NDB (New bass day): Alnus Bas p51 relic

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  1. johnpaulbass

    johnpaulbass

    Nov 2, 2005
    Slovenia
    Endorsing Artist: Gr Bass, Pyramid Strings, MPE Audio
    Hello all,

    just wanted to share with you a bass that I've been checking for a long time.
    I was in a hunt for a "p51" (slab board) bass for years, did quite a research, looked for builders, luthiers even looking to mod a cheap Harley Benton or a Squier.

    My price range was around 800-1200 usd, so options like Fender Custom shop were out of the range.

    Also another thing that I really like is the "worn" and "relic" look, therefor the "crafted in japan" model, which is great, also fell out of the choices. I was looking for a true passive, "first electric bass", no frills like Leo would have built it bass :)
    In the end, living in Europe, like myself shortens the possibilities (I found that in the USA i.e. there are lot more options in searching for this type of bass in terms of luthiers, options, etc...)

    So, long story short, my eyes fell on this luthier from Rome (Italy) called Luca and his ALNUS Basses. He runs a Reverb shop. Does all the wood work himself, all the relicing, the hardware is from Korea (which the relics by himself) and also wires the pickup himself.

    The bass sounds GREAT. Has the true vintage tone and feel. When the bass came I have to make a little setup since it was BRAND NEW, after that and after I put my trusted Thomasticks flats on ... BOOM ... true 50s fender bass.

    I invite you all to check his Reverb: https://reverb.com/shop/luca-1

    There are some really nice basses.

    Hope you like it as much as I do :)

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  2. Very nice!
     
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  3. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Nice relic bass..... But, the saddle and pickup need some fine adjustment to make the bass string has well align from bridge to pickup magnet pole until neck heel .

    Skip it if you have zero OCD.
     
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  4. bolophonic

    bolophonic

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    You align those by loosening the neck a turn and pushing it into place.
     
  5. UNICORN BASS

    UNICORN BASS

    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Not a relic fan but that is amazing.
     
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  6. johnpaulbass

    johnpaulbass

    Nov 2, 2005
    Slovenia
    Endorsing Artist: Gr Bass, Pyramid Strings, MPE Audio
    Thanks man ... I did the photo just after I've unpacked it :)

    I did the setup today and plays wonderfully!

    Thanks for the tip!
     
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  7. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    It's official, I like it as much as you do.:D

    Glad you found what you were looking for a little closer to home.:thumbsup:
     
  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    perfect! glad you found a helpful luthier and that you got the ax you've been looking for --- congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
     
  9. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I also disdain relics, but this one is rather convincing. Enjoy!
     
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  10. jk_bass

    jk_bass

    Jun 28, 2006
    what's up with the strings? Is it supposed to do that?
     
  11. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That's really cool. Looks great. I bet it plays well. Enjoy loudly.
     
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  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I'm really digging that sonic blue on his page. Cool stuff. Even with the heavy freight fee to the USA that cost is a very good deal.
     
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  13. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    Love it! Would def go a Dusty Hill replica.
     
  14. I like it a lot. I love a well done relic-ing.
     
  15. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    I will be honest. At first glance I read the title as Anus Bass.

    Nice looking bass, and it looks like the guy makes a lot of cool stuff.
     
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  16. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    On the marketing side of things, he did list a huge bottom end.
     
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  17. simongpaez

    simongpaez Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    Beautiful
     
  18. Tanner5382

    Tanner5382 Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    That's a good one!
     
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  19. oranje

    oranje Living Deliciously Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    San Diego
    Very well done all the way around. He got some serious crust going on the tuners, bridge and plate. I for one, am jelly.
     
  20. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I've never been into the whole relic thing either, but this really looks like it's been on the road for decades. :cool: Enjoy your new/old bass, brother!
     
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