Alleva Coppolo vs. Low End vs. Other

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by remcult, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Alleva Coppolo (LM5 probably)

    23 vote(s)
  2. LEJ

    10 vote(s)
  3. Other (Jazz bass, or versatile enough to get Jazz tone)

    41 vote(s)
  1. remcult

    remcult Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    New Jersey
    I'm itching to check out some higher-end basses, and I think I'm leaning towards getting something in the Fender Jazz mode (and possibly making a move to 5-string). What do folks think?
  2. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Lakland 55-AJ
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    A 2012 or newer Fender American Deluxe 5er is a great bass and $1600-1700 new and $1200-1300 used. Really nice basses. As good or better than a Sadowsky Metro IME.

    I have only played a couple of ACs, but for $5k I would pass and buy an actual 60's Fender.

    Other options might be MBasses (getting pricy though), Nordy, Valenti and Mike Lull. My next Jazz 5er will likely be a Valenti or possibly back to a Fender Deluxe.
  4. remcult

    remcult Supporting Member

    Dec 26, 2012
    New Jersey
    yeah, i'm curious about looking into a nicer Fender as well; at the moment my go-to Jazz is a MIM Fender. it plays pretty well, but I'm hankering after something new and interesting.

    preferably with 24 frets, a fast neck, active/passive options, and under 10 lb
  5. joel406


    Dec 27, 2013
    I have owned my share of high end and custom built instruments. I found they were nothing more then short term savings accounts. My money was tied up in 5 or 6 basses that neither performed nor sounded better than an off the wall Jazz or Ric. After liquidating all the fat(recouping enough funds to buy a house. Literally!) I settled into the wonderful world of non boutique interments that allowed me to customize them to my liking without the waiting that you get from ordering from the likes of Fodera. I will never own another "custom" Bass again. Why should I? Fender isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    I've got a LoPrinzi JJ5 on order
  7. thebassbuilder


    Mar 7, 2012
    Spartanburg SC
    guitar builder, Meyers Guitars
    If you want a 24 fret than maybe try the Low End. They look cool but have never played or held one.
  8. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I'm digging the hell out of a Nordstrand VJ5 Classic just now! It's pretty sweet.
  9. bassclef04

    bassclef04 Bass and Beyond! Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2006
    Bronx, NY
    I have a 2013 Fender MIA Jazz Deluxe V, a great bass! I have the 3 tone alder/rosewood and i couldn't be happier with my tone. All I need now is Fender to make a 70's Jazz V!
  10. was3funk

    was3funk Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    get your hands on as many high end jazz basses as you can, if you go for a 5'er make sure the B string is tight. Many great J style basses to choose....AC, Nordy, Sadowsky, Fbass, Moollon to name a few. Good luck!
  11. I've played most well known boutique out there and have owned quite a few. You can add Xotic XJ-1T to the pack. It is one the most versatile j styles I've owned. Fantastic B string.
  12. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Fer sure. High end Jazz Bass inspired instruments is already a crowded field...and only getting more crowded. So many choices - including Overwater, Mayones, etc.

  13. Bassconbeatz

    Bassconbeatz Way down low Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Porter Ranch, CA
    Check out Wilkins basses. His basses are completely built in-house from raw wood lumber to his famous finishes.
  14. RedLeg

    RedLeg Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2009
    Kaiserslautern, Germany
    Nov Shmoz Ka Pop?

    PM me if you are looking for one!
  15. paujones

    paujones Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2009
    Dublin, CA
    I've been playing mostly 5-string for about 20 years. I recently bought an Alleva-Coppola and I love it.
    I also have a Lakland Skyline 55-60 Joe Osborn that I like too. It was less than half the cost of the AC. I also have an Alembic Europa 5 with the great Alembic electronics and killer tone.

    I real depends on what you need from the bass and how many different sounding once you want. I did a few shows this weekend, and I switched back and forth and lived the diversity and different looks.

    One factor is weight. The AC with alder body and thin, sculpted rosewood over maple is much lighter than the others and has great tone.
  16. davidhilton

    davidhilton Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 13, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm real happy with my Xotic XJ-1T. Its exactly what ur looking for:5 string Jazz bass...but be carful its loaded!!!
  17. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Never played an LE, but ansolutely love my A-C LG5.

    ...but here's the catch: When I bought my A-C, they were a lot cheaper and Fender was still kinda figuring out 5-string J-basses. Now it's years later and Fender has made lots of improvements to their 5s and A-C basses have gotten a lot more expensive.

    Am I glad I bought the A-C? Yes. Would I buy one now, given the current state of A-C prices and Fender quality? I'm not so sure. Today, I might lean toward the Fender.
  18. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    I voted other. If I wanted a killer custom bass I'd get an Alembic.

    However, i do understand that sometimes you just gotta have a familiar jazz shaped bass. If Thats the goal then I'd go with a Spector Coda Woodstock edition.

    If I just had to have a sweet new Fender I'd get the Fender Select Active Jazz.

    If I just had to have a road worn jazz or something a little less pristine I'd go with an all original 1960's Fender Jazz.
  19. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    jimmy is a genuine and cool person, i put his pickups in my 84 mij jazz and i could not be happier with the tone, it's amazing now
  20. Joelc73

    Joelc73 Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    My AC basses are the closest I've ever come to a vintage fender in a five string package. Very authentic sound in a meticulous and period correct build.