Sukop basses:If you own one

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hands5, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    I would like to know if there are any players in TB that owns 1 of these basses.The bass player for Eric Benet was playing one while they were performing at the St.Lucia Jazz Festival and it sounded damn" good but I would really like to know what do you think of this instrument.What is it that you like or dont like about the bass.
  2. 3rdEye


    Nov 30, 2002
    Eric Benet's bass player, Tony Boyet is a badass bassist. When I first saw him I thought he had an old Tobias until I paid attention to the horns of the body. Never had the opportunity to play a Sukop but yeah, Tony Boyet sounds damm good with it.:cool:
  3. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I've played a 6er. Nice tone, but the aesthetics let me desiring a little more.
  4. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer, Builder
    I've had 4 or 5 come through and was very pleased with the Sukop's!!
  5. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Great sounding basses! Hate the headstock!!
  6. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    That's the short and sweet version for me, too. That headstock kills the deal for me. It's a nice enough bass but to overcome that headstock it would have to be phenomenal. I could deal with the pincer style horns, I guess.
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I'm tired of that look too (I can deal with it on a used bass but I certainly wouldn't get a new bass built like that). Nowadays it just screams "look at me, I'm a neck through" which really doesn't have the same cache' it had years ago when you couldn't find a neck through for $199 ;). I prefer full tops.
  8. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    I don't know how I missed this post. I've had one for a couple of years, and as I've said elsewhere, it is hands down the best playing bass I have EVER picked up. I consider myself an adequate bassist, but I can play stuff on my Sukop I can't duplicate on other basses, and it makes me feel like a good bassist.

    They have a convex body which matches the curve of the 34" fretboard, and the back is recessed so it fits over belt buckles, beer bellys, etc. They are very mid-voiced with the stock Bart pre-amp, and cut through the mix as good as anything. Balance is superb.

    Nits: only one, not much tonal variation or tweaking available, at least with flats on it. But plugged into a Fodera 2000 outboard preamp there are more and stronger tones available.

    It's a shame there aren't more of 'em out there, but they do have that jaw dropping exclusivity thing going (IME). I've never had another bassist see it without comment. And no, this is not a sales pitch, I hope mine doesn't sell, by choice I'd keep it over the Sadowsky.

  9. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    4 sale:
    Fbass BN5f, $1,800
    MTD 535f, $1,800
    Sukop 5f, $1,500
    Rob Allen MB-2f $1,500
    Sadowsky 5, fretted, $2,400 or Q5 & $

    wow, that's some house-cleaning.

    good luck with the sale.

  10. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    ive seen a bunch of them in a store but never played one i dont think... i wouldnt mind having one. :)
  11. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Layton, UT
    Thanks fred, 5 years of scouring this and other sites, buying and trading, obsessing, daydreaming, and the results are some great basses I'm not playing much, and because of the Elrick and Genesis, I'm almost out of GAS. Sure I get curious now and again, but I'll go days or weeks without going on-line.
  12. Ari


    Dec 6, 2001
    don't know why I missed this post either.

    I have a Sukop 6 string, it is one of the most playable basses I have laid my hands on.


    I am however putting it for sale as I would like to order a JP 6 string.
  13. JP Basses

    JP Basses

    Mar 22, 2002
    Paris FRANCE
    Oh Yeah!!! Please buy Ari's Sukop :D


    Peace, JP
  14. bigorangejazzma

    bigorangejazzma Guest

    Dec 7, 2003
    Catskills, NY
    I just purchased one today and I think that it's a spectacular bass! Love the tone and feel of 'em
  15. how much are you asking for it, and will you deliver to canada?

    im just curious, but its probably out of my price range
  16. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    I know this is a old thread that I started but as far as the "skunk stripe(s)that is being used on the bass Ken Smith is still doing it and he certainly is not having a problem selling them.