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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Any experiences with a Texas music company called Stage?


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Sep 5th, 2017 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

...or any Stage products?

I was looking for a beater bass to travel with, and CL offered up a "Stage HD 1400" for $75. Its got a J-bass and P-bass pickup combo, and it played and sounded pretty good for a cheapo. Weird, I couldn't find an external S/N.

Anybody have any experience with 'Stage' products? The only info I could find was that in the early 90s an Arlington Texas music store may have imported Korean-made stuff.

just wondering...

OldFartBeaterBassPlayer Walt

Stage 1400HD Bass

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Sep 6th, 2017 06:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

When you say "travel" I see in my mind that you are going out of town for a few days or weeks and you are just looking for something to keep you sharp and let you work on new material when you have spare time. Or to be more specific, you just want something for YOU to listen to and perhaps an informal jam with some friends if the opportunity arises...maybe even a casual gig someplace...

In those set of circumstances and similar situations...what does it really matter?

I sat in with lots of blues jams in Okla City for well over a year. I would drive to OKC, rehearse with my band, swing by Bricktown and stop at the Biting Sow for their Tuesday night jam and then drive home. I would also swing by the monthly Blues Society jam on the third Sunday. Sometimes, I would not take a bass, but if the opportunity came to play...I could usually find someone in the club that would loan their bass. (I would usually buy the owner of the bass their beverage of choice as a "thank you".)

While I almost always had my own bass, had I shown up with a pawn shop escapee OR had I borrowed the same pawn shop escapee I can tell you these facts:

"I" would still sound like "me" no matter what amp or what bass I played. I would always find a setting on the "house amp" that was "close enough".

No body who knew me would care about what bass I played.

I have always gone by the rule that if the neck is comfortable and you can get "close enough" to your personal sound...and the gig is not being recorded for replay on some national TV production, what does it matter?

So, if this is to sit in the winter lodging in South (enter one: Texas or Florida) take your wading boots and your budget bass and "Party On Garth." Or for that conference where you will be stuck in a hotel/motel for a long week or week end...save yourself the hassle of hanging out with the "party hardy crowd" and stay in the room working on that song or that passage that you are trying to nail down.

You have my permission to buy what works....as if you need permission.

I came close to buying a Squier bass and I am still keeping my eyes peeled...I don't NEED it, but I like the looks. If it feels decent and sounds decent to me...who cares about the brand name? I can always tweak the amp or get out the Sans Amp DI and dial it in.


Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Sep 6th, 2017 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

words of wisdom, Tony, as always, thanks.

For the record, we're driving around visiting a few friends in different states, and I didn't want to take my `70 JBass. And you're right, the Stage still sounds like me playing (aka exceptionally excellent !).

Was just curious, since it seemed like a good quality guitar made by an unknown and extinct company.

oldFartExceptionallyExcellentBassPlayer Walt

Tony Wright
Contributing Member

Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Sep 6th, 2017 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a friend who bought 2 dozen "no name" imports that more or less looked like Strats and maybe a half dozen P-Bass. He put his own logo on them and sold them in the first 3 weeks. I missed out because I was paying for something else.

He moved to Clarksdale MS (home of the real "Crossroads" that Robert Johnson and Eric Clapton sang about) where he then ordered about 100 of the no name guitars and sold most of those...

The market name was "Blues Crossroads" guitars, I think. For the last 5 or 6 years, he has custom painted each guitar, making them "wall hangers" and works of "art" and not intended to be played to make music. He paints a local scene and then puts the name of the town...then he gifts the guitars to people like the local mayor, the governor, the senators and representatives from his area, as well as visiting out of town manufacturing representatives looking for constructions sites...he has been working for the local government in business development...so keeping the name of the town on the walls of the elected officials and industry decision makers.

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