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High End Basses, Just Thinkin'.........

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hifibass, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. hifibass

    hifibass Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Albany, NY
    I hope the moderators don't misunderstand my motives here, but here's a link to one of the US's top Boutique Guitar Shops.


    Once you've looked at their offerings, doesn't OUR World of Boutique Bass Builders look like the Bargain of the Century?

    You can have EXACTLY what you want, right or wrong, built for a fraction of these mass produce "custom guitars/basses".

    PLEASE don't let on that we've figured this out, but why should I pay $9K for a PRS or comparable custom, when a TRULY "custom bass" is 1/3rd or 1/2 of that?

    I may be an idiot, but please speak slowly so I understand.

    BTW, My first Alembic, a '76 Series One, was $1200.
  2. Not sure of what point you are making. The distribution of those prices is pretty much representative of the distribution of 'small manufacturer bass guitars'.... roughly $2,000 -$12,000 or so.

    That Alembic that you bought 35+ years ago is now over $10,000.

    That being said, paying $9,000 for any instrument is extreme, bass or guitar, and if you can afford it, and it speaks to you, what the heck. The vast majority of custom guitars or basses that I see are in the $2,500 to $4,000 range.
  3. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    "Resale Value"
  4. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    10 000$ is a joke for classical instrument ... We have it easy with our SX at 100$ that is good enough for a cover gig in a crappy bar !!!
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    What he said.

    On a different but similar front: you can buy a near new 2004 Corvette Z06 with 4,500 miles for about $30k or you can pickup a new Corvette for between $50k and about $120k. Or, if your pocket book is big enough, you can also be riding in a new Lamborghini for between $180k-$400k.

    The all have 4 wheels and a motor (just like all other cars).
  6. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    When you consider how much time is spent building some boutique basses, you then understand the price.
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    No. Check with Washington Music Center, they're a dealer. I know a handful of local guys with them including Gary Grainger.
  8. Jazzkuma

    Jazzkuma Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    boutique basses just like guitars vary in price range. You can get an alembic like yours or get a 10K fodera. Boutique doesn't specify price range alone. Same goes for guitar builders, there are a whole lot of custom guitar builders.
  9. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    I was with you until you said that about the 4 wheels and a motor. :)
    There is wisdom in getting this supercar after it depreciates.
    The difference is not even close though, between these supercars and the other 4 wheeled & motored units of transportation.
  10. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Oh Yeah!
  11. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    This was covered here once. This luthier has to earn a living wage while supporting a shop and employees, insurance, material, machines, utilities, shipping & receiving, and customer service.
  12. MarthaSamira

    MarthaSamira Banned

    Apr 29, 2012
    Law of diminishing returns.
  13. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Law of Diminishing Cash.:)