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Official Ben Lindsey Bass Club

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lfmn16, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I know that Ben has a lot of fans on TB so I thought it would be good to start a thread of all things Lindsey.

    For those of you that don't know Ben, he makes custom basses. He has a great reputation and I don't know of anyone who works with him that didn't love the final product. He bends over backwards to make sure the customer is satisfied and will work with you every step of the build. He builds basses, guitars, pickups, and provides relic services.

    I'll put links to other Lindsey threads in a separate post so that no one post gets too long. I currently have 4 Lindsey basses: 1 Jaco repro, a Precision and 2 Jazz basses. I also just put in an order for a 50's Precision.

    Please post about your experiences with Ben!

    Here's the Jaco:
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    Here's the Precision:
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  2. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Membership list:

    1 - lfmn16
    2 - ExaltBass
     
  3. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Ben has done a lot of work for me over the years, but only 1 complete bass (so far). This one began life as a phone conversation. Ben and I discussed refining the Mustang Bass to another level.

    He is currently refinishing a 3TS P-J for me. I'll post pics later.

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    He did some major bodywork and a refinish on this one for me.

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  4. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man

    Feb 11, 2003
    :cool:

    I had one of Ben's 1966-Relic Jazz Basses.
    Very dead-on replica of a 1966.
    Played and sounded great.
    Only let it go to get a real 1971 P-Bass.
     
  5. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
  6. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Ben sent me this to show at the Minneapolis TB GTG :bassist:

    IT IS SWEET! (and I'm not even a Jazz Bass guy)

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    9.0 lbs - nice balance - sounds and plays great.
     
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  7. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Ben recently did this for me.

    Here's 'The Fendowsky' Before...

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    ... and After!

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    ... and the inspiration - Joinercapes Sadowsky P-J

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    I think he nailed it!
     
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  8. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    ExaltBass - all sweet basses. I just talked to Ben about the '52 fender repro he's doing. I'm not sure who is more excited. It's going to be butterscotch with the tele-style headstock.

    One of the things I like about working with Ben is that you can tell him exactly what you want and specify every detail, or you can give him an idea and let him run with it. The Mary Kay Precision was his idea. I told him I wanted a Precision and just let him build what he wanted.
     
  9. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Yeah, that's how the 'Stang Bass happened... freewheeling!
     
  10. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    It was a hit! This bass is KILLER!

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    Looks short scale... not. Lonny is that big!

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    My stuff: L-R the Jazz, the 'Stang' - short scale guys were going nuts :), Joiner Fretless (Paint by Ben), 'The Fendowsky' (Paint by Ben)
    Back row: '66 Fender Showman (Special order White Rough Tolex) on Gries 1 x 15 neo cab.

    24 local bassists spent 4 hours hanging out, talking, playing and fondling basses... bass swinger time!
     
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  11. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Quite a nice collection!

     
  12. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    The '59 - Refinished by Ben... just finished today and coming my way next week! :bassist:

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  13. vpermana

    vpermana

    Nov 17, 2009
    Bethesda, MD
    Hi,
    How's the crystal clear PU for jazz? How's the tone? is it hand wound by Ben too?
    Would like to hear/read your input.
    Thanks
     
  14. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    (edited from 'The' to) MY Crystal Clear is (to my ears) a Hi-Fi pickup - very full range. That said, I was quite impressed by the grind that the Jazz (pictured above) was able to dial in - most like the Sadowsky single coils. I also replaced a pup in a friend's Squire P with a C-C with excellent results and a more trad sound.

    I also would recommend the Stellartone Tonestyler with a C-C, as it will give you a wide range of tonal options. Absolutely kills on my 'Stang!

    For reference, my pickups are: (Passives) 'Stang - Crystal Clear with Stellartone; Chevy Bass BEAD P-J - Lollar; '59 P-Bass - Fralin; Joiner Fretless - Sadowsky single coil J's (Actives) Warrior - J/MM Bartolini/Bart-Warrior Pre; Joiner P-J Fralin/Sadowsky Pre; The Fendowsky - Sadowsky/Sadowsky Pre
     
  15. vpermana

    vpermana

    Nov 17, 2009
    Bethesda, MD
    Does that mean it does not give vintage mellow 60 fender jazz sound?
    Thanks

     
  16. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    Not necessarily... I'm sure he could wind you one any way you want. He dialed in what I asked for...

    You could contact him. He's fun to talk to and knows his stuff.
     
  17. Tim Craig

    Tim Craig Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Previous comment "he's fun to talk to and know's his stuff" is dead on. After seeing one for the first time in the TB for sale section I got his contact info and gave him a call. Super nice person, own's (2) 59' P's and knows a lot about wood...and this dude's passion for what he does was over the top! So to recap, superior build quality (although I haven't actually seen one up close and personal), passion for what he does, reasonable prices for a hand made ax, and a one man show doing it all in the good Ol' USA! Hod-day-um I gotta' scrape up some bread for a P project.

    Tim C.
    Franklin, TN
     
  18. Gfkfloyd

    Gfkfloyd

    Sep 30, 2017
    I recently found a this Ben Lindsey (verified by the man himself) at a local guitar center and couldn't leave the store without it. I've had the opportunity to play some incredable basses but this one is something else (the Sadowsky preamp and Nordstrand pickups help). Anyone else in 2019 still playing his basses?
     

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  19. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I have three basses that Ben made for me - a 60's P bass, a Jaco reproduction and a 50's slab P bass. Some of the nicest basses I've ever played. I owned 6 at one time, but I've cut my entire collection down to 4 - the three Lindsey basses and a Rickenbacker. I still keep my eye out though. There is a red jazz bass that made the rounds and I'd love to have it back.
     
  20. Kubicki Fan

    Kubicki Fan

    Oct 3, 2014
    Canada
    :drool::drool::drool:!
     
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