Pete Hilton Bass Owners

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ceerod, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. I just picked up a (new to me), Pete Hilton bass. Only had it a couple of days but by first impressions, I'm absolutely blown away! Craftsmanship, playability, tone are absolutely awesome IMO!!! Bass is very different from any bass I've owned before but I mean that in a very good way.

    Before buying I did some digging around here on TB and the interwebs for info on the builder and couldn't find a whole lot. Also didn't see that there was an "owners club" thread so figured I'd start one for current owners and anyone interested in his instruments.

    So fellow Hilton owners please feel free to share your pics and comments.

    The seller didn't have all the build specs sI wanted so I reached out to Pete and he got back to me right away providing all the info I requested as well as answering my other questions. Cool dude, great customer service.

    Below are some pics I borrowed from Pete's website, haven't had a chance to take any new pics yet.

    Tuners & Bridge: Hipshot
    Pickups: Kent Armstrong soapbars
    Body: Mahogany core with redheart top & back, macassar ebony center with ebony and black walnut stripes
    Neck: Curly maple with bloodwood fingerboard and ebony stripes
    Headstock: Mahogany core with ebony top & redheart back
    Nut: Ebony
    Truss Rod Cover: Redheart
    Input Jack Cover: Redheart & mahogany
    Knobs: Redheart & ebony
    Pickup covers: Redheart & ebony
    Controls: Neck Vol/Bridge Vol/Tone
    Front switch: Pickup selector (neck/both/bridge)
    Rear switch: Standby/Full/High cut



    You can see him making this bass and its 6-string sister in this video:

  2. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Pete builds incredible basses. Never played one, but I follow him in FB. He worked with Carl Thompson for a while and obviously knows his stuff.

    I really dig his non-scroll models, but that's just me. He's a true master craftsman.

    Congrats! Killer bass!
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  3. Beautiful, do I have to say more...
  4. sorgas

    sorgas Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    One day!!!!! Beautiful basses, i like the most the new shape one, (the last one is the skate bass) some of those amazing basses in his instagram and fb pages!! Love what his doing!!!
  5. NeonVomit


    Jan 29, 2013
    I saw the name of the thread, and clicked on it expecting the.... other thread.
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  7. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    DEMO 1.jpg Pete

    Does some crazy work!!!!...look at these pickups!!!..Found these pics on Instagram!!
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2015
  8. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
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    Found these pics on Instagram!!
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2015
  9. He sure does Randy, thanks for sharing! I follow him on IG too but missed those new pics.

    Been having some GAS pains lately...considering selling/trading my Hilton but I know I'll regret it if I do.

    Thanks for keeping the thread alive.:thumbsup: With any luck hopefully some of the other Hilton owners on TB will share pics of theirs here.
  10. sorgas

    sorgas Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    I will be in the Us for about 6 months from august, i've already talked with Pete by email last year, now i'm seriously considering, once there, to place an order, waiting list should not to be that long...hopefully!!

    Pj_Jotaquest on Ig has at list two amazing Hiltons, is a TB member, maybe he don't know about this thread!! Ceerod, you should post a video!!
  11. I haven't got around to getting good video of mine yet but here are a couple from fellow TB'ers (including PJ) with Hiltons for your viewing pleasure:bassist:

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  12. Q440


    Jun 29, 2008
  13. Q440


    Jun 29, 2008
    Congratulations and enjoy!
  14. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    Saw these pics on Instagram!!!...just a phenomenal piece of craftsmanship!!!!!! 11666080_454082654765732_895893244124971272_n (640x640).jpg 17717_454082118099119_1582554205791398882_n (640x640) (640x640).jpg 11666289_454081824765815_4865789439746607462_n (640x640).jpg 10013845_454080894765908_657506871066771169_n (640x640).jpg 11214054_454436734730324_191903458207104964_n (640x640).jpg
  15. BostonJazz72

    BostonJazz72 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Those are really great looking basses. Do you have any sound clips or videos. Seems to be a shame that there are only a few of these videos on YouTube.
  16. I agree, I've only found a couple of videos of Hilton basses on YouTube. Not the best sound quality, just a point & shoot camera in front of the PA but here's some video of me with my Hilton. My cover band was playing PYT and there happened to be a Michael Jackson impersonator in the crowd so he jumped on stage with us.

    Sent mine back to Pete last month and had him install an active pre-amp. He installed a Kent Armstrong 3 band pre and sanded/buffed out a few scratches on the underside left from the original owner.

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  17. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    Just the pickup covers are amazing, these are beautiful basses.
    Not exactly my style, visually, but simply beautiful.
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  18. BostonJazz72

    BostonJazz72 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Thanks for posting the clip. These basses look and sound great!
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  19. BostonJazz72

    BostonJazz72 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2010
    Is the Pete Hilton your main axe,then? What made you choose the Hilton over other basses like a Carl Thompson?
  20. No I wouldn't say the Hilton is my main axe, but it is a FANTASTIC instrument! I have a Ken Smith I tend to grab for most gigs but do like having a second bass to switch things up. I honestly bought the Hilton on a whim last year and luckily ended up loving it. I do admit to being a full fledged GASaholic (I blame TalkBass) and love trying new basses.

    Not sure if you're in the market for one but I saw a 4 string Hilton in the classifieds a week or so ago.

    Anywho, thanks for checking the thread. I was hoping some other Hilton owners would chime in and share pics/videos of theirs but not much luck so far.
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