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Alphonso Iturra single cut

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sagryf1, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. sagryf1


    Oct 23, 2004
    I've been looking at a sc Alphonso Iturra bass and am impressed by the workmanship. My question to you TBers is does anyone own one and what are your impressions of it?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. JSCHRO7376

    JSCHRO7376 Commercial User

    Feb 23, 2004
    Los Angeles County, CA
    Owner, Schroeder Cabinets
    Alfonso Iturra builds excellent instruments with great playability, light weight, very nicely balanced. I own 2 of them and both have Benavente pickups and Benavente preamps; my fretless:





    my fretted:





    Brian Barrett (www.thelowend.net) has a couple more Iturras; check the pics on his site. :)
  3. Cerb


    Sep 27, 2004
    I can't say that I own one, but the attention to detail seems to be top notch. I have quite a few pictures of them saved to my computer, and I love every one of them. :)
  4. Akito


    Dec 1, 2003
    I've played two different basses by him, they weren't exactly my thing, but they were very nice. If you find them appealing you ought to look for a chance to play one. Call the Low End, maybe Brian can help you out.
  5. jow83


    Jun 3, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    gorgeous basses dude, not really my thing but they sure look pretty!!
  6. sagryf1


    Oct 23, 2004
    JSCHRO7376 - you have some very nice sc Iturras.

    Akito - curious about why you said "they weren't exactly my thing" I am assuming that you mean maybe the tone or the looks? Please elaborate.
  7. Akito


    Dec 1, 2003
    Probably too classy for me. They have an "organic" vibe that's really cool and original, but I'm more of a dyed and painted finishes and hi-fi type. The basses are great I didn't mean my comment to sound like I have reservations about them, I just think on such high end and unique instruments it's about your personal reaction to the instrument. Also 90% of the basses I have played that I didn't own were soloed. I think that doesn't give you the whole picture like using them in a band situation will.
  8. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    sweet basses jorg!

    were my eyes messing with me or did the back of the neck have a rather unusual taper as the positioning got higher than the 12th fret?
  9. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Wow, didn't notice that before. In both the back of neck shot of the fretted, and the looking down at the bass horn shot, you can see that the edge has been left pretty square, with most of the material intact, as if it were going to connect to a SC non-horn. I've thought of doing that before, I guess I won't be the first now.
  10. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Very cool bridge design on that fretless one.
  11. danman


    May 18, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA
    There's a fly on your fretboard!
    Please shew it off of the beautiful bass before swinging at it.

  12. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    Jorg, what's the reasoning behind the extended neck heel on the double cut?
  13. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    I know it's amazing, well done.

    As for the heal on that 6'er.... wonder if that was Jorg's request, if so, why?
  14. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
  15. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    I don't know why Iturra did it, but I might do it because: that far up on the neck, the neck is too wide for you to ever possibly want to wrap your thumb around the bass side (even if you are a thumb-wrapper). So, why should we round over the bass side of the back of the neck and remove that wood? Leave it there, to increase the stiffness of the neck! It pretty much looks the same as a neck for a singlecut, before the bass body wing is attached.
  16. jaxlaw


    Oct 5, 2002
    Winter Garden
    I am bringing this thread back to life because I am on the verge of scoring one of his 4 string fretless basses and would like to see if there are any updated comments about the basses or the luthier since 2005.
  17. Adam Wright

    Adam Wright Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2002
    GHS Strings
    played a couple at a guitar show a few years ago at The Low End booth, really cool basses, top notch build quality.
  18. vstringbassist


    Nov 17, 2003
    I love my Iturra DCX-5! The neck is squared off around the 12th fret and I like it because it is different - it does not interfere with my playing up high. There are some pics of my Iturra from a recent show on his facebook page. I got the first DCX-5 made which is pretty cool I think. It has been the perfect 'live' bass for me as the fit and sound works great. Before I got the bass I was not a fan of EMG Hz pickups as I had them in a Shecter Stargazer and did not like the tone. In this bass matched with a 3-band Agliuar pre-amp, they sound great. I want another Iturra bass although I have to watch the expense right now.

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