Poll: Do you know of Olinto basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stagelab, Jun 14, 2020.

Have you ever heard of Olinto basses?

Poll closed Jun 28, 2020.
  1. Yes

    201 vote(s)
  2. No

    138 vote(s)
  1. Stagelab


    Dec 26, 2015
    Brooklyn, NY
    Taking a little poll to gauge awareness of Olintos.
  2. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
    Aware of them . Have seen maybe 2-3 online but never in person.
    GregC, DJ Bebop, LoTone and 3 others like this.
  3. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I have. They're like Fenders but even more expensive. At least they come with free Labellas.
  4. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I've heard of them. LaBella, right? But never seen one in person.
  5. I am aware. I know that Mas Hino builds them in NYC.
    And Mas Hino worked on my L2500 when he was at Rudy’s on 48th street.
    PockySteve, wmmj, TN WOODMAN and 2 others like this.
  6. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    Yes. Great basses!
    @eastcoasteddie Yep he worked there at Rudy's shop just across Manny's at 48th.
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  7. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Why do you ask?
    Justinian, Stumbo and lowdownthump like this.
  8. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Wow just googled them and they are BRUTALLY expensive, twice as much as a Nash.. so yes I guess I know them now, what's your question?
    bholder and TN WOODMAN like this.
  9. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    Never heard of 'em. Judging by the responses in this thread, I can't afford one.
  10. mouthmw


    Jul 19, 2009
    Never heard of them, so I googled. Ugh, that headstock.. Yeah, umm, nope.
  11. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Inactive

    Jun 22, 2013
    I have one. It’s handmade (carved) by Mas Hino and he also winds the pickups himself. I’ve owned many p basses from vintage Fenders, and Custom Shop models, to U.S. made Laklands (and beyond), and can honestly say that the in my experience the Olinto is superior in both craftsmanship and tone to the above. It was modeled after a 64 Precision (iirc) and nails the vintage vibe but without the issues that come with a bass of that vintage. It has an evenness of tone across the entire fingerboard that I’ve never found in any p bass, and even when loaded with Jameson’s it sets up lower than any p bass I’ve played without any dead spots. It just feels luxurious, plays effortlessly, and has an impeccable/ideal P bass tone. I bought mine used and got a fair deal. These appear to hold their value very well and there are a few excellent reviews to be found online. Highly recommended for anyone looking for an excellent p bass without having to rifle through a lot of them to find “the one”. Also, the Team at Labella is outstanding and wonderful to deal with.
    KUETSUM, Vinny_G, bobyoung53 and 9 others like this.
  12. Every one I’ve seen is an early pre ‘57 single coil style. Which I love. Beautiful basses on the screen, never seen one in the wild.
  13. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Never heard of them... but, we're getting outdoor cable, next week...

    ... so, things could change.
  14. Dincrest


    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    Heard of Olinto? Yes, through this forum. Heck, most any boutique or lesser-known bass or amp I'm aware of is thanks to TalkBass.

    Interested in Olinto? Heck no!
  15. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Aware but have never seen one in the wild. But they be never seen an Alleva Coppollo in the wild either. Very few Sadowsky’s or Foderas as well. I guess the most common boutique I see around here is MTD, and that may be because of a unique circle.
  16. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Hmmm, is it a used bass site? This one looks pretty beat up.
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  17. The LaBella Showroom is a 15 minute walk from me.
    I want to bring my LB-100 to him to get LaBellas installed and the original pickup reinstalled. The guy I bought it from put a SDQP in it :(
    wintremute and punchdrunk like this.
  18. Stagelab


    Dec 26, 2015
    Brooklyn, NY
    Thanks for answering the poll.

    I’ve yet to play an Olinto but I only hear incredible things from those who own them. Top notch craftsmanship for those who want a premiere P bass and can afford it.

    to the guy who posted the pic, that’s a road worn Olinto. Meaning a new bass that’s been intentionally aged to reflect the look and feel of a vintage, well played instrument.
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  19. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Inactive

    Jun 22, 2013
    Those G&L LB-100’s are outstanding. You should totally take a stroll to their shop and have those guys doll it up for you. Also check out an olinto while your there.
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  20. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Did you intentionally ignore the other basses without a relic'd finish?
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