custom bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ruski, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. ruski


    Mar 30, 2012
    hey guys. would like some advice on a subject I have little to no knowledge on :)

    looking at getting a new bass, but all the ones that sound awesome I hate the look of and vice versa. so i thought how bout getting one built.

    now just wondering how much itll cost roughly. I looking to get top of the line so won't have to upgrade again. Want to get a fender shape but smaller, kinda like an ibanez sr series with a relatively thin neck (not 2 thin). 3 band EQ, 4 string. tone im looking for would be similar to a Wal/Stingray with that real beefy punchy sound and nice midrange response.

    obviously don't want to spend like 10k on it, just curious as to how cheap I could get a custom bass that'll sound and look how i described.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Decent custom basses start at around $2000, with $2500 being a reasonable expectation.
  3. N.F.A.


    Jun 25, 2009
    In a blue funk
    Bongo is right on. I'd say that 2500 usd is closer to the mark than 2000 IME anyway.
  4. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    Sounds like a Sterling to me
  5. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Me too. Given what you're asking for, there are probably many standard basses that would do fine, and the Sterling in particular sounds like a really good match. Trying to order a custom bass would not really be the way I would go in your case.
  6. ruski


    Mar 30, 2012
    I've looked at musicmans and I really hate their look. Bongos especially. That's y I asked bout customs.
  7. You really need to have a solid list of dimensions and electronics. Without those, it's an uphill battle. Even then, tastes can change.
  8. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    From what I can tell, a Sterling fits all of the (slightly vague) criteria you've given, but you'd rather drop a few thousand more, on looks? :)
  9. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Warwick and/or USACG parts bass. Under $2k and whichever pickup routes you want. If you don't wanna sell it then it shouldn't be a problem.
  10. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Bongos aesthetics are rather outside of the MusicMan box, so it's not a very fair judgement. The Sterling is much more conservative in design:


    Although some don't have 3-band preamps (some have a special active/passive preamp) G&L basses, like the L-2000 or M-2000 might be up your alley as well.

  11. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
  12. ruski


    Mar 30, 2012
    I don't think I should buy a bass if I don't like the way it looks. The sterling sounds good, I just really hate that circular pick guard. Looks horrible but that's just me, I no plenty of people that like that. Just askin for alternatives.
  13. John Freeman

    John Freeman Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Sterling BFR. Same style, fancier top and no pickguard.
  14. You could go Carvin.
  15. ruski


    Mar 30, 2012
    Wow the sterling bfr looks amazing! But it's discontinued. I found some for sale in usa but none here in australia, not even 2nd hand :(
  16. bwoodman

    bwoodman Supporting Member

    Get a Sterling and get a clear pickguard for it so it won't stand out as much....Pickguard Heaven has clear p/g's for most basses