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OLP Tony Levin Signature 5-String Bass
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The Tony Levin Signature 5-String Bass is based on the MusicMan Bass Tony uses. OLP manufactures it under license to MusicMan to its design and quali...Click To Read More About This Product
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The bass player's bass player's bass.
The Tony Levin Signature 5-String Bass is based on the MusicMan Bass Tony uses. OLP manufactures it under license to MusicMan to its design and quality requirements. Tony Levin is mainly recognized for touring with Peter Gabriel and King Crimson, but those bands encompass only a small portion of his work. A major studio bassist, Levin has worked with Lou Reed, Dire Straits, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, John Lennon, and Carly Simon, to name a few. The Toni Levin Signature 5-String is an exceptionally fine instrument for its price.
- Active electronics with 3-band EQ
- Trademarked 4+1 headstock design
- White pearl pickguard on peach
- Tortoise shell pickguard on natural
- 34" scale
- 5-string only
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Great bass for the price. Needs to be setup. Plan on filing the edges of the frets, they were really sharp out of the box. One fret was high and had to be filed as well. Now plays and sounds like a Stingray for a thousand dollars less.
I bought this to use primarily as a backup for the summer season but ended up using it as the main bass on more than 1 occasion. It sounds great, is easily set-up, and has a rock-solid, smooth playing neck. The truss rod adjustment wheel is a fantastic idea, I wish every manufacturer used that. The clear top layer of the pickguard is peeling up in one small place, but otherwise no issues at all.
The Tony Levin Signature 5-string bass offers a relatively thin neck with moderate depth. This might seem a disaster in the making, but the build quality felt like, "must get," and that is rare for for any instrument I try out.Single humbucker, active electronics and truly fun to play, comfortable instrument that makes it's cost almost seem funny.Every instrument has a realistic cost, and at the current amount the value is quite high. Strongly recommended for its form and function, comfort when playing and all around good sound.My Tony Levin was in the standard Orange and maple neck. For those that remember it looks like an inverted dreamsicle in bass guitar form.In all a fine instrument at 2 - 3 times the price.
This bass rocks. The only thing it's missing is the series/parallel/split switch and possibly some shielding. This is really close to a Stingray. Tony said he uses it interchangeably in the studio. Mine has a minor drip of urethane or something on the side of the neck, who cares? It has excellent action and tone and everyone says it sounds great. It's a really good deal.
The OLP Tony Levin Signature 5-String Bass is a great deal. I've made several previous purchases online, but this is the first time I've felt strongly enough to comment. Mine played very well straight out of the box. I was planning on purchasing a Stingray 5, but decided to take a chance on the OLP model, since it seemed nearly identical for 1/4th the price and I don't play bass exclusively. It plays at least as well as any bass I?ve ever tried, and every one of my professional bassist friends agrees that it sounds like a much more expensive instrument and that they'd use it anytime without hesitation.
I've owned this for about a year now - For the price, thought I'd give it a try. I hate to spend $1,000 + on an instrument to be dragged through abuse of weekend bar gigging. I was truely excited when it arrived. I've always admired the classic tones that Flea, Tony Levin and countless others got out of the Music Man. Always wanted, but never could accumulate the cash before but, that sound is now here! Plus side: ability to adjust quickly to string height/ neck settings I preferred, although I'm not a guitar tech. All the punch, clarity and feel I could expect. Good looking, nice fit and finish. Deep, high gloss finish. To my surprise, flat, dry satiny feel to neck (= smooth). Gloss was reserved for show areas only. Neck/body balance natural. Minus: If your a fine instrument fanatic, you'll be able to see shortcuts in construction, although reserved to edge/ back areas, allowing show side to look as good as the photos you see.Largest reason for 9 instead of 10 rating: Pre - amp distortion. - Do not play "full throttle" This is not by any means a usable, sonically palatable distortion - You will likely need to set main volume at 75% so you have headroom to be freely adjusting tone from a round, mellow acoustic tone to the classic midrange slap/punch you've heard from the real thing. (Even on the minus side this sounds good! - I guess that's my point...) Two instruments were used in comparison for this review, as a friend bought one at the same time I did. Both units needed fret filing to bring them flush with fingerboard edge after about a month. This of course due to natural wood shrinkage. My friend and I agree - we will not be letting anyone pry these from our hands any time soon. Truely a fine instrument for the price. Again - you'll be surprised at the classic tone these produce - if you've been looking for it, you can really have that tone for this money.
For the price, I shouldn't complain about the small quality issues my OLP has - like 1) the peghead could have used a little more sanding on its edges or the finish is a little thin there, 2) the nut is off-center about 1/8", 3) a couple fret ends could have been smoothed better or that, from a design perspective, it could use an active/passive on/off switch. These are very minor at best and I have to say that I am actually very impressed with this instruments overall quality - especially considering how inexpensive it is. Mine only needed minor string height adjustments out of the box to be good to go. Well done OLP - shows that China is capable of producing good products with the right QC.