I had the pleasure of trying one of Steve at G-Spot's personal basses last time my band toured through Florida at the beginning of the year, and I was so blown away by the amazing sound and feel of the instrument that I placed an order for myself soon afterwards. Yesterday we played in Orlando and they were able to deliver the bass in time for our set. I had a few minutes to snap some pictures before we went on, so let's start with those:
Specs are as follows:
- G-Spot "Temptress" body style
- 35" scale
- Quilted redwood top
- Ultra-light swamp ash body
- Wenge and cherry multi-laminate neck with paduak fretboard
- Hipshot hardware
- Bartolini Quad Coil pickups w/Petronouv XK3 3-band preamp
I'm incredibly happy with how the bass came out - it's extremely lightweight and resonant (I kept thinking my phone was vibrating in my pocked when I was jamming on it unplugged, turned out it's just the bass I was feeling!). Plugged in it sounds massive: thick and rich midrange, with a very full and tight low end, and detailed top. The Bartolini's paired with the Petronouv preamp (Steve had a hand in designing this with Petronouv, another Florida-based luthier) are very clear and powerful, while the preamp offers a huge amount of sculpting ability with a nice degree of "colour" to it.
Playability-wise it's a monster - very low action with an extremely direct response whether played with fingers or pick. Steve is a wicked bassist himself and you can tell he knows how to set up a bass for outright shreddability and tone.
The other bassists on the tour all had a go and were instantly in love with the sound and feel; Alex Webster from Cannibal Corpse was backstage at the show and also really enjoyed giving it a whirl.
Overall, I couldn't be happier with the bass and also dealing with Steve at G-Spot. He's a criminally unheard-of luthier, and his pricing is very reasonable - highly recommended to anyone after an awesome custom instrument. His Facebook page is here - https://www.facebook.com/pages/G-SPO...73554289346285
Finally, here's a live shot from the show: