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Best Boutique Bass for under $2500?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by benchpress11782, Jan 16, 2020.


  1. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Looking for a nice boutique bass for under 2500. 4 string. I play the likes of Zon, mtd, drozd, Roscoe. 33 or 34 scale. 19mm. Active. Light weight. 24+ frets. And I LOVE the look of buckeye Burl tops. Appreciate any help. So whatcha got?
     
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2020
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  2. TerenceE

    TerenceE Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2015
    Like custom build or used?
     
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  3. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Used
     
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  4. TerenceE

    TerenceE Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2015
    I’m sure if you keep your eyes peeled here one will pop up soon enough!
     
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  5. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Will try. But still looking around Incase I spot a great deal
     
  6. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    Alembic Epic-1.JPG Does a 10 year old (when I bought it) '95 Alembic Epic count? It cost me about $2300....:cool:
     
  7. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Nice. That a lefty?
     
  8. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    I think used Alembics are probably the best boutique bang for the buck. Probably not going to see too many Foderas in that range.

    I kind of wish I had looked into a Ken Smith earlier.
     
  9. biguglyman

    biguglyman

    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    For that kind of money you can get a Kiesel tricked out any way you want. Boutique? is in the eye of the beholder.
     
  10. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782 Supporting Member

    May 23, 2007
    Never ever heard of Kiesel
     
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  11. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I’ve seen some rather nice Alembic basses in the $2500 range.
     
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  12. biguglyman

    biguglyman

    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Formerly Carvin. The luthier side separated from the electronics side several years ago. The quality of their guitars is outstanding IMHO. I own 2.

    Custom Shop USA Basses | KieselGuitars.com
     
  13. baileyboy

    baileyboy

    Aug 12, 2010
    One of the best sounding basses I've ever played was an FBB. The only reason I sold it is I don't often play fretless. Sold it on consignment at a profit, gone in a matter of days. Luthier Matt is a pleasure to work with as well. Worth checking out:

    FBB Bass Works
     
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  14. Mastodon2

    Mastodon2

    Feb 27, 2008
    Kiesel make some nice looking instruments but most people, including myself, wouldn't call them boutique.
     
  15. casualmadness

    casualmadness Man About Town Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2005
    VA
    Interesting...I didn't know that. I've heard of Kiesel but wasn't aware they were born of Carvin. How would you compare them to Carvin? I had a Carvin LB76 (one of thier first run of six string basses) back in the 90's and absolutely hated it. It was my main player for years because I spent so much on it and was super broke. But I really hated that thing. Fast forward many moons later, I had a Carvin 5 string fretless that was much more modern-totally different bass. Much better than that first run 6.
     
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  16. caasi91

    caasi91

    Sep 18, 2009
    SF Bay
    Definitely keep an eye out on the TB classifieds.

    if you browse thru the sold section of whatever maker you’re looking for you can get an idea of what it goes for and the smokin deals some score.

    Back in 2010 I picked up a Ken Smith for $1800 that goes for $5k new.
     
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  17. biguglyman

    biguglyman

    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    While I'm happy with my Carvins, the new ones seem to be a major step up. The last Carvin I purchased was after the split but before they officially made the name switch. I could pick which name I wanted on the headstock. Since I already owned one Carvin, that's what I picked. While I love and still gig my mid-90's LB75, the XB-75 I bought most recently was the nuts! They no longer make it so I feel lucky I got it when I did. The ability to choose woods, finishes, and electronics means you create your own "personal" bass.

    bass (2).jpg
     
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  18. WaldoNova

    WaldoNova Having fun yet? Supporting Member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Mt Vernon, NY
    At $2,500 I'd be looking for a used Skjold Skjoldslayer or similar.
     
  19. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    If i was shopping the used market for a 4 string in that price range i would look at:
    Lull, Brubaker, De Gier, Modulus Quantum, Pedulla, Surine, F Bass, Valenti, Warwick Streamer, Lakland 4-94, Alembic, Pavel, Spector and Vigier. I would not look at Roscoe because i already have 2. : )
     
  20. murphy

    murphy

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    F Bass or Sadowsky

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