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Best PASSIVE Boutique Bass IYO

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Federighi, Feb 25, 2017.

  1. Federighi


    Jun 19, 2011
    Burlingame, CA
    Hey TB'ers!

    This is a highly subjective topic so all input is welcome providing it's relevant to the discussion.

    Over time I've personally found that I prefer a bass that is of high quality in parts, build, tone and without much flash or gadgets. I'm primary an upright player. Jazz, fusion, classical, etc and I run clean through a very transparent rig.

    I'm curious what other player's experiences have been in their own journey and share their results.
  2. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    lull nrt5. I'm really digging this. Mike Lull NRT 5 string.

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  3. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    My best passive bass is a Dingwall Afterburner I. Past that, any P bass, boutique or plywood.
  4. Federighi


    Jun 19, 2011
    Burlingame, CA
    Some great input for far! Thanks for sharing guys!
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    My favorite passive boutique would be a Lull five string Jazz or P/J.

    I suppose the ultimate passive boutiques are Carl Thompson's, if you go by price alone.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    Carl Thompson Bass
  7. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Lull basses are the best boutique passive basses I've played
  8. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Can't wait to check out the new Roscoe line of passive basses
  9. Kmrumedy


    May 12, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Most high end boutique venders make their basses with push/pull passive option built into their preamp these days. No need to limit yourself. I play Ken Smith and the newer Xotic basses both sound amazing as passive instruments.

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