Boutique/High End Basses with...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by twiz, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. twiz


    Jun 4, 2003
    Los Angeles
    ...similar ergos to Ibanez Soundgear?

    Man, it seems I just can't bond with the P-bass or J-bass shapes. I learned on an Ibanez and even though I'm mostly a jazz guy, I can't get comfortable with the larger body, placement of the neck relative to seated position and neck shape. Sucks... I "want" to love a p-bass shape, I certainly prefer the thump.

    Anyway, it's time to uptick from my SR700 (heck, it's been 10 years), and I'm not digging the styling of the Ibanez Prestige line. Are there some alternative ideas out there with super comfortable ergos similar to the SR series? (think neck, light body, smallish body, etc...)

    I'm not worried about the price tag, just want it to work.

    I had an eye on the Rob Allen Solid 4, but there must be some more stuff out there with these basic concepts in mind.
  2. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    F-bass BN4...Bring your Wallet though.
  3. Mayo Fan

    Mayo Fan

    Apr 7, 2009
    Mayones Custom series, equipped with a light samba body. yummmm
  4. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    I dunno, bro - here's an sr905 and sr3005 Prestige, side by side - they fit in the same cases, and their necks felt identical:


    - georgestrings
  5. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
  6. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    The Spector line has exactly what you are looking for...
    small body, thin neck, lots of tone options, ergo design, upscale, great quality, a price range that will fit any wallet.
    Check out the Spector club on TB for more info and insight on good, better and best models for your needs. I have a couple of them and will be buying more. Warning, they are addictive.
  7. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    I've heard a couple boutique companies that sometimes use bubinga for necks, exotic woods. I love the tone, but you can pretty much nail the tones I've heard with an Ibanez 506(bubinga or wedge/mahogany body) for a fraction of the cost of a Wyn, for instance.
  8. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Solid 4 is not a particularly small instrument, and is a polar opposite from an SR.

    Maybe this floats your boat?

  9. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Yup, give Chris Stambaugh a call.
    He is excellent to work with.
    He can build what you want.
  10. twiz


    Jun 4, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Thanks for this -- in his write up, he made mention of "The Solid 4 is ergonomically designed with the bridge near the end of the body, creating better balance points with no neck dive, and a bass that is about 3 inches shorter than most electric basses, while retaining full scale length." This seemed to be very interesting to me.

    I figured he could customize the neck profile, etc...

    Fodera looks amazing. Thanks!
  11. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005

    IME, Spectors do not have "thin" necks, and are nothing like an sr Series Ibanez in regards to ergonomics... They are high quality instruments that sound great, but are nothing like an Ibanez...

    - georgestrings
  12. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    Actually some of the Spectors do have thin necks. My Rex5 neck thru is one of the thinnest 5 string necks I've every played. Never played an Ibanez 5 string but their 4 string necks that I've tried are super thin. I'd be very interested to hear what the circumfrence of the neck is on a 5 string Ibby at the 1st, 12th and 18th fret.
    I didn't pick up in the original post that the OP wanted another bass with an Ibanez shaped body, I assumed he was open to other shapes as long as they were small and ergonomic, which the Spector is.
  13. Why not just buy the high-end SR? Theyve got some pretty pricey ones in ibanez's lineup.
  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

  15. twiz


    Jun 4, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Thanks for all the thoughts guys. After 10 years of plunking away, I'm just interested in a change of pace -- for any of you long term SR fans, you get used to those ergos and it's tough to step away.

    I'll check out some of the ideas listed -- thanks again!
  16. Check out ... Oscar is great and really knows how to combine woods to help you achieve your sound without breaking your back. Elrick basses are also along the line of what you're talking about.
  17. Spino


    May 21, 2006
    Ibanez Grooveline is a cool looking bass that's supposed to be super comfortable,but some people can't get on with the shape.Might interest you .G'luck
  18. Highs&Lows

    Highs&Lows Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2010
    Vadim Rubtsov:

    Super ergonomic basses, with smaller, carved bodies and flat, thin necks, Vadim is a great guy and its custom and you can chose whatever you want.
  19. The MusicMan Bongo? :) it's made to be ergonomical :)