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Shawn May Custom Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chump stain, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. I just found out about this guy. The pics on his website, and myspace page are awesome! And the best part is, he's local (to me).
    One of my bass heroes is having him build a custom, Tye Zamora of Alien Ant Farm! A few people here know Tye has some pretty nice basses.
    Also, after doing a search, I noticed at least 1 talkbasser has a May Custom. Can anyone vouch for the quality, sound, playablillity, and price? I emailed Shawn with a rough idea of a bass I would like, to try and get a ball park figure. Still waiting to hear back.

    check it out!
  2. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    I seen the work first hand

    Quality, he spends a lot of time on each bass. Builds them "custom" to what you like to my understanding at least with pups, number of strings, spacing..he has made a lot of different designs, wood combinations etc. Very nice work, people seem to really like them because he builds them to what you like. Plus he's a cool cat!
  3. Seag1508


    Aug 21, 2011
    I saw a local MI band Called "I Love Dinosaurs" whose bass player had a May bass and I can say that it was a pretty instrument. In look and in sound. the guy knows Shawn personally so they are way smaller of a band then you would expect to have such a nice ( and expensive) instrument. That thing absolutely held the sound together.
  4. billostech


    Mar 27, 2010
    I just received my DCS5 Canphor Burl yesterday.
    Can't say enough about the sound and build quality. I have 2 Alembics and this bass holds its own among them. I had Ken Smith style pickups installed with D'addario flats. The crazy thing is it can go from mellow to funk in high fashion with the flats installed.
    Awesome experience with the build too. Shawn is an easy guy to work with. Shawn values customer service without compromising the final product.
    You can check out the pics I have from the build here:
    Shawn May Custom pictures by billostech - Photobucket
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  5. I owned the first bass built by Shawn. The build quality was outstanding, as was the playability and tone.
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  6. billostech


    Mar 27, 2010
    Nice. Real Nice...
    I notice you said "owned". I remember hearing the story about this one.
  7. maybass77

    maybass77 swm

    Feb 26, 2006
    southeast michigan
    You know, i NEVER heard that bass!
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  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Is this the same guy who was a manager at GC in Canton MI?

    If so I know him, and he is a really nice guy who can build a nice bass and he is a really good player as well.
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  9. billostech


    Mar 27, 2010
    This new custom bass is as versatile as a line6 Variax. The wide range of tones is vast. It will have its debut in the next Open Mike I attend this week. From mellow to monster by the turn of the dial and flick of the switch.
  10. billostech


    Mar 27, 2010
  11. That bass is stunning...Love the inlay.
  12. _Sasquatch_


    Sep 27, 2009
    He just finished a bass for me this year. His number 18. Quality and sound is unmatched!
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  13. exidor


    Jul 10, 2011
    Shawn is a class act,when I get the cash(prices vary due to what you want)and can make up my mind It's going to be a May custom bass for me.I've had the honor to see in progress and play a couple of his works,just unreal!!
  14. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Look forward to trying one of them out, there is a local cat around here that has one.
  15. billostech


    Mar 27, 2010
    You all have real nice basses!!!
    I have the specs. I think it's Number 21:

    Top: Camphor Burl
    Back: Camphor Burl
    Core: Eastern Flame Maple
    Neck: Eastern Flame Maple / Purpleheart
    Fretboard: Gabon Ebony
    Headstock Veneer: Camphor Burl
    Truss Rod Cover: Camphor Burl
    Pickups: Kent Armstrong Dual Coils w/ Camphor Burl & Maple Covers
    Preamp: Aguilar OBP3SK 3 Band
    Inlay: Custom Cross
    Bridge: Hipshot A Style
    Tuning Keys: Hipshot Ultralite
    Strap Buttons: Dunlop Flushmount

    Also came with a Monocase M80
  16. born2lift


    Feb 14, 2012
    Erie Michigan
    My best friend owns #8, the Buckeye Burl. Just went to see his band last weekend. His May Custom sounded awesome. If I remember correctly, he paid about $1600.00 to have it made. WELL worth the money. Plays and sounds as good as my '93 Warwick Thumb N/T 6 string, and weighs a lot less. You can't go wrong wit a May Custom Bass.

    Funny, I was visiting Guitar Center in Canton Michigan the day that Tye Zamora was picking up his May bass. I was more of a guitar player then and didn't realize who he was until the next day when my buddy told me about Tye being there. I did stop and watch him as he jammed on it. He seemed very pleased with it. Had a huge smile on his face.

    I know Shawn from shopping there over the years. Awesome person and one hell of a player.
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  17. gnarkill


    Apr 23, 2011
    Ottumwa, Ia
    Here are a few pics of my May Custom. Shawn is saying somewhere around the end of summer for a finish date.

    Top and back- claro walnut burl
    Neck-black walnut, bloodwood




  18. gnarkill


    Apr 23, 2011
    Ottumwa, Ia
    Thank you, I,ll post again after I have another handful of them.
  19. jazz3625tonic

    jazz3625tonic Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2003
    Does anybody know how to contact him. I can't find a phone number on his website. I tried to send a email on his contact page but it does not work.... seems like the parts of his website are a bit wacky.

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