Dismiss Notice

Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Bass Factories?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tristan, Feb 25, 2001.


  1. Tristan

    Tristan

    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    I've heard a lot of talk in different threads recently about what basses are built in the same factories and yadda yadda...

    I find all this really interesting and would appreciate it if someone would give a rundown of the factories and what's built there. Thanks!
     
  2. TT

    TT

    Feb 14, 2001
    Musicman/ernieball- make great american made bass guitars ( my personal favorite ) basically have one great tone that I love more then any other.
    Spector- S.Spector makes great bass's with great tones, I recomend this on to any serious bass player.
    Warwick- I don't like these bass guitars buy a spector instead ( trust me )
    MTD- Probably the nicest bass's you'll find any were.
    Tobias I would not recommend purchaseing this since gibson bought them, I have one and I'm disapointed with the quailty. But if you can find a pre-gibson good for you.
    Alembic- Don't know to much about these bass's execpt if mark king and stanley clarke play on them they must be good.
    Sadowsky- Just play one and you'll know
    Fodera- V.Wooten plays on one, I enjoyed playing on these bass's very much so.
    Status Mark King plays on them they have great absoult sound and mid.
    Modulus- Flea plays one I dislike the cold graphite neck but zero dead spots.
    Zon- Almost like modulus with their necks but better

    I basically nailed every good bass company out their except Carl Thompson which are great as well.

    Peace Out.
     
  3. Zjarrett

    Zjarrett

    Sep 17, 2000
    In San Luis Obisbo theres an Ernieball/Musicman factory...they make Ernieball/Musicman guitars and basses which are becomming pretty industry standard now because of their affordable cost and unique tone.
    ......I swear that musta sounded like a superbowl halftime plug ;/
     
  4. Tristan

    Tristan

    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    Cool info! But not exactly what i was looking for. i was thinking along the lines of overseas production. LIke cort curbow, conklin groove tools etc. I'm told a lot of these companies make basses in the same factories. Sorry, i guess i should have been more specific. Thanks anyways!
     
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I only know a few.

    Samick, the biggest guitar manufacturer in the world, makes all Fender, Ibanez, DeArmond, Washburn, and yes, Rogue guitars and basses. Their factory is in Korea.

    Gibson makes Tacoma, Epiphone, and Tobias guitars and basses, but all of those are made in Cort's Korea factory (along with Conklin basses).

    Peavey makes Peavey, PRS, Pedulla, and Brian Moore instruments. They are all made in Arkansas.

    Lakland, Fodera, Azola and Sadowsky are all made by Steve Azola in California.

    Hope that helps.
     
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Munjibunga.. ITs that for Real?? (About Peavey)


    Well, about Cor-TEK:
    It makes Washburn (Greg Curbow Told me) , I believe they make Ibanez too.
    Also: Groove Tools (Conklin) , Cort Instruments, Mighty Mite Hardware/Pickups.

    Carvin: Makes Carvin and Warmoth
     
  7. Cort make Spector, Curbow, Cort, Ibanez, Conklin, DeArmond, Guild, Tobias, Grendel.
    Samick make Vantage, Samick, (not Fender, there are no longer any Korean Fenders), Yamaha, used to make Washburn, Parker Fly, Gretsch, I think Epiphone.

    Young Chang make Washburn, Aria, Probe, Star,

    Samick is the largest, they make 47 percent of the world's total output of guitars, according to their publicity machine.
     
  8. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Samick is the largest... and the worst.
     
  9. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    There's one factory in the Czech Republic that is responsible for MTD's Grendels, Dean's Selects, and Spector's Czechs. Not sure, but they may also turn out Ned Steinberger's production EUBs.

    Yamaha has a big plant in Taiwan that turns out reasonably good instruments; they've also set up (inferior) shops in China and I think Indonesia.
     
  10. Tristan

    Tristan

    Jan 28, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    I can't believe peavey makes pedullas and PRSs!
    That's nuts!
     
  11. basspla915

    basspla915

    Mar 28, 2000
    Bangor, Maine
    "Lakland, Fodera, Azola and Sadowsky are all made by Steve Azola in California. "

    I'm not sure that you understood the question Munji or if you did, Roger Sadowsky is certainly gonna be surprised that Steve Azola is making his guitars and basses!! Also, I do not believe that Gibson is making Tacoma guitars..but they do make a series under the Montana line.
     
  12. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I'm not doubting what anyone is saying, but, (asking as a seeker of knowledge), -

    What does Peavey do, say to the employees, "Today we're going to make a run of Pedullas so everybody put everything you have into it because these instruments cost more and we're paying you more"??? I mean, I'd rather own a Pedulla any day than a Peavey. I've heard PRS basses aren't anything to write home about either.

    As for the Sadowsky's...these things don't get crafted by Roger or any of his people???
     
  13. Larzito

    Larzito

    Aug 1, 2000
    Dallas, Texas
    Munjibunga, where did you get your info? I've never heard that Peavey makes Pedulla. Then what do the guys in the Boston area facility do? Sasowski made by Azola? What do his guys in New York do? Lakland?

    This is all kinda radical news to me. I was under the impression that these were custom handmade instruments. They are billed as such. How did you find this out?
     
  14. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I think Munji's post is meant in jest.
     
  15. Larzito

    Larzito

    Aug 1, 2000
    Dallas, Texas
    In case all of the jokesters haven't noticed, there are a lot of lesser experienced players that use this site out there who are starved for good information. Jesting in this manner confuses those who haven't experienced some of these high end models that some of the rest of us take for granted. It would be very unfortunate for a young player to exist misinformed about wonderful instruments such as Sadowski and Pedulla, etc. I'm one of the world's biggest smarta$$ but also know there is a time and place. I also remember when I was young and was misled by THOSE SO MUCH WISER (I say THAT in jest).
     
  16. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Actually.. (This is for real) Sadowsky and Lakland dont carve the necks.. (im not so sure about the bodies) but they buy the pre-worked parts from the same provider.
     
  17. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  18. Ifabara; that would be Warmoth, would it not?
     
  19. Doesn't Samick make basses and guitars for everybody?


    kidding!


    Not carved by them. After the wood is selected, the necks are shaped by a specialist manufacturer with computerized (CNC) equipment. They also laminate the fingerboard after installing the truss rod and graphite rods. These are only rough cut. They are then finish sanded by Lakland or Roger Sadowsky to spec. Bodies as well. Many other manufacturers too.

    If Azola made Lakland basses, my 5 years of working at Lakland was for nothing!
     
  20. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I wanted to see if he meant some of the parts were farmed out. I considered the joke potential, but I thought, "Naw, too lame."