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I think this might have been an attempt at making a very broad thread to discuss high-end basses.

 

Not the usual way of doing it on this forum.

 

Or perhaps I'm missing the point entirely.

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And they cost a lot, too.

 

Originally posted by dcr:

Yes, those are basses, and they're expensive.

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Originally posted by Negao:

smith, fodera etc...

Hi there. :)

 

Interested in any of them, or looking to see if you can get comparable ones at lower cost? Unless you're the type who's into name dropping, I wouldn't worry. :) (No disrespect intended to folks who can afford the king's ransom.)

 

You can get good basses from Ibanez, Yamaha, Schecter, Fender, etc. for about half (or sometimes less) than what this stuff costs. If you have the cash, though, by all means, buy 'em.

 

I just glanced at your site, and you seem to be playing a Washburn. Not a bad choice. I know the bassist who's been on call for the last few years for Paul Simon has used some Washburns, including an acoustic bass guitar, and a solidbody six.

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Damn, y'all, give the cat a break. :rolleyes: He's new to the board and Portuguese is his native language.

 

Negao, try using the "search" feature in the upper right corner of the screen. Put in the name of a particular high-end bass and see what comes up. Also, you might want to ask us more specific questions about these high-end instruments.

 

Fodera: I've played two. One was one of the nicest basses I've ever played, one didn't sound very good (and I played it thru a Glockenklang rig!).

 

Smith: Never played one. I don't like the way they look. But if it felt right and sounded right, and I had the cash, I could see owning one. Plenty of happy Smith players out there!

 

F Bass: I think these are lovely. I like the 34.5" scale. I like the matching wood pickup covers. The on-board EQ is fantastic. They balance nicely.

 

Sadowsky: There's a thread on these.

 

Lull: There's lots of discussion about these. Ask Bumpcity or JeremyC or Lullguy to talk about Mike Lull's basses. They're also not quite as expensive as some of the others I've listed.

 

Alembic: Not my cup of tea. Wally, one of our moderators, is very happy with his boat anchor...errrrr, I mean his Alembic Rogue 6-string. (Isn't it a Rogue body style, Wally?)

 

You could try visiting the Luthiers Access Group website -- click here!

 

How's that for a start?

 

I agree w/ Taz, too. There are excellent, fine sounding instruments that cost far less money.

 

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I have zero hands-on experience with any of those.

Anything I could tell the guy about 'em is already written here or on another forum... cuz that's where I learned it.

 

I don't have the scratch to bother tracking one down to play it.

 

-Mike

...simply stating.
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Personally, if I could put aside some time, I'd just build a couple of six stringers, one fretted, and one fretless. 34 inch scale (my hands aren't too big). Active 3 band, passive humbucking pickups (maybe Bartolini or Seymour Duncan's Music Man replacements), with passive mode. Perhaps get the parts from Warmoth or Stew-Mac. It'd be a lot of fun, and the price isn't too bad. You just have to be up for it.

 

There have been some do it yourself projects mentioned here lately.

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I'd love to own a Lull or Sadowsky. I'd also love to buy a Ferrari Modena and tryst with Angelina Jolie now that Billy Bob is out of the picture.

But my skills and wallet won't allow me to even consider any of those options, and I'd probably just wind up hurting myself.

Looks like I'm doomed to a life of MiM Fenders, Chevys, and self-abuse. ;)

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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Alembic: Not my cup of tea. Wally, one of our moderators, is very happy with his boat anchor...errrrr, I mean his Alembic Rogue 6-string. (Isn't it a Rogue body style, Wally?)

 

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Willie, my six is an Orion model. Just yesterday I saw a Rogue-6 at Guitar Showcase in San Jose, I didn't pick it up to try since there was a rock guitar player eating up all the sonic space in the store.

 

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Originally posted by Wally Malone:

Willie, my six is an Orion model.

Thanks for clearing that up! ;)

 

Originally posted by Wally Malone:

Just yesterday I saw a Rogue-6 at Guitar Showcase in San Jose, I didn't pick it up to try since there was a rock guitar player eating up all the sonic space in the store.

Really? :confused: I didn't think rock guitar players were capable of that! ;)

 

Didn't they have an Ampeg SVT-4 Pro hooked into an Ampeg 8x10 so you could have launched him into sonic outer space w/ one artfully played thumbstroke on a low B?! :D

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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

F Bass: I think these are lovely. I like the 34.5" scale. I like the matching wood pickup covers. The on-board EQ is fantastic. They balance nicely.

I played what I though was an F-Bass at GC once, it was used and about $2500. It didn't look anything like their current lineup - no matching covers on the pickup, just plain old pickups. I think it was a P/J combo, and there was a thumb groove carved into the top. Was it an F-bass?
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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Originally posted by Wally Malone:

Willie, my six is an Orion model.

Thanks for clearing that up! ;)

 

Originally posted by Wally Malone:

Just yesterday I saw a Rogue-6 at Guitar Showcase in San Jose, I didn't pick it up to try since there was a rock guitar player eating up all the sonic space in the store.

Really? :confused: I didn't think rock guitar players were capable of that! ;)

 

Didn't they have an Ampeg SVT-4 Pro hooked into an Ampeg 8x10 so you could have launched him into sonic outer space w/ one artfully played thumbstroke on a low B?! :D

Actually, there was an El Whappo and the Gordo cabinets there, I think that would have worked. :cool:

 

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Yes - there are many fine basses for less that will serve players. I've seen many fine players using them.

 

But it's not the same as a custom crafted bass (notice I didn't say "hand made"). There are so many beautiful basses out there...

 

I like the feel of a Smith, but I'm not always fond of the sound.

 

I recently played some Foderas that I liked. A bit high priced (even in this group).

 

I don't care for Alembics (and that includes Wally's boat anch...6 string Orion - sounds great, but not my feel).

 

I loved Wally's Kubicki.

 

I like Sadowsky, Lull, Kinal, Ritter, and probably others.

 

I also like MM Sterlings, Carvin, and others that cost less than the expensive ones.

 

But there's nothing like a custom made bass - I still love my Kinal (it's only been a year) :love:

 

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Originally posted by Shecky:

I loved Wally's Kubicki.

 

Amen.

 

You should hear it w/ a Demeter rackmount preamp and a pair of AccuGroove Tri-112 cabs! :thu:

 

Originally posted by Mr. Malone's son:

Actually, there was an El Whappo and the Gordo cabinets there, I think that would have worked.

Mmmmmmmmmmm...yes, it sure would have! :D

 

I dream of owning a hand-crafted custom bass of my own one day. That special instrument made just for me. And there are builders who will build me a fine instrument for very reasonable prices.

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I've been to NAMM many times and have tried almost everything.

 

Don't let anyone tell you that there's no difference between a $300 and a $3000 instrument.

 

There certainly is a huge difference and right now there are an amazing amount of fine basses out there.

 

I'm lusting after a Warrior right now. Check out the David and Goliath bass. Yours for only $20,000!

 

However you can play in any band in the world with an affordable bass that feels right and sounds right to you. If you have a specific question about a specific instrument, try me. Maybe I can answer.

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Originally posted by Matt W:

Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

F Bass: I think these are lovely. I like the 34.5" scale. I like the matching wood pickup covers. The on-board EQ is fantastic. They balance nicely.

I played what I though was an F-Bass at GC once, it was used and about $2500. It didn't look anything like their current lineup - no matching covers on the pickup, just plain old pickups. I think it was a P/J combo, and there was a thumb groove carved into the top. Was it an F-bass?
Nope, sounds like a poor replica to me. I'm not a bass player, but my bassist is an F bass afficionado and is quite knowledgable about them.
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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Damn, y'all, give the cat a break. :rolleyes: He's new to the board and Portuguese is his native language.

Oops, I did not notice that. My apologies for being a douche. :(
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Originally posted by Wally Malone:

Actually, there was an El Whappo and the Gordo cabinets there, I think that would have worked. :cool:

 

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I'm making a pilgrimage to a music store in Vancouver, WA on Sunday afternoon to try out some Accugroove cabs. I am giddy like a little girl. New cab purchase should happen within the next week or two. Yay!!! (finally!!)
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Originally posted by Sonic Jeebus:

Originally posted by Matt W:

I played what I thought was an F-Bass at GC once, it was used and about $2500. It didn't look anything like their current lineup... blah blah blah. Was it an F-bass?

Nope, sounds like a poor replica to me. I'm not a bass player, but my bassist is an F bass afficionado and is quite knowledgable about them.
OK - that answers the question. It was a well made bass, nice woods (not fancy, just solid woodworking with good finish), and neck through, I don't think it was intended to be a replica or copy of anything particular, it was a well used bass and I just don't recall what brand it really was. If I find another, I'll make notes or pony up some cash.

 

Since this topic is really about expensive basses, I'll just say that I like them. A lot. Some day I will put my expensive bass into my expensive vehicle and go play gigs at expensive events. In the meantime it's entry level gear and diapers for the kids.

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Originally posted by Bumpcity:

[QBI'm making a pilgrimage to a music store in Vancouver, WA on Sunday afternoon to try out some Accugroove cabs. I am giddy like a little girl. New cab purchase should happen within the next week or two. Yay!!! (finally!!)[/QB]

Geez Bump!!

 

2 new Lulls, a Jackson Dinky (snicker) and now some new Cabs??

 

Whats next? A LEGO HARPSICHORD??

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Originally posted by Sweet Willie:

Originally posted by Dr. Phil-6006:

Whats next? A LEGO HARPSICHORD??

That Lego Harpsichord is totally slammin'. :thu:

 

I wonder how it sounds... :eek:;):D

Hmm... didn't read down to the bottom, did ya? Well, I'll help you out. :)

Here\'s a sample from the creator himself. Sounds like a manual typewriter with autoharp strings.

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