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Performance Bass Guitars

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Virgil, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Virgil

    Virgil She's My Inspiration Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    Dresher, Pa.
    Has anyone out there, heard of a bass made in Los Angeles California called "Performance."? I attended a Smooth Jazz Concert in Camden, New Jersey and Euge Grooves Bassist was playing a J Style bass by Performance. The tone was incredible. I have tried Google, but nothing comes up.
  2. http://www.performanceguitar.com/

    Bad website but it does have the contact info... I had a 6 string jazz for a while and it was a killer bass. I'm going to check and see what his 4 strings cost.

    Good luck!
  3. Virgil

    Virgil She's My Inspiration Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    Dresher, Pa.
    Thanks a million.
  4. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    The bass teacher I used to work with had a Performance J 5'er with Bart pups - beautiful instrument. He had a couple of setup issues when he first got it, but once everything was dialed in, he was totally in love. The few minutes I spent playing it gave me a very positive impression.
  5. Virgil

    Virgil She's My Inspiration Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    Dresher, Pa.
    I am looking for one, so if you see one, drop me a line. thanks
  6. XavidmanX


    Jun 29, 2006
    Bakersfield, CA
    I think one popped up on ebay recently. Check it out.
  7. YCBass

    YCBass Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2007
  8. jazz-e-j


    Mar 24, 2006
    los angeles, ca
    hey virgil, i live in los angeles and just bought one of these last month. they are great basses. heres a couple of pictures of mine. i know Natalie Coles bass player and he's the one who hipped me to these basses.
  9. Virgil

    Virgil She's My Inspiration Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2005
    Dresher, Pa.
    Did you buy it new, and if so who can I call to order one? Are you interested in selling yours? :bassist: Yours is exactly what I am looking for; a 5 er. Any sounds clips, how much does it weigh...details man details.......
  10. ZionBound


    Dec 12, 2008
    I just watched Bobby Caldwell and talked with his bassist afterwards and he, also, was playing a "performance bass"
    Performance is a custom build shop that puts "your" parts on "your" bass. They are not mass produced and they are as SWEET as everyone thinks. The tone on this particular Jbass was phenomonal!! If you would have closed your eyes at any time during the set you probably would have though he changed basses. I'll post more; the more I find out from my new friend. . .:p
  11. ivlucas

    ivlucas Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2006
    Thomasville, GA
    Here is an email Yasu sent me after NAMM

    NAMM show is over, Performance bass is checked by many bass players
    from all over united stats.
    Please let me introduce you some basses displayed at NAMM and those
    on sale by NAMM special priching.

    5-strings #01856 $2300.00
    Maple fingerboad neck, Ash body
    Performance HB pickups, Bartolini NTCT preamp

    5-strings #03224 $2300.00
    Rosewood fingerboad neck, Ash body
    Performance HB pickups & preamp

    5-strings 24frets #01374 $2550.00
    Maple fingerboad 24frets neck, Ash body
    Performance HC pickups, John East BTB-01 + Midsweep

    6-strings #01853 $2700.00
    Maple fingerboad nack, Ash body
    Performance HB pickups & preamp

    323-883-0781 shop
  12. I owned a Performance 6 for a short time... Ivory, I think I got that bass from you. Anyway, killer basses - great necks. I'd love to have one made for me.
  13. willbass44

    willbass44 Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Philadelphia, Pa.
  14. Bass2Bass7


    Sep 11, 2008
    Endorsing Artist: Performance Guitars, Ashdown Amplification & DR Strings
    I played a couple at the NAMM Show this year and was floored! I love Jazz Bass bodies and the tone and feel of these Basses were so killer I have one coming now! I jump in and out of a lot of different situations and I know this Bass is going to be one of my top touring Basses!
  15. I stumbled across one on craigslist and couldn't help myself and I made a trade + cash deal and here it is.
    Performace 5 String Jazz Bass
    J-Retro deluxe preamp
    Nordstrand Single coils
    Translucent White finish
    The nicest/smoothest/most beautiful/well built bass I've ever played and the neck is unbelieveable!!!!!
    Definitely the best bass I've owned and I thought nothing could top the neck on my 1978 4001 ric but the performance beats it in every shape way and form but of course you really can't compare a ric with this beast. Totally different leagues.
    uelliv likes this.
  16. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    The 1st player I saw playing one was Ethan Farmer,and then after him there became an array of players who has them.
    It's as close to a 70's sounding 5 string bass as I've ever heard even more than the Marcus Miller 5 Fender. :meh:
  17. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    My friend is selling one in the classifieds. His bass has one of
    the nicest necks I've played. The Performance basses are as
    nice as anything out there. (if you like them)
  18. Mullet


    Oct 9, 2006
    These are my latest basses. The Black one has Bartolini NTCT Preamp and HB-Kar pickups which is Performance own pickups. The red one has the pickups from a swedish guy that makes " Fender" pickups (Johan Lundgren www.lundgren.se or www.lundgren.com) and it has a Aguilar OBP-3 preamp.
    I´ll post the third bass soon.

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