Who makes the most beautiful hand crafted basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassossorus, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. Nordstrand

    30 vote(s)
  2. MTD usa

    20 vote(s)
  3. Fodera

    30 vote(s)
  4. Benavente

    23 vote(s)
  5. Bee Basses

    6 vote(s)
  6. Ritter

    30 vote(s)
  7. Conklin

    31 vote(s)
  8. Jerzy Drozd

    23 vote(s)
  9. Other (please tell why)

    22 vote(s)
  1. Bassossorus


    Oct 21, 2004
    I have seen many amazing basses on this site recently, and I just want to know who you all think makes the most beautiful basses.
    Consider wood quality (grain, figure, etc...), headstock design, body design, EVERYTHING......
    I have to say that Nordstrand takes the cake...jaw dropping work IMO.

    What do you think? :cool:
  2. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    I like the wood, but not the upper bout.

    If I had one of these I'd refer to it as 'the hump'
  3. lyle

    lyle Guest

    Jan 10, 2004
    Vernon, B.C. Canada
    Just becuase his finishes and designs are so classy, and piano like.
  4. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    Linc Luthier of course!!! :hyper: You've seen my bass, no? Check this out:


    That's my bass!!! I don't know of anyone who makes a structure out of wood like the interior bracing on the Impression and then puts such incredible woods together to make a beautiful and beautiful sounding instrument!!! It has such an intriguing design!!! I love it!!!
  5. basstastics


    Mar 20, 2005
    bee basses may have a funky design, but I like it, its cool. :cool: The craftmanship on some of the basses is amazing...try and find some pics from Fred's NAMM booth from past shows....
  6. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Honestly, I'm not too big on boutique basses, but given the choice, I'd probaby say a Benevante or Nordstrand.
  7. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    1. FBasses.

    2. Nordstrand.

    3. Benavente.

    4. Ritter.

    5. Conklin (see Bassius' 7 string fretless for the swankiest finish on a Conklin EVER.)
  8. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Played everything and it doesn't get any better than this! :D

  9. Bassossorus


    Oct 21, 2004
    wow, very cool use of woods. :cool:
  10. oversoul

    oversoul fretless by fate

    Feb 16, 2004
    Not enough main options bud, and a bit can-o-worm-ish as it dwells with personal tastes, Conklin guitars does it for me , but all those luthiers have stunning instruments, you cant nominate one the best
    tough, they all have their unique characters. :cool:
  11. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Yeah this is definitely a personal preference kinda thing...
  12. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    New York, NY
    For my eye, Nordstrand's tops and his SC design are the most attractive I've seen.
  13. I just voted other
    F Bass for me....Because it's the purest lines of basses for my tastes..

  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Other... and I can't say why.
  15. add conklin to your poll...

    well i voted for Ritter...
  16. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    As if you could actually pick one builder? I'm sorry, but there are MANY MANY talented builders out there putting together absolutely gorgeous instruments. I personally believe that it is impossible to pick only one.

    BTW, this poll is definitely going to be biased towards the better known builders. It is hardly an unbiased poll.
  17. genderblind

    genderblind Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2004
    Speaking of personal bias, STATUS.
  18. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    pagelli. that golden bass is amazing. and I am obsessed with it.

    Other than that other, other others would be

    Fbass, the double P, blonde one, alain caron basses, all great.

    And while unorthodox, I think Spalt's half metal half wood basses look awesome.

    From the list I would say Nordstrand.
  19. yeah there are many great builders out there but if i have to choose one it would be Ritter
  20. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    F Bass and MTD usa for the body shape. Like a fine woman, nothing quite like it. Beautifully sculpted and pricey. F Bass and MTD are in the same class. Nordstrand body shape is inspired by Mike Tobias, and his woods and finish work is also in another world. Too hard to say.

    There is still something sexy to me about the J bass body shape. Call me meat and potatoes.