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Custom Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by mcnaire2004, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. I have been saving up money for quite a while to buy a bass. I was thinking if I could have a custom bass built to my specifications. I was thinking a large 3/4 top with a small 3/4 lower bout or a a large 1/2 size lower bout. Maybe add a few features. Does any one know a manufacture to (a decent one) to build my custom bass? I'm thinking of paying between 3&7000$.
  2. polic


    Apr 11, 2006
  3. Can you give me a e-mail, website or a type of contact please?
  4. Groove Theory

    Groove Theory Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2004
    The Psychiatric Ward
    Stambaugh makes double basses now? :eyebrow:
  5. jazzbassnerd


    Aug 26, 2002
    Personally I think that your specifications make no sense and I don't think that anyone would ever build you a custom bass for that little of money.

    And, FWIW, I'm also unsubscribing from this thread immediately.
  6. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Polic's lost...Stambaugh makes slabs.
  7. He's apparently gone mad too...he keeps screaming at us!
  8. Steve Swan

    Steve Swan

    Oct 12, 2004
    Burlingame, California
    Retailer: Shen, Sun, older European
    A friend of mine has an unlabeled Czech or German bass from the '40s that was probably made for elementary or middle school kids. It is a 3/4 size instrument in string length and in body size from the C bout up, but a 5/8 size in the lower bout. This size would allow a kid to stand the bass with the pin all the way up, but still get a nice tone and good volume. There may be a lot of these around the country, so you might want to keep your eyes peeled for school auctions, etc.

    Steve Swan
  9. This may sound silly &/or stupid but i'm aiming for a Edgar Meyre style bass.
  10. idk if they are any good but i seen a sitwewhen i was surfing the web you should check it out www.alembic.com tell me if they are any good
  11. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    No! They're hideous! Unbelievably expensive, and you have to STRAP THEM ONTO YOUR TORSO to play them, and in order for them to even be audible, you have to plug it into a BIG, HEAVY BOX WITH A BUNCH OF CONFUSING SWITCHES AND KNOBS ON THE FRONT!

    Just yankin' yer crank, Fathead....you're in the double bass forums. Alembic slabs (electric basses) are wonderful.

    P.S. Alembic does make an electric upright bass, but I don't think mcnaire is wantin' to show up at auditions with one of those.
  12. Yea, I'm not looking for a bass guitar. I'm kindof looking for a Double Bass. I'll leave bigger hints next time.
  13. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    You could call up Solano and maybe work something out with him. His standard 3/4 size bass goes for like 7,500 but if you have something special in mind, it may cost more or less. FWIW I paid 10,000 a couple years ago for my 7/8 panormo copy, but thats a much larger instrument
  14. It's not the size of the bass, but how you use it. I wouldn't worry so much about the specific dimensions, and instead look for something that has a sound you like and is easy to play. For $7,000, I don't think you can commission a new instrument that's going to sound any good. Go to a real store and try some basses out in your price range. You might get lucky.
  15. Thats what I hate about chattanooga. There isn't any real music stores. And the ones we do have mainly sell violins and wind instraments. They usualy have a catolog but it only has like 1 bass in it. There isn't alot of places around here that I know of. I went to Atlanta one day but most of the shops I looked at were for strings but no basses. Just a catalog that you can order one brand of 1 or 2 basses. Is there a list some were of bass shopps in my general area or does anyone know where I can find one?
  16. In Nashville Dustin Williams is an excellent place to start. Gruhn's also has several nice instruments available.

    Sometimes Nashville Violins and the Violin Shop have a few basses on consignment but you will need to contact them to find out.
  17. Ike Harris

    Ike Harris

    May 16, 2001
    Nashville TN
    Last time I was at Jim Ferguson's he had a couple of nice older ones there for sale - he carries the Christophers too.


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