Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by icantaffordawal, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    yeah so me and some buddies of mine are about to turn 18 and we're thinking of getting together and building our own line of active basses (we already made one), similar to wal or alembic, and we'll probably give it one of those catchy three letter name ideas like "CON"...

    it would totally fit in if we put out an "artist" series of basses, am i right?

    anyone has more name suggestions feel free to give some input
  2. well,can we see some pics.You know so its not a complete shot in the dark
  3. Connor


    Jun 21, 2007

    a picture would be nice, but these are just three off the top of my head, i would use a word that starts with a "b" or particularly "br" for beefy bassy phonetics
  4. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    welp, we decided on a name, and i worked up a logo, tell me what you guys think


    of course, on basses with say... a natural wood finish the black background would probably just be the matching wood, or what ever the person ordered.
  5. jnuts1


    Nov 13, 2007
    Quick, we need more borg license plates.
  6. Foxworthy925

    Foxworthy925 Guest

    Feb 24, 2007
    Bay Area, CA

    Pics of the bass you guys made?
  7. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    it's at my friend's house at the moment, but when i get ahold of him again i'll post some pics
  8. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    As Ive heard many times, No pics, no bass. This is a very generic post in itself, so the whole "no pics" thing doesnt help. :meh:
  9. Connor


    Jun 21, 2007
    should've gone with "brunt"
  10. 3 letters


    (stands for Mugabe Please Leave)

    :) it's a name AND a political statement
  11. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    dude, this has nothing to do with the bass, it's about the little company me and some friends are attempting

    what's so hard to understand about that? lol

    anyway, i could describe it since i don't have the bass to take pictures of

    the body is a lot like a p-bass, but we've cut into it for dual soapbar pickups, not yet gone active because we're still new to it. it's flat black and has a maple neck and fretboard, we bought it at a second-hand store, and the headstock is square, i think it's perfect for that logo anyway
  12. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    I'd say it looks good. Would work really well as a 12th fret Inlay, too.
  13. Thump Jr.

    Thump Jr.

    Jun 8, 2008
    SW FL
    "Dude," this has everything to do with the bass. You and your friends are attempting to become luthiers. It's ALL about the instruments. Are you prepared at 17 for the rather massive commitment that you're considering? Do you have start-up money? Do you know how to keep business money and expenses recorded and properly separated from personal accounts? What do you know about advertising? Do you have someone to create and/or maintain a website? Are you developing relationships with suppliers? How about other luthiers? How's your knowledge of the skills required to make high-end musical instruments? Woodworking? Physics? Electronics? Painting? Are you familiar with what demanding musicians need and want in an instrument? Do you have the necessary tools? How much business education do you have? How much experience working with instruments do you have outside this one bass? Do you have the time to commit to this? Can you produce a high-quality instrument in an amount of time that's fair to the buyer? I don't mean this flippantly or mockingly, but will your business correspondence have "lol," no capitalization, and the informal tone you've been using? I'm willing to bet there are more questions I don't yet know to ask.

    I don't mean to sound like I'm going off on you here, but this is serious business. I'm a sophomore Business minor in college, and believe me, with the classes I've already taken and much conversation with my father, who runs several businesses, I know that what you're trying to do is VERY hard work, like anything worth doing. Are you and your friends prepared for that? You need to have satisfactory answers to all these questions before you bother with a logo or naming theoretical bass models that don't exist yet.

    I'd love to see you and your friends succeed, but you need to know what you're getting into. This is real life - you can win big and you can lose everything. Are you prepared?

    Best wishes - and I mean it with all sincerity.
  14. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    it's just a side project me and my friends are working on until i go to the army, lol... i don't want to make any money in this, i just wanna work with my friends and share our ideas on craftsmanship

    it's kinda just one of those, 'hey, i bet we could do this' moments
  15. Connor


    Jun 21, 2007
    so anyways... what does cas mean?
  16. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    no idea, but it sounds catchy to me
  17. adam.beauchene

    adam.beauchene Commercial User

    Dec 31, 2007
    Technician at NS Design
    You can make kick-ass basses and have no company...but doesn't really work the other way though.

    If I were in your shoes (I remember waiting to turn 18...almost 18 years ago!) I'd concentrate on making the best basses you can possibly build, then make them better than that. Build a reputation, then a demand. The company will name itself.

    Good luck!
  18. JehuJava

    JehuJava Bass Frequency Technician

    Oct 15, 2002
    Yorktown, VA
    +1 Million

    If you're just fooling around (which is way cool) who cares what the name is? Posting a question on TB typically shows serious pondering, which explains the above replies.