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First Act Custom Shop

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Luke S Mouse, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Is that not how they started? The walmart crap is just a money grab, but they're primarily a custom shop? I could have my facts wrong here...
  2. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    I don't find any of those visually appealing. I have heard good things about them, but i suspect the resale is atrocious. As in, so bad that even Carvin owners joke about it. ;)
  3. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse

    Jun 5, 2009
    I honestly don't know.
    Can someone possibly straighten out my facts here?
  4. They don't look a whole lot better than the Walmart stuff, honestly...
  5. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    They've been doing that stuff for a few years. There have been a few Delgada basses in the TB Classifieds in the past IIRC. Very interesting looking basses. I especially dig the Mosrite/P Bass hybrid.
  6. Luke S Mouse

    Luke S Mouse

    Jun 5, 2009
    I personally think they look appealing.
    I recently asked them how much they charge for the one pickup, one volume Delgada model. So we'll see from there.
  7. The school of luthiery I studied at had some guys from the First Act custom shop recruiting there a few years back, I don't know if any of the students were even interested in a job, but at least they were trying to get people who know what they're doing...

    Who know's how that went...
  8. This came up in a thread about an amusing eBay ad a couple of weeks ago. It sounds like their custom shop has competent people and is largely given free creative rein by the mass-market division, and IIRC one or two people said they'd played First Act custom shop instruments that were really good. They have several reasonably prominent musicians using their stuff.

    I don't know which branch of the company existed first.

  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    Sorry but when I think Custom Shop, First Act doesn't even come to mind.
  10. Lazarus.Bird

    Lazarus.Bird Mr. Personality

    Aug 16, 2010
    These have existed for years. Look at their list of artists. Lots of well respected guys use their guitars, including some people here on TB.

    Of course some people find it too difficult to comprehend that the same company could make both Chinese made $100 guitars and high end hand made $2000 guitars, even though Gibson Fender MusicMan Ibanez etc all do it.
  11. dwh87


    Jul 31, 2007
    I believe some of the guys at First Act were with the Gibson custom shop and left to try this.

    They have done a good job trying to appeal to a certain area. Just off the top of my head Mastodon, Converge, Cancer Bats, High On Fire and Baroness have used their stuff in the past
  12. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    Regardless of which came first, I wonder if they're doing themselves a disservice by not separating the two "brands," i.e. Gibson/Epiphone or Fender/Squier. My opinion of their guitars at Toys R Us isn't any better, no matter how nice FA's custom shop instruments are. If nothing else, it would save their high-end players from constantly having to explain that their bass wasn't purchased one aisle over from a Barbie Jeep...
  13. jerryc5


    Sep 10, 2010
    First Act - the Walmart/Target stuff - has been around quite a long time. They have branding agreements with Hello Kitty, Disney, and a few others.

    First Act - the Custom Shop - started in 2002. If my info is correct they closed shop in mid-2012. Any of their Custom Shop stuff is first rate. You might find it mispriced now and then at a music store which thinks it is, as you are well aware, the dept store kiddie stuff. Just for a comparison - the Delgada bass was in the $1800 range - other pure customs were $2500 plus.

    As was mentioned before, despite excellent quality, resale at a reasonable price may be an issue.


    Jan 26, 2008
    Knoxville, TN
    I just recently purchased one of Al Berry's old Delgada basses from a buddy of mine and its amazing!
    It's gonna displace my US Laklands at some gigs in the near future :-D.

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  15. I doubt they care.
  16. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    This one's mildly appealing
  17. TerribleLiar23

    TerribleLiar23 Goff Sucks Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2011
    My sister got a free First Act guitar when she bought her Volkswagen. Sucked pretty badly, except the for the cool seatbelt strap. Doesn't mean their custom shop stuff isn't good, but I've never heard or seen one.
  18. maevinj


    Feb 10, 2008
    So is their custom shop closed? Looks like their Facebook page is still going. Anybody ordered a custom bass from them?


    Jan 26, 2008
    Knoxville, TN
    Loving mine! ImageUploadedByTalkBass1378591466.027109.