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Luthier Reco???

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rickbass, Feb 6, 2001.


  1. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I have bids from several luthiers on a bass I have spec'd out. I'd appreciate any input on knowledge/opinions of the luthier's/luthiers' work or rep.

    In ascending order of cost, (lowest to highest; only $600 separates the two), they are;

    > Chris Stambaugh
    > Mike Kinal
    > Mark Garza
    > Jerzy Drozd
    > Ken Lawrence

    Thanks for any/all input!
     
  2. Well ya cant go wrong with Mike Kinal!
     
  3. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Marty - Is this some sort of N. Zealand-Canadian backscratch :D

    Seriously, any particular reasons for saying that?

    Thanks.
     
  4. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Rickbass, I know this is not the answer to your question, but have you considered Tim Salas? From what I have read/seen, he seems to do great work at very reasonable prices. He can be reached through Joe DiMaggio of BassAlone: http://www.bassalone.com.
     
  5. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Brooks- No, I haven't. My list is just those Luthiers Access Group got bids from for my spec.'s.

    I've heard of Salas. Think I'll have a look and see if he'd like to consider bidding on it.

    Thanks, good input!
     
  6. shreave

    shreave

    Jul 12, 2000
    Seattle. WA USA
    I've been playing a Kinal exclusively for almost a year now and it's absolutely wonderful. The bass was built for last year's NAMM show and sports a unique 'Willis Ramp' between the Bartolinis. It's no joke that the workmanship that goes into Kinal's basses is that which you would find on those normally twice their price.

    One of the most impressive things I noticed after I brought it home is that the electronics panel on the back is not a piece of plastic but actually routed from the same piece of wood that the body is made of. The grains match perfectly! Also the 1/4" jack mount is not a metal piece but actually made of the same wood as the finger board (bubinga I think). He even threw in a string winder matching my bass' finish.

    Let me know if you want to see pictures of the bass and I'll throw some up. You will not go wrong ordering from him.

    -shreave
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    shreave, I love the fact that the electronics cavity cover is routed out of the same wood as the back of the bass, but this is not a new idea.

    Pedulla has been doing this since 1978 or 1979 on their MVP and Buzz models.

    I've never seen a Kinal in person, but they look awesome in the ads, and I have heard nothing but good things about them.
     
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    shreave- Thanks beaucoup for the reco. The only work I've seen of his was in last year's BP Gear issue, (guess those were the same "Kinal"). Obviously, those were made for the masses and couldn't give me a true picture of the man's artistry. Do you know if yours has his own preamp, like Sadowsky uses his own design?

    Pictures would be great if you have the time. If not, don't worry about it.
     
  9. shreave

    shreave

    Jul 12, 2000
    Seattle. WA USA
    All of the electronics are Bartolini.
    Here is the breakdown of materials used.

    Model MK5-B Fretless
    Body: Alder - Myrtle Top
    Neck: Maple with Pernambuco center strip
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Nut: Ebony
    Machine Heads and Bridge: Hipshot
    Pickups: Bartolini 9W5-70-67GW
    Controls: Bartolini NTMB
    Finish: Ployester
    Serial # M73

    Here are some pictures of it.

    <a href="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/AlbumIndex?u=1524570&a=11537054">
    <img src="http://www.photopoint.com/images/pplogo2.gif"
     
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Very nice, shreave!

    Mike does some nice work.

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  11. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    shreave- thanks so much for the pics! Is that Willis giving you more speed and control?
     
  12. shreave

    shreave

    Jul 12, 2000
    Seattle. WA USA
    It does actually. I admittedly took a couple weeks to get used to it but once I did, my right hand dexterity seemed to increase.
    All it does is keep your fingers from dipping too far below the the strings. This way they are at the perfect position to attack the next note, every time. It also decreases the distance your fingers need to travel from one string to another.
    I have since picked up my Modulus a couple of times and didn't feel nearly as comfortable playing it. That damn ramp is like a security blanket now. Bad because you always want it and are afraid when you don't. But good because it will help anyone's playing who learns to use it.

    -shreave
     
  13. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Sheese, shreave! Won't the big boys ever get a clue? Or are they just going to go on assuming they know what we want? (Like Gibson, cough, cough).