LowDown Bass Guitars

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Make sure to check out the new model, The Hybrid Series. Check out the Price List page for more details.  


Check out LowDown founder Tim Seisser, playing a LowDown Custom Series 6 string with Chicago based Prog rock band District 97

And Tim playing his LowDown Custom Series 6 string with Chicago based Fusion power group The Renegades

Check out Marc Piane playing his LowDown Classic Series 4F with jazz saxophonist Chris Greene Quartet


LowDown = Happy Bass Player

"I realized with fretless bass bass, once I set the tone on my amp I never change it. So I had Tim build this bass passive and just a volume knob. And I will say, it sounds and plays better than any fretless bass I've ever owned. You nailed it, from the neck profile to the pickup location and weight. And the Flamed Redwood top is stunning." Michael Arnopol. Bassist and Bass Speaker Cabinet builder. http://www.masoundworks.com

“She's awesome!  Sounds so beautiful plugged in.  But I can also practice at 5am without an amp because I can feel everything I play through the body.  It's amazing.” - Emma Dayhuff. Owner of a LowDown Classic Series J5 http://www.emmadayhuff.com

“A big shout out to my man Tim and LowDown basses for making this bass happen. It is so on! Plays like butter and brings the FUNK!” - Marc Piane. Owner of a LowDown Classic Series J4F http://marcpiane.com

"I finally got to get to know her this evening and I absolutely adore this bass, it's exactly what I hoped it would be. The body is SO comfortable. I love the neck – absolutely love it's flat profile, and the ergonomics of the body and neck on my body when standing or sitting are incredibly comfortable. I could play it standing for hours because it balances/hangs just right. The bass arrived totally "dialed in" and your set-up is spectacular. She plays so easily and the nordstrands are crystal clear. What I really wanted to follow up on was the personality and character of this instrument. What attracted me immediately to this bass was it aesthetics-- and I don't mean just body and headstock shape, decorative wooden fingerboard, etc., but how you used so many different pieces and species of woods to create this instrument. There's no end to it, all around the sides of the body are little windows of inlaid circles within circles, blocks, hour glasses... it seemed obvious to me that you had fun with this and really enjoy what you do. I anticipated that the bass would possess that energy/love for your craft and I believe that it does. It looks amazing, plays like a dream, sounds incredible and most of all this bass WANTS to be played! If you look Tim up, you'll find that he is a seriously good player. He is also a seriously accomplished luthier, he knows exactly what he's doing.  The craftsmanship on this instrument is perfection. The woodworking, fit and finish is comparable to any high-end name out there that I have played (I have/had Pedullas, Greg Curbow, Ken Smith, Chris Stambaugh, Tom Clement, Warwick)." - Damian C. Owner of a LowDown Custom Series 4F Special

"Just wanted to check in with you and let you know that my fretless 6 is, well, just amazing. After playing for 30 years and being so set in my ways the Lowdown Custom 6 demands a different approach and technique, but once I surrendered I feel like it's taking me to a new level. . . especially the soloing. I'm free! So glad to have run into you at NAMM." - Rich F. Owner of a LowDown Custom Series 6F

"My new LowDown fretless custom series is a dream of an instrument. It's neck is so easy to play on, more so than any other bass I have picked up. I love how the sound is equally full in all registers. It is evident that this bass is built by someone who has played in many situations as a gigging bassist. This instrument seems to be void of every small problem/source of discomfort that I have played in the past." - Vinny. Owner of a LowDown Custom Series 4F

"This is the axe I've been searching for: a 5-string with a modern small body, smartly designed for playing, with all the richness and warmth of an excellent Jazz-style bass. It has the subtle details and careful workmanship that only a hand-made instrument can provide, yet I didn't need to sell my car to buy it. I've been trying to find a bass like this, and Tim is the guy who's building them. Bravo!" - Stu. Owner of a LowDown Custom Series 5

"Dude, Tim. It's beautiful. It showed up in great shape and the action's nice. The intonation seems to be right on. I'm very pleased. Well worth the money. Thanks for the gig bag, too, that was a nice surprise.  It's really comfortable on my knee, both in a regular position and a classical guitar cradle-like position. At the first jam session the bass performed very well and is comfortable on the strap. The handmade uniqueness of it is pretty cool too. I hope your custom line really takes off. You've won a couple of fans in California. When I'm in the market for a new fretted bass I know where to go! Thanks a lot." - Jed. Owner of a LowDown Custom Series 5F

“Great luthier work. What a really beautiful bass.  Thanks for prompt shipping and making payment no fuss. Would definitely buy again!” - Talkbass user Getao. Owner of a LowDown Classic Series J4F

“Bass is amazing. Plays evenly all over the neck and is super comfortable. Thanks.” - Brian. Owner of a LowDown Classic Series P4

I sold this bass to Tim with a broken truss rod, and he did major work on it. New fingerboard, new Bart J pickup in the soundhole and a new pre. He took the gloss off the neck and gave it an oil finish. It sounds and feels so good, I just had to get it back.” - James. Owner of a LowDown restored Carvin AC50

“Fantastic bass guitar. What a restoration!” - Ebayuser fhuchrojr2012. Owner of a LowDown restored Rickenbacker 2060 El Dorado