pics of high end basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CodeCOMPLETE, Mar 18, 2001.



    Feb 12, 2001
    Hey guys I was wondering if anyone here besides JT had a really high end bass
    and if you could post pics of it

    IE: Ken Bebensee
    Jerzy Drozd
    and some more well known high ends (Ken Smith, Fodera and the list goes on)

    thanks guys

  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
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    These are my 3 USA Spectors
    1-1987 Orange stain NS-2 (Kramer era)
    2-1996 Natural oil NS-5 (SSD era)
    3-1999 Trans-white* NS-4 (Woodstock Era)

    *I had a lot of problems w/the finish of this bass so it's being re-finished by Stuart in Blue stain.
  3. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  4. BRAD : You must be like extremely FREAKIN' rich:))? Man those basses are nice! I'm gonna put my bass in also.
  5. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
  6. brewer9


    Jul 5, 2000
    Yeah Brad, That last bass is unbelievably awesome! What is that?
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Is my Pedulla Rapture J2 5 string high end enough? If not, how about my Zon Sonus Custom fretless 5?

  8. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Here's a pic of a Ken Bebensee I used to own.


    Will C.:cool:
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Nope. I'm doing okay but...
    The most I've paid for one of these basses was $1500.
    I love a bargain;)
  10. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    How about this Zemaitis? The last I heard, these carried a price tag of about $25,000. Also, since Tony Zemaitis has officially retired, there won't be any more
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    RAM, the Surine 7 is pretty sweet. I'm not playing it much only because I'm not really doing gigs where I can really utilize it. I've thought about selling it, then I play it and change my mind.

    Brewer9, that last bass is a Clover Bass-Tard 5, from Germany. 35" scale, Maple body, Bartolini pre and pickups, composite neck, wide spacing. Amazing sound and playability. Bought it a few months ago for $1500.

    Along with the Zon fretless it's my main bass now.

    Thanks for asking, guys.
  12. JoelT


    Aug 7, 2000

    Man, every time I see that green Zon I get all weak in the knees. :) Ditto for the penguins. ;) In the case of the Zon I'm pretty sure it's a good sign. I have no idea what is means with the penguins.

  13. Brad:

    R U serious?? it's all less than $1500? I thought that surine would cost at least $2000. If you're into collecting basses, here in indonesia, there's alot of hidden luthier. I've seen one that makes phenomenal basses!! And they're really cheap...considering ebony comes from Indonesia and all. He makes copy's of and originals. The guy's a bit weird, so he's the one to decide whether he's in the mood to built a bass or not.
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Thta's right, arvidgunardi...$1500 or less. There was a nice neck-through Elrick 6 that went for $1650 on eBay today, I bid on it but I really don't "need" a 6 so I let it go. There are deals everywhere;) So many basses, so little time. I've been in the market for an F bass or MTD 535 but so far nothing's grabbed me. I like playing different basses but if I buy anything else it'll have to be different from what I already own. That narrows it down pretty quickly.

    The Surine Protocol I 7 string retails for around $3800. I got it recently (used) from Guitar Center for $1000 with the Ultralight fitted case. I still don't understand how that happened:)

    Strangely enough I don't consider myself a collector, just fortunate enough to come across some cool basses at the right time.
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    That's how I feel when I play it, Joel. I have to play Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" for a wedding so I was running over it as a refresher today. Playing that song with doublestops, chokes and harmonics on the Legacy fretless 5 is just way too much fun. Makes me sound like I know what I'm doing;)
    It's still the most versatile fretless I've ever played.

    Don't feel bad, I don't know what the penguin means either but he doesn't have that effect on me;)

    I do know that I'm not messing with him, though.
  16. Here's my Alembic Rogue...Love it!
  17. Here's my new Hanewinckel Reactor ( )


    Curly Maple top with an Ash body, Maple neck and Bubinga fretboard. Pickups by Bartolini.

  18. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Since I have a "deal" worked out with my wife to only have 3 basses at a time, all the basses in the first pic with the Redhead are history. They are left to right, an Alembic Stanley Clarke Signature, a Ken Smith Burner Deluxe, and a '79 Alembic Series II small body.

    The 3 "survivors are the 2000 Alembic Mark King / Series II custom, the '87 Alembic Series I Omega cut, and a '74 Series I small body (not pictured). Like Brad, I'm a deal hound, although my custom and the '87 Omega were both SIGNIFICANTLY above the $2,000 limit I set for myself. They were both "special" circumstances. I got the '74 for $475, so that makes up. Sorta.