TRADED Alleva-Coppolo LG 5

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by ElMon, Jan 13, 2020.


  1. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Price:
    4600
    Strings:
    5
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    No longer available - Alleva LG5


    OK, more pics/clips/musings/insanity to come, but for starters ....

    This bass represents my 'not main player, but there for some sweet, G.A.S-enabling trades'

    Very glad I got to experience some of Jimmy's handiwork, between this and the RA5 I had for a minute. There are a lot of J-inspired 5 strings out there these days, and I've owned a ton of them, but IMO this build absolutely nails the 'classic Fender J with a B-string' thing.

    I've actually gigged an alder/rw 66' J, and this bass is very evocative of that classic, but again, it can go boom-boom down low. Oh, and the bridge pickup sound on this puppy is the text-book definition of that overused word 'punchy'.


    Few International Relations Items to go over:

    Really do NOT want to ship this abroad, but I might consider some of you fine Canadian folken, for ease of shipping.

    I'LL CALCULATE ACTUAL SHIPPING COSTS FOR WHOMEVER GETS THIS ONE!!!!

    PAYPAL!!!

     
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  2. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Previous owner's pics:


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  3. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    "ElMon ... you fickle sumbiscuit ... what's the deal? A cursory look through your past threads ... I mean ... whatever your therapist is charging is too much. Just pick some dang basses and quit all of this foolin."

    And yet ...

    I'm a dabbler when it comes to J-basses. I like that sound, but I'm not 'in love' with it. P-Guy. Through and Through. 'P-Wit-a-B' club I guess you could say.

    Did some back-to-back testing over the weekend, and still my Sadowsky PJ5 edges everything else out. My Olinto P5 is absolutely the more period-correct version of a P5, but my PJ5 Skardooski is my 'er-tang' bass.

    So ... in the case of this bass ...

    I'd just rather have a WL5.
    I stupidly let go of a Metro ... ash/maple ... that was just amazing. My 'I'm not really a J Guy' psychosis kicked in. I actually like the down-sized body and the slimmer nut width.

    Does it have as much 'true J' mojo as this AC LG5?

    No ... and it's been fun being able to really know the difference.
     
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  4. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
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    Completely-unintentional on that front, but pretty damn funny as well.
     
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  5. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    This neck is very thin front-to-back, and very fast. Turns out that's NOT my 'thang'. My Olinto P5 has a baseball bat neck like a 50's P (not quite a V shape, but in the ball park) and I LURVE it.
     
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  6. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    Georgia
    That is one extremely handsome bass! I really like the look of the burst fades at the ends of the neck, framed by the bound fretboard. :thumbsup: GLWTS...
     
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  7. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Might be into some UV5 Ultra-Vintage, 70's inspired Sadowsky Metro 5's as well.
     
  8. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Not in any rush on this FYI. So, though I respect your Hutzpuh, lowballers need not apply. I fart in your general direction!
     
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  9. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Putting this on hold for this jack-knob (me) who wants to slap some LaBella rounds on this and raise the action.

    This thing is a slap machine, with that type of action that you can carry a set with just your left hand hammer-ons whilst you finish your 20oz beer.
     
  10. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Still would be down for an NYC WL5 and/or AC LM5.
     
  11. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    OK, back on the block.

    Few things to go over:

    Barring a WL5 (NYC most likely straight across and Metro money my way) or an AC LM5, no trades on this one.


    And to the lowballers:

    Don't even try. 'Do a search' about this brand.

    • These deluxe/supreme models regularly trade in the $4500-5k+ region
    • They don't come up all that much
    • The gold finish is made with real pirate gold
    • I don't hate on people for the 'it's worth a shot' approach, but seriously ... why do I have to take a bath on a bass like this? Answer: I don't.

    I'll wait years before I drop this a red cent. Stubborn I am!!
     
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  12. That neck is amazing!!! I love the weird sh*t Jimmy does from time to time. Just amazing. So unique. That bass is so much bling. Just love it.
     
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  13. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    My second AC bass. The neck carve is slim and FAST. I’m truly not worthy, hence passing it along.

    This bass is so wide sounding and dynamic. I kind of prefer the more compressed sound of my Sadowsky basses.
     
  14. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    So, a bit of anecdotal, pseudo-scientific sales pitching:


    I've got an Olinto P5 and a Sadowsky NYC PJ5 as my favorite, never-getting-rid-of-these basses.

    I wear them low, and I'm very much a meat-and-potatoes, groove player. Not much slapping ... not much weedly-weedly stuff up on the neck. These basses have chunky necks, flatwounds, medium-high action, and that just fits me.

    This bass just screams to be worn up high on your chest and to have the bejeebus slapped out of it. The neck is fast and the action is low.
    Not my thing.
    I toyed around with adjusting it to my specs/slapping some flats on it but then just figured the better thing was to get it in the hands of one of those more technical players, who'd have a world-class, pro instrument tailored to that style of playing, right out of the box.
     
  15. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK

    Back to this.

    I just like the way a Sadowsky sounds in a mix a wee bit better than this bass. For my needs/sounds in my head.

    The Sadowsky sound has a bit more built-in compression, to my ears, and I actually prefer that. Hands-down the AC wins out for true Vintage J sound in a 5'er.

    no trades.
    no intl deals.

     
  16. Vic

    Vic There's more music in the nuance than the notes. Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Central Illinois
    Staff, Bass Gear Magazine
    What the heck is "jimmy-wood"?
     
  17. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Since I don’t have to worry about Kirk Powers swooping in to correct me, I THINK I read in the AC MegaThread that it’s tonally-close and genetically-close to Brazilian. Thing it even has a genus named after Jimmy Coppolo’s dog Caesar.

    I’ve got three basses with Brazilian RW boards, and that checks out.
     
  18. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
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  19. ElMon

    ElMon Supporting Member

    May 30, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
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  20. bassballs27

    bassballs27 Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    GTA, Ontario, Canada
    If I can also add in....CNL is no longer available for new orders. It's gone like the dodo bird and dinosaurs so get this bass while it's available! :)
    In the past, any bass with CNL was technically called a "Classic" even if it had Nitrocellulose Lacquer.
    Nowadays, Jimmy is calling a bass with Nitro and CNL a "Classic Supreme" and of course if it has the true Dalbergia Nigra or Brazillian Rosewood...it's a "Classic Supreme Limited Edition"
    Now if a bass has Polyurethane Finish and CNL on an LG5....well...that's technically a "Classic"
     
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