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New bass out: Swope Dakota

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Plutonium244, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. Plutonium244

    Plutonium244 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2015

    Swope Guitars Dakota Bass Specs:
    Body: Light Weight Center-Seam Clear Grade Alder
    Neck: Flat or Rift Sawn Hard Rock Maple
    Fingerboard: Quarter Sawn Rosewood Slab
    Scale: 34″
    Pickup: Dakota Humbucker
    Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer With “Knock-Around” Treatment
    Color: Candy Apple Red
    Pickguard: Tortoise
    Nut: Aged Bone
    Tuners: Gotoh “Res-O-Lite” GBR 640 Nickel
    Bridge: Gotoh 203B-4 Nickel
    Strings: D'Addario EXL165
    Case: G&G Vintage Style Black Tolex
    Origin: USA

    List: $2899 passive, $3150 with Aguilar ODB-1 preamp installed

    Swope Guitars

    Swope Guitars

    Full disclosure: Chris Swope is a friend of mine from the olden days in Lawrence Kansas, but today he is a first rate luthier. Before starting his own shop a number of years ago, he worked for Roger Sadowsky in NYC for a number of years, then moved on to the Gibson Custom Shop in Nashville. He worked with a number of major artists in both places. His guitars and basses are available at a number of retailers in the US, including Chicago Music Exchange, Music Emporium Lexington MA, Carter Vintage Guitars Nashville (Swope guitars are popular with Nashville players); and in the UK at The North American Guitar, London.
    His guitars, including GTO, Geronimo, and others, have been very well received, and Ron Wood is currently playing a Swope on the current Rolling Stones tour.

    Swope has just released a bass model for the first time, the Dakota. It's a great-sounding bass with a vintage look, and his own proprietary pickup. I haven't been able to get my hands on one yet-- Chris, where's my promotional freebie? lol-- but I've heard the clips and it sounds terrific.

    It's been getting some very good press...

    (Swope Dakota in the middle here):

    A NAMM pic with Dave Booschoft of Aguilar fame... the Dakota uses an Aguilar preamp (passive option available).


    Here is a link to a No Treble summary: Swope Guitars Unveils the Dakota Bass

    Having little to do with bass guitars, except to point to the fact that Swope's instruments are top notch, here is Ron Wood playing a Swope guitar during the first kick-off of the Rolling Stones Eueopean Tour a few days ago in Germany (though Jagger's intonation leaves something to be desired):

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  2. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Mick Jagger is Ron Wood's guitar tech? o_O
  3. Plutonium244

    Plutonium244 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2015
    lol. What I mean is, Jagger's singing sucks ass through much of this video. But that probably would have gone without saying, amirite? ;)
  4. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    I love the look of these; price is def a lot more than I expected, but perhaps they're targeted to a different level of player.
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  5. Plutonium244

    Plutonium244 Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2015
    Yeah, they are right up there price-wise with the Lulls and Sadowsky Metros, very nearly. Swope used to work at Sadowsky so I am sure he has incorporated all his tricks, lol. Eh, just kidding-- no trademark infringements expressed or implied. Swope does his own thing, and is a helluva builder. Ronnie Wood still rockin' his Swope GTO on European tour. These Dakota basses are just getting out there, in dribs and drabs.

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