Which "5" high-end Bass Co's for a new store

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fishtx, Mar 7, 2010.


  1. fishtx

    fishtx

    Mar 30, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Genzler Amplification/Spector Basses/Mojo Hand FX
    I have a general question for you guys;

    If you could open a music store, that was going to carry hi-end gear only (not your typical Guitar Center product line), which "5" Bass manufacturer's would you absolutely want to carry?
     
  2. North American Dingwalls, Fodera's, Brubaker's, Ken Smith's, and those weird Japanese basses with the round individual pick ups.

    Obviously, this would be a very unsuccessful company.
     
  3. jpfbass

    jpfbass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2009
    Chicago
    Tough question, but I'd probably choose these:
    Sadowsky
    Fodera
    Rob Allen
    Conklin
    Jerry Drozd
    These companies all make great basses, obviously, but they all kind of have their own speciality which would make the shop more diverse.
     
  4. beggar98

    beggar98

    Jan 23, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Fodera
    Sadowsky
    Roscoe
    NS Design
    Ritter
     
  5. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA
    Sadowsky
    Fbass
    MTD
    Ken Smith
    Fodera
     
  6. t0t0m

    t0t0m

    Dec 8, 2008
    1. MTD
    2. F Bass
    3. Lakland USA
    4. Status Graphite
    5. Sadowsky
     
  7. tb420

    tb420

    Sep 23, 2008
    Sadowsky
    Lakland
    MTD
    Fodera
    Wal
     
  8. pbass6811

    pbass6811 Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Indy, IN
    Spector
    Sadowsky or Valenti
    Modulus
    Fodera
    MTD
     
  9. AtomicPunk

    AtomicPunk Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2007
    Detroit Metro, MI USA
    Rickenbacker
    Music Man
    MTD
    Lakland
    Ken Smith
     
  10. stranded horse

    stranded horse

    Dec 8, 2009
    outer space
    [ ] yes [ ] no
    Gibson
    Wal
    Fordera
    Lakland
    Musicman
    Rickenbacker
     
  11. Lakland
    Sadowsky
    MTD
    Dingwall
    Valenti
     
  12. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Las Vegas, NV.
    I think something like this would be doomed, but to give it the best shot I think:
    1. Lakland
    2. MTD
    3. Spector
    4. Sadowsky
    5. Fodera
    I think those five are popular and different enough from each other that you would basically have something for most everybody's taste. Although Lakland and Sadowsky are similar enough that one of them could be switched out for something more exotic like F-Bass, Ken Smith or Conklin.
     
  13. Lakland
    MTD
    G&L
    Warwick
    Zon
     
  14. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Music Man
    Lakland
    MTD
    Ken Smith
    Roscoe
     
  15. Since I'd want to make money from my store and assuming that I'm only selling new basses, I'd stock the high-end basses that people seem to be buying the most often as new these days:

    Sadowsky
    High-end Fenders
    Fodera
    Nordstrand
    Lakland 4s (USA 5s don't seem to be flying off the shelves, but I could be wrong)
    MTD
    Ken Smith

    Ritter, Wal, Dingwall, and Brubakers are definitely nice, but I'd fear that they wouldn't sell fast enough. Now if I really wanted to make money, I'd sell MIM/standard USA Fenders, Squier, Ibanez, and Musicman; oh wait, that's what GC sells!
     
  16. Mulebagger

    Mulebagger

    Dec 12, 2007
    poppin in the corn belt
    Endorsing Artist: Zon Guitars, Tsunami Cables, DR Strings, GK
    Modulus
    Ken Lawrence
    Zon
    LEJ
    Status

    Based on the basses I the brands I am fond of.
    Probably wouldn't be a successful store unless I offered a slew of under $500 basses.
     
  17. FunkMetalBass

    FunkMetalBass

    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Ritter
    Spector
    Dingwall

    Why would anybody want to buy anything else?
     
  18. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Yep.

    There's 500 times the number of kids looking for a $125 Ibby or SX deal than people looking for a $3000 bass. i would not think a high-end only store would be a successful business.

    There are a few of those "appointment" boutique stores, but most of them are vintage-oriented.
     
  19. chris lykins

    chris lykins Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    phoenix az
    MTD
    Sadowsky
    Roscoe
    Nordstrand
    and Musicman to cover the lower end of the cost spectrum and keep the store alive with sales
     
  20. FromTheBassMent

    FromTheBassMent Those who can, play bass.

    Jan 19, 2010
    Providence, RI
    If I wanted it to be a place for me to noodle around on dream basses all day, I'd load it up with Ritters and Conklin extended range basses and other such exotica... and I'd be out of business within three months! So, to go with five that I believe would sell and that I think I could actually stock (i.e., basses are available to retailers, so forget Fodera):

    1. Lakland USA
    2. Nordstrand
    3. Rick Turner (Electroline/Model 1/Renaissance)
    4. Zon
    5. Pedulla

    The Turners would be toughest to keep stocked, I imagine, simply because Rick doesn't crank out that many instruments... but I wanted to have something hanging in the store in an acoustic vein (Renaissance), plus his Electrolines, although uber-rare, are simply amazing basses. I wish he would find an "Asian partner" to crank out some Electroline basses at reasonable prices!
     
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