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

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

  1. 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.

  4. BoiNtC


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


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    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 Wait, how does this song start again?? Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Another Conklin here too...



    Jun 1, 2003
    Orlando, FL
    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.

  11. Sadowsky
  12. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    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.
  13. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    The fretless Dingwall that will be getting underway in the as-near-as-possible future.

  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Most likely something I already own:D
  15. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    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.

  16. 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 :)
  17. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Oregon, 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.
  18. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    Some mix and match of a couple bassed for $3500
    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.
  19. Warwick Thumb 4 and probably a Mark Hoppus Signature for when I play punk-type stuff/use a pick.