Competely Custom Bass Builders

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Nov 17, 2005.


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    What builders are out their that you can walk into their shop with a completely custom idea not just options on an exsisting model and will work to design the bass that you see and hear in your head?. I only know of one guy that i have read about around here Michael Dolan that does this kind of custom work , who else is out their that has this kind of approach?. Thanks.
  2. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Wishnevsky of course!
  3. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I contacted Bud Lecompte with many option that was not on his web site. He quoted me with a GREAT price!
    I think he will do about anything as long as it's workable And viable.

    Unfortunatly I can't go with the order right now. My wife won and we bought a 50" HDTV with the money we had! :(
  4. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida

    Just check out their custom instrument vault:

    Custom Alembics

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    Very Nice but i am not prepared to sell internal organs to fund a completely custom one off bass. ;) :p

    JJBACOOMBA Commercial User

    May 31, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    Lecompte Bass Owners Club Member #2
    50" HDTV? We dun ned no stinkin HDTV! LOL! Man I feel your pain. But wait and it will come.
  7. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'd check with Chris Benavente. He opened up that new x-treme custom line.
  8. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    Chris Stambaugh can & will build you anything you'd like. From mild to wild custom body designs. Chris will do whatever he can to make sure you get what you want. And you won't pay an arm or a leg for his work. Very reasonable.


    He will see future business from me.
  9. SharkB8


    May 29, 2002
    Jacob Marchlewski. Sick...just sick. Some (well most actually) of the stuff he does is just amazing. Check out some of his acoustic guitar stuff.

    In the what's new section...grafting spalted and quilted maple togther on the back of the acoustic guitar.

    Oh....and his basses aren't bad either ;)
  10. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    There's nothing like a good, high quality custom....

    And a Wish is nothing like that! :rollno:

    I mean, gee whizz, look at these new beauties...


    And hows this for a homemade horror? :bag:

  11. elros


    Apr 24, 2004
    Proprietor, Helland Musikk Teknologi
    Yes, the Divinity concept: see the first ones here.

    BassLab also says they'll do whatever you like. And that high tech construction technique gives you some interesting options.
  12. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Another vote for Chris Stambaugh. He'll do whatever you'd like and the price will make you think "well, I might as well get a fretless too for that price!" :D
  13. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.

    He'll do a total one-of-a-kind and it will be of the highest quality.

    The only thing I think he wouldn't do is build something that he knows would be a bad idea.
    I don't think he'd let you throw your money away so that he could make a profit.

    Working with him on my custom was a pleasure.

  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Very good point.
  15. Kelly Coyle

    Kelly Coyle Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2004
    Mankato, MN
    Hembry on the cheaper, but good, end. (And he'll use inexpensive parts unless you provide better ones.) But if you spring for the machines and bridges and pickups, you could get a pretty cool bass to your design for less than $1K.

    Steve Holst is my luthier of choice, though, and can build anything using any sort of construction. Archtop hollow-body? Sure! Custom scale length? You bet! Little pictures of your patron saint inlaid into the fingerboard. OK, if you say so. My referral might get you a small discount, but he'll be kinda spendy. Not Alembic spendy, though.

    And don't forget Hambone. I can't speak for him (natch), but I've played one of his early basses. It's the good stuff.
  16. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Le Compte will do completly customs from the body shapes to customized string spacing. Chambered or hollow. So will FBB custom bassworks.
  17. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Looks like a deformed Honeynut Cheerio...

  18. Bently

    Bently Guest

    Jul 3, 2005
    Saltillo, Mississippi
    I like honeynut cheerios.
  19. mheintz


    Nov 18, 2004
  20. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Yeah Timtone rawks, but you better have some SERIOUS dough. Fodera type dough. Ritter type dough. you get the drift. :eyebrow: