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Went to lunch, bought an Elrick

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nanook, Oct 12, 2001.


  1. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
    Actually, it's an Elrick Platinum Standard 35", 5 string neck through. It was love at first sight. The tasteful blend of bubinga, wenge, ebony wood and burled maple stole my soul.

    I've been in the market for a high end 5 string for some time and only 4 brands made the final cut: Fodera, R, Elrick and MTD. Sukop, Tune and Brubaker were also rans.

    Frankly, I love the Foderas but couldn't come up with the $5,000 necessary to get one.

    The next to be eliminated was the MTD. Nice for sure but $3,500 for a bolt on just didn't seam right. Bolt on's just never seam to have the harmonic depth that I require. I know lots of artist prefer them and I'm not being critical, all I'm saying is they don't meet my requirements.

    The R basses are top quality and I've heard nothing but good about them. Had an R become available before the Elrick I would probably have bought it. About the only advantage the Elrick has over the R is that it weighs less.

    Ergonomically and aesthetically, the Elrick is the obvious winner among the top four. Based on user reports and professional assessments, these top four contenders are all about equal overall (sound, quality, service, etc.).

    I know this baby won't make me a better musician but damn, it sure is nice to have a top of the line instrument that is also a work of art.

    I will add a user report to this thread when I feel confident to do so.
     
  2. Bass7755

    Bass7755 Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2000
    Roanoke, Va.
    Hi Tom, Glad you found YOUR bass. Sometimes it takes a while to find it. Was this an internet purchase or did you have a chance to try before you buy? I love Elricks!
    Dan
     
  3. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Congrats on your new purchase!:D It's virtually identical to the one I've seen and been drooling over at www.gguitars.com.

    I'm actually considering a new bass sometime after the first of the year, and Elrick is on my short list;)

    Post pictures and reviews ASAP:D
     
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Congrats, nanook. Hope you enjoy it as much as I've enjoyed mine.

    I know... any excuse to gloat:D
     
  5. I got an Elrick last week, I love it!! But it's a Jazz Bass with bolt on neck, sooo smooth, I love every inch of my bass!! I kiss it everytime I put in the case(just kidding!).

    My friends and instructor were awestruck! The best part is that they do not know what the "E" on the head stock is. Well, I can't believe my instructor doesn't know an Elrick bass. They assumed that I got it custom made, I just nodded and said yes! Hahaha.

    Here is the pics.
     
  6. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    That is a beauty! Congrats on your "custom" bass;)
     
  7. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    STOP THAT!!! :mad: I'm anywhere from 3-6 months away from adding another bass to my collection, Brad, and I'm green with envy!!! LOL:D

    Right now, Elrick and MTD are the only two on my short list...I've played a couple of 535's that make me gasp, but after all I've heard and seen of the Elricks out there...:confused:

    So, STOP YOUR GLOATING!!! I can't take it no more:mad: j/k
     
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Okay, I'll switch to gloating about my Peavey. I'm sure no one will have a problem with that :D

    modulusbassist , I'd love to find an NJS like yours with the deeper cutout (24 frets), not because I need 24 frets, I just like the way that looks...

    like my fretless:D

    I knew it wouldn't last
     
  9. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    :mad:
     
  10. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    bump
     
  11. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    bump again
     
  12. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska

    Congratulations, that is an awesome looking bass.

    It may not have been made specifically for you but you have a custom axe on par with the very best.

    All the Elricks are custom basses. The woods are selected, assembled and hand shaped by Rob Elrick himself.

    He is a bassist and ever axe must meet his standards or it is scrapped. I don't know af any luthiers with higher standards.

    http://www.bassfrontiers.com/elrick.htm
     
  13. nanook, thanks for the reply, it is an awesome bass, I love everything about it. I think I will hold on to it for a long time.

    Hey, thanks for the link to Bass Frontiers, I'm going to order their magazine.

    You are right, in a way it is a custom bass, it's just an awesome piece of equipment.

    By the way, are you a fan of that film "Nanook of the North" ? Just wondering.
     
  14. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
    Eat your heart out boys & girls.

    Finally took some pictures of the new bass. They aren't digital and I'm a poor photographer, the axe is really much nicer than the pictures show.

    I count 8 different types of wood including burled maple (front and back) walnut, babinga, wenge, ebony, ash, hardrock maple and one other wood I can't identify. It has a matching burled maple headstock.

    35" scale, zero fret, and Bart pickups and onboard preamp. The sound is....well....indescribable.

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    <img src="http://server3001.freeyellow.com/akcubdriver/elrickbodytr.JPG">

    <img src="http://server3001.freeyellow.com/akcubdriver/elrickbacktr.JPG"></CENTER>
     
  15. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    mamma mia!!!

    hope you'll go on playing the rick too sometimes!!!
     
  16. nanook

    nanook

    Feb 9, 2000
    Alaska
    Don't worry, I still love the Rick. When I die, my wife can sell the Elrick but the Rick gets burried with me.