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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by curtis mayhem, Aug 25, 2006.
Is TheBassCompany still taking orders? Anyone know?
i emailied them the other day.. no reply yet. but i'll let you know. last i heard they were moving.
call the phone number at the bottom of the page in the link and talk with the owner jack wilson. he is a nice guy and if they have any of their chinese made basses left he would be happy to take an order.
This thread has a lot of great info about what is going on with that company, and what basses may or may not be available.
im glad theyre going to be better basses over all... im kind of sad though since i was looking to get one of them as a really well budget bass... a shame i waited this long to gather the money..
5st, ash body, maple/pau f. finger board, 2 soap pups... gah.. oh well.
Thanks for the detailed reply mb1. I am severely jealous of your two JJs. How do they sound? I think I will wait and save up some extra money to get one of the customs when they start appearing. It would probably be worth it.
From the TBC Ebay store:
"TBC instruments are made from hand-selected hardwoods purchased in the United States. The wood is then shipped to China where employees of TBC hand-shape the wood into these beautiful musical instruments. The "employees" are not outsourced--they actually work for The Bass Company and have been personally trained by Jack and others in the skills of instrument building. They truly are a part of the TBC family. Once the work in China has been completed, the necks and bodies return home to downtown Los Angeles where they are then assembled. The hardware and electronics are installed and the instrument undergoes a complete set-up and final check-up to ensure that the "fit and finish" meet TBC standards. The Certificate of Origin is completed and the unit is then ready to ship to an authorized TBC dealer or distributor. "
Yeah, these are apparently considered Made In China. However, If I read that right, and if it was written right, all they are really doing in China is carving the bodies and necks out of American wood, then shipping those back to the US. Sounds to me like they are more American made than Chinese made, especially considering they are assmebled in the states which includes installing all the electronics. I would have assumed that they were completed over there, apparently not. All they are really doing is carving wood. Which, granted is important, but there is alot more to it than just that.
Well MB1, I have been playing 29 years and consider myself to be an advanced and experienced player. I back up everything you are saying. I wouldn't necessarily call these "no-frills" though. They have higher quality components than most other basses that I have seen under the $600 range and could even compare easily in quality with most basses up to the $800 range. I wouldn't have bought five if that was not the case, because I do not play subpar instruments (not a high-ender either as I always consider the quality to price ratio starts going down after about $1,000).
Tell that to the Sadowsky folks still waiting 5months
Oh I have nothing against the high end instruments. It is just that after you have purchased the better basses in the $800 - $1,000 range, the degree of quality that you can get higher does not rise as fast as the cost. Of course high level quality is mixed with fancy wood and high end components that are not as noticable as the escalating price. At least IMO. I try to maximize my bass dollar, but that does not mean buying low quality guitars. It means balancing out quality with value. I have not discovered ANY line recently that demonstrates this as much as TBC.