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"Entry Level" Boutique

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rimshot, May 4, 2010.

  1. Rimshot

    Rimshot Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    So I've had Fender Precisions, Yamaha Sheehans, MM Stingrays... etc

    What would you suggest as a first boutique bass? (or, if there's a definitional difference, a custom) Keep in mind that I'm not fond of single cut bodies.

    Here's some things I DO like: exotic wood, four strings, simple controls. Apart from that....GO!
  2. RoboChrist

    RoboChrist Guest

    Jul 8, 2009
    Suhr Classic J with a fancy top?
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    There are actually many options these days. One of your first stops should be Tom Clement--and there is a review of his basses in the last issue of BGM. Not all of his are singlecuts.
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Someone will probably beat me with this suggestion, but Tom Clement's basses look GREAT to me... exotic wood, moderate price, simole controls. I don't have a link, but I'm sure you'll get one shortly from someone...
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    LOL!!! SEE???
  6. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    I would say Nino Vallenti or Cliff Bordwell. Either can make you a great instrument that is "boutique" to whatever level you desire.
  7. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Jens Ritter might be able to hook you up.
  8. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    Valenti all the way, you can get a great, bass exotic wood, four strings, simple controls etc, etc at a great price
  9. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    LeCompte, Clement or ACGuitars
  10. Commreman

    Commreman Faith, Family, Fitness, and Frets Supporting Member

    Feb 12, 2005
    New Jersey
    Carvin. Or Valenti. (I've owned both). No brainer!
  11. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    I would definitely talk to Valenti
  12. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    Check out the Dingwall Combustion and the Dingwall ABZ basses. Lots of bang for considerably little money (by comparison to the other Dingwall instruments).

  13. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Pittsfield, MA

    Looking at his work in the Luthier's Corner, I have to say it's mindblowingly awesome.
  14. vbasscustom


    Sep 8, 2008
    oh most deffinetly. i would say thats an instrument that a person could grow old with.

    or, if your already old (lol, old people...) ooh anyway, be buried with.
  15. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Another vote for ACG - his work consistently blows me away.

    Not sure if it's "entry level", but you also can't go wrong with MTD.
  16. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
  17. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Pittsfield, MA
    I just got a "Reported Attack Page" from that site.
  18. Shy Guy

    Shy Guy

    Sep 23, 2008
    Templeton, MA
    I don't think you can go wrong with Stambaugh, or so I've heard. Birdsongs are real nice if you're into short scale, I recently placed an order with them.
  19. Depends on whether you want a boutique "parts bass" or if you want something completely created by the builder. I would also recommend Tom Clement. Very nice guy and very patient when you can't decide which top to put with which body/neck...etc. :D
  20. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA
    Lakland Skyline Series basses

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