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Going to Austin over X-mas; bass stores and jazz clubs?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wilbyman, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    My in-laws just moved to Austin from Indianapolis, and I am stoked not to have to go back to Indy for another X-mas!

    I'm excited to haunt some guitar stores for basses in Austin, and I'm just wondering who has the best selection of used instruments and unique stuff. Not necessarily looking for really high-end, I'm more interested in finding playah's basses! I guess I'm wondering where most of the pro's go...

    I am also hoping to catch some jazz over the 22nd to 26th...might not be the best week to go for jazz, but that's when I'm there. I've heard of the Elephant Room (I think?), but that's it. Any good bassists gonna be gigging that week? (I don't care if it's straightahead or fusion, etc.)

    Thanks in advance!

  2. DB5


    Jul 3, 2001
    Austin Texas
  3. Billdog


    Feb 27, 2003
    Austin, Texas
    I'm going to UT! Unfortunately I haven't had time to check out the scene yet (and I'm a sophomore!). That's what engineering will do to you though. For high end the Bass Palace is where it's at. However, I don't know about any other places (I don't have a car here which makes it hard.). We used to have a Mars... I once went on a two hour walk looking for a few stores I saw in the phone book, but no dice! It was really weird. Anyway, that's that. As far as jazz clubs... I've only seen one on sixth street. But I'm sure there are lots more as we are the live music capital of the world.
  4. ampeg66


    Dec 29, 2002
    Yo, Wilbyman

    Just came across your post. Let's see...

    For bass shopping:

    Bass Emporium on Burnet. John is a nice and knowledgeable guy. They have Roscoe, Zon, Tobias/MTD, and more, not a ton of used stuff but they do seem to have some product turnover so you might find something interesting. They have a website, bassemporium.com.

    Guitar Resurrection on Guadalupe. This used to be the only place to go if you wanted something other than Fender. They're a Spector and Alembic dealer, and usually have a decent selection of used gear as well. They also have a website, guitarrez.com.

    Music Makers, Ray Hennig's Heart of Texas Music, South Austin Music and Strait Music are longtime local shops on a 3-mile stretch along South Lamar. Not sure what Music Makers has, haven't been there in a while; Ray's is the Fender dealer, and has some used gear; South Austin Music seems to have the most used stuff recently; Strait is the Music Man dealer, and I don't recall them doing used stuff.

    The GC is about a mile up the road from Bass Emporium.

    We also have lots of pawn shops and poor musicians, so you might just cruise around and see what turns up.

    For jazz clubs, can't help ya, that's not my bag, baby...

    Hope that helps...
  5. IME, just get y'ass walking down Sixth Street.

    If the hookers don't rope you in, the sound coming out of the clubs will.
  6. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV

    I will probably be with not only my Dominican wife, but my Dominican inlaws (who are recent Austin transplants). Ignoring the lascivious entreaties of Austin hookers is priority number one...er, three. Playing basses and hearing jazz are one and two!

    Thanks for all your help, I will post my own Austin trip report when I get back. (Censored for the TB minors, obviously :)

    I will hopefully come back with a nice $1500 charge on my CC from some shady bass dealer.

  7. Will - I just gave them the hotel and room numbers of the others guys in my band and told the "working girls" to go to those rooms when the clubs closed.
  8. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Fender & Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    Also if you hit 6th street be sure to go to a bar called Casino El Camino. I lived there for 5 years and that was my favorite bar. They have the best damn burgers I have ever tasted in my life! A must if your in the Austin area. It's on 6th street right next to the Flamingo Cantina near Red River Dr.:D
  9. Wilbyman


    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    Take a left at my mother-in-law's room, don't step on her cat and try not to wake up my wife when you come in.

    And don't kick over my new [Fodera/Sadowsky/Smith]!

    I've heard the Austin bat colony is gone.

  10. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Fender & Upton addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA.
    I think they only reside there in the summer months. Either that or they are hibernating currently:bag: .
  11. I'm not from Austin, but live in Houston,
    That said...
    i alway see an ad in the back of Bassplayer magazine for Austin bass traders. From the ad it appears to be highend basses. Anyone familar w/ this place?

    Second when you do stroll thru Austin, take some time to see the captial and spend the evening walking down 8th st. Keepo an open mind as there are a ton of clubs and many of them have live music, some good, some loud and some -out there
    Enjoy your Holiday
  12. brandinstroy


    Feb 21, 2001
    Colorado Springs, CO
    I Support the following: Fodera, Noble Amps, JHAudio, Trickfish Amplification
  13. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    Glenn of Austin Basstraders is a very knowledgeable guy. Here's a quote from his website by a guy I know...

    "After I had shopped around on the Net for months for a 5-string, Glenn fixed me up with a beautiful MTD 535 bass with killer tone at an excellent price. Glenn is extremely knowledgeable on nearly all of the basses on the market; has a great in-depth familiarity with the various tonal characteristics of the vast plethora of woods, pick ups and electronics which are used in constructing basses; and has a talent for matching a bass to your specific playing style and personal preferences. He's also very knowledgeable on all aspects of bass gear (amps, speakers, road cases, etc.) In short, he's an extremely valuable resource for any bass player!"

    He is also an excellent touring and session bassist. Thus, he has a lot of experience and will be able to provide you with great advice in making your gear selection.
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