new neck: Dolan versus Treker?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hoover, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    In case anyone was following this thread
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    it now looks like there are absolutely no stock, off-the-shelf replacement necks that will fit this Warmoth body I have. So if I want to go through with my plan to convert this bass to an 8-string (octave courses) I'll need to get a totally custom neck fabricated.

    I've found two reputable luthiers willing to do the job:
    Mike of Michael Dolan Custom Guitars
    or Dave Bunker of Treker Guitars

    Based on preliminary email discussions of the project both gentlemen seem astute, thorough, and responsible. Both offer a similar turnaround time. Both offer similar pricing.

    How the heck do I choose between these two fine craftsmen?!?!?!?
  2. throw a coin?
  3. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City
    That's the idiom I was looking for! "Throw A Coin," right... Dammit, I thought it was "Toss The Cookies" so I tried that. Still didn't help me decide, but I got puke all over my shoes.
  4. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
  5. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    I don't know if you've seen my past posts on the subject, but Mike Dolan did fantastic work for me with a custom neck (the shiny black fretless P). Thumbs up.
  6. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Have no experience with Bunker, but I'd have no reservations with having Dolan make one. I've played a few of his basses and was impressed. His experience in modern bass building is matched by only a few.


    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

  8. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Could end up being cheaper to buy a new neck *and* a new body.
  9. Was Treker the builder of Stanley Jordan's Touch Guitar?
  10. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I don't know about Treker, but I have a 4 string jazz neck that is awesome. Everytime someone plays the bass they are amazed about the feel of the neck. Can't go wrong with Dolan.