1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  

The best European basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kurisu, Feb 19, 2004.

  1. Kurisu


    Nov 19, 2003
    Saskatoon SK
    What are some really good European basses that you don't see enough of in NA? What are you GASing for, what would you drive 300 miles just to try out?

    I don't mean individual luthier, 1 bass a month, "I build only what I want to build" shop, but a well respected quality controlled line of instrument.

    I want to find more Wals, basically. A European Sadowsky, Fodera, Smith, Zon, what-have-you.
  2. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Ummm.... Fodera, Smith, Zon, and Sadowsky are all American-made basses, except for the eastern lower-cost models. But I'd love to find some Ritters, Aries, and LeFays to try.
  3. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    i think he means the european versions of those luthiers
  4. Morch (don't know how to do the letter with the o with the slash thingy through it). But I would love one. Wals are also made in England.
  5. TRU


    Apr 12, 2002
    Northern Europe
  6. Hello TheChris

    As we Europeans usually gas on American basses, we enjoy make you stare at those nice basses. You should have a look on these :

    Most of these luthiers build either standard or custom basses, some of them very original.

    Vigier French luthier : have a look on vintage Arpège fretless ( metal fretboardt fabulous sustain, Benedetti pick-ups ) http://www.vigier.fr/France/Index.htm

    Gougi French luthier : original system : electrodynamic basses http://www.gougi.com/

    Jacobacci French luthier : nice bolt on palissandre/mahogany Benedetti pick-ups http://www.lag.fr/lag6.html

    Christian Noguera: Luthier France : nice basses, original pick-ups => giant sound : http://perso.club-internet.fr/noguera

    Mörch luthier Denmark. Wonderful basses, original pick-ups. http://www.morch-guitars.dk

    Christof Kost Germany Lightwave-Pickup : original system

    good gasss
  7. bassaussie


    Oct 6, 2001
    Sei Basses in London are great (they're the bass building side of the Bass Gallery).
    Goodfellow Basses - I think they're Irish
    Status - UK
    Vigier - France
    Lag - France
    Marleaux - Germany
    Neuser - Not sure! They're based out of Finland, but I think the instruments are built in the Czech Republic
    Leduc - France
    Warwick - Germany (this is a smaller company you may never have heard of!! ;) )
    Jon Shuker - UK
    Manson - UK (they've built a lot of John Paul Jones' basses over the years)
    Celinder - Denmark. You may want to read a few of the threads about these basses, as while the basses are supposedly amazing, the customer service has left a few people a little less than happy!
  8. basslab. nuff said
  9. ceeprm


    Jul 15, 2002
    Edinburgh Scotland

    I would argue the case that these guys make the best 5 string jazz ever- Ive just put an order in for one and sold a smith to do it......
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I've played a few Sei basses and they are very good - of course the best thing is that Martin Peterson makes them to your specification at a very reasonable cost.

    Status make an excellent series of basses and if you like graphite necks or all-graphite basses, they are definitely worth checking out!

    Paul Jackson played a Neuser bass when he toured here and this had a fantastic tone - but I don't know much about them?
  11. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Germany alone has dozens of great builders:

    Human Base - Siggi Jäger is a legend and still makes very nice designs, great fretless.


    Bassculture - great fretless basses, they have their own pickups too.


    Auerswald - Prince's Symbol guitar and Adam Claytons McD bass - need I say more?


    Clover - they used to build great composite-neck basses, but due to declining demand they discontinued them...bummer! Kai Eckhardt played one in the early McLaughlin days.


    Magnus guitars - Hotwire luthier Magnus Krempel also has his own line of basses.


    to be continued...
  12. Fliptrique


    Jul 22, 2002
    Szczecin, Poland
    Endorsing Artist: Mayones Guitars&Basses

    i really dig their stuff - they`ve been around since 1982 and have a really big selection of basses - starting from decent entry level, to excellent custom shop lines... i own a 4 string ntb fretless wich is great, and a 4string fretted is on the way....


    i personally think they look better than they sound, but that`s just personal preferrence - good stuff, excellent build quality.
  13. bassaussie


    Oct 6, 2001
    Bruce, I don't know a great deal about Neuser basses myself, other than that a local dealer here has a pair of them, and they're amazing instruments. They're very modern in sound and feel, so they're probably not going to satisfy someone looking for a more traditional style instrument. The basses I've tried a a Crusade 4 string, and a Courage 5 string. Both were awesome. They also make an interesting looking Jazz-style bass called a Cloudburst, and it comes in a 6 string version, which is something I'm quite interested in.

    This is their website, if you're interested.


    Also, just to add another name.

    Schack - Germany. Modern style and sound, wonderful feeling necks.
  14. mrbungle


    Nov 13, 2000
    tampere, finland
    For custom Fender style instruments you have Celinder and Hot Wire
  15. Berten


    Jun 6, 2002
  16. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    THIS is a MUST see !!!

  17. In France we have Leduchttp://www.leduc.fr, he makes really good basses.
    We also have Damico, DNG, Kopo
  18. I had never seen frets like these...
  19. Hi bassaussie,
    Please, don't forget to tell us something about bass luthiers in Portugal!

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.