A rather special bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wraithwrider, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. Wraithwrider


    Nov 8, 2005
    Kendal UK
    I collected my ACG Harlot from Alan in Moffat today. It’s my 2nd Harlot, my 1st being a 5 string. I’m a late starter into the world of playing bass and a 4 string makes life easier for me and it does all I need and more besides. I tried playing a 5 but it didn't work out.

    I love the type S single cut style of the Harlot and carried it over to the 4. This is the 1st single cut 4 that Alan has created.

    I’d 1st like to stress that Alan’s creations are 1st and foremost working tools (I know that Alan would agree here), instruments for the creation of the low end. These basses are designed 1st and foremost to be used. Design wise he dares to be different and if you ask him to make you a Jazz he’s likely to point you back in the direction from which you came. I personally love the flowing lines and perfect balance that both my ACG’s have had. I also like to be a bit different.

    I’m not a disciple of the ‘tone wood’ gospel and I think that bass/amp/string etc. manufacture has more than its fair share of b*llpoopie in a b*llpoopie laden world. I do think you have a choice, use any functional wood and paint it or use something that has its own unique ascetics, lacquer it and celebrate its beauty.

    I don’t understand any of this ‘coffee table’ comment crap either, each to their own (I have both and appreciate them all), this bass is a ergonomic delight being tiny and light, has a superbly comfortable asymmetric neck and just about the lowest action I’ve ever experienced.

    Alan carefully chooses his pickups that are made entirely to his specification with magnet type and windings to suit positions on the instrument and to complement his double low pass filter pre amp. This is another example of Alan’s commitment to instruments that provide a huge variety of real world tones. The tonal range is so wide that these basses can’t imo be categorised in terms of tone at all.

    So having stressed the fact that ACG’s are not simply exotic wood artefacts but are remarkable musical instruments that celebrate a natural phenomenon in a quite unique way and that having a say in the crafting of such an instrument is a real pleasure here’s some photos of my new bass. I can’t wait to let it loose in anger.






  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Yup! Looks like a coffee table to me.:p:D


    I am like you in that I like (and own) the boutique look as well as that of standard shaped/finished instruments.

    Having said that, your bass, albiet a functional instrument and obviously very ergonomic, looks absolutely incredible. The front is great but the back... wow! I can only imagine how many hours were spent building this and the obvious skill of the builder is evident.

    I would expect you will get lots of "wow, what IS that thing?" comments when you play, but who cares? Another manufacturer's boring and plain looking singlecut will likely recieve lots of stares just as the shape is so different than the norm.

    Basses IMO are tools regardless of how much I love buying, trading and trying new things. They are meant to be played.... and if they look different than a Fender, cool! (and I LOVE Fenders too!):bassist:

    Let us know how that thing sounds!
  3. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    Wow, that is wild looking! I think I like the look of the back better though, like a few ladies I know ;) Crazy beautiful bass either way though, congrats!
  4. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    Very nice- I like the wood choices on the back as well. And I'm always a fan of the EBMM-style truss rod wheel.
  5. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Boy, there is a lot of expensive wood on that bass. It sure looks nice. Too darn nice to use as a coffee table! :)

    How is it for ergonaimics/playing comfort?

    Have fun with it!
  6. TheDarkReaver

    TheDarkReaver Inactive

    Mar 20, 2006
    Lincolnshire, UK
    I like my coffee tables like I like my woman; classy and able to rest my drink on.
  7. beautiful piece of work.
  8. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Stunning! I'd love to hear more about the sound...

  9. Alienation

    Alienation Guest

    Jul 29, 2008
    Beautiful bass.
  10. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    That is one drop-dead gorgeous bass.
    I'm a big fan of Alan's work and would love to own one of his basses someday.

  11. Yup, they look stunning! I can't wait until Mike's is done so I can take a gander....and probably order one.

    As for the coffee table comments, you'll get used to it. :p I have a Stambaugh coming soon and I decided to have Chris put a coffee ring stain on the back in anticipation of some joker who thinks he's the first to take that kind of wise crack.
  12. 'Tis a wonderful thing :D