European bass builders

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Suburban, Feb 23, 2001.

  1. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    I'm getting annoyed over the US-centricity of the bass market. At least in Sweden, (and in talkbass..:p :D hrm, sorry...).
    All that's available in the shops here seem to be US, japanese or korean, exept one or two Warwick's.
    So, I was wondering if there are any european bass manufacturers. That is serial manufacture or "minor customisation", like wood/pup choice or similar. Those I know of:

    Warwick, Germany
    Esh, Germany
    Neusser, Finland/Slovakia
    Noguera, France
    Jerzy Drozd, Spain (min custom)
    Sei, UK (min custom)
    Status Graphite, UK
    Eagle, Sweden/Korea
    Ellio Martina, Holland (min custom)

    Anybody care to correct or complete my list?

    Oh, and if you know of someshop that pecialises in bass, I'd like to share that info as well.
  2. Warwick gets a lot of cover here. I guess US basses are mostly discussed because most basses are US and most members here are American.

    And, quite honestly, I have tried Neuser and Warwick basses, and I just prefer Fender...
    It's the same with acoustic guitars. America just makes the best.

    Might not buy USA made bagpipes, though.

    I am English, BTW. I have no relation to, connection with or investments in the USA....
  3. kcm


    Jun 17, 2000
    Woking, Surrey.
    GB guitars of Croydon, London as used by Mark King

    also Ebasses, a new make ( I'm biased as its run by a good mate of mine!!)

    And of course good old Jaydee

    Admittedly they are more custom built but all offer a lot for the bass player.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  5. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Well, I've never played or even seen one up close, but I've read in Bass Player Magazine that Celinder makes a very fine bass guitar. I'm not sure where they're made, though, but I'm pretty sure it's in Europe somewhere...
  6. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I think there is small shop called 'Bassmakers Finland' here, but since they have no web-pages and obiously are not located near here I have no clue about how you could get in touch with them.

    I'll contact Mr. Juha Ruokangas who manufactures fingerboards for them(and also makes excellent handmade electric guitars for pros) and ask if he would know anything.
  7. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy easy there, Ned Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    Ceilinder basses are made in Denmark. The one Status Graphite bass I played (an SC-2 headless 35" 5-string) was probably the best built bass I've laid my hands on, I should have bought it when I had the chance.
  8. Joiner


    Oct 12, 2000
    Esh rules. Great Circuits, good building and cool body styles.

    You forgot Phantom ( The guy makes every guitar and every bass by hand, he carves and sands everything by hand. What a work !
  9. Niels Keijzer

    Niels Keijzer Guest

    Nov 27, 2000
    I have a Status bass, and it really is superbly constructed...I've had fights with it in the past, but now we're a nice team.
    And in comparison to Fender, it's important to know that my bass is balanced. To me, that's important. And anyone who has ever played a Gibson les Paul bass knows what I mean.
  10. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Thanks, folks.
    Seems to be a pretty vast bunch of german luthiers out there. Special thanks to NJXT for adding some french.

    So, what about shops, specialised in Bass? I heard there are some in London, Paris and NYC - is that correct?
  11. NJXT


    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    You're welcome, Suburban.
    In fact, there's a lot more "small" french luthiers making gu*tars and basses but I'm not sure if there's any use naming them, as they are "smaller", as they don't have a website (or only in french) and I think it's almost impossible to find their products abroad. But I can be wrong.
    As for a shop specialized in basses, I know there is one in Paris, but I've never been to it. I'll try to find it's name and adress.
  12. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Merci beaucoup, Nathanael.
    Si tu trouves des autres avec "websites" en francais, c'est un probleme abordable. Mais oui, ils sont probablement preque impossible a trouver à l'étranger.
    Parfois, je suis en Paris. Donc, si tu trouves le nom de cette boutique, je suis tres reconnaissant.
    (Pardon, je prie, a ma pauvre langue francais.)
  13. ChrisRae


    Jan 25, 2001
    North Wales, UK
    Overwater, who are based in Carlisle, Northern England.
  14. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    manne from italy
  15. Harpo


    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    I played an Esh the other day and did not like it
    sounded very this has any body played one ?
    Not sure what model it was has funny Headstock
    I played in Guitar center In carl place LI it was a tradein