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Tell me what you think about this LeCompte!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RayE, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. RayE


    Aug 21, 2008
    IMG_4733.JPG IMG_4734.JPG IMG_4735.JPG I was in a local pawn shop the other day with no intention of buying a bass. Was there for other stuff... They usually have really cheap instruments/gear, but you know how it is - you have to take a look. Well... there was this stunningly beautiful 5-string bass priced an order of magnitude higher than anything else. I didn't recognize the brand (LeCompte) but it was clearly well made and, did I mention - beautiful?
    I left it there and did some reading here and elsewhere online and decided that I wanted it. Went back last night, played it a bunch in the store, made an offer (accepted) and walked out with it. Soooooo.... how'd I do? And can y'all tell me anything about the preamp and the control functions? I'm hoping somebody will school me on it a bit. I already know how great it sounds and how INCREDIBLY versatile it is... see what you think. ;-)
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2017
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  2. nolezmaj

    nolezmaj Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2011
    Looks very nice, design reminds me of Laklands.
  3. wheelsup247

    wheelsup247 Supporting Member

    budman probably has the specs on this absolutely beautiful piece of art that is also a bass.
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  4. RayE


    Aug 21, 2008
    That's exactly how I see it!! An absolute work of art from a master craftsman. Would love to hear from him about it!!
  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Beautiful bass. LeCompte has been on my wishlist of custom builders for a long time, nice stuff, love some of his original body shapes too.
  6. Beautiful bass! Nordstrand big singles and in those positions should offer up a nice punch! How does it sound to you?
  7. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    The builder of that Bass, @budman is a member here at TB.
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  8. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    that fretboard...yum
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  9. RayE


    Aug 21, 2008
    Big singles, you think? I wondered if they were splits, but there's no coil splitting switches. (IDK even know if that would be there or not). How does it sound??? Divine!!!! Thick, fat, punchy... or twist knobs and get lots of mids, highs and/or lows.... and anything in between. I can't believe the different sounds I can get out of it!
  10. RayE


    Aug 21, 2008
    I know, right? It's delicious! :)
  11. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Search "LeCompte"...you will be pleasantly surprised.
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  12. RayE


    Aug 21, 2008
    I did that after I saw it the first time in the shop. Found that they are held in VERY high regard!!! And then when it was in my hands again.... well... game over!! ☺️
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  13. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    I feel sorry for the guy who had to pawn it :(
  14. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Very pretty. Never heard of it. Luthier is a TB member? Score!
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  15. RayE


    Aug 21, 2008
    I thought about him too. Had to be difficult.
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  16. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I remember Bud back from the days of alt.guitar.bass. Great guy!
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  17. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess I'm Your New Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Does Bud still post here? I loved his work and always wanted one of his basses. Great score!
  18. RayE


    Aug 21, 2008
    Thanks!!! I'm SO pleased with it. I'd love to hear about it from Bud. (Please? )
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  19. IconBasser

    IconBasser Scuba Viking Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    Alta Loma, California
    anybody know what kind of fretboard that is? It works so well with the walnut top, I'm going to add that to my mental list of options for an eventual "dream bass" build.
  20. Jim Dedrick

    Jim Dedrick Jim Dedrick

    Nov 8, 2016
    Port Deposit, MD
    Fret board looks like marble wood. My skjold has what looks like this.