Your Favorite Boutique Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by theophilus762, Dec 25, 2007.

  1. I'm looking at my options for a graduation gift, hence the other thread I created.

    I am considering a new or used boutique jazz for around $2,500. Since there are so many different ones, I'm really not sure how I would choose one over the other. Maybe a used Sadowsky for its resale value?

    From what I can recall off the top of my head, the main boutique jazz basses are from:

    -Sadowsky NYC and Metro
    -Mike Lull
    -Low End Jazz
    -Nordy by Nordstrand
    -Alleva Coppolo
    -Fender Custom Shop
    -NYC series by Fodera
    Feel free to add to this list

    What builder would you guys go for, and why? What colors, finishes, and woods would you use? 4 or 5 strings? This should be a really interesting thread. :hyper:
  2. funkyfretless


    Jan 15, 2006
    Atlanta, Ga
    i love love love my dj usa lakland.
    its an alder body, quartersawn maple neck, white finish,
    4 string, rosewood fingerboard, and block inlays.

    its got the best growl ive ever heard!!!
    played it along side a nyc, celinder, and alleva.
    the sad's were great but very modernsih, and thought
    the alleva was good at being heavy and thats it :) ....
    but it might have just been a dud.

    the lakland was the most vintage bass i played on
    at the atl bass gallery. could do amaaazzzzzinnng fingerstyle,
    and slap. its really easy to use 2 volumes and a tone, but you
    can get sooo any tones out of it.

    traded my fodera matt garrion for it. best move i ever made.
    sounds very vintage if thats the vibe your goin...very similar to
    my 64 p but in j form.

    hope i helped,

  3. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Nice list IMO, I'm a big devotee of Mike Lull's M5V. Here's a vote for Lakland's USA Osborn-5.
  4. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    I dig the LowEnd Jazzes partially because they're built by Chris Benavente so the options are pretty much limitless unlike most boutique jazz "assemblers".
  5. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    I've played Lull, Fender Custom, and Lakland Jazzes. The Lull and Fender Custom were my favorites. The Fender is the vintage thing (if you dig that) and the Lull had a great modern Jazz sound (and build quality).

    Pretty much anything on that huge list you have is a winner:)
  6. Some of that list you won't score for $2500 or under. In that price range the Nordys are probably the cream of the crop with lots of options to choose from. LEJ's are killer as well. Depends entirely on what you want in specs, what do you want?
  7. Mr_Dave


    Mar 11, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Employee - Basscentre Melbourne
    I really like the Fender Custom Shop '64 jazz (NOS/CC/Relic)
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Lakland JO5 and Sadowsky Modern 5-24.
  9. Ken Lawrence
  10. I do understand that some of the listed are above the price range indicated, but used, they are a possibility. For example, I've seen used NYC Sadowskys go for a touch above 2500.

    As far as specs go, I'm not very picky, but here is what I have so far

    -5 string
    -Active w/ preamp bypass
    -VTC or passive tone control
  11. gillento


    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    That sound like a Sadowsky MV5 to me:)
  12. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    One of the best experiances you will ever have is to see your instrument being built ... from selecting the woods from blank stock to watching the build through completion.

    This time last year I was doing just that with Bud Lecompte ...

    My choice for a new build J-type bass would be an Ash body Maple neck LeCompte 4 string with Dark Stars ... passive with a huge sound like an active but to me more "organic" and natural.

    ;) ... Laklands JO is also high on my list ...
  13. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    My Celinder trumps any other bass I've ever played.
  14. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    Celinder! J Update 5, Ash body, maple neck, rosewood fretboard.
  15. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Used Sadowsky NYC (though I have to admit the only other ones on your list I've played have been Fender, Lakland and Lull). I got mine around four months ago and absolutely love everything about it. I have zero GAS for any other bass at the moment, even another Sadowsky.
  16. matti777

    matti777 Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Canada
    I've got a used Sadowsky NYC Jazz 4 with VTC. It's fantastic and very light. I think I like running it in passive mode better. My understanding is that the Metro would sound the same. I have no desire for something nicer although I am lusting for more collectible basses suchas a used Alembic Essense or Fender.
  17. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    Fender Marcus Miller V
    Fender Custom Shop
    Lakland USA
  18. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    Dingwall Super J and F-Bass (both are a modern vintage take of the J vibe, and then some)
  19. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Love my MPG Level 5JJ.

    Also add to the list.
  20. Valenti, Sadowski, LowEnd, and Elrick are the ones that come to mind for me.
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