Alcoa produced these basses from 1920 to 1934. The entire body, neck and scroll were made out of seamlessly welded aluminum. They were often covered with a faux wood grained finish. It is suggested that only 500 of these ALCOA Basses were made. Built mostly for schools and military.
This bass has the original tailpiece, fingerboard, and tuning gears. It is in low excellent condition, no dents, just wear on the original faux wood finish.
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The Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA):
In 1928, The Aluminum Company of America manufactured 50 aluminum double basses at their Buffalo, NY plant for Carl Fischer, who owned a musical supply house in New York. The ALCOA Buffalo facility was a “skunk works” where they manufactured experimental aluminum products. There was enough interest in these instruments that a January 1934 patent was issued to John Burdick and assigned to ALCOA. By the time the plant closed that November, ALCOA had made and delivered a total of approximately 500 basses. These were sold as “The Collegian” model and later as “ the Joseph Maddy All Aluminum String Bass”. They were available in the following standard finish and price: Natural (Faux) wood finish: $220 Silver (unpainted) aluminum : $230 Gold painted aluminum : $240.