Poll - favorite ultra modern bass brands

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Doug4321, Dec 8, 2020.

  1. Ibanez

    57 vote(s)
  2. Aria

    11 vote(s)
  3. Warwick

    58 vote(s)
  4. Schecter

    22 vote(s)
  5. Yamaha

    32 vote(s)
  6. Spector

    49 vote(s)
  7. ESP

    14 vote(s)
  8. Alembic

    30 vote(s)
  9. Cort

    8 vote(s)
  10. Dingwall

    80 vote(s)
  11. MTD

    36 vote(s)
  12. Fodera

    37 vote(s)
  13. Other not mentioned

    95 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Doug4321


    May 29, 2017
    I’m a vintage retro reissue guy, but interested to hear about ultra modern basses. Stuff that doesn’t use older designs, unlike the ubiquitous dreadnoughts of the acoustic world. Extra points for more than four strings, fanned frets, and crystal clear ice cold metallic scooped tonality.
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  2. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Zon. Poll is incomplete without Zon and carrots...
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  3. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Been gigging a Warwick for years, just got a Ken Smith that's awesome, and always wanted a Tobias (not so into MTD though).


    There are some pics... so you know it happened :roflmao:
  4. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Fender precision bass with tort and flats. Sunburst!
  5. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I think Alembic will always be my favorite but really, they are kinda old school (in a really good way).

    My ultra modern pick was Dingwall. They do some seriously cool work. Good medium, affordable line of basses with modern features and a custom line with lots of neat stuff.

  6. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    Status graphite
    ajkula66, legalbass, TrevorG and 3 others like this.
  7. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    Kiesel. Pick your poison and build what you want.
  8. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    LeFay Basses
  9. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
  10. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    Vox! From The Jetsons alternate timeline.
    bass vox.jpg
  11. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005

    Wal and G.Gould are also acceptable.
    dave64o, seedokebass, Dan B and 19 others like this.
  12. ardgedee


    May 13, 2018
    I don't know how ultra-modern some of these are when they're over 40 years old.

    Ned Steinberger started making headless basses with synthetic materials in the late 70s, and those features are still too weird for any but a few custom builders today. Bless Ibanez for at least trying to make them mainstream outside of the high-end customs market, in fits and starts anyway.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2020
  13. BassilFawlty


    Aug 20, 2017
    Industrial Radio MIDI Bass. And yes, it sure looks like any ordinary bass.

    Also the short-lived Line 6 basses were great, while looking like any ordinary bass.
    mikewalker likes this.
  14. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    milesdavisblue and Bassman Spiff like this.
  15. OptimalOptimus


    Jan 4, 2019
    Carvin Kiesel
  16. gigetto


    Sep 25, 2019
    Yamaha in budget price.Or Ibanez
  17. niclsv


    Jan 10, 2011
    Wilcox- Lightwave
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  18. Relayer71

    Relayer71 Supporting Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    What does ultra-modern mean?

    Spector NS has been around since 1977. That's 43 years. Modern? Sure, compared to classic passive Fender. But I would think "ultra" would apply to something newer than 43 years ago. Maybe something from last 10, 15 years?

    Same with Ibanez - the SR (because Ibanez has made MANY models, some not considered modern) has been around 33 years.

    I would say Fender has also made modern instruments, if you consider active electronics part of what makes an instrument modern. There's the Aerodyne and others.
  19. equill


    Nov 25, 2010
    Exactly! How can you talk about "ultra-modern" brands and leave these off the list?

    Then there's Aristides also exploring new materials, and Strandberg with their own neck-shape and general take on ergonomics.
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2020
  20. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Right from The Lord of the Rings... :woot:
    2112 likes this.
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