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Jens Ritter sure makes a nice bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nysbob, Aug 3, 2005.


  1. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I had the opportunity to check out this fretless at NAMM in Indy -

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    I'm not a guy who lusts after boutique basses, but this thing was exceptional - set up beautifully, flawless, & great sounding. I loved the passive sound particularly - smooth & very dynamic. I'd buy one if I had the $$$.
     
  2. Jmann

    Jmann

    Apr 29, 2003
    Lexington, Ky
    grrrr... my ritter gas was just clearing up too... why i outta
     
  3. wow!!
     
  4. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i'm more of a Fender guy , but WOW ...

    that's an awesome looking bass !!
     
  5. Ritter certainly has a knack for turning what would essentially be a french-curve nightmare into something entirely organically flowing and extremely pleasant to the eye.

    That burgundy and silver jobby from a while back is in my top 10 forever. What a stunner that was.
     
  6. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    Jens is a great builder, but better then that, he is an awesome friend and very humble builder!

    Few killer pieces I have had over the years through the shop;
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  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Most Ritter look a little to wild for me, but the one in that NAMM shot looks conservative enough for my tastes. More importantly, I keep hearing how well they play and how good they sound, frankly I can live with a funny looking bass if it sounds good and plays well.
     
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    that Blue fretless is great! I think that it is at the Atlanta Bass Gallery now.

    Jen's work is amazing!
     
  9. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    My Dream bass!
    Favourite. bass. ever.
     
  10. ritter makes really cool basses...i'd love to have one, but then again, i'd hate to have one, because i know i'd probably scratch it...i'd never play it, i'd hang it on the wall!
     
  11. hippiesandwich

    hippiesandwich

    Aug 29, 2003
    San Jose
    Affiliated with Looperlative Audio Products
    I think eBayer bgosey still owns that one?


    I'm kinda partial to this one ;)
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    but I dream of this Jupiter in gloss white...
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  12. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    I still love my Ritter Classic 5.
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    I'm thinking about getting a fretless, but Jens has been slow over email. I've been writing since the beginning of May! :(

    Marshall
     
  13. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
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    I'll take one of these with gold hardware.


    j/k :D
     
  14. Hell yeah, they are incredible. :bassist: In a few weeks i'll be able to see the place where he builds all this gorgeous basses :hyper:
     
  15. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Royal, Oak, MI.

    You know, so am I.
    But I played those thingies at the Indy NAMM and really really really wanted to hate them.
    I mean, they don't look like a Fender-y, smell Fender-y, but sweet mother of Marcus do they sound good (and Fender-y if you want). And play like a greased pig on a teflon floor in zero gravity!!!
    I really wanted to hate them, I really did :bawl:
    Now, I want one and can't afford it :bawl:

    Plus Jens is a super guy.
    If he made it in a Fender body style........oh man.......shudder ta think!
     
  16. ^^^^^^i want it!!
     
  17. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    NorCal
    I have a weird love for Jens' basses. I'd NEVER play one live...but i just want to have one!
     
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The more I look at those Ritters, the more I like them. Are they comfortable to play sitting?
     
  19. smperry

    smperry Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Just answered this question from somebody else...quoting myself here:

    The bass has _great_ balance and is not neck heavy. When I first got mine, I noticed that when playing seated, sometimes I overextended my right shoulder a bit going over the hump, but I actually think that the offset design of the Roya (or others) would improve this issue...I'm pretty much used to mine at this point. I play seated in practice all the time.

    But playing gigs, standed, it's just about perfect. Love the option of the two rear strap positions. Some pictures:
    http://www.gromfotos.com/2005/bh2005-07-27/photos/IMG_8679.html
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=20851

    :) Marshall
     
  20. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I really am becoming a Ritter fan. The Roya and the Classic are
    really great looking basses. I would love to play one. Too bad they are probably about twice what I would be willing to actually play for a bass. If there are ever used ones for about $2,000, maybe I will get one.