I’ve often heard the word boutique in reference to a bass or guitar. I was never all that clear on the definition so I started a thread on TalkBass to get opinion of the masses of bassist.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a boutique as…
bou·tique (b›-t¶k“) n. 1.a. A small retail shop that specializes in gifts, fashionable clothes, accessories, or food, for example. b. A small shop located within a large department store or supermarket. 2. An investment boutique. –attributive. Often used to modify another noun.
After reviewing the TB thread I’ve come up with the following definition…
Boutique Bass: “A high end, hand crafted bass made by a low production luthier that has been tailored for a specific bassists’ needs and requirements.”
Please note that only a few basses are set as being boutique basses. That’s not say that’s all there is. It’s just a work in progress and the list will grow over time. If your faves are missing, please contact me.
Updated: February 24, 2013
Previously: September 6, 2011