WARNING: Oscar Prat Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by benjobass, Aug 19, 2018.


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  1. LSancho

    LSancho Inactive

    May 29, 2020
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    Another picture from a seven plus piece advance from this manufacturer, wohoo
     
  2. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    This is a late reply, but members are able to complain about the state of their orders or describe their experiences with a builder in general.

    Disrespect towards people that have put money towards basses is not ok.
     
  3. eottjake

    eottjake

    Jan 30, 2009
    Vandalia, Ohio

    Exactly this. If someone you know was looking to spend thousands of dollars on a custom instrument, would you honestly recommend Prat to them? I hope he's gotten better in communication, quality, timeliness, and actually following through with what you order. I hope. But to ignore everyone's experiences (including ongoing) to blindly endorse him and the experience is irresponsible.
     
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  4. Yoann Maillard

    Yoann Maillard Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2018
    The **** are you talking about ? I've never do that. I don't talk about other experiment. I give a feedback about MY experiment with Oscar Prat. I just said he has now a better communication with ME and go on with his work for ME. You do what you want with that fact.
    And no I woulnd't already recommend Prat. Not until I will recieved my bass. after that, I'll see. maybe if it's good manufacture, if communications stay good until that point, if I see oder good feedback until that point.

    As I've already say here, I talk about fact, not told you. "Duh Prat iS THe BesT LuThiER."
    I just says, things looks good for me, and people can fail. That doesn't excuse him, but how he acts right now and for future can.
     
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  5. Bassclef46

    Bassclef46 Inactive

    Feb 1, 2021
    When are you expecting your bass? I hope we get some photos when it arrives
     
  6. Yoann Maillard

    Yoann Maillard Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2018
    If Oscar sticks to his words, during spring. I will definitely send you informations and pictures as soon as I have it and will continue to post regular feedback.
     
  7. JBYbassface

    JBYbassface

    Apr 16, 2021
    Okie Dokie Folks,

    I am the latest chump to have dumped a few grand over to Oscar but I really am not the roasting type. I was even hesitant to post here but folks really need to know this. I reached out to him (after reading this thread/assessing the risk) because I actually have played a beautiful Prat before. I wanted a 9 string and, just to cut to the chase, finally received mine nearly a full year after the scheduled delivery. There was a range of excuses from covid to personal tragedy. Honestly I'm not in a position to call him out on whether or not those things were true, but it was suspicious that the excuses came after I complained about the lack of communication/delay. Well, in June I said I want a refund if the bass isn't delivered. So in the end, I got the bass the second week in July. I knew even before receiving the bass, there would be trouble, since there was no triumphant post on any of the FB forums that he usually does. When you look at the overall high level view of the bass, it's stunning. Then you get a closer look and the finish work is just shot to hell. Here's the list
    1) side markes: clearly an after thought. Crokked, hacked, not uniform. Glue runs on the neck
    2) ALL screw bevels: not finished and jagged
    3) headless system: solid hardware but the headstock string receiver looks clearly used and recessed to deep. Holes drilled in the headstock are uneven have no hardware in the or bezels. Just strings over the plain wood continuing to the nut. The nut is pretty rough cut too.
    4) truss rod cover: crudely cut and too thick (pushes on the higher registry strings)
    5) body screws: stripped BADLY and have lacques residue
    6) intonation: string buzz and dead notes throughout the upper registry. Needs a set up.

    The good: at face value....its pretty. It's very easy to play for a 9 with a super sleek neck. Sounds excellent ( nordstrand big split and 3 band preamp....maybe...still don't have the hardware/ electronics documentation I asked for) as it strands, I couldn't get 2000€ for this bass in its current condition.

    In the end, supposing the foundations of the bass build are not a reflection of the finish work, I will probably end up with a crazy nice bass after 500 to 1000€ in fixes by a pro luthier. For that price I would have been in the Bordwell, Padalka, Conklin range for sure. Oscar offered to pay for the repairs and/or for me to send it back. Seriously? Also he is sending me new screws......maybe.

    Buyer beware my friends.
     

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  8. Raoul_Duke

    Raoul_Duke Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2010
    Michigan
    This guy makes awful looking basses and rips people off.
     
  9. sleddogn

    sleddogn

    Sep 8, 2013
    last pic soooo funny, cause i was gonna say i have a cutting board that looks better...lol
     
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  10. LSancho

    LSancho Inactive

    May 29, 2020
    The fact that people still give money to this evident rat douche is simply amazing to me.
     
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  11. sleddogn

    sleddogn

    Sep 8, 2013
    Yeah, the string thru part of that bass makes me sick to my stomach when looking at the pics....
     
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  12. LSancho

    LSancho Inactive

    May 29, 2020
    ...especially those awkward and apparently non consistent holes...
     
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  13. sleddogn

    sleddogn

    Sep 8, 2013
    I'm a carpenter, and it just makes me wanna throw up a bit, and i don't have a single cent in the game:vomit:

    I'd throw it in the car, drive to his house and get my money back, and i'm not kidding...
     
  14. JBYbassface

    JBYbassface

    Apr 16, 2021
    Can't say you're wrong
     
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  15. JBYbassface

    JBYbassface

    Apr 16, 2021
    Not sure I agree there, the neck is one of the highlights TBH
     
  16. JBYbassface

    JBYbassface

    Apr 16, 2021
    I'm weighing my options...
     
  17. JBYbassface

    JBYbassface

    Apr 16, 2021
    Honestly what pisses me off the most.
     
  18. JBYbassface

    JBYbassface

    Apr 16, 2021
    Yeahhhhhh I'm fortunate that it's not life changing money for me. However I want to make is clear to anyone who is thinking about saving their last coin to commission a build, Prat is not the one.
     
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  19. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Thanks for posting about your experience.
     
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  20. benjobass

    benjobass Supporting Member

    Oct 6, 2001
    NYC Area
    As the original author of this thread it sucks you've experienced this. Really hope you get some resolve.
     
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