DeArmond Pilot

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kristin Joy, Oct 19, 2001.

  1. Are the Pilots any good? I'm interested in the Standard they've got in MF for $99...I've heard they are decent and have seen them elsewhere for more $$...that's why I ask. I don't want to get a cheap POS if you know what I get what you pay for.

    Other basses I'm considering is the OLP Stingray or Ibanez Ergodyne....thin necks, nice sound, not too much $$$........

    For those that don't know I'm just starting (again)....and getting damn picky about what I buy first. Had a Precision long ago and hated it (too thick). I'd rather spend some extra $$ getting something that won't piss me off later on down the road as I play.
  2. Maybe this will help, and then again, maybe it won't. I don't have any experience with DeArmond basses... but my son got a DeArmond guitar (an M72?). The workmanship and finish are really nice and it plays great... its only problem is weight... that's one heavy guitar.

    FWIW, you can check it out at

    The picture doesn't show the beautiful flamed maple top, but believe me, it is gorgeous!!!
  3. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    I own 2 DeArmond basses. A Starfire I bought last year for $300 and a Pilot Plus V I bought a couple of months ago for $159. No, they are not Sadowsky quality, but they are worth more than I paid for them. For $99 you can hardly go wrong. I also bought a DA S-65 guitar for $99, again it was a good buy.

    I say go for it, if for some reason you really hate it you can always send it back.

    And welcome back. :cool:
  4. KB


    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    $99 is a great deal. I am almost considering one for a backup bass. I'd say go for it. If you don't like it you could always sell it later and probably make all of your money back

  5. And welcome back.

    Thanks Mike....I've been in love with music since I was a kid (the only 13 yr. old girl on the block who knew the words to Spirit of Radio). I've been doing art for a while, but music is my passion, especially the bass. Geddy started it all, and Tony Levin is keeping me going! Not too mention Mike Watt, Flea, and Les!

    TalkBass rocks. I've learned so much from this website and everyone on it. Thanks, guys.