Grace your space with Bass
"A stands for Albey and Albey stands
for Bass...a bass player for more than 30 years, Albey truly under stands
the needs of the player and has incorporated his love of the instrument
and its history into his own basses..."
"Solidly built...smoother body lines...well
constructed...the neck woodwork is exceptional. The velvety neck feels
like an old friend adding to the vintage vibe. Those who soar up to the
15th fret will appreciate the smooth heel. Plenty of positions for fingerstyle
playing and slappers will find the JB (Jade Bass) quite comfortable as
"the ultimate Bass maker...his basses
have soul...he has soul..."
"my name is peter coura and I run
a little guitar-and-bass-shop here in
"high-quality instruments with numerous
upgrade touches that one does not encounter on production models"
"Albey Balgochian transforms blocks
of wood into instruments of grace and beauty..."
...the best 'Jazz Type' bass I've
...the electric bass in its purest
form is an acoustic instrument; when played correctly, the sound is produced
by wood and string vibrating. Any electric bassist with a great sound understands
this concept. Just as on upright, right- and left-hand technique determines
the sound. A singing tone comes from making the instrument's body vibrate
correctly; you have to pull the strings enough to make the body resonate
without getting string noise (the same as on upright)...For the electric
bassist who is working on sound, let me state unequivocally: You have to
find the correct touch for each and every sound you want to hear from the
...It?s great to be buying a bass
from someone who gives a sh_t!
... The neck is a real hot rod.
Plays like the finest jazz you could ever imagine with just a little more
body. Hope yu don't mind the blow by blow chronicle of my relationship
with this spectacular new instrument. Just got home from gig. "A"bass is
starting to feel like mine. Here we are, day #2 and I'm already feeling
quite comfortable with my new bass. Neck really is amazing. It's aesthetically
gorgeous and really plays with incredible eaze, (thus the hot rod analogy
). Again, the weight is simply perfect. You know, I actually didn't miss
my Fender tonight. That's huge for me.
...I've played several of your basses
and they each have their own feel and voice. the question that comes to
mind is, "how can that be?" It's got to be 'cause your a player. You've
really captured that 60's feel. I really dig my bass, great fret job!...
...you are a real artist and take
great pride in your work...it was nice to deal directly with the designer
and creator of my bass...
...Great throaty tone from my new
J bass! (3rd one)
... your basses look absolutely
KILLER! After seeing your picture with the Upright, I said to myself, that
looks like the guy I saw playing at 'The Last Call' in Providence, R.I.
I played bass in the warm-up band that night. Your playing knocked me out.
My next Bass is going to one of yours, believe me...
...Albey, Thank you for spending
the time with me to go over every aspect of the basses. The more I played
them, the more I loved the neck on both basses. They really have a vintage
feel. To actually meet the player /builder and ask questions while trying
the basses is just what I was looking for. Especially a player with your
background. You have to give a lot of respect to a player that can play
everything on a fretless. Man, I am excited to see this bass built. Thanks
for the great personal service. "
An 'A' Bass is one of the
finest basses on the market?the Quality is first rate. Every detail is
exceptional. Albey extends the fingerboard over the body so you get a few
extra frets...they have such a great feel, the response on the fingers
is something that is hard to explain?very responsive to the touch...when
You may not be familiar with his
name, but there's a good chance you've seen some of his basses. For over
20 years Albey has been quietly building custom electric basses in the
Boston area, ...he?s a "wood" guy and he emphasizes the tone of the wood
first in his instruments. I've owned one myself, a solidbody fretless
(#10!) with an amazing URB sized neck.
"I downloaded your mp3...sure sounds
like an upright to me! Are you saying that the bass on 'JB' (slight return)
is a fretless bass guitar?"
"I enjoyed seeing you play with
the Rads (again) I've been listening to your cd quite a bit and the playing
is outrageous!!!! Your (World 'Ultimate Fretless') bass sounds like an
upright alot of the time. I've had the opportunity to play Reggie's (Radiators)
'A' bass a few times and I must say it is one of the most beautiful instruments
in both looks and sound. I can't wait to get my bass!"
"Albey, I also build basses....I
really admire your work."
...Pretty Cool!...found you on the
web (currently living in Brussels) Your bass (#12 - Fall of 1979) has withstood
the test of time. Like a weathered upright bass, it has a lot of scratches
and dents but nothing serious... Everywhere I play, people are intrigued
about the melodious quality of the tone of my bass...
...an ex-electric bassist myself,
your page makes me want to buy one again :-) the "Who's Got One?" page
is a lot of fun to read...so you played with Paul Rishell on that sunday
gig at the Inn Sq.?...great stuff, great band. wow. man, you *have* been
around the scene!
...I first heard about your basses
from Robert Brookin, he saw Stanley Clarke playing the bass you made him...a
couple of years later he told me about seeing Miles Davis in concert with
FoIey playing the piccolo bass you made him...
...thanks for spending so much time
on the phone with me... best bass lesson I've ever had...
...I've heard of your fine craftsmanship...where
can I try an 'A' Bass?...
I am in the market for a new bass.
I am dying to hear one of yours. Like yourself I play early model fenders.
I am looking for something with more sustain ... Let me know if you have
any customers in Toronto Canada...
...I hear many bass players talk
about your basses...how well they sound, how well it feels, and how comfortable
it is to play...
...Thank you for your time!...keep
doing those fine basses!...
...regarding the beautiful electric
upright that is pictured.....
I've never heard one. Is it like
a SUPER Fender? I played a ........ but it's all hipe.
...It looks like a 'great fender'...it
feels like butter...how do you make the neck feel like that?
...Can I get A bass with a graphite
...would love to trade in all my
basses for a world class fretless... im poor broke and would love one of
your basses they're sssoooo bad....