Tribe Basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FlamingToaster, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. FlamingToaster


    May 20, 2020
    Hi everyone,
    Hope you're all doing well and staying safe!

    Quick question - has anyone heard about Tribe guitars/basses? Or, better, own one? Apparently it's a small workshop from Switzerland that I found recently (I don't even remember how) and they sell their basses for quite nice prices. It just seems they are pretty unknown. I'm interested in buying a P bass (I've been more into modern basses lately and want to make a comeback to the classics) and their Spike model really seems great looking and a pretty interesting instrument for the price:

    Unfortunately, I can't find anything relevant about this company. All review-like videos are solely in Italian and there are very few videos or threads online that let us hear/see the Spike model. Even on the forum, it seems that only one other user posted anything about this brand. Besides the awful logo that I can overlook, they really seem to look and sound nice, but it would be great if anyone that actually got, played or at least seen one can share an opinion on them.

    P.S.: This is my first post on this forum, apologies if this was not posted where it should've been. :)
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  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Welcome to TalkBass! I know nothing about these basses. Wish I could help. The finish on that P bass sure looks nice, though.
  3. Ruknrole

    Ruknrole Professional Amateur

    Sep 21, 2018
    I too am curious about these bases. The SF model looks sweet!

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  4. FlamingToaster


    May 20, 2020
    Indeed they do look nice. That's the thing - in every video I've seen they look and actually sound nice too... But nowadays it's pretty easy to make anything sound decent. That's why I hoped that someone here actually had the chance to put their hands on one and help us with some sort of additional info. :D no luck so far.
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  5. Consider me interested, too! I saw one of their Aerodyne lookalikes on Reverb and it intrigued me, sort of. Apart from a website,, I haven't found much information...
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  6. daveonbass

    daveonbass Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2001
    Waupun, WI
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  7. Spector_Ray


    Aug 8, 2004
    I ran across a video on YouTube and a girl was playing one of what looked like the Avalanche basses which is listed as “coming soon” on their website. Very nice looking basses.
  8. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    Just an aside without reading the Tribe site...

    In this day and age, it's very difficult to manufacture an unplayable bass. I mean, come on! Perfectly giggable NIB basses are to be had almost everywhere for under €200?!?! This was unheard of back in the day.

    I see no reason to doubt that a reasonably priced new bass would be anything but a playable/giggable instrument.
  9. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    So are these made in Switzerland or Korea? Some ads say Korea?
  10. Ruknrole

    Ruknrole Professional Amateur

    Sep 21, 2018
  11. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Indeed, even with a bass in hand I still have 0 idea where it was produced. No markings of any kind specifying country of origin. Cool concept for the P3 bass, but not all the way there.
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  12. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Tribe headstock, rear view:


    From what I hear, Tribe is a newer sub-brand of Frudua, which is Italian and also produces Tuscany and Exlusive (sic) in the Far East. A Tribe Custom Shop exists in Chiasso, Switzerland.
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  13. Mastodon2


    Feb 27, 2008
    Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. It would be incredibly hard to make mass-produced instruments there for any kind of reasonable price.
  14. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    The Shob looks like a really cool bass, 50s style with a roasted maple neck, Aguilar pre, thru body string up ! A lot of great features on the cheap!!
  15. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    That's very interesting, the P3 I had only had the SN: (3 digit) listed, no country of origin.

    Pic: 8lU4Psy.png
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  16. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    I take back my “on the cheap”, these things are pricey, I thought they were off shore affordable basses...
  17. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    They look nice. There are so many OEM mills making necks and bodies that it would be relatively easy for a startup brand to invest in some CNC models and maybe find a paint shop and have a very small workforce assembling the products. Especially since everything is standardized. I’ve seen online but never ever in person. But I’d be interested.
  18. nonohmic


    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Full credit and good luck to them, but these kinds of multiple optioned mass produced instruments occupy a space in the market I have zero interest in.
  19. Hi guys,
    I got one of those. A Spike 4. It's a very nice bass. I use it with LaBella flats to get the Duck Dunn/James Jamerson sound (which the bass would get close to if I were any good... ;-).
    Tribe is a small Swiss company founded by an Italian Luthier who worked for some of the more famous Italian artists like Gianna Nannini, etc. His plan was to offer well-built basses for reasonable prices while also offering custom options. The Spike imitates a 58 or 59 Fender P-Bass, I believe. My bass came in a box and it was labeled 'Made in Korea'. So that's one mystery solved there. Tribe does not make a secret of this but they don't label the basses either. It is absolutely true that it would never be possible to build basses at this price in Switzerland even with cheap parts (check this luthier from my neighborhood who builds fine basses using local woods: Home DE ⋆ Starmanbass He sells his instruments for about 3'000$ BTW: the travel bass is his signature bass but he makes fine 'normal' P-, and J-Basses as well. Anyway...) As far as I know the Tribe basses get their finish at the custom shop in Chiasso (kind of like Dingwall does with his China-built basses, only on a lower level, obviously). The quality is very good if you ask me. Well crafted, nicely finished. The basses did get good reviews in two of the larger Bass journals from Germany (I'm Swiss but our market is too small to produce such special interest journals). I hope this helps. See ya.
  20. I forgot: the Spike came with the full vintage kit, i.e. bridge and pickup covers. I just don't use them.