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FS/FT Pete Hilton Custom 5 String *Stunning & Mint*

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by thomasjbass, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Absolutely stellar and gorgeous Pete Hilton 5 string bass. From top to bootom this bass is unique, beautiful and displays some of the most exquisite craftsmanship that I have had my hands on. A little bit of backstory on Pete, he studied under the great Carl Thompson and had an absolute passion for making great basses. He recently relocated from the East Coast back to the West Coast and is now making great basses in California. For more on Pete and his art, check out hiltonguitars.com.

    I picked this bass up from the original owner, and the bass is pristine. Not a mark or ding on this baby from top to bottom. I will say that I reserve the right to change my mind, as this bass is different than any other in my collection so I may eventually reconsider.

    I am asking $4000 for this bass, which I think is very affordable. As far as trades are concerned, I would really only be interested in the following:

    MTD 535-24
    NYC Sadowskys
    Carl Thompson
    F Bass BN5 (with exotic top)
    Ken Bebensee 5
    Dingwall Prima
    Fibenare Customs 5
    Ken Smith Black Tiger

    Bass Specifications:
    Body: Curly maple core, bocote/black walnut top and back, Ziricote center with black walnut/bocote stripes. Ziricote/bocote pickup covers.
    Neck: Mahogany with ebony stripes and binding
    Fretboard: Pau Ferro
    Headstock: Bocote headstock with veneers
    Electronics: Kent Armstrong Pickups
    Built: 7/29/13

    First These are my photos:







    Photos from Pete:






    From the original owner:



  2. basskillah

    basskillah Justus League

    Sep 14, 2004
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Roscoe Guitars
  3. snoopys2


    Dec 14, 2010
    boston, MA
  4. Nice! 34" scale?
  5. 36" scale, like butter. Might also consider certain Elricks or Cellinders...
  6. funkboy5

    funkboy5 19mm + 35" = :-) Bass'd on a true story

    Jan 4, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    Out of my price range...

    But that headstock is sick. Beautiful bass.
  7. Thanks everyone for the kind words. This baby has some serious interest but as of right now it is still available...
  8. Jparpino

    Jparpino JP

    May 12, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    An amazing combinations of wood, and a bump for a great TB'er to deal with.
  9. dangerouscello

    dangerouscello I wore a suit under this Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2011
    Dear Lord
  10. Some very interesting offers, but nothing that is quite a fit just yet.
  11. Bump for classy woods.
  12. Bump.
  13. Lots of interest, but not the right trades.
  14. Still available for now...
  15. Rocket man... Burning out his fuse out here alone..
  16. xabicho

    xabicho Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    Long Beach, California
    Roger Guitars
    The best basses that I tried at the NAMM 2014. Incredible tone…
  17. Bump.
  18. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    An amazing bass from an amazing luthier. Pete Hilton is building some beauties. Glwts
  19. Thanks for the kind words! This bass is an amazing piece.

    Last week my mom passed so I'll be headed to California, I'd like to get this sold before then so please make me a reasonable offer and she is all yours.

  20. slamsinger

    slamsinger Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Coventry RI
    Sorry to hear that Thomas .. Thoughts and prayers with you And your family..