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Singlecut recommendations

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ole Jason, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. When I say singlecut I mean like a Fodera, not a Les Paul.

    What I'm looking for:

    - 34" scale 5-string
    - Aguilar or Nordstrand pickups, preferably passive but I'm open to active if necessary
    - Wenge neck highly preferred but I can deal with other options
    - Ebony board is a must, I know some builders have moved away from using it
    - Budget is pretty open but probably no more than $4k
    - No waiting in excess of a year
    - Used is preferable if the specs are right

    What I'm considering:

    - Maruszczyk Sputnik: Other than the wenge neck this seems to tick all the boxes and the wait time is very reasonable.

    - Warwick Thumb SC: I've played Warwick basses for years so these naturally appeal to me. Unfortunately I'd need to go used and I've never seen a used SC for sale.

    - Bordwell Dola: I love everything about the Dola but the wait time has grown to almost 1.5 years. That is just too long for me but I'm glad to see Cliff so busy.

    - Padalka Ennea: Wild aesthetics but they look amazing. Definitely going to look into these a little more.

    - Elrick SC: Downside is I'd need to go used and finding a used model without Bartolinis is difficult. Wouldn't be that big of a deal to pull the pickups. I'm always on the lookout for something with the right specs.

    What else is out there? What would you recommend?
  2. 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
    Roger's making some nice single-cuts now. Especially cool with the '60s/'70s pickup switch. Of course, the Fodera Imperial's nice, but it ain't $4K.
  3. The R Bass single cut does look nice. I'll email him, the site is a little hard to navigate. And yeah a Fodera with the specs I want would be north of $10k. I just can't really justify that, wish I could! Thanks
  4. imdkoz

    imdkoz Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    Chattanooga, TN
    Tom of Clement basses makes a great single cut.
  5. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    For new, Martin Keith all day. Wenge and ebony wouldn't be a problem. My sixer has a mostly wenge neck and an ebony board. My koa fretless also has an ebony board.

    Pictures of mine:
    iterations_20_photo1. iterations_21_photo1.
    (Deleted blurry picture of the six string)
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  6. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification

    BIG +1 to Martin Keith!

    Elfin 5.
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  7. barrybass33

    barrybass33 Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    westchester new york.
    M basses....
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  8. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    GHS Strings
    Benavente makes a few different singlecuts. Skjold. There's a bunch out there.
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