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Alpher Bass #69 .. Ivy Bass

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Good morning,

I thought I'd share my latest (and 2nd) bass guitar from Alpher Instruments. It's #69, called the Ivy (named after my daughter). The spec is:

Alpher Mako Elite
21 fret
34 inch scale
One piece roasted swamp ash body
Black accent veneer
Purple crazy burl top
Roasted flamed maple neck
Roasted flamed maple fingerboard
Luminlay side and front dot markers
Aguilar AG4J-70 pickups in 70s location
Darkglass tone capsule preamp
Roasted flamed maple knobs
Roasted flamed maple back panel
Hipshot A style brass bridge
Hipshot ultralite tuners

The combination of 70's pickup spacing and the woods give an awesome, almighty old school bass sound that just sings and resonates! I bridges the gap between the modern top end bass sound I've been so used to (imagine the Flea sound from Californication) and old school classic 60/70's rock and roll (which more suits my covers band playing Creedence, Hendrix, Free etc).

It's weighs about 8lbs and is an absolute delight to play. I gigged it the other night and the amount of attention it brought for both its looks and sound was staggering!

If you find yourself in West Yorkshire, then feel free to come along and take a look. Also, Alpher Instruments are based about 4 miles away.

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[quote name='Mattpt85' timestamp='1490863104' post='3268544']
That is amazing!!
I would come to see you just to witness that bass in action!
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Thanks. Not a problem at all

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That top does look very 60s paisley style in a way - if you hadn't already named your bass it could have been Purple Haze :)

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[quote name='HowieBass' timestamp='1490863364' post='3268549']
That top does look very 60s paisley style in a way - if you hadn't already named your bass it could have been Purple Haze :)
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It was that 60's / 70's look I was going for. The spec pretty much was "imagine if Hendrix owned a bass"

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That's stunning, I'll be round in 10 minutes for a go! :lol:

I think I might have seen a few in-progress shots of this, but the finished article is lovely. Those Aguilar 70's Jazz pickups sound amazing too.

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[quote name='Rikki_Sixx' timestamp='1490870260' post='3268612']
That's stunning, I'll be round in 10 minutes for a go! :lol:

I think I might have seen a few in-progress shots of this, but the finished article is lovely. Those Aguilar 70's Jazz pickups sound amazing too.
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Ha ha! It's been worth the wait for sure.

I'd advise anyone who's in the area to pop in and take a look. They have some amazing bass guitars in stock at the moment as well

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[quote name='Lw.' timestamp='1490870613' post='3268620']
Nice looking bass - I bet that bridge pick-up is honky!
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When in middle position, it adds just the right amount of honk he he works brilliantly for my covers stuff.

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Stunning!

There is no luthier rivalling Alpher for woodwork, plenty of credit to their sources too!

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Theyre fantastic and lovely guys to boot, my nbd was a real pleasure meeting the team and I might still be the owner of the only 5 string Cobia int` world.

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[quote name='dmccombe7' timestamp='1491127494' post='3270630']
One of the most unusual finishes i've seen. Love it.
Enjoy and have fun.

Dave
[/quote] try and find them on Facebook - Luke's bass isn't the craziest finish they do!

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Niiiice...



Very reminiscent of some of Alan at ACG's work.

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