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custom basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by l0calh05t, Oct 18, 2001.


  1. who, in your oppinion , produces the best custom basses? ( if they have a website please give a link )
     
  2. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    Hello... there is no right answer to your question on that.. all of the custom builders out there are great! Some Private Luthiers are like

    Tim Salas
    Matt Schmill
    Dave Pushic
    Bone

    etc.. etc....

    but all of them are fantastic basses.. it all depends on what you want and the prices that they give you. :)
     
  3. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    That depends on how custom you want it.
    For ultra custom, that means, you can be the "designer" then www.dpcustom.com (David Pushic)

    For semi customs you have plenty of choices:
    Conklin
    Fodera (www.fodera.com) Great but Expensive
    Matt Scmill
    Acacia
    Salas
    Fender (LOL.... :D )

    For fixed options customs:
    www.carvin.com
    The construction is very good, but the pickups are another story, and you cant customize that.

    There are several on the web.
    I can recommend you check www.luthiersaccessgroup.com
     
  4. I like http://www.brubakerguitars.com - I have three of em. I also owned a Bone fretless and one of Matt Schmill's early basses (#002-07). Custom basses are pretty unique and cool.
     
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    As Dark Mazda suggests, asking about "the best" in anything bass/music related is pointless because it's all about taste.

    I haven't tried them all by a long shot, but the nicest playing, best sounding, custom I've had the pleasure to play is an R Bass by Ray Rogers. He used to work in Carl Thompson's shop. Some of his work resembles the single cutaway design used by Fodera and Ken Lawrence.

    You can see some of his work here -
    http://www.angelfire.com/tn/briansbass/page9991.html

    A lot of these guys are members of www.luthiersaccessgroup.com where you can have your spec's bid on by several luthiers.
     
  6. If you have 4,000 bucks and four years to wait, get a Carl Thompson, if i wasn't a poor 14 year old i'd do it. Carvin's are awsome if you dont have those things. i've estimated that if i make 20 bucks a week i can get a CT by the time im 22.:(
     
  7. thanks everyone and... i guess i'll have to look at a few websites
     
  8. ach, und danke JMX die links sind ganz interessant
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    www.ssdbass.com
    www.sadowsky.com
    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high" border=0></a>
     
  10. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i don't know, but from my experience conklin is a pretty totally custom builder too :D. you can pick everything about the instrument - body style, woods, # of strings, electronics, etc.
     
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    :eek:But they suck.:eek: I saw some Joe Dirt looking "Mullet Man" on bunny bass w/a few. ;)
     
  12. nunk6

    nunk6

    Jul 29, 2000
    is there a web page for bone basses?
     
  13. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i don't know, nino, i've heard rumors about where roger got some of his best instrument ideas....

    [​IMG]

    :eek: ;)
     
  14. http://www.bonebasses.com/
    I used to own the flame maple top 4 string fretless on the photos page. It was a very interesting and good sounding bass that I got from eBay for $675! Too bad I'm a lousy fretless player.
    fc
     
  15. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    (btw, yeah, that's my 7 that roger is playing in that picture :D)
     
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <b>AWESOME!!!!!!</b> :D :D
     
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    WOW! You've got a pic of Stanley Clarke fingering one of your basses, and Roger Sadowsky playing another!:cool:
     
  18. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
  19. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    Hanewinckel basses:

    www.hanewinckelguitars.com
    (also www.hguitars.com, easier to type :)

    I love my 6, and it is, as Pete took to calling it, "Super-Custom". You can call him up and work on the design of your bass together.