Qualche mese fa ho ricevuto una chiamata dal mio amico Stefano De Donato, bassista e leader della band Dirotta su Cuba. “Al, vorrei un basso funk…”…mi disse…la soluzione era già nell’aria…per lui non poteva calzare di meglio la nuova serie Supertone “Palladio” in stile Music Man ’70. Un basso ideato e realizzato con la collaborazione di Lello Somma dalle sonorità tipiche di quell’epoca con tante caratteristiche al top: legni con almeno 30 anni di stagionatura, pickup Mama avvolto con filo heavy formvar selezionando il migliore tra i vari utilizzati per i test, replica fedele del circuito a 2 vie con componenti dell’epoca, il tutto sottolineato con una finitura sunburst ad effetto “relic”! 

Specification:

– bolt-on, 34” scale lenght

– hardrock maple neck, graphite bars inside, medium C profile

– proprietary removible truss-rod

– maple fingerboard, 22 medium jumbo frets with Plek rectification

– black Tusq composite material nut

– alder body (seasoning 30 years private stock)

– 3-ply black pickguard

– custom Mama MM ’70 pickups

– custom Camarota 2 way preamp with original MM 70 components

– Hipshot hardware

– Dunlop straplock dual design 

– custom “relic” finish on sunburst tobacco 

– 042/102 Sansone strings

– lightweight instrument

One of my latest creation! Supertone Lello Somma signature 5 strings Silver rain finish! 

Specs for Supertone Lello Somma signature 5 strings:

  • 5 strings, bolt-on construction, 34” scale, thin neck profile
  • 22 medium jumbo frets, PLEK rectified
  • maple fingerboard with black dots
  • one piece hardrock maple neck, two graphite reinforced bars
  • alder body (30 years aged wood private stock!)
  • Silver rain gloss finish
  • custom Mama single coil neck pickup, Mama Ibrid dual coil bridge pickup
  • Camarota active/passive 3-band preamp with passive tone on high freq pot
  • Hipshot bridge
  • Gotoh Res-o-lite tuners

Note: this bass is warm, yet punchy with deep lows, clear, and sweet mids

My latest creation! Supertone Lello Somma signature5 strings sunburst finish! 

Specs for Supertone Lello Somma signature 5 strings:
– 5 strings, bolt-on construction, 34” scale, thin neck profile
– 22 medium jumbo frets, PLEK rectified
– indian rosewood fingerboard, 12” radius
– one piece hardrock flamed maple neck, two graphite reinforced bars
– alder body (30 years aged wood private stock!)
– three tone sunburst finish
– custom Mama single coil neck pickup, Nordstrand BigMan bridge pickup
– Camarota active/passive 3-band preamp with passive tone on high freq pot
– Hipshot nickel hardware

Note: very lightweight instrument, this bass is warm, yet punchy with deep lows, clear, and sweet mids

My latest creation! Custom Vinta 5 strings hard relic finish! Built for talented artist Cristian Capasso, we was recreate aged finish in look but with modern sound thanks to custom Mama split coil pickups and 3-band active/passive preamp.

Specs for Vinta 5 strings:
– 5 strings, bolt-on construction, 34” scale, thin neck profile
– 22 medium jumbo frets, PLEK rectified
– resined paper fingerboard Maple color, 12” radius
– one piece hardrock maple neck, two graphite reinforced bars
– one piece alder body (30 years aged wood private stock!)
– vintage hard relic finish
– overspraying vintage white on 3 tone sunburst, nitrocellulose lacquer
– tortoiseshell red pickguard
– custom Mama split coil pickups (hum cancelling), 60′ position
– Camarota active/passive 3-band preamp
– Hipshot nickel hardware

Note: this bass is warm, yet punchy with deep lows, clear, bell-like highs, and sweet mids

Specs for Travel bass headless 4 strings:

  • headless design, 4 strings, bolt-on construction, 34” scale
  • 22 frets
  • titanium zero fret
  • indian rosewood fingerboard, 12” radius, 12th fret custom inlay
  • one piece birdseye maple neck, two graphite reinforced bars
  • okumè body, very compact design
  • Dragonskin crackle finish
  • custom Mama/Camarota ibrid MJ humbucker
  • Camarota active/passive 2-band preamp
  • ABM heelblock, T4M single saddle bridge

Very compact design bass, special made for a long time friend Tino Di Santo. His custom request was to have a very lightweight bass that easy to carry on a plane.

Specs for Polaris deluxe 5 strings

  • 5 strings, bolt-on construction, 34” scale, thin neck profile
  • 22 frets, PLEK rectified
  • resined paper fingerboard Maple color, 12” radius
  • one piece hardrock maple neck, two graphite reinforced bars
  • swamp ash body
  • high figured flamed redwood top
  • natural satin finish
  • custom Mama/Camarota jazz buckers pickups (hum cancelling)
  • Camarota active/passive 3-band preamp, passive tone control
  • Hipshot nickel hardware

Specs for Polaris deluxe 5 strings

  • 5 strings, bolt-on construction, 34” scale, thin neck profile
  • 22 frets, medium jumbo
  • black resined paper fingerboard, 12” radius
  • one piece hardrock maple neck, two graphite reinforced bars
  • mahogany body
  • high figured quilted maple topwood
  • natural satin finish
  • custom Mama/Camarota jazz buckers pickups (hum cancelling)
  • Camarota active/passive 3-band preamp, passive tone control
  • Hipshot black hardware

Custom active/passive preamp

Come promesso le novità non mancano. Dopo le nuove finiture disponibili è la volta della nuova linea di bassi Supertone disponibile a 4 o 5 corde nata in stretta collaborazione con uno dei più talentuosi bassisti italiani, Lello Somma. Due le versioni, la standard e la “Lello Somma signature”, un basso che racchiude in se di base tre suoni famosi accuratamente riprodotti ma le sfumature in mezzo sono davvero tante. Un anno e mezzo di lavoro tra prototipizzazione e customizzazione ma vi assicuro che vale la pena provarlo, tutto questo sempre al Guitar Show di Padova il prossimo 20 maggio! Non mancate!!!

 

  • 5 strings, bolt-on construction, 34” scale, thin neck profile
  • 22 frets, medium jumbo, PLEK rectification
  • indian rosewood fingerboard, 12” radius
  • one piece birdseye maple neck, two graphite reinforced bars
  • alder body
  • special crop finish, Tobacco
  • custom Mama/Camarota jazz buckers (hum-cancelling) pickups
  • active/passive 3-band circuit, passive tone control
  • Hipshot black hardware