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If you had $3500, what bass would you purchase and why?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JPJ, Jul 10, 2003.


  1. JPJ

    JPJ

    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Don't worry about telling me what I should buy, as I'm not in the market for a new bass. The $3500 price point seems to be a good mark for a high-quality, hand-crafted bass and I'm interested to know what TBers would buy at that range and why. Further, if there is a bass at a lower price point that you would like even better, post that choice too.
     
  2. Conklin, all the way. His instruments are just amazing in every way and I wouldn't have to think twice about spending that much or more on one of his fine creations.
     
  3. The best Double Bass I could afford with that.

    -Dave
     
  4. BoiNtC

    BoiNtC

    Nov 25, 2002
    NYC, USA
    Seeing how you're a Fender player I'd say Sadowksy or Celinder
     
  5. JPJ

    JPJ

    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    BoiNtc,
    Just to clarify for future posters I'm not necessarily looking for a recommendation for myself...just interested in what everyone else would do. HOWEVER, I AM a Fender guy and you're right on the money! If I were doing the buying, I'd probably end up with a Sadowsky. ;)
     
  6. Wal. Poly black finish, ebony fingerboard, gold hardware.
     
  7. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Another Conklin here too...

    :D
     
  8. well you'd be getting a baisic (but still great!) conklin for 3500 dollars, i did a mock up of what i would want at their website and 6 strings start at 4000, and thats before all the great custom options and all. but yeah conklins are definately some of the greatest basses on the planet. as for what id get with 3500 i'd get a yamaha trb p6 II. neck through, ebony finger board, monorail type bridges with piezios. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm :D


    EDIT: i didnt realize you said handcrafted. if it had to be hand crafted... id have to go with ken smith or maybe modulus. i like warwicks too but yeah. there ya go
     
  9. I would get a custom made 6 string fretless, but I'd like to design the body and headstock.
    With a wenge/bubinga(or similar) or wenge/maple 5 or 7 piece neck with Asymetric profile and bocote fingerboard.

    A concave back-arched top body, made of ash with maple back and top, maybe flame maple.. with an aqua stained satin finish. Or maybe a padauk/mahogany/padauk sandwich..

    2 bartolini soapbars and piezo sistem.
    3 band electronics, maybe with variable midrange.
    18 mm of stringspace at the bridge.. Ibanez monorail II individual saddle bridges, they come with piezos too.


    :bassist: :D

    I don't know who would do it for that amount but If I had 3500 to spend on only 1 bass, I think I'd start asking Darrin Huff i think..
     
  10. For a traditional vibe, Sadowsky.

    For a custom instrument, Nordstrand.

    Jeff
     
  11. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I'd probably try a Benavente with all the options, a Jerzy Drozd Excellency, or maybe a Ritter if there was a good one around. $3500 will get you almost any bass you want, barring a few that are way up there like Fodera or an Alembic Series II.
     
  12. The fretless Dingwall that will be getting underway in the as-near-as-possible future.

    Geoff
     
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Most likely something I already own:D
     
  14. Oh, Brad! :spit: ;) Nah, I know what you mean. Both my Curbow and Nordstrand are cheaper than that, but if I had $3500 to spend I'd probbaly get a more tricked-out version of one or the other, or perhaps another Wal.

    Mike
     
  15. incognito89x

    incognito89x ♪♫♪ ♪ ♪ ♫&#983

    Sep 22, 2002
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    If I had 3500, I'd probably buy 3 Peavey Cirri :D

    A 4, a 5, and a 5 fretless :D

    That or a few Warwick Thumb Basses..

    or a combination of the two :)
     
  16. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    Me too. I think the 6-strings are just a little over $3500, so I guess I'd get a 5. I'm not sure what facings I'd get, but definitely a MkIII, hard poly finished. One day.
     
  17. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Some mix and match of a couple bassed for $3500
    FBB
    JP
    Yancey
    Hanewinckel
    Pedulla
    Stambaugh
    Darrin Huff


    Some combination therein. Like an FBB and a Pedulla, or two FBBs, or a Hanewinckel and a Yancey, a Huff and a Stambaugh, ect.
     
  18. Warwick Thumb 4 and probably a Mark Hoppus Signature for when I play punk-type stuff/use a pick.

    -Jon:oops: