Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FunkSlapRumblefish, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. FunkSlapRumblefish

    FunkSlapRumblefish Guest

    May 23, 2000
    Charlotte, NC
    :eek: Check out this Michael Kelly bass!
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    How could THIS bass be selling for only $280?!? It has a Quilted top, back, and sides and a real mother of pearl custom inlay, plus it's acoustic/electric! Has anyone tried one of these? It seems to me that if a bass like this is selling for $280 (there are a few on ebay), it must suck, but you can never tell until you play one. I'm looking to buy an acoustic bass and this one would be great if the sound is decent, so, if you've played one or own one, I would really appreciate any info you have on it. Thanks!

    -FSR :)
  2. istaticl


    Nov 29, 2000
    Prescott, AZ
    $280 thats it! That thing looks awsome, I've been looking into an acoustic also. Seems like a good choice based on the looks, but i've never heard one.
  3. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    I don't know how MK basses rate, but I can relate that there are similar deals available in Michael Kelly mandolins. (Mandolins are INCREDIBLY expensive, BTW...good ones, anyway). They're imports, and they make equally nice-looking mandolins for equally low prices. I checked a couple out recently.

    The verdict? Fit only for firewood.
  4. FunkSlapRumblefish

    FunkSlapRumblefish Guest

    May 23, 2000
    Charlotte, NC
    Damn! I was hoping for a positive response on this one... oh well, back to the search.:p
  5. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Well, maybe the basses are better, I dunno. I'd at least check one out. Lots of companies make one instrument well and others that suck. Gibson comes to mind here....
  6. Hey Mike! Long time! (we were gonna trade my SWR Redhead for your SVT-3 Pro about five years ago!). Anyhow, Gibson makes TWO good instruments.....:cool:
  7. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Jerome! Howdy!

    Actually, Gibson makes more than one good instrument. Their bluegrass pieces, banjos and mandolins are widely considered top of the heap. I just ain't crazy about their basses.

    Sorry to commandeer your thread, guys... :D
  8. FunkSlapRumblefish

    FunkSlapRumblefish Guest

    May 23, 2000
    Charlotte, NC
    No problem, thanks for the reply. Do you know where I could try one out (what stores carry them)?

  9. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    For $280.00, I think I'd spring for one.
  10. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    I thought maybe they just left a zero off of that price, like it was $2800 or something. I paid about 2600 for my Martin.
  11. jbass27


    May 4, 2001
    St. Louis, MO
    A good acoustic electric bass that would be in roughly that price range would be the Dean Performer bass. Stay away from the Plus or 5 plus, but the normal Performer acoustic bass can't really be beat for about $350. Last year around Christmas, I sold close to a dozen of them.
  12. That is truly the ugliest bass ever.
  13. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001

    it looks good to me... :confused:
  14. flipperwhite


    Jul 12, 2001
    I'm going to buy one to hang in my liveingroom,at that price if it plays and sounds good I will buy two.with the price of quilted maple the top would be faux.
  15. for $280?.... Stolen


  16. Quality


    May 7, 2003
    Long Beach, CA
    I have the 5 String version. If you get one I have some setup tips for you. They are worth every penny and then some.