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Subway Guitars?


Thomas Wilburn

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So it looks like I may soon be employed at a decent rate of pay by PBS, and that means one thing: paying off student loans!

 

But it also means I may have some cash lying around for a couple months, since my living expenses are relatively low. I've got the new GK amp, I swapped out the BP8 for an MXR M80 to do distortion and EQ. That leaves my bass, and although I've upgraded it pretty heavily, I'm looking to get something new and different (but not terribly expensive).

 

So my choices right now were between a Geddy Lee Jazz and a Ric 4003, and then I saw a link to Subway Guitars and saw some of their homegrown basses. I really like the looks and the specs on the Subraze basses, the ones that are a Stingray clone, but with Bart pickups and an added Jazz pickup toward the neck. It looks good and flexible, and very very cheap for what I'd be getting. But since I'm in Virginia, and the shop is in California, I'd have to mail order it.

 

So, does anyone have any feedback on these monsters? How's the build quality, and what's the preamp like? Any little quirks I should expect? Is it worth the $600?

 

I guess I should add that what I'd like to get out of the next bass I buy is twofold: I want something different, and I want something that growls. I love that sound of a jazz bass neck pickup soloed with just a little of the bridge, but I also play a lot of covers, so I'm going to want something that's not limited to that hungry sound.

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Maybe you should finish paying your loans off :D:freak:
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Good call. But I'll be paying them off for a year or two at least. It would be different if I were going to spend more than a grand--but I'm looking to treat myself to about half that, probably around the time that my birthday rolls around.

 

It's very easy to lose track of the loans because it's such a massive amount of money that sometimes it just seems abstract. There's not any real urgency. But at the same time, because it's so huge, I know I'm not going to get it done all at once. As long as I don't go hog wild on a Guitar Center buying spree, and I keep a steady payment of, say $500 a month on the loans, I've got no problem with saving up a little bit to treat myself every now and then.

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Sorry I didn't reply sooner.

 

Subway Guitars is a few blocks from me and I have been going in there for many years.

 

The owner is Fat Dawg and he is a unique individual who is not in this business to make money, he is in this business to get guitars and basses into the hands of people who appreciate them.

 

I've played a Subray bass. It's a nice bass and it has features that Music Man should have included on the Stingray which they did include on the Stingray 5 and the Sterling.

 

I wouldn't worry about any dealings with Subway Guitars.

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fat dawg does good business. he basically buys out stock and sells it super cheap. a lot of the stuff he actually puts together instruments with. he bought out the california fender plant that went out of business so it's more than possible to get an instrument he put together himself out of fender parts.

 

in short, i've bought from him and i have no complaints.

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Originally posted by jeremyc:

Subway Guitars had the name many years before Subway sandwiches was even a twinkle in the corporate eye.

i would much prefer to do business with the guitar supplier. i remember my first experience with subway sandwiches. i ordered a meatball sub and my choice of cheeses was american or swiss. on a meatball sub? having grown up in the land of blimpie and within walking distance of belmont (as in dion and the) i was mortified.
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