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Chris Benavente: Bass building muchine (new pics).

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wilbyman, Oct 25, 2005.

  1. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Chris is occupying himself by churning out sick, sick basses.

    Hats off, man. When do you sleep? LOVE the ebony bass.






  2. mtirey


    Aug 9, 2005
    Dayton, OH
    mr. benavente does build some incredible basses. i've never had the chance to play one yet though :(.
  3. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings

    OH MY GOD!!! Those are God's gift to the Earth!
  4. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Nice basses.

    Why the derogatory comments regarding these other superb luthiers? Bene's can't stand up on their own 4+ strings?
  5. lamborghini98

    lamborghini98 The Aristocrats

    May 1, 2005
    NYC; Portland, OR
    Ouch. Scandalous topic!
    Ima keep my mouth shut. :ninja:
  6. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    yeah, hats off to mr.benavente, but why do you mention those other luthiers? If they choose to attenuate/stop production it's because they think that's the way to go, and chris himself may wake up one day and feel the same :eyebrow: (which I hope not!)

    anyway, amazing basses
  7. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.
  8. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Not a derogatory comment. I'm sure all of the aforementioned are nice people, and I know they're talented builders. They just aren't producing right now. Chris is producing. Period.
  9. dooft11

    dooft11 Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2003
    the ebony with maple is just amazing, which reminded me the Nordstrand owner by Jerome.. which is the starter of my endless GAS
  10. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004

    this is one cute puppy, but I'm having trouble digesting that switched pickup configuration. apart from that, it makes me drool a little.
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I think he's getting a couple hours of shut eye every 3rd Monday evening ;)

    Hats off for sure Chris! You da Man!

    Oversoul: That is a pretty standard setup... nice thick neck dual coil and a bright and punchy slim bridge pickup :bassist:

    few more like that in Chris' Gallery http://www.benaventeguitars.com

    I just got back on broadband so it should start filling up with more past and present works of art shortly!
  12. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I am waiting as patiently as I can to see what these turn into. ;)


  13. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I hear he's helped by Oompaloompas.

  14. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Is that what he calls those 9-year old Krzykstanian refugees? :p
  15. C-5KO


    Mar 9, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Yes.... they are.

  16. Juniorkimbrough


    Mar 22, 2005
    Mississippi / Memphis, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland Basses
    Wow! That first bass is amazing!

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yeah that is one serious Bass ! :bassist:
  18. is it really getting sidetracked if your pickups are currently being used by a lot of contemporary builders?
    such things are hot one day and gone the next...why not take advantage of it while you can?

    you can sing someone's praises without insulting their peers.

    and family is always more important than glueing together pieces of wood.
  19. Keith Guitars

    Keith Guitars Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2004
    Woodstock, NY
    Builder: Martin Keith Guitars, Veillette Guitars
    I completely and totally agree with this...

    I didn't see this thread until after the names were edited out,
    but I can easily guess...people like MTD, Nordstrand, and
    many more can choose to run their businesses however they


    Volume of production is not a measure of a builder's quality or
    ability. Fender is 'producing'...so is Essex. So is MTD
    American. So are Fodera and Wishnevsky. Big deal.

    What sets Mike, Rob, Carey, Ken Lawrence, Vinny Fodera, etc. apart is that they feel no need to prove anything about
    themselves. They do what they wish to do, try to make a
    living (it ain't easy), and that's it.

    I have nothing but respect for Chris' level of production.
    He doesn't have Oompaloompas helping him build.

    He does, however, have a CNC machine, which is pretty close.

    That's not ANY kind of comment about his ability, or the
    quality of his production, but it can't go unmentioned in a
    thread like this.

  20. Just like anyone else- he is utilizing the resources that he has available to carve out his piece of the pie. He is doing a great job of cranking out a good number of basses per year and marketing his products.

    Outsourcing is also along the same lines- if you can produce an affordable line of basses that appeal to newer players- and keep a high standard of quality- you would be foolish not to outsource if you had the opportunity. It's business. These people have to pay their bills too.