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Who's the best 3rd party parts manufacturer?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by nhaight, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. Im looking to compile a list of great 3rd party companies, that manufacture parts, accessories, etc... To use as a reference when looking to buy any thing for my basses.
    So if you've had a good experience with a certain 3rd party company or know they have a reputation for quality feel free to share!

    My personal example would be:
    DR's Line of "DDT" or "Drop Down Tuning" Strings.
    They are a must have for any bassist playing in drop tunings.
    The moment you tune them they lock in and stay in tune.
    This is my personal experience, with four different sets and gauges of strings from the DDT line.
  2. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Hipshot. Their quality AND their customer service are among the very best in the business.
  3. butchseaman


    Jul 8, 2010
    stewart macdonald is a good place for all types of parts and tools


  4. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    Gotoh hardware sets a pretty high standard IMO and IME.
  5. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL
    Imo. Schaller makes the best hardware. Tuners, bridges, trems straplocks. Goth and hipshot are a close second.
  6. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    USA Custom Guitars for the best replacement bodies & necks in the business IMO. USA Custom Guitars - The finest custom replacement guitar parts available.

    Gorgomyte for polishing frets and cleaning fingergoards: Gorgomyte Fret And Fingerboard Conditioner

    Comfort Strapp for super comfortable padded straps: Comfort Strapp - Guitar, Computer and Utility Shoulder Strap Comfort

    Fret Doctor for oiling fingerboards: Bore Oil for the Fife and Fret Doctor

    Hipshot Products for tuners and bridges: Home > Hipshot Products

    Virtuoso Polish and Cleaner: Virtuoso Premium Polish and Cleaner - Home

    Audiopile Products for road cases and accessories: Audiopile Products, EWI Cables and Cases

    Acme Guitar Works for pots, switches, caps, wire, and pre-wired harnesses: Lindy Fralin Pickups, Prewired Assemblies & Pickguards, Callaham Guitars, Suhr Pickups, Fender, Seymour Duncan Pickups | Acme Guitar Works
  7. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    allparts is very good for lots of stuff; they distribute many of the makes referred to here.

    also, their nickel versions of anything they sell are not more than the chrome versions, i don't know where that came from. parts have to be plated in nickel before they're chrome-plated anyway. allparts clearly distinguishes between the two either way.

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