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Official Devon Bass Club...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by campbems, May 1, 2018.


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  1. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    I know of some other on here that have some of Devon Smullen basses on here so I figured I would get started with a official club. I have owned alot of boutique quality basses from Roscoe, Warriors, STR, Ristola, Benavente, Lakland's, Prestige Ibanez, Custom Shop Bacchus and others and these are the best I've had in my hands. So lets see them folks. Here is the 3 I've purchased this year alone. I will take #1 if you guys don't mind lol. D4. N1. BB1.
     
  2. slamsinger

    slamsinger Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Coventry RI
    First pic with the shadow on the upper horn makes it appear as a singlecut lol
    I was like damn that’s a nice looking singlecut !! Never the less he makes fantastic basses and that cocobollo is gonna be sweet
     
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  3. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Mid-Florida
    I reckon that since I got the burl from you, I can take the 2nd spot.
     
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  4. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    This is the 3rd Devon I've owned and by far the best bass I've owned with the 1st one I purchased being the 2nd best I've owned.

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  5. thirtyhz

    thirtyhz Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    I’m on my way... I tried to get some patience once but couldn’t wat!
     

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  6. cbdriver

    cbdriver

    Mar 26, 2012
    W. Paducah, KY
    8F510B56-613A-4D13-B206-E259BEE84FE3. C760111C-4CCF-4059-94BD-B9338C113549. 01C6AB84-D884-427A-8B57-5745CF9B18CA. I traded a Fender American Deluxe 5 for my Devon. It was built before he incorporated the tilt back headstocks. Great B string & I love the rolled edge fretboard. She’s one of the most comfortable 35” scale basses I’ve ever played (I generally prefer 34’s). I was very attracted to the weight (light), beautiful quilt top, & the overall tone. The recessed knobs & the true bolt on (threaded inserts) neck are a nice touch!
     
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  7. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    Here is my newest Devon. I think they are the best value in the United States. I’ve owned basses 2-3 times the amount and nothing beats them for total value.

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  8. thirtyhz

    thirtyhz Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    Campbems, Where did you get the knobs?
     
  9. thirtyhz

    thirtyhz Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    I happen to have the sister to the above. If you look youll see tops are from same cut. Anyway this is what I have to show so far.
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  10. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    @thirtyhz

    Pics doesn’t do that Spalt Maple justice. Best bass I’ve owned to date as far as looks, build, and play ability. The tone is great but I have my favorite ouckupnbwing custom built by Carey at Nordstrand in DC pups in MM she’ll. Bass will be perfect then.
     
  11. thirtyhz

    thirtyhz Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    I know the pic is raw, but the transformation will be interesting. Spring is too far away!
     
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  12. Clecoguy

    Clecoguy

    Apr 24, 2014
    Still lovin’ my CocoBird 4FEB3336-FA0F-41E6-80E3-77DACFEAD32A. 2BC13B10-CECB-4812-BBBF-A8FC5A4169B5. B9E87806-32E0-4485-BB62-92457589246C. CCBF35FF-03DB-4930-B8DD-371E5F3B9CF2. 53760217-F043-48A3-8D03-30E950735203.
     
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  13. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Mid-Florida
    Here are my 3, courtesy of @campbems:
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  14. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    I would do about anything to have those first 2 back lol. Stupid Gas...
     
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  15. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    I’ve probably played and owned as many as anyone as I currently have my 6 and 7th Custom Devon being made right now. When comparing them to my other (roughly 40-55) boutique high end basses in the $3500 and up to $6500 range, they are by far the best I’ve played. I compare them to Roscoe, Warrior, MTD, Lakland, Ristola, STR, Bacchus Woodline, Prestige Ibanez and many more they are better at every level. The attention to detail, playability and tone is what sets them apart. I’ve sold 2 to a friend in North Carolina that is a professional musician and has Fodera and NYC Sadaowsky’s. He said “these basses blow me away, they are better than my $12-$14k handmade Fodera’s. Man it is absolutely unreal that you get a bass at the prices he charges. He treats everyone like a friend to as each bass gets his personal touch only. I couldn’t recommend them enough. Here is my 2 Devon builds being finished as we speak. Both of these will be the new Gen5 smaller body style and 34’ scale.

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  16. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    Devin Cline from D-Cline Designs. He has a Facebook page and is the guy Carey Nordstrand has used for years. He is the best when it comes to custom Knobs for guitars and basses. I've had 7-8 custom sets of knobs made by him.
     
  17. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    My Custom Cocobolo Gen5 is finished and ready for hardware and electronics. Turned out great I think.

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  18. sanwin17

    sanwin17 Please mommy, you just gotta buy this amplifier. Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Highland Beach, FL
    Pretty basses but I do like fretboard markers. How can I see one of these in person? I didn't attend the show. I just checked out the website. I don't see all options available on the design page but assume Devon will try to accommodate requests like other pickup options, coil tap switching and fretboard inlays. I've always been a fan of the tilted headstock and 0 fret. To my ears string retainers have an undesirable impact an instruments resonance. Also, it can make the first fret hard to play when the strings arch over the nut from too much downward pressure.
     
  19. campbems

    campbems Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2013
    Jackson
    @sanwin17
    He is the best I’ve seen at taking on any options or electronics to fit what the customer wants. You simply can’t find a better value IMO. He’s working on getting his website updated to accommodate all the options he offers such as inlays and the woods he has on hand. It’s best to email or call him and discuss because he has some unbelievable wood on hand that doesn’t show up on his site.
     
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  20. sanwin17

    sanwin17 Please mommy, you just gotta buy this amplifier. Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Highland Beach, FL
    Thanks
     

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