luthiers that work with carbon fiber necks?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by leper, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. leper

    leper Guest

    Jun 21, 2001
    I was just wondering if any body knew of any luthier that builds bases with carbon fiber necks. I really like how it makes the bass sound "fast" (i dont really know how else to describe it), but neither modulus nor zon (the only two manufacturers i know of that use carbon) really have the exact features I would want in my purely-hypothetical-until-I-get-some-mo-money bass, so I figured a smaller operation could do a custom jobey.

  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Theres a UK based guy Zoot basses who uses (or used) carbon fibre necks. I rang him a few years ago and the problem is that the necks have to be mass produced. So if one chooses a stock neck like Jazz, Musicman then thats ok but if you want a custom neck the moulds and time to develop the neck have to be paid for.

    Status make Jazz type necks and there is at least one US neck maker. If you chose a stock neck from any of these guys you could get a luthier to make a bass for you.

    Depending on what options you want you could buy a stock bass and customise it. Second hand Status basses can be picked up 'cheap'.

    Hope that helps
  3. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Give Moses Graphite a call. They can make a graphite neck to your specs, and even make custom basses. They are the only ones doing custom graphite necks, as far as I know. Very nice stuff. I have been thinking of getting one of their Fender Jazz necks with a Dymondwood fretboard (Dymondwood is the exact same thing as Rockwood).

    There are a couple of other options:

    Curbow uses Rockwood for his necks and fretboards. It's a resin impregnated birch that is heated and set. I prefer it to graphite necks simply because it feels more organic. Also, I have never felt a neck that was smoother, or faster.

    His basses aren't cheap, though. Expect to pay over $4,000 for one. But, they are the most amazing things I have ever played, personally, and I've played a lot of basses.
  4. CS


    Dec 11, 1999

    JHMAVRO Guest

    May 29, 2000
    hooksett NH USA
  6. mgood

    mgood Guest

    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Yeah, I'd like to try one of those.
  7. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    while their basses do look really sweet....that J bass isn't anything you couldn't build from a moses neck and warmoth parts....

    but! one of their 3 dealerships just happens to be an hour away, so maybe i WILL go check one out!

  8. leper

    leper Guest

    Jun 21, 2001
    those ritters look damn cool :) and hes obiously willing to do really custon instruments :) well, time to start savin :eek:
  9. chance6245

    chance6245 Guest

    Sep 25, 2000
    The G-Bass series uses a graphite neck that has a killer fieel and sound. I like the rattlesnake pattern they finish the neck with. Hope this helps.

  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Chance, I swear, you must work for Peavey.:D

    The poster was looking for a luthier who will make a custom bass that works with carbon fiber necks, not a production model carbon fiber neck bass.
  11. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
  12. leper

    leper Guest

    Jun 21, 2001
    maybe its just me, but it seems like alot of the very "bleeding edge" luthiers are german? Im kind of wondering why this is...I mean, basslab, ritter, aries, all german. compared to other non-us locals germany seems to be a veritable hot spot for bass tech. any reason why this type of thing is more prevalent there? as always, this could be me hallucinating.

    and of course, thanks to all that have provided links, if nothing else youve shown me some very pretty basses
    :D :D
  13. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Aries is actually located in Croatia.
  14. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Yeah, those Ritters look good, but it's for your eyes only, keep it in a glass show-case - otherwise, just imagine how that beautiful gold finish would look like after some months of normal use:eek: . Not to mention hardcore use and all those scratches.
  15. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    oh, I see you've been busy writing while I was, so I would just add one more to leper's collection: Warwick. And my observation: mass produced or very expensive customs: made in USA (mostly, or at least by US companies) - cheaper or more custom: Germany
  16. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas