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is it worth the dough ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WillyPop, Apr 11, 2012.


  1. Totally

    31 vote(s)
    32.6%
  2. Negative

    64 vote(s)
    67.4%
  1. WillyPop

    WillyPop

    Jan 11, 2010
    quebec, Canada
    Ashdown Amps, Yamaha, Musicman & Washburn Basses
    What do you think about a "Ball Family Reserve" bass, does it worth paying the extra knowing that even the basic axe is already pricey?

    And if it worth, is it in term of quality, keeping its value... etc?
     
  2. Soverntear

    Soverntear

    Mar 17, 2008
    Toronto
    I'm curious about this too. given MM's production line quality I would assume the BFR's are amazing basses
     
  3. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Northern California
    I would agree with the statement that they are woth the money.
    I have tried a few of these instruments and found them of really high quality and very well finished. They felt like Fender Custom Shop quality.
    The ones I tried also have distinctive features that were interesting.
    That being said it's also a question of budget, these basses are expensive.
     
  4. WillyPop

    WillyPop

    Jan 11, 2010
    quebec, Canada
    Ashdown Amps, Yamaha, Musicman & Washburn Basses
    Yeah, expensive they are but Musicman now got sooo many lines ; BFR, musicman, Sterling By Musicman and the S.U.B. serie. I think they can satisfy mostly any budget.
     
  5. In my experience standard EBMM basses are at Fender Custom Shop quality. The BFR's typically have something special i.e. roasted maple necks, all rosewood necks, special figured tops, tone block etc.

    They are highly sought after and keep their value more than a standard EBMM it would seem.

    I have owned one and have on the way, I'm sure it will be fantastic.
     
  6. WillyPop

    WillyPop

    Jan 11, 2010
    quebec, Canada
    Ashdown Amps, Yamaha, Musicman & Washburn Basses
    The "no it does not worth the money" crew is kinda quiet...
     
  7. Tupac

    Tupac

    May 5, 2011
    Considering they seem to be the price of any Classic MM bass, I don't see why not.
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    "does it worth it?"
     
  9. WillyPop

    WillyPop

    Jan 11, 2010
    quebec, Canada
    Ashdown Amps, Yamaha, Musicman & Washburn Basses
    I mean, you can have a musicman sterling for a given price, does it worth in term of value/quality to pay more $ to get a BFR version?
     
  10. smcd

    smcd

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Il est de Quebec.
     
  11. LOL
     
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Ah!
    Sorry...

     
  13. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I'd buy a BFR if they made one I really liked. I dig the roasted maple necks, so if getting one meant buying a BFR I'd do it.

    Otherwise, I'm perfectly happy with a "standard" EBMM. I don't want a flashy looking Stingray with a coffee table top and I think the standard production models play pretty sweet.

    Just mentally replace "does" with "is" :D
     
  14. I would bet the vast majority of negative votes have never owned, much less touched a BFR.
     
  15. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    If you want a fancy top or special feature (all rosewood and roasted necks come to mind), they are definitely worth the money.
     
  16. I'm not a Stingray guy, but if your talking about the HH with figured top & binding thats in the classifieds - if I was a Stingray guy, I would jump on that in a second over the standard $1500 Ray.
     
  17. low2groove

    low2groove Tyranis 4 / Lower Groove Guitars

    Jan 21, 2007
    I've worked on several for clients and IMHO, NO! they have roasted maple necks, big deal. and a couple of other adornments. They are just not worth the $3K or more especially for a painted body. At least give me something to look at for all that cash.

    A regular stingray is just as good.

    Like I hear all the time. When you spend the big bucks "you get a little more, for a lot more"

    Spend $1500 for a regular ray and buy a good case and cable with the money you saved.

    Oh, you could also go out to a really nice reasturant (all week), gas the car 10 times, buy 50 sets of bass strings, etc. You get the picture! lol
     
  18. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    Can't afford a "regular" Ray so it wouldn't be worth it to me.
     
  19. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Is it seem okay?
     
  20. RexNFX79

    RexNFX79

    Jan 12, 2009
    TENNESSEE
    I really like the basses but I'm not sure you get your money's worth when you consider the price hike. The standard stingray is a quality bass and in my opinion, the reserve basses don't rise up to the price increase. That being said, as a lover of all things stingray, they are cool enough that I can't say I wouldn't pop for one given the right circumstances maybe in the used marketplace. I've only played them and never owned one. It is possible that an owner of one would have more insight.