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The Bass Company

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rontalsaurus, Oct 29, 2005.

  1. rontalsaurus


    Aug 19, 2002
    Anyone played one of these basses?
    This one looks like sex in Jbass form:

    Apparently it's chambered too (BOOTY)

    Anyone played or heard anything about them?
  2. fookgub


    Jun 5, 2005
    Houston, TX
    From the little bit of info I've found, they seem to be well regarded. The J is sweet, but I like the MM even better... rawk! :bassist:

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    The company was started by a former(20+years)employee of Peavey who decided a few years ago to start his own co.the Bass pictured is from the newest edition.I played a few of the older models(that they no longer make or offer)and was blown away.the tone was similar to the MM Stingray but a little more prestine and it had one MM style pickup in it.the owner of TBC is the brother of the owner of Lightwave Music.I think the new TBC line is definately worth checking out.
  4. rontalsaurus


    Aug 19, 2002
    Hey thanks Jauqo. There's no wayh for you to recognize me on here by screen name, but I used to chat with you from time to time at Guitar Center in Chicago. It was about 3 years or so ago that I was living there and I used to run into you there quite a bit.

    Hope you're still hittin' those low low low notes,
  5. SMG

    SMG Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    metro Detroit
    Just a little correction, I believe Steve Wilson of Lightwave and Jack Wilson of TBC are actually cousins. I got that from a conversation with Steve Wilson.

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    Jack Wilson(of TBC)is the brother of Mike Wilson(of Lightwave-music.com)Steve Wilson is Mike Wilson's son making him Jack Wilson's nephew.
  7. i don't know much about the basses since i've never played one, but they look pretty f'n sweet with that wood pickguard. i'd buy one on looks alone and customze it to fit my tastes.
    markroman likes this.
  8. Zachass

    Zachass Peavey Partizan

    Beautiful and inexpensive too, shame I probably can't find one around here to try out.
  9. willgroove2


    Aug 16, 2003
    chicago IL
    Endorsing Artist;Essential sound products,Dunlop, Ergo Instruments
    nice,reminds me of a guild pilot body-shape wise
  10. Czar


    May 6, 2003
    New Jersey
    Fantastic bass. I have one. Great Craftmanship and tone for a great price.
  11. SMG

    SMG Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    metro Detroit
    When I spoke to Steve Wilson of Lightwave, he talked about how his uncle (thought it was cousin, but now I do think uncle sounds right) found that he couldn't make a bass the quality he wanted and sell it for what he thought was reasonable while building these in CA, but at the same time he didn't want to "farm" them out for an overseas company to build. His solution was to find a group of workers in China and actually move (not sure if this is part time or full time) there, train them himself and then supervise the shop that they are built in, giving him day to day oversight on all production. Sort of a different approach compared to other builders

    JAUQO III-X Banned

    Jan 4, 2002
    Endorsing artist:see profile.
    what you discribe here is pretty much accurate.
  13. Robear22


    Sep 28, 2004
    Zion, Ill
    I want one and want it bad. :hyper:

    Their five string is pure sexiness. I don't know which one to get the soapbar or the jazz?

    b5_3. 5f_3.

    86_3. b1_3.
  14. duckbutter


    Mar 30, 2005
    Soapbar :)
  15. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    There is surprisingly good consistent quality coming out of China these days, not unlike what we've seen from Japan over the past twenty years. Combine that quality control, low production cost, a low currency and you have good value for bassists.
  16. SMG

    SMG Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    metro Detroit
    I haven't played one, but Steve Wilson spoke very highly of what Jack was doing. I have been eyeing the 5 string on ebay, too.

    Steve aka SMG
  17. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    i've met Jack a couple of times at his home.

    Super guy.

    i own a couple of TBC Lightwaves...VERY early models.


  18. truckin88


    Oct 18, 2001
    Newburgh, NY
    I have owned 3 TBC's the early USA MM models, still hold onto the 5 string, they are AWESOME, the new ones are excellent especially for cheaper then a MIM bass new
  19. I own on of the earlier USA MM 4strings. And I had one of those five strings too.

    Fantastic instruments. (got my 4 string for 300, and the 5 for 500) both better than any real MM I've played.

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