Top Shops For Bass

March 20, 2012
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WHETHER YOU’RE A JET-SETTING SALESMAN OR A ROAD-WEARY ROCKER, CHANCES ARE YOU WILL ONE DAY FIND yourself away from home, wondering where you might find a little low-end love. Well, we’ve scanned the States and found what we think are the best shops in the U.S. for bass. Layover in Los Angeles? Laze on over to the Bass Exchange. Busted flatwound in Baton Rouge? The Perfect Bass to the rescue. Online and in the mood? We’ve got the hook-up. If your favorite bass shop didn’t make the list, we want to know about it. Post your picks on our wall at facebook.com/bassplayermag and share the love.

MIDWEST & MID SOUTH

BASS CLUB CHICAGO

Location Chicago, IL
Basses Elrick, F Bass, Fender, Fender Custom Shop, Fodera, G&L, Godin, Ken Smith, Lakland, Manne, Michael Kelly, Mike Lull, Modulus, MTD, Music Man, Nashguitars, NS Design, OLP, Pavel, PRS, Rick Turner Renaissance, Reverend, Ritter, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Spector, Tacoma, Tobias, Traben, Warwick, Xotic, Zemitis, Zon
Amps 65amps, Aguilar, Ampeg, EBS, Hiwatt, Mesa Engineering, Schroeder, TC Electronic, Trace Elliot
Effects, accessories & more Barber Electronics, Bartolini, Big John Boss, Chunk Systems, Digitech, Dirty Boy, DR Strings, Electro-Harmonix, Fralin, Gator Cases, HAO, Heavy Electronics, Lava, Levy’s Leather, Monster Cable, Nordstrand, Radial, Snarling Dog, Source Audio, Swell, Vovox
Used gear Yes
Contact bassclubchicago.com

THE LOWEND BASS SHOP

Location Murfreesboro, TN
Basses Benavente, Clover, Devon, Dingwall, Dismalax, Enfield, Fibenare, FL, G&L, Human Base, Ken Smith, Lakland, Low End, Mike Browne, Nashguitars, Paul Lariat Basses Ritter, Roscoe, Sago, STR, Sukop, Togar, Tony Nagy, Vigier
Amps Acoustic Image, Aguilar, Ashdown, Bag End, Demeter, Glockenklang, Schroeder, TecAmp
Effects, accessories & more Eyeland, iGig, Mono, Quantum Audio
Used gear Yes
Contact thelowend.net

PLANET BASS

Location Maple Grove, MN
Basses Alembic, Elrick, Fodera, MTD, Modulus, Roscoe, Spector, Zon
Amps Aguilar, Epifani
Effects, accessories & more Aero, Bartolini, D’Addario, Dean Markley, DR Strings, Dunlop, Electro-Harmonix, Elixir, InCase, Levy’s Leathers, Mono, T-Rex, Thomastik Infeld, Planet Waves
Used gear Yes
Contact planetbass.com

NORTHEAST & DC METRO

BASS SPECIALTIES

Location Bensalem, PA
Basses BL Design, Elrick, F Bass, Fender, Fodera, G&L, Godin, Human Base, Ibanez, Ken Smith, Lakland, M Basses, Martin Keith, Mike Lull, Modulus, MTD, Nordstrand, NS Design, Pedulla, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Spector, Valenti, Xotic, Zon
Amps Acoustic Image, Aguilar, Bergantino, EBS, Epifani, Euphonic Audio, Genz-Benz, Thunderfunk
Effects, accessories & more Boss, D’Addario, DR Strings, Elixir, La Bella, Moody Leathers, R Cocco, Rotosound
Used gear Yes
Contact bassspecialties.com

NEW JERSEY GUITAR & BASS

Location Edison, NJ
Basses Aslin Dane, Aria, BC Rich, Benevente, Danelectro, Dean, Dingwall, Eastwood, Epiphone, F Bass, FBB, Fender, G&L, Garz, Godin, Hagstrom, Höfner, Ibanez, Italia, Jackson, Jerry Jones, Jerzy Drozd, KSD, Laguna, Lakland, MTD, Modulus, Music Man, Peavey, Pedulla, Sadowsky, Schecter, Spector, Squier, Tobias, Warwick, Yamaha
Amps Acoustic Image, Aguilar, Alembic, Ampeg, Ashdown, Avatar, Bergantino, Demeter, David Nordschow Amplification, Eden, Euphonic Audio, Epifani, Fender, Gallien-Krueger, Genz Benz, Hartke, Peavey, Phil Jones Bass, Schroeder, Traynor
Effects, accessories & more Basslines, EMG, D’Addario, Dean Markley, DR Strings, GHS, EBS, Electro-Harmonix, Elixir, Ernie Ball, Zoom
Used gear Yes
Contact newjerseyguitarandbasscenter.com

JIVE SOUND

Location Alexandria, VA
Basses Brubaker, Cort, DeMars Guitars, Dingwall, Elrick, FernandesG&L, Human Base, Lakland, M Bass, Mike Lull, MTD, Modulus, Nordstrand, NS Design, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Sandberg Skjold, Spector, Sukop, Zon
Amps Acoustic Image, Aguilar, Bag End, Bergantino, EBS, Epifani, Euphonic Audio, Glockenklang, Phil Jones Bass, Tech 21, Thunderfunk
Effects, accessories & more Carl Martin, Electro-Harmonix, Radial Engineering, Summit Audio, Pigtronix
Used gear Yes
Contact jivesound.com

BASS CENTRAL

Location Fern Park, FL
Basses Dingwall, Elrick, F Bass, Fender, Fodera, G&L, Groovetools, Human Bass, Kala, Ken Smith, KSD, Lakland, Mike Lull, Modulus, MTD, Musicman, Peavey, Pedulla, Roscoe, Rickenbacker, Sadowsky, Spector, Warwick, Zon
Amps Acoustic Image, AER, Ampeg, Aguilar, Ashdown, Bag End, Bergantino, David Nordschow Amplifi cation, Demeter, EBS Eden, Epifani, Euphonic Audio, Genz-Benz, Gallien- Krueger, Hartke, Line 6, Mesa Engineering, Orange, Phil Jones Bass, Roland, Schroeder, Warwick
Effects, accessories & more Alembic, BBE, Boss, D’Addario, Demeter, DR Strings, Dunlop, Ernie Ball, GHS, Electro-Harmonix, Eventide, Fishman, Furman, Korg, Mike Pope, Monster Cables, Moog, MXR, Peterson, Pigtronix, Radial, SKB, Tech 21, T-Rex,
Used gear Yes
Contact basscentral.com

ATLANTA BASS GALLERY

Location Smyrna, GA
Basses Alembic, Blazonry, Boulder Creek, Elrick, Fender, G&L, Ken Smith, Manne, Marleaux, Matt Pulcinella, Modulus, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Spector, Sukop, Surine, Veillette
Amps Acoustic Image, Aguilar, Ashdown, Ampeg, Bag End, EBS, Eden, Epifani, Euphonic Audio, Glockenklang, Schroeder, Stewart Audio, Thunderfunk, Demeter, Genz-Benz, Hughes & Kettner, Bergantino, Gallien- Kruger
Effects, accessories & more Boomerang, Boss, D’Addario, DR Strings, Ernie Ball, Levy’s Leathers, Monster, Planet Waves, Radial, Roland, Rotosound, SIT Strings, Thomastik-Infeld
Used gear No
Contact atlantabassgallery.com

THE PERFECT BASS

Location Baton Rouge, LA
Basses Austin, Breedlove, ESP, Ibanez, MTD, Music Man, Traveler
Amps Aguilar, Ampeg, EBS, Epifani, Gallien-Krueger, Genz-Benz, Ibanez, Line 6, Orange, Tech 21, Vox
Effects, accessories & more BBE, Boss, Digitech, Electro-Harmonix, Korg, MXR, Red Seven, Red Witch, T-Rex, Way Huge
Used gear No
Contact theperfectbass.com

TEXAS & THE SOUTHWEST

BASS EMPORIUM

Location Austin, TX
Basses Breedlove, Elrick, Fender, GMP, Höfner, Hohner, Ibanez, Lakland, Modulus, Pedulla, Rickenbacker, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Spector, Steinberger, Warwick, Yancy
Amps Aguilar, Ampeg, Ashdown, Bergantino, Fender, Genz Benz, Markbass, Mesa Engineering, Phil Jones Bass, TC Electronic, Trace Elliot
Effects, accessories & more Analysis Plus, Comfort Strapp, D’Addario, DR Strings, EBS, EMG, Hercules, Korg, Levy’s Leathers, Monster Cable, Moog, Nordstrand, Planet Waves, R. Cocco, Radial Engineering, Reunion Blues, Seymour Duncan/Basslines, Thomastik-Infeld, Visual Sound
Used gear Yes
Contact bassemporium.com

THE BASS PLACE

Location Peoria, AZ
Basses BC Rich, Dean, Dingwall, Fender, G&L, G.Gould, Hagstrom, Ibanez, Jackson, Jay Turser, Lakland, Musicman, Rick Turner Renaissance, Spector, Warwick
Amps Ampeg, Ashdown, Eden, Fender, Genz Benz, Hartke, Industrial Strength Industries, Orange, TC Electronic, Trace Elliot
Effects, accessories & more Aguilar, Comfort Strapp, EBS, Electro-Harmonix, Elite, EMD, Eyeland, H.I.P. Strap, Homebrew, Kaces, Krank, Levy’s Leathers, Long Hollow, Mono, Rupert Musical Instruments, Tech 21, Tribal Planet
Used gear Yes
Contact thebassplace.com

PREMIER BASS GUITARS

Location Superior, CO
Basses Boulder Creek, G&L, Lakland, Martin Keith, Mike Lull, Modulus, MTD, Rick Turner Renaissanse, Reverend, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Surine, Veillette
Amps 65amps, Aguilar, Bergantino, Gallien- Krueger, Genz Benz, Mesa Engineering, Phil Jones Bass
Effects, accessories & more BBE, D’Addario, Dunlop, Elixir, Hearos, Herco, Joe Meek, MXR, Pedulla, Planet Waves, Radial Engineering, Thomastic-Infeld
Used gear No
Contact premierbassguitars.com

WEST COAST

BASS NORTHWEST

Location Seattle, WA
Basses Aria, Brubaker, Danelectro, Dean, Dingwall, Elrick, Musicman, F Bass, G&L, Höfner, Ibanez, Michael Kelly, Kala, Kinal, Lakland, Mike Lull, Modulus, MTD, Nashguitars, NS Design, Palatino, Reverend, Rickenbacker, Rick Turner Renaissance, Rob Allen, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Samick, Ken Smith, Spector, Traben, Traveler Guitar Warwick, Yamaha, Zon
Amps Acoustic Image, Aguilar, Ampeg, Ashdown, Bag End, Bergantino, Demeter, David Nordschow Amplification, EBS, Eden, Epifani, Euphonic Audio, Gallien-Krueger, Genz Benz, Hartke, Line 6, Schroeder, TC Electronic, Tech 21
Effects, accessories & more Bartolini, BBE, Cafe Walter, Comfort Strapp, CruzTOOLS, D’Addario, Dean Markley, DR Strings, Dunlop, EMG, Ernie Ball, Evidence Audio Cables, GHS, Hipshot, Kaces, Korg, La Bella Mono, Pro Tec, Reunion Blues, Rotosound, Seymour Duncan/Basslines, Tech 21, Whirlwind
Used gear Yes
Contact bassnw.com

BASS EXCHANGE

Location Sherman Oaks, CA
Basses Blasius, Carruthers, Carvin, Duesenberg, F Bass, Fender, Fodera, G&L, Godin, Kala, Ken Smith, Lakland, Minarik, MTD, Music Man, Nashguitars, Sadowsky, Warwick, Wilkins, Wood Guerilla, Xotic
Amps AER, Aguilar, Ashdown, EBS, Eden, Epifani, Euphonic Audio, Gallien- Krueger, Glockenklang, Roland
Effects, accessories & more Amptweaker, BBE, Bartolini, Big John, Carl Martin, Comfort Strapp, CoreX2, D’Addario, Dean Markley, Demeter, Diamond, DiMarzio, Dirty Boy, DR Strings, Electro-Harmonix, Elixir, EMG, Ernie Ball, Fulltone, GHS, Hipshot, Homebrew, iGig, Joe Barden, La Bella, Lace, Levy’s Leathers, Lindy Fralin, Moody, Morley, MXR, Nordstrand, R. Cocco, Radial Engineering, Red Witch, Rotosound, Seymour Duncan/Basslines, Souldier, Tech 21, Thomastik/Infeld, TonePros, Villex
Used gear Yes
Contact bassexchange.com

GELB MUSIC

Location Redwood City, CA
Basses Elrick, ESP, F Bass, Fender, Ibanez, Kala, Lakland, Mike Lull, MTD, Rob Allen, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Squier, Warwick, Zon
Amps 65amps, Aguilar, Bergantino, David Nordschow Amplification, Fender, Genz Benz, Gallien-Krueger, Marshall, Mesa Engineering, Orange, Roland
Effects, accessories & more BBE, D’Addario, Diamond, Digitech, DiMarzio, DR Strings, Dunlop, Electro- Harmonix, Elixir, EMG, Ernie Ball, Fishman, Fulltone, GHS, Gator, Hercules, Homebrew, Jam Hub, Korg, Mogami, Monster Cable, MXR, On- Stage, Pedaltrain, Radial Engineering, Rapco, Red Witch, Seymour Duncan/ Basslines, TC Electronic, Tech 21, Visual Sound, Way Huge, Zoom
Used gear Yes
Contact gelbmusic.com

BASS AND BEYOND

Location Rancho Cordova, CA
Basses Bass Mods, Elrick, F Bass, Fender, G&L, Lakland, Marco Bass, Mike Lull, MTD, Music Man, Rick Turner, Roscoe, Sadowsky, Spector, U.S. Masters, Valenti, Warrior, Warwick, Xotic, Zon
Amps Aguilar, Bergantino, David Nordschow Amplifi cation, Eden, Genz Benz, Thunderfunk, Warwick
Effects, accessories & more DR Strings, Dunlop, Oasis, R. Cocco
Used gear Yes
Contact bassandbeyond.net

BASS SAN DIEGO

Location San Diego, CA
Basses Alleva Coppolo, Dingwall, Elrick, F Bass, Fodera, G&L, Lakland, Mike Lull, MTD, Renaissanse, Sadowsky, Zon
Amps Aguilar, Bergantino, David Nordschow Amplifi cation, Euphonic Audio, Epifani, TC Electronic
Effects, accessories & more Comfort Strapp, D’Addario, Dunlop, Mono, MXR, Reunion Blues, Tech 21,
Used gear Yes
Contact basssandiego.com

GUITAR CENTER

Basses AXL, B.C. Rich, Cort, Epiphone, ESP Guitars, Fender, G&L, Gibson, Godin, Höfner, Hohner, Ibanez, Jackson, Lakland, Modulus, MTD, Music Man, Peavey, Schecter Guitar Research, Spector, Squier, Traveler Guitars, Warwick, Washburn, Yamaha
Amps Aguilar, Ampeg, Ashdown, Behringer, Danlectro, Dean, EBS, Eden, Gallien-Krueger, Hiwatt, Kustom, Line 6, Markbass, Mesa Engineering, Orange, TC Electronic, Trace Elliot, Traynor,
Effects, accessories & more A Designs, Analysis Plus, Bartolini, BBE, Black Label, Boomerang, Boss, Carl Martin, Cleartone, CoreX2, Cruz- TOOLS, D’Addario, DigiTech, DiMarzio, DR Strings, Dunlop, Electro- Harmonix, Elixir, EMG, Ernie Ball, Eventide, Fishman, Flea Bass, Fulltone, Gator, GHS, Gig-FX, Hercules, Homespun, Hosa, K&M, Kaces, Seymour Duncan/Basslines, Ken Smith, Korg, Lace, Levy’s Leathers, Mogami, Mono, Monster Cable, Moody, Morley, MXR, Pedaltrain, Peterson, Planet Waves, Radial Engineering, Rapco, Red Witch, Reunion Blues, Rocktron, Rotosound, Seymour Duncan/ Basslines SIT Strings, SKB, Snarling Dogs, T-Rex Engineering, Tech 21, Visual Sound, Way Huge, Whirlwind, Xotic, Zoom, ZVex
Contact guitarcenter.com

MUSICIAN’S FRIEND

Basses Aria, AXL, BC Rich, Breedlove, BSX Bass, Conklin, Cort, Daisy Rock, Danelectro, Dean, DArmond, Epiphone, ESP Guitars, Fender, Fernandes, Flea Bass, G&L, Gibson, Godin, Gretsch, Hamer, Höfner, Ibanez, Italia, Jackson, Kramer, Kydd Basses, LACE, Laguna, Lakland, Luna Guitars, Modulus, MTD, Music Man, Normandy, NS Design, Ovation, Palatino, Peavey, Rickenbacker, Rogue, Schecter, Spector, Squier, Steinberger, Takamine, Traveler Guitar, Warwick, Washburn, Yamaha
Amps Acoustic, AER, Aguilar, Albion, Ampeg, Ashdown, Behringer, Bugera, EBS, Eden, Epifani, Gallien-Krueger, Genz Benz, Kustom, Line 6, Markbass, Marshall, Orange, Randall, Roland, TC Electronic, Traynor, Vox
Effects, accessories & more BBE, Boss, C Tech, Carl Martin, Chunk Systems, DeltaLab, DigiTech, Dunlop, Dwarfcraft, Electro-Harmonix, Fishman Gig-FX, HAO, Morley, MXR, Radial Engineering, Rockman, Rocktron, Snarling Dogs, T-Rex, Tech 21, ZVex
Contact musiciansfriend.com

SAM ASH

Basses BC Rich, Cort, Dean, Epiphone, ESP, Fender, G&L, Gibson, Gretsch, Harmony, Höfner, Ibanez, Kramer, Lakland, MTD, Peavey, Rickenbacker, Schecter, Spector, Squier, Steinberg, Steinberger, Sterling by Music Man, Traben, Traveler Guitar, Warwick, Yamaha
Amps Aguilar, Ampeg, Behringer, Bugera, Fender, Gallien-Krueger, Genz Benz, Hartke, Ibanez, Line 6, Peavey, Roland, TC Electronic, Vox
Effects, accessories & more Body Glove, Boss, Cleartone, Comfort Strapp, D’Addario, Dean Markley, DigiTech, DiMarzio, DR Strings, Dunlop, Electro-Harmonix, Elixir, Ernie Ball, Gator, GHS, Hercules, Hosa, K&M, Kaces, La Bella, Lava Cable, Levy’s Leathers, Mogami, Monster Cable, Morley, MXR, On-Stage, Planet Waves, ProCo, Radial Engineering, Rapco, Reunion Blues, Rotosound, SKB, Snarling Dog, Ultimate Support, Whirlwinx, Zoom, Zzyzx
Contact samash.com

SWEETWATER

Basses Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, Godin, Gretsch, Ibanez, Jackson, Kala, Lakland, Peavey, Schecter, Squier, Steinberger, Tobias, Traveler Guitar
Amps Ampeg, Gallien-Krueger, Hartke, Line 6, Mesa Engineering, Orange, Roland, TC Electronic,
Effects, accessories & more Boss, D’Addario, Dean Markley, DigiTech, DR Strings, EBS, Electro-Harmonix, Elixir, Gator, GHS, Morley, MXR, Radial, Rotosound, SKB, Tech 21, Zoom
Contact sweetwater.com

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