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. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I always thought the Human Base ClassX was a rather "ultra-modern" take on an ergonomic instrument...but that design has gotta be at least 10 years old.




    For that matter, the original Steve Klein headless bass was pretty "ultra-modern" but it's already been discontinued for a decade or so! Too modern for its own good?

  2. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    The stingray was 1975. The reason that active ciruitry hasn't taken off is that it really isn't necessary, unless you like active tone controls on your bass - it doesn't solve problems that can't be solved in other ways.
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  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    NS Design
  4. oh boy! looks like the Mothman bass
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2020
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  5. sotua


    Sep 20, 2004
    Somewhere in time
    Le Fay - I've never played one, but this tone never fails to blow me away:
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  6. mark roberts

    mark roberts Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2004
    Lawrence, KS
    Custom builds or ‘70’s vintage (domestic and Japan) with very few exceptions are my choice. There are current good choices out there otherwise...
  7. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005

    I always thought this Ritter model (Jupiter) looked very modern. His basses appear to be as much art as they do actual musical instruments. I have seen a few in the flesh, but have never played one.

    I voted Dingwall just because I am biased. He's not new anymore, but has been pushing the bass forward for many years now and (almost) single handily put fanned frets into the mainstream.
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  8. 6stringfretless


    May 10, 2017
  9. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
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  10. steve_rolfeca

    steve_rolfeca Supporting Member

    Brady Muckelroy is building some incredible stuff. He seems to have a level of intuitive knowledge that transcends all the "rules". He can build you a bass that's too light and has too short a scale, and then make it sound any damn way he wants it to.

    That said, I'm a Dingwall lifer. Next-level engineering, attention to detail that rivals Devon, and artful lines/colours combined.

    I'm very glad that I got in when I did, as I could never afford my Canadian-built ABZ-5 at today's prices!
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  11. Rudyboy98


    Jan 25, 2008
    South Bay, CA
    I'd be remiss in not mentioning Bass Mods; XVector Basses; and Mayones. Not that I own any.
  12. Spectre Gunner

    Spectre Gunner Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2016
    Tampa, Florida
    My other "not mentioned" is Sadowsky. I would add Kubicki if they weren't so rare. And yes they are still being made but in very, very limited quantities and if you can get one of those they are even more expensive today.
  13. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Most of the “ultra modern” bass makers listed have been around with instruments since the 70’s - 80’s. I guess you really just mean non-Fender / Gibson etc., because 40 to 50 year old designs don’t seems all that “ultra modern. Just sayin.
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  14. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    There's something very talkbass about thinking instruments from the 70's and 80's count as 'ultramodern'.

    Brands aren't modern. Individual models are. So the poll is pointless from the start.

    Also failed to mention Strandberg. They've really been a gamechanger in the last 5 years in terms of ergonomics. Both with their body shape and faceted neck profile.
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  15. lordradish

    lordradish Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2006
    As has been said before, ultramodern? All of those have been around a long time. Perhaps "non-Fender" might have made more sense.

    No Wal?
  16. erratick


    Mar 2, 2014
    What's modern? The construction? CAD/CAM? 3D printed? Alternate materials like graphite or metal laminates? fanned frets? Bridge designs from the last 10 years? Tuner variations? pickups? different placement or type or active?

    Does a brand or a bass have to have all of those or some of those to be modern?

    Or is it a date of manufacture or company founding?

    Is it anything that doesn't basically re-implement a P bass, Jbass, Gibson EB or Rick (just to name some of the first mass produced models)?

    If it's the date of company founding none of them are particularly modern. Alembic for instance was founded closer to the invention of the electric bass than to the year 2000- which is 20 years ago. That is if you accept 1951 for first mass produced electric bass- alembic is from 69 - only 18 years after- is the point.

    Warwick- great basses founded in 1982. Do we give them a strike because the first basses were copies of Spectors that were hard to get especially in Europe? Those first ones were basically copies- I mean they've evolved since then. Hardly innovative to straight copy though.

    This type of thing is true for most of the manufacturers on your list. So many better choices for this poll.
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  17. Doug4321


    May 29, 2017
    I like the Strandberg for ultra modern. The most radical, like the all metal basses, seem like they might not really work out that well though.

    My favorite tip so far is the Kiesel custom site. Pretty good price for all those custom choices.
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2020
  18. Doug4321


    May 29, 2017
    What is modern. And post-modern.

    Apparently it boils down to modern being a result of striving for progress, and post-modern being the breakdown of the striving for progress.

    It’s possible the most modern thing was designed years ago, if there hasn’t been meaningful progress. I wouldn’t worry too much about if a brand has been around a long time or if they also make copies of Fender Ps as well as something ultra-modern.

    This is really confusing: Postmodernity - Wikipedia
  19. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    I've been a Tune fan for 14 years.
    I have two TWB models.

    A recent addition is Ibanez.
    I have a BTB676 six string bass and a RGA732 7 string guitar.
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  20. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
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