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NYBW Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kelbrihan, Mar 13, 2006.


  1. kelbrihan

    kelbrihan Banned [Deceiving users with multiple usernames] Banned

    Dec 2, 2004
    Anyone familiar with New York Bass Works ( NYBW) basses? I heard that they are handmade and quite expensive. As far as I know, I have only seen them for sale at the Groove Shoppe. Any info? Here's their website www.newyorkbassworks.com Anyone ever play one?
     
  2. pointbass

    pointbass Semi-Retired Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    Endorsing Artist: FBB Bass Works
    I have only seen and played one, a Deep Jazz 6, about a year ago. I met a guy from Canada through a friend and he brought the bass to a gig and let me use it for a set.

    Amazing quality, the bass played effortlessly, He had the action set very low, and as best as I could tell from a one set try-out, there was no buzzing or other stuff going on. The gig was a fairly lame dinner/jazz thing, so I really never gave it a decent workout to voice any opinions about the electronics.

    It seemed extremely cool, but at ~$4K (IIRC), I'd love to give it a little longer trial run .... :cool:
     
  3. ibz

    ibz

    Apr 14, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    Not a fan of the body shapes...

    But having never heard nor played on more comments would be interesting.
     
  4. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Dave Segal (the man behind NYBW) is probably one of the best kept secrets in the bass world.

    He is the most meticulous guy that I've ever met when it comes to bass construction and set-up. He understands every aspect of why those vintage Jazz basses work and he brings those elements across in his instruments.

    He also does the best set-up work I've ever seen - at any price. I won't risk a CUP violation by waxing poetic about Dave Segal but if I were having my Fodera Presentation re-fretted he would without a doubt be the guy doing it. He's also the guy behind our GS5's - for all of the reasons above.

    Give him a buzz if you can - he's a true class act and very interesting to talk with.
     
  5. kelbrihan

    kelbrihan Banned [Deceiving users with multiple usernames] Banned

    Dec 2, 2004
    I just got this NYBW Concert 6 and I have to tell you , this bass has a better neck than my 34" scale Fodera Anthony Jackson 6, and it's a 36" scale. Craftmanship, quality and playability are all 10's. I haven't had a chance to play iy at a show yet but when I do, i'll post a reveiw. Here are pics.[​IMG]
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  6. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    That's really nice. David has a great reputation. I'll check back perioically to see when the review has been posted.
     
  7. slombovia

    slombovia

    Jul 15, 2003
    Utah
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    :hyper:
    David Segal is a fine person and an amazing artist/craftsman in the building of fine bass guitars.
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    Still in Hog Heaven!
     
  8. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Whoa, those truss rod covers are awesome!
     
  9. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Hey Tom,

    Good to see you're still loving those basses - not that I'm at all surprised! :smug:

    You are a great example of why I consider Dave to be one of the high-end bass industry's best kept secrets. I remember that you took a bit of a leap of faith with purchasing the first one - and then almost immediately called us back and ordered a second one!

    Dave is THE jazz bass guy.
     
  10. slombovia

    slombovia

    Jul 15, 2003
    Utah
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    Yup, almost can't tell there there!
     
  11. slombovia

    slombovia

    Jul 15, 2003
    Utah
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    Yes, that is exactly how it happened. Leap of faith on the fretless Concert, then ordered the fretted Deep Jazz. The only way I could be happier is if I had MORE NYBW basses though these two really cover it.
     
  12. Very nice!
    Are they passive only?

    -Christian
     
  13. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    The sunburst and Walnut ones shown here are completely passive. Dave will do them with an active circuit as well. Lately he has been using an Aguilar OB3. Once we get the Groove Shoppe/Glockenklang pre-amp modded for other cavity layouts I believe he will be offering that as an option for an additional fee.

    JC
     
  14. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    What a trip... on the fretless' bridge pickup, are the outer strings' polepieces single? If so, any insight as to why?
     
  15. slombovia

    slombovia

    Jul 15, 2003
    Utah
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    Dang, you guys are curious about my basses! You are correct. The bridge position C-string pole piece is the same size as the ones in dual pole piece config. The B-string, however, is a larger pole piece than the others. My fretted Deep Jazz is all dual pole pieces and is amazingly balanced and evenly punchy all across. But the single pole pieces on the fretless are directly under the strings to help make sure the outside strings are as hot. The balance and punchiness are amazing so I'm just going to say both basses work. I also generally play with both pups full on (single-coils) so the pups interact.

    As for the passive question, I have always been an active guy. But the tone here is undeniable and I don't have to worry about dying batteries. I MIGHT add one in the future for flexibility in real time but for now I just adjust at my Read Bass Purity rack preamp and I am very happy.
     
  16. slombovia

    slombovia

    Jul 15, 2003
    Utah
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    close-up of of pole pieces
     

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  17. kelbrihan

    kelbrihan Banned [Deceiving users with multiple usernames] Banned

    Dec 2, 2004
    Those are definately prototypes, but what brand?
     
  18. kelbrihan

    kelbrihan Banned [Deceiving users with multiple usernames] Banned

    Dec 2, 2004
    HOLY MOLEY! Believe the hype!! I played the NYBW this weekend with 2 different bands and it smoked in both settings.

    Friday night:
    Played with a 5 peice commercial rock band, and I mean RAWK, that play at high volumes. I did a sound check and started the first set with the bass in active mode, but with the controls set flat. After about 2 songs I switched to passive mode and WOW, very clean, punchy, well defined notes even down to the low B. Upper register notes were full and sounded like a bass, even on the C string.

    Saturday night:
    Played at a medium sized venue with my 80's tribute band, moderate to high volumes. Once again I played passive all night (who need active when it sounds this good passive?) Complements from the soundmen both nights (and they are used to hearing my Fodera)
    I am very pleased with this bass, I inntially thought that the 36" scale would be an issue for me but it wasn't, also I have been an active guy for 15 years and never expected to love passive this much. As I stated in the posts above construction and detail is flawless and my only complaint is that the pickup routes are cut a little too big, (with my Foderas I wedge my pick in the pickup cavity so it is easily accessable) and could've been a little tighter. All in all it's a phenominal bass and like slombovia, I want more.
     
  19. slombovia

    slombovia

    Jul 15, 2003
    Utah
    I am a determined follower of Jesus Christ and am a Mormon.
    NYBW/Seymour Duncan single-coils