The Alleva B is about one of the best in the bizz..
I own a few LGs. And played a few LMs. I currently use mostly P 4 and KBP5s.. Best Low B on a P5 that i have ever played. and i have owned and toured,vintage Fenders, Fodera, Pedulla, Sadowskys, Alembic, Lull, F, Zons etc etc.. name it ive owned it..
I used to bring my other basses and an Alleva to a session... the engineer would always have me play the Alleva 4 or 5 string over the other basses... .So now all i bring are the Allevas and one Fender 58 P bass with flats..
Jimmys wife is Sebnem.. Real sweet girl... and funny...
Ive played the fender bass that you are asking about . .Its a great bass.. Some are hit and miss like any other manufactured wood product.. And they sound fairly well.. A friendwas using one with Daryl Hall on his Web show LFDH..
To me its more about feel.. If i like the way a bass feels i can make it sound just about any way you can want it to.. But if it feels like crap , its gonna stay on the stand..
To me the Alleva basses feel like a worn in FAVE pair of jeans.. AND they hold their resale value quiet well..
Its really up to you what you prefer... There are so many choices these days which is a great thing for us players.
Im actually having a new KBP5 and LG5 made by Jimmy right now.. I picked some real lightweight Alder for each. Looking forward to it..
Mine have traveled the planet and they still are great.. and might i add. even traveling from Austin Texas to NYC then a gig in Warsaw Poland and then on to Paris,FR then more gigs in the states last summer. I did not have to touch the truss rod on my Alleva LG5..
The necks are old growth wood,, and stable.. Just a work of art. each one of them ..And his preamps are real transparent and even with extreme EQ settings can still sound natural ad not ganked up My .02
Originally Posted by marleaux
I used to live in Istanbul but I am moving to LA in Spring.
By the way Jimmy is married to a Turkish girl who hand wounds the pickups at home.
I am up to a 2014 Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass V and this will be my first jazz bass. So thats why it sounds ok for me. Budget is not a problem. But if the difference is so small then why pay the triple price.
Only thing I am worrying about is the sound of B string. A friend of mine told me that in a AC b string sounds as good as E string.
I cannot try both and compare but if there is such a difference it worths the triple price. A bass which is probably live with me till the end of my life.