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Which of these bass companies do you consider high end?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Knavery, Nov 7, 2005.


  1. Alembic

    89 vote(s)
    84.8%
  2. Ibanez

    4 vote(s)
    3.8%
  3. Fender (American Made)

    9 vote(s)
    8.6%
  4. G&L

    14 vote(s)
    13.3%
  5. Warwick

    33 vote(s)
    31.4%
  6. F Bass

    77 vote(s)
    73.3%
  7. Sadowsky

    85 vote(s)
    81.0%
  8. Ken Smith

    84 vote(s)
    80.0%
  9. Pedulla

    70 vote(s)
    66.7%
  10. Zon

    72 vote(s)
    68.6%
  11. Musicman

    18 vote(s)
    17.1%
  12. Lakland

    46 vote(s)
    43.8%
  13. Spector

    27 vote(s)
    25.7%
  14. Rickenbacker

    21 vote(s)
    20.0%
  15. Yamaha

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  16. Tobias

    25 vote(s)
    23.8%
  17. MTD

    68 vote(s)
    64.8%
  18. Dingwall

    72 vote(s)
    68.6%
  19. Conklin

    65 vote(s)
    61.9%
  20. Fodera

    94 vote(s)
    89.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Knavery

    Knavery

    Feb 24, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I don't recall every seeing a poll of this nature, and am curious as to what other people think are high-end basses. When I was making a lot less money, I used to think $1000.00 basses were high end and basically based my entire decision on cost. So, I've included several bass companies. Keep in mind that I'm talking the middle of the road bass from any of these companies---not the cheapest or most expensive from company 'A', but the middle of the road.
     
  2. Suckbird

    Suckbird Banned

    May 4, 2004
    Sweden
    They all make high-end basses...

    ibanez makes some cheap basses but they also have basses that costs over 3.000$ in sweden...
     
  3. pil

    pil

    Feb 17, 2005
    Pimlico, UK
    Rickenbacker is the only high end instrument on that list, so convinced of it am i, i voted for it :hyper:
     
  4. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    IMO : Alembic , F bass , Pedulla , Rickenbacker and Fodera ...


    most of the companies listed make fantastic basses , and some buyers may
    think the price is just right ...
     
  5. Knavery

    Knavery

    Feb 24, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I picked those minus Rickenbacker. I did choose Warwick as high-end, but on further thought, perhaps I shouldn't have. I do have a Warwick Thumb 4 Neck-Thru, which I consider high-end, but that is not a middle of the line bass of Warwick's.

    Notice that I didn't include most of the custom bass shops. We all know that most of those are high end aside from one I can think of that everyone jokes about. :smug:
     
  6. If we're talking each company's, "middle-of-the-road," I voted for:

    Alembic
    F Bass
    Sadowsky
    Ken Smith
    Pedulla
    Zon
    MTD
    Dingwall
    Conklin
    Fodera

    Mike
     
  7. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle

    Aug 28, 2003
    Where's Rondo?
     
  8. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    OK, Ibanez is there....and Roscoe ain't???

    :confused:

    :spit:

    (OK, OK, I'm a wee bit biased, but let's get real....;) )
     
  9. I didn't even notice that.

    Mike
     
  10. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think it depends, as far as production basses, i consider warwick and musicman to be my favorites, based on the consistant level of quality.

    Boutique basses and production basses shouldnt really be lumped into one poll together.
     
  11. malthumb

    malthumb

    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    WOW!!! My exact same list, except I also tagged Lakland.

    Peace,

    James
     
  12. Great minds think alike, James. :) :cool:

    Mike ;)
     
  13. Knavery

    Knavery

    Feb 24, 2004
    Denver, CO
    I kept most of the boutique basses out but added Alembic and a couple others just because they are so talked about. I was going to add Roscoe, but ran out of room.
     
  14. Phil Mastro

    Phil Mastro

    Nov 18, 2004
    Montréal
    Minus the Dingwall. They are super sweet, and I'd like to have one, but their average model isn't expensive enough for me to consider it high-end. No that the quality isn't there. I see high-end as being expensive, not necessarily better, although I just kinda realized my point of view is misguided...
     
  15. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    While all companies make high end instruments, I would call the standard list -- say, Michael Jewels' -- the high end companies.
     
  16. To me, there is a difference between a handmade instrument and a boutique instrument. Some stuff out there that's handmade is good but I wouldn't necessarily call it boutique or ultra high-end.
     
  17. I vote Rick Turner and Roscoe. I wouldn't mind a Dingwall Z in "Whale Pool Blue" either.
     
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Fit and finish on Sadowsky and Lakland are at least one notch above that of Pedulla.
     
  19. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    that may or may not be true ... and i almost included them ,
    both Sadowsky and Lakland offer the lower priced , import models ... i've never seen an import Pedulla .
    i mainly considered price and availability { build time } when i chose my short list .

    your'e right , i have seen many Sadowsky's { including yours } and Laklands
    that i think are very beautiful and exotic looking ... those i do consider " high end " .

    :D ... it's just my opinion , i could be wrong ...
     
  20. Knavery

    Knavery

    Feb 24, 2004
    Denver, CO
    The top five running so far are:

    Fodera
    Alembic
    Sadowsky
    Ken Smith
    F Bass