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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tfunked, Aug 10, 2004.
Has anyone know if Ken Bebensee is still making basses?
Yes...but with a ridiculous lead time.
Ken is still making basses. He's currently working on some new designs. Agreed, his lead time has become unusually lengthy. He's supposed to send me some progress pics of a bass I have on order with him, which I'll post if and when they arrive.
Cool, keep us posted.
How long have you been waiting so far?
"The average time frame for building instruments
is currently 30 months. It takes longer for carvings, inlays and intricate custom work."
Ain't no bass worth 30+ months.
that guys website hasn't been updated since the ice age
always had a thing for this baby tough
I live about 45 minutes away from Ken and have been out to his shop before. As of 6 months ago he was still alive. I have been meaning to get a hold of him for a while now so if I do head out there again maybe he will let me snap a few shots of his latest projects.
30 months is absurd. but he makes an amazing bass. Very unique. I owned a Seraph for a while.
I agree, but there are dozens of CT owners who don't seem to mind. Don't they take about twice that time?
Not to mention, haven't some DP Custom basses taken something like 24 months?
Ain't no bass worth 30 months.
Dunno man, depends... from my typically limited funds standpoint, someone could actually use that time period as a "layaway" or "save up the money" thing, too...
Thing is, it doesn't really much matter, 'cause the reason it's like this is 'cause he already has "too many" customers, so I'm sure he's happy regardless of what we think.
Have you had time to visit Ken yet?
Hopefully soon, but most likely not before the end of October now that there are 100 different projects in the air.
I received an email from Ken today out of the blue regarding his new apprenticeship program. On a hunch I checked his site and guess what?! For the first time in years it's updated and even redesigned.
... and it also looks like some of those pages aren't working yet so just pretend I didn't say anything...
It's a step in the right direction. Someone may need to learn a bit more about html and php first, though
Wow, $400 for a "road case"?
I would love to be that dude. With all the people in line willing to shell out that kind of chedda for his stuff, well, he must be raking it all in.
Then again... I'd love to build basses period. Man, he must be making some money!
There are companies charging $500+ for gig bags so pricey road cases aren't much of a suprise to me.
If he is raking it in I don't know what the hell he is doing with it. Ken lives pretty humbly out in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. I have yet to meet a building luthier living anywhere close to the standards of the people that can afford thier instruments.
I have yet to meet a building luthier living anywhere close to the standards of the people that can afford thier instruments.
Really? My main transportation is an almost 10 year old gig bag from Warwick. I have yet to lay eyes apon a $500 gig bag.
Well at least he has the business and is happy (another assumption and waiting to be proved wrong). I'd give anything short of my basses to just live off of making them.
Good luck Scot with the apprenticeship program. Lucky...