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Alleva-Coppolo LG-5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by west*coast*bass, Mar 7, 2006.


  1. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    Hi all, my Alleva Coppolo LS-5 arrived today and I must tell you this is one amazing bass. The specs are as follows:

    Swamp ash body - Mary Kay white finish
    34" Maple neck with Madagascar Rosewood board
    Alleva-Coppolo Dual J's with the AC 2 band preamp (I love the 2 band!)

    The bass weighs in at around 8.5 lbs and balances perfectly.

    Jimmy patterned this bass after a 60's J so the pickups are single coil and have a slight bit of hum when soloed, but it's not much at all.

    These basses are not exactly cheap, this one came in at just over $3K, a few hundred less than the Sadowsky line and just as impressive.

    Jimmy builds all of his guitars and basses by hand; the only work he farms out is the finishes, and his dedication shows. This is such a sweet bass.

    It will get it's first workout on Wednesday night when I get together with the band so I'll give a more complete "playing" review then. As for now, all I can say is by itself this bass sounds great. I am very happy to have it.

    Now for the pictures...

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  2. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    Alleva Coppolo sounds like a porn actress name. Nice bass thats my fav color combo on a jazz.
     
  3. pedroferreira

    pedroferreira

    Feb 10, 2003
    Portugal
    Congratulations.

    That seems a hell of a bass. :bassist:

    Pedro
     
  4. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    Thanks!
     
  5. pedroferreira

    pedroferreira

    Feb 10, 2003
    Portugal
    Can you post any sound clips so we can hear how it sounds?

    Thanks,

    Pedro
     
  6. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Congrats! Very cool! Enjoy!
     
  7. Piedro

    Piedro

    Jan 23, 2001
    Montréal, Qc, Canada
    Endorsing Aguilar Amp product.
    +1 Yesss Wanna hear this beauty

    That's an awesome color combo by the way... what a Bass
    is Jimmy have a store in new york where we can try his bass?
     
  8. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    I'll try to get some sound clips up soon.

    Jimmy does have a store in NYC. Here's the link for his website:

    http://guitarboutique.com/
     
  9. RoVaughn

    RoVaughn

    Oct 8, 2005
    See! I told you Jimmys basses are the truth.....right up there with Sadowsky's. They just cost a grip. That is a sweet looking bass. Next you gotta get som sound clips up.
     
  10. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    You were right. This bass is perfect. I'll get some clips up soon.

    Thanks!
     
  11. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
    I played one of these recently when a guy that lives in Raleigh brought it into our shop.

    Very nice bass, although I thought that the B string was a bit less strong than the E-G (not BAD, but not quite as good, my former Zon's 34" B was VERY solid, so it's not just the scale length). This particular one wanted to "noodle out" when you dug in on it, otherwise, it sounded and played wonderfully. I really liked it.

    ...by the way, interesting model name...I've seen that somewhere before...

    ;)
     
  12. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    I've played the bass you're talking about. I really liked the neck and playability but I agree about the B string, not that good. I think the pups were the problem. It sounds like the one in this thread has some slightly different pups or at least the bridge is wound different. That probably will make the difference. I would rather have one of these than a Sadowsky just for the neck shape, though I really dislike the headstock shape. I bet this one is a real nice sounding bass, congrats.

     
  13. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA
    This is the first AC that I have played and the B string is pretty solid. I will give it a run on Wednesday night and check back in with a review.

    So far I am pretty impressed all around with this bass.
     
  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    How do you like the 2 band preamp?
     
  15. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    I love it. I am not a fan of midrange boost. This is a really nice preamp, very smooth and musical.
     
  16. g00eY

    g00eY

    Sep 17, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    that finish! it's awesome...
     
  17. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    The pictures don't do it justice at all.
     
  18. What is the string spacing?
     
  19. svtb15

    svtb15 Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    Alleva Coppolo sounds like a porn actress name.

    I just called jimmy and told him that line.. He loved it and said that you are his hero.. I think he is still laughing... He said it is a combination of two family names that he gives thanks to...
     
  20. west*coast*bass

    west*coast*bass Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2003
    Agoura Hills, CA

    19mm.