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BEST (non-custom shop) BASS YOU OWN..GO!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LittleBassChops, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Tell me about the best production bass youve owned (currently or in the past). Specs welcome..
  2. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    I'm pretty sure all of my basses fall into this category... I guess you could say my G&L is custom, but I still consider it a production bass. I have a Fender American Std P, but I customized it myself (that's why so many of the mods are "wrong")... The only bass I have that is bone-stock and undoubtedly a production bass is my Reverend Decision... love it
  3. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I personally think of some "production" instrument builders as a "custom shop" , Ric , G&L , Musicman etc etc they just turn out more instruments per year .
  4. stonewall


    Jun 14, 2010
    For me it was my 2000 Fender USA Jazz Black w/tortois shell pickguard maple neck i swapped a guy for a Stingray about 3 or 4 months ago i have regretted it ever since im having a horrible time trying to replace it.So thank god for my CS 64 relic.
  5. Testing123

    Testing123 Eschew obfuscation

    Jan 21, 2006
    Orange County, CA
    For me, it's a 1999 Fender MIM Jazz 4 string, because it's the only non-custom shop bass I own right now. :)
  6. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    My Lull M5V. I don't consider them custom shop basses. I think of them as "customizable" production basses.


    Ash body
    Maple neck
    Bird's eye maple fb
    Bartolini pups & pre

    However, if you're going to be a stickler then it's a tie between my Lakland Skyline 55-64 & Peavey Millennium 5


  7. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    My EBMMs are awesome for me, the bands I perform with, and my budget. I get exactly what I want, built very well, with quick turn around if it's not in stock somewhere.
  8. SoLongJake

    SoLongJake Supporting Member

    Jul 1, 2007
    Des Moines, Iowa
    I don't think you can go wrong with crafted/made in japan fenders.
  9. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    I have five basses, and, when I am playing it, each one is the best: Fender Classic '51 P, Fender Classic '50 P, Fender AVRI '57 P, Godin A5 Fretless and a MusicMan StingRay 5.
  10. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    My 1973 Precision. I don't have it any more but I always thought it played, looked and sounded great.

    I had a pro player or two check it out when I sold it and they all agreed that it was as good as I thought. I just wasn't playing it any more, and I didn't want be featured on the next episode of A&E's Bass Hoarders.
  11. sunbrother


    May 3, 2013
    G&L SB-2, swamp ash body, black pg, 3 bolt micro-tilt neck, 7.25 radius maple board in translucent forest green. So comfortable. I put power slinky's on it and it's a beast.

    Not sure if you'd consider it custom though :l
  12. Several Peavey Cirri, a Peavey Millennium, and an old Kramer Forum I. Killer basses that keep up with my high end stuff.
  13. Boy, that's a hard question...I have three that are equally awesome in every respect (form,fit & function), my 1982 Vintage Reissue P (1962), my Carvin all Koa LB75 and my G&L L2500. All so totally different but all so awesome to play. It's kinda like asking which one of my kids I love the best.

    That being said, I do own other basses that I like to play but they don't rise to the level of the three I mentioned.
  14. You're all going to laugh, but:


    My little medium-scale Yamaha MB-2 has come through in a pinch more times than my US Fender P or Hofner basses.

    It's comfortable to play and there's nothing finicky about it at all...it's just always ready to go.

    Is it the most monetarily valuable bass I own, no, but it's definitely the one I turn to in an emergency.
  15. Even though I'm currently replacing the truss rod, my best non-custom shop bass is my Spector ReBop 5DLX
  16. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I've got a few that I could easily call my best.

    Lakland US JO (44-60).
    EBMM Stingray 5
    EBMM Stingray 4
    Modulus Q5

    And if you're counting them, my Sadowsky NYC's. A JJ5 and a PJ5. I guess they're basically built to order, but I don't know if they count as custom or not.
  17. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Although its not my favorite bass I own, my Fender Roscoe Beck Signature is definitely the best overall.
  18. adivin


    Jul 9, 2009
    New Orleans, LA
    If you take Sadowsky and Lull out of the picture, I would say my G&L LB100
  19. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Never owned a bass that wasn't customized one way or the other.
  20. Jepus


    Apr 1, 2004
    My MIJ Geddy Lee Jazz. The action goes crazy low and with some upgrades (Nordy pups and an East preamp) it just slays my other basses.