I have played/gigged with many basses in the past (even the Travis Bean stuff) and I have to give props to Aluminati for making the Andromeda bass neck because it is, by far, the most consistent, solid feeling neck I have played and it sustains forever.
I have a 1976 Fender Jazz that was in bad shape. It was played, gigged and abused on a regular basis for years and I hardly maintained it. The frets and nut were worn down. The binding was separating. Even the tuning pegs were starting to fail. So when I found out Aluminati was coming out with a replacement bass neck, I was really excited about putting it on my Jazz. Therefore rectifying the neglect of many years. The body of my ‘76 Jazz had a 3 hole micro adjust neck plate. The luthier(who is also a machinist) I use suggested we modify the neck to accept the 3 hole plate instead of drilling 2 extra holes in the vintage body… After going back and forth between the two options. The decision was made to keep the neck original and modify the body.
Once the bass was put together I immediately noticed how fast I could string it up due to the Sperzel locking tuners. That’s just one of the many details that makes this neck stand out. When I played it for the first time, I immediately noticed the long sustain of the notes and even a slight “mwha” effect on the decay. I also have an old Badass bridge on the bass and when paired with the brass nut of the Andromeda, adds further stability and pure tone to the notes produced. The neck isn’t only functional… it is a work of art… the machining is of the highest quality. There are no rough spots and the frets were properly dressed. I opted for the carbon fiber weave on the fretboard and I smile every time I glance down at it.
I just recently brought the bass to a cover band gig to test it out. I was concerned about playing an aluminum neck in the winter time wondering if my hands would get cold due to the convection of aluminum. Once I was in the venue the bass acclimated to room temperature and the neck felt cool to the touch but never cold. During the set the bass performed flawless. There are no dead spots on this neck! As mentioned before, the sustain is impressive and complements slow songs and ballads. I set the action on my basses pretty high. I know that the action will stay that way wherever I travel or whatever season it is. The lack of a truss rod is something I don’t have to worry about on this bass. My band mates also noticed how well the bass sounded, and looked.
It is very rare that I am excited enough about a product that I write a review, but Aluminati has made a game changing neck that fulfills my needs. The detail and quality add up to make an average bass into a boutique bass instantly. I highly recommend you consider the Andromeda. It will be one of the best decisions of your life.
I received my bass neck in December 2020. I took a chance on this company because I really liked the specs of the neck.
I've had a chance to live with it attached to a body for the last three months. Everything about it is perfect for me personally. I love the medium C shaped neck profile and 1.65" nut .
I previously had been using a different brand graphite bass with a very high shouldered "D" neck profile and 1.625" nut. I like the sound of that bass just fine but the D neck of the all graphite bass was uncomfortable. The neck profile of the Aluminati bass really stands out to me. It has enough depth so your hand does not get tired but it has generously rounded shoulders so you can get your thumb over and be comfortable when you need it.
I really like the tall frets of the Aluminati neck. They make fretting and tapping a breeze. The flat radius also makes fast playing/hammer ons/pull offs easier. This bass has no truss rod but it set up right out of the box with extremely low action and no buzz once I got it set up. I am using 45 to 105 gauge strings. The best part about the bass neck is the sustain and clarity. From slapping to the most subtle noodling, it sounds exceptionally good. I have tried every high end alternative material bass on the market and this beats them all. If anyone is curious, I used a Warmoth Chambered P bass body for this project. I'm totally hooked. (This is a real review by the way, I realize it's over-the-top positive but this neck met and exceeded all my expectations.) I've spent thousands and thousands of dollars looking for the right bass so you better believe I'm excited to have found this!