Need Advise on new Bass (In Seattle)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by E-hannon, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. E-hannon


    May 20, 2007
    Fairbanks, AK
    I'm going to down to Seattle Washington today and have decided to begin hunting around for a good bass that will last me awhile. I'm looking for something between 1,000-1,500 dollars. Does anyone know of a good place to look around for some basses or any basses I should keep an eye out for? I live in Fairbanks, Alaska so we have a very limited flow of good instruments.

    I'm hoping to find an older model bass (70's to 80's) and just wanted to know if anyone has any advice.

    Thanks :)
  2. jibreel


    Apr 12, 2005
  3. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000

    +1 Go to their website and see if they have anything that interests you. They guys that own and operate that place are top notch.
  4. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
    I agree - I just bought a cab off of them.
  5. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Inactive

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    Yes BASSNW all the way. You're really missing out if you go to Seattle and neglect to stop there.
  6. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Well, unfortunatly, Bass NW is closed on Sunday's.

    Hate to say, but Guitar Center in Kirkland has a big vintage wall, probably the biggest selection of anyone around.
    Emerald City guitars in Pioneer Square is a vintage place, but only ever has just a couple of basses
    American Music in the Ballard area, ocassionally gets trade-ins.
    Guitarville always has some nice pieces, but they're closed on sundays too.
    The Trading Musician near UW is the kind of place that usually has run-down old and odd stuff, but always worth a look if your in the neighborhood.

    Sunday is the worst day for bass shopping here.
  7. moon-bass

    moon-bass They call me El Jefe Supporting Member

    May 10, 2004
    USA, New Orleans
    BassNW, if you can wait until Monday. It should be a required stop. As others had suggested, check their website, great selection and top notch guys to deal with. Can't recommend them highly enough.

    Guitar Center in Kirkland isn't too bad if you don't mind Guitar Center. As a previous poster had mentioned they get a lot of trade ins. It's definitely the best GC around here. You can check their used stock online as well. They just had a huge sale this past weekend, so selection may be limited.

    The GC's in Westlake (Seattle) and Tukwila are generally worthless, although I was in the one in Tukwila yesterday and they had the new Acoustic 200 watt amp head on sale for $199 ... very tempted ... as always, with GC, you might get lucky.

    Other stores in the area are generally a crapshoot. Sometimes you might find some interesting stuff, sometimes you won't. BassNW will definitely give you the best bang for your buck.
  8. E-hannon


    May 20, 2007
    Fairbanks, AK
    I'm just going to make it my flight leaves at 4:00 pm monday perfect timing to go and spend some hours at bass nw :)
    thanks for the advice.
  9. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    They open at noon so be waiting by the door. That won't give you much time.
  10. E-hannon


    May 20, 2007
    Fairbanks, AK
    haha i plan to be the first one in
  11. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    I can never say enough good things about Evan, Chad and the rest of the guys @ BassNW, worth the wait, worth the trip!
  12. YCBass


    Aug 29, 2007
    Well, eventhough you can't exactly buy anything there I would try to stop by Mike Lull's shop... Or at leat try the Lull's at BassNW. I've never been to Seattle but I will not miss those 2 stops when I get the chance to visit up there.
  13. Growler


    Sep 26, 2004
    I was in Seattle last week on vacation and on the first day my gf and I took one of those bus tours, and we actually drove by the place!
  14. fish slapper

    fish slapper

    Nov 17, 2005
    Newberg, OR
    Actually, the start of the "underground" tour starts just down the block.

    +2,3, and 4 for BassNW. Worth a 3 hour drive for me.:hyper:
  15. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Inactive

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    Not sure your mode of transit but if it is bus route 174 runs very often from close to BassNW directly to the airport...
  16. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Inactive

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
    Lull is fairly far away from BassNW. About 20 minute drive or a VERY long bus ride. BassNW is in the heart of downtown. Mike Lull is across the lake near North Bellevue/South Kirkland.
  17. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    BassNW is ace, Evan and everyone at BassNW are absolutely wonderful, they helped me pick out a DJ there once.
    Evan does have a few stories to tell, one about Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey at the Seattle Underground tour, ask him about it, it is quite funny.
    I was surprised that Steve that works there is Steve Fossen from Heart
    It was pretty cool, funniest guy ever.

    Ok enough of my raving about BassNW
    Ive never been to Mike Lull, I always wanted one of his basses.

    Seattle has a lot of stuff to enjoy, i suggest taking the Seattle Underground tour its right next to BassNW and there is a pizza shop across the street from BassNW and it has the best pizza in the world, go in the morning before BassNW opens, they are VERY busy during lunch.

    Well hopefully you have fun
  18. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
    I've been there...I went there a LONG time ago when I first moved up to the Evergreen State, back in '95. Had my bass set up by him (his shop was, and I believe still is the best repair shop in the NW). Heck of a nice guy, I got to try out several of his basses that he had made. If I ever decide to go to a 35" scale low B, I'd buy one of his in a heartbeat. Thank God I don't feel it's necessary, or I'd be broke!!!!