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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brock29609, Jun 7, 2003.
Just won this Hoyt bass I can't wait for it to arrive. Anyone played one of Karl's basses?
It's very... tan
Nice looking bass there.
The mango face is suppose to yellow with age.
I have not played one but I have heard very positive comments regarding them.
Yea, I bought this bass on reputation, but was wondering if anyone had first hand experience.
Full review when you get it, please!
Will do. It's coming USPS, so no telling when it will arrive.
who is Karl Hoyt? where is he located?
Congratulations!! I've never heard of them... Please let us know how it is!!
He's out of Cape Code, Mass. Seems to have a great reputation with lots of pleased customers. I guess he's not that well known.
Here is the auction if you want more details on the bass that's coming my way.
Hoyt bass auction
He's a long-time member of another bass digest, and a very recent member (don't know how active) here. Very helpful (and funny) on that other forum.
You serious?!?! I live on cape code...er...cod. Do you know what town he's from?
You could ask him...
KH temp web page
Karls a very nice guy and great builder. He doesnt build real flashy basses which a lot of people like. He does mostly bolt-ons. Ive had about 3 of his basses come through in the past. All very nice basses!!
Generally his basses run in the 600-1000 range so their very affordable and blow away anything normally you would buy in that range for sure. Karl also teaches a building class. I saw on the dudepit (where hes a member) a bunch of photos from his class. Hes got a nice show.
I believe he does a lot of acoustic building.
That is very nice. And, as mentioned above, Hoyt hangs on the Dudepit and posts regularly. You could find him there and probably ask anything you like.
So I guess the $485 I paid was not bad!
I don't have his address, but you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll report back with a review once the bass arrives.
He has a fretless and a 5-string jazz up for auction now.
Never heard of him? He's the guy who designed all of Woogie Fritzmeyer's basses (including the signature model)
Not to mention, one UGLY B@$tard...
The bass arrived and WOW! I've never played such a great neck in my life. I have the action set super low and I can fly up and down every string on every fret without a hint of buzz. I've never felt a neck that was so stable. 5 bolts. I wish I could have him make a neck for all my basses. The thin contoured body is a pleasant change from my boxy Reverend. And man is it light. The thing practacally plays itself. I plan on adding some more sielding. She hums a little. Haven't made up my mind on the Razor pickups. I may change the pot setup, adding a bypass switch that will give me a direct pickup-to-jack option. Tone is good. Not great, but very good. Planned mods may change the sound to fit my taste a little more. Love the Schaller bridge and Gotoh tuners. Playability is definitely this bass' strength. I'd recommend one of these to anyone.
thanks for the nice comments, brock
I personally like the Razor pickups's sound, though I too am not sure that I would use them exclusively for a production run of passive basses
(which is something I'm considering building over the next year: a mess of reasonably priced 1000-1200.00 'working guy's' basses)
as for playability, I hope that my 30 years of slugging it out in the bars and at weddings and bar-mitzvah's etc.... shows through in the ergonomics of my basses. My main goal when I started out building instruments was to make solid COMFORTABLE basses for we poor schlubs out there WORKING with our instruments. I see too many 'boutique' basses that are too damned heavy, too pretty or don't feel right. My way of thinking is to build basses that you want to play constantly.
so far, it seems to be working:
thanks again for your nice commentary:
(p.s..... and yes I am again taking on a limited number of commissions. who knows, I may even get one of them there fancy webpages before too long)
hi Brian.....what's this about spelling problems? when I first met you you were a COLLEGE student!!!(how is that for the typical teacher browbeating of a student?)
and Nick B.... I'm in Harwich: I teach at Nauset High School (and my son is one of Shawn's students' too)
I think the main reason I'm changing the pickups is because I can't help but tinker with things. Since I can't find any other flaw, I had to change something!