchus EB2 but those were mostly on craft series.

    Craft Series also Made in Japan
    Neck plate will say Bacchus Craft Series and feature a serial number beginning with C
    Will have a two or three piece ash body
    Will have BCS stamped on back of headstock (on later models)
    Will have "Craft Series" printed on front of headstock either in yellow outlined in black or in Black joined up writing (not sure of font name)
    Has Gotoh GB1 pegs and a Gotoh 203B bridge in black or chrome.
    Has an Aguilar OBP2 or Bacchus EB2 preamp

    Global series (Philippines)
    You can tell global series by the headstock it'll say "genuine quality" on it after the Bacchus logo
    The serial no. will be prefixed with a G and is stamped on the neck plate.
    The hardware is generic and always chrome, it is not Gotoh.
    Original pick-ups and preamp.

    Universe series (China)
    Will say universe series on the headstock under or after the logo.
    Serial no will be prefixed with a U or it may not even display a serial no.
    Neck plate will be plain
    Generic chrome hardware.
    Original pickups and pre-amp

    If you are unsure about the model and country of manufacture of a Bacchus bass please feel free to get in touch, over the past few years working closely with Deviser Japan, I have learned a lot about their excellent build process and the differences between their line-ups.

    Feel free to ask any time! :)
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  10. steweDbass

    steweDbass Commercial User

    Jun 9, 2013
    Tokyo Japan
    Bacchus / STR Endorsing Artist and direct Dealer of new and used MIJ Brands.
    BTW I saw the Bacchus that was supposedly different to the listing.
    That was sold on Ebay if i recall correctly, not TB, and yes I made an error on the Preamp...usually these had the Bart but this one didn't, and I put that right by giving a partial refund.
    I dont recall what the customer paid for it but it wasn't more than $800 shipped plus I refunded some of that over the preamp issue (like I said I stand by my products).
    The pick guard was a mod made by me so it wasn't very good no, but it was practice for my custom PG making (so i threw it in free)...which I no longer do LOL!
    The whole bass had original parts though, the knobs have been changed in the TB listing. It was a genuine original Bacchus 24 Custom Alder body model.
    Nice bass, but the newer ones have better circuitry...2010 models were probably the best as they still had the deep neck pocket, they changed that from 2012 to four bolt construction and got rid of the angled headstock too.

    Cheers :)
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