L.A. bass shops

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassman31783, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. bassman31783


    Nov 4, 2012
    Denton Tx
    Wife & I are out here in L.A. & I'm wondering if there are any nice bass shops in the area. Ill also be in OC tomorrow. Thanks for the input.

  2. George Himmel

    George Himmel

    May 16, 2009
    The east coast?
    Former Manager, Bass San Diego
    Well, BassExchange is up in Sherman Oaks...
  3. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    If you make it out the Sherman Oaks and the BassExchange, then you should also hit Norm's Rare Guitars (on Ventura Blvd) and California Vintage Guitars Van Nuys Blvd).

    Between those three shops and Hollywood's flagship Guitar Center on Sunset Blvd, which has a great spread of vintage axes, you should end your Los Angeles sojourn dead broke.

    Safe travels!
  4. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    The GC vintage area is downstairs in the back of the store. As much as I dislike going in there, that back room is worth the visit.
  5. tbz


    Jun 28, 2013
    Avoid every other GC here; imo. Nothing worth spending time on.

    If you're at GC Hollywood I know Mesa Boogie, across the street, had some interesting custom basses. Carvin's down from them a few doors as well IIRC; nothing amazing, but there aren't a lot of Carvin showrooms around.
  6. noahw1


    Jul 22, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    The Mesa Boogie store on Sunset has some Sadowsky's if you would like to try out a couple.
  7. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    The Hollywood Sam Ash across the street from Guitar Center is also worth sticking your head in -- there are no vintage basses, but they are a RIC dealer and always have a couple of those in stock, plus they tend to have a VERY impressive selection of new basses, and I invariably find stuff I've been itching to play hanging there.
  8. Octavio


    Sep 15, 2011
    Hawaii Kai
    I'm from Hawaii and visit family in L.A. 1-2 times a year. As was stated above, you could see and try out a number of basses on Sunset Blvd. - Guitar Center, Carvin, and Sam Ash are almost next door to each other.
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    If you're in OC, Bass San Diego would be just as close as Hollywood and well worth the drive. You'll be pleasantly surprised. They carry the stuff you won't see anywhere else in SoCal.
  10. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Truetone Music in Santa Monica for pedal heaven.
  11. bassman31783


    Nov 4, 2012
    Denton Tx
    Awesome. Thanks for all the responses. Didn't get a chance to go anywhere today but hopefully I'll get a chance tomorrow. Thanks again.

  12. Testing123

    Testing123 Eschew obfuscation

    Jan 21, 2006
    Orange County, CA
    +1! http://www.basssandiego.com/

    I live in O.C. and that's where I go for bass and related gear.
    Plus, Chris (owner) and George (manager) are great to deal with (great equipment and a great hang).
    Definitely worth the drive.
  13. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Truetone is a great idea for a visitor as it is just blocks from Santa Monica beach, the pier, the promenade shops - all stuff your spouse might like to see.

    One caveat with Truetone -- don't have a fit when you see the price tags! The store mark everything at list price, and leave it to you to haggle with them.
  14. Holdsg

    Holdsg I should be practicing Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    Seems like this thread is over, as the visit is over, but let's hear it again for independent shops like basssandiego and Truetone!
  15. BassByBaldSteve

    BassByBaldSteve Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Fodera Basses, Aguilar Amplification
    +1 - those guys will cut you a deal and a half if you hold your ground. Plus, like Nostatic said, it is pedal heaven if that's your thing. Lots of boutique stuff you can't find anywhere else.