Price range for a custom bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Broach_insound, Feb 15, 2005.

  1. Broach_insound


    Jan 25, 2005
    New York
    Hey guys I am interested to know what the price range would be for a custom 5 string. I have always played 4 string and want to start playing some 5 string stuff and would like to get a custom 5 string w/ out spending to much.

    Thanx in advance ELLIOTT
  2. Marlat


    Sep 17, 2002
    London UK
    From as low as $250 - 900USD (Steve Wishnevsky - Dave Pushic) for questionable quality, up to $3000-10,000+ (Nordstrand - ALembic) for exceptional quality.

    Your best bet is to look for a well regarded 5 string from a manufacturer rather than custom. Used will also keep the price down. For example a used Fender Roscoe Beck 5 ($700-900) is an exceptional bass for very little $$$.

    OTOH there are also some good custom builders in the $1500-3000 range. It really depends on how much you want to spend. Is there a particular reason the bass must be custom?
  3. snake


    Jul 21, 2004
    Aurora. CO
    Custom and not spending too much is like oil and water. Buy a five string and see if you like it.
  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Or just get a 5-string version of your Am Jazz Deluxe. Or FMT/QMT if you like the snazzy stuff.
  5. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    There are actually some very good luthiers in the $1500 - $3000 price range. Must custom 6 string was around $1600.