BASSISTS
ALUSDNIO HYBRID ALBERTO RIGGNI 5 PRICE £ 1 ,7 4 0
without much to show
for your blisters but a
tired subsonic groan
from your amp? Try this
bass without delay
The low В is like a
railway line. Helped by
the ebony fretboard and
the flatter-than-usual profile,
notes below low E sound
legitimately rounded rather
than chopped off.
At the top end of the
scale, you'll be rewarded by
a fluid, smooth feel when
you solo above the octave.
This bass doesn't have a
shredder's neck, although
you can do your best Billy
Sheehan impression
if you so desire:
instead, it hits
a sweet spot
between
lightweight/fast
and heavy/slow.
The Goldilocks
Zone of bass, if
you will (consult
Google for that
reference, non-
astronomers).
Tones?
Now you're in
for a treat. Its
owner Rigoni,
a progressive
metal sort of
chap, is all over YouTube demoing this instrument's many areas of
functionality, and we confirmed for ourselves that an immense,
beefy sound can be coaxed from it without needing to trouble
the active controls overmuch. Head to the EQ, however -
comprising three controls and a three-way switch - and the fun
starts The push-pull volume control is the place to go to toggle
between active and passive modes, although guite frankly, there's
enough going on with passive tones for most bass players.
Enter active mode at your peril, because there is a truly monstrous
boost available at either end of the spectrum. The low end is among the
fattest we've heard in a while, and certainly from a bass with this kind
of price tag on it, while the same is true of the glass-shattering treble.
Our conservative side wants to point out that this much power is rarely
necessary in actual playing situations, but then again, it's good to have
plenty of ammo in reserve, we suppose. Congrats once again to Aguilar
and their super-hot pickups.
Two final points. The Hipshot detuner works perfectly well. Why do
people get so hot under the collar about this little gizmo? Perhaps,
paranoid bunch of musicians that bassists are, we don't trust it
to return to a perfectly tuned position when you flip back to your
standard tuning. Like a whammy bar, but less showy-off.
.. and then
there's the aluminium top, which you may have noticed that we
haven't really mentioned in this review so far. Does it affect the tone
significantly? It's hard to say, but there's definitely something going
on: perhaps an extra zing when you pluck or pop a string. That said,
the active treble boost does so much for the top end, every
other tone-shaping factor seems pretty much irrelevant.
CONCLUSION
This is a very playable bass indeed, although it damn
well should be for the thick end of two grand. There
are a lot of sub-£2,000 bass guitars around at the
moment, however, and Alusonic is hardly a major
name to conjure with, so check the competition
before you invest. However, if it's a wide (and
accessible) range of tones you're after, plus a low
В string that feels as steady as a rock, consider this
bass as a serious option. ■■
TECHNICAL SPECIfICATION
PRICE
I £1,740
MADE IN
I Italy
BODY
I Alder with epoxy lacquer finish,
aircraft-grade aluminium top with mirror finish
NECK
| Hard maple, satin urethane finish
NECK
| Width 21 mm at 1st fret
SCALE
| Length 34"
FINGERBOARD
I Ebony
FRETS
I 24 medium jumbo
NECK
I Join bolt-on
PICKUPS
I 2 x Aguilar Super Singles
CONTROLS
I Volume (push/pull for active/
passive), three-band EQ
BRIDGE
I Alusonic brass bridge with quick
release system
TUNERS
I Hipshot Ultralite with Xtender
WEIGHT
I 4.4kg
WHAT WE THINK
PLuS
I M ighty B string feel. Huge
tone capabilities
MINuS
I Aluminium element doesn't appear
to do much
ovERALL
I A very decent bass for the price.
Try it out
b g m
r a t i n g
BUILD QUALiTY
SOUND QUALITY
VALUE
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B A S S G UITA R M A G AZ IN E
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