Vincent Akkurat 5 Terracotta
Vincent Bass Guitars was founded by Johannes Pöhlmann along with Tobias Helmlinger, who is running the company. Vincent are based in Rupprechtstegen in the mid-south part of Germany.
Johannes Pöhlmann’s vision for building basses is clearly to focus on passive basses with the classic vibe that we all know. But then he adds some twists that allow old-school awesomeness to evolve gracefully into the new century with great acoustic integrity, very clear and punchy tone, as well as fast response in general.
It is very important for Vincent Bass Guitars that the production of their instruments is as sustainable as possible. For example, most of the metal parts are made locally and the bodies are exclusively made of Franconian alder, which is very much in the neighbourhood. And to top it off, the woodshop is located directly above a river, making it possible to be powered entirely by a hydropower plant. In short, Vincent Bass Guitars is all about great tone and a huge footprint on the groove, while keeping a very light footprint on the environment.
in Fangorn color has the ‘what you see is what you get’ vibe to it. The first thing that comes to mind is the quality of the craftsmanship: It’s just solid German work, but isn’t there something more under the hood?
Johannes Pöhlmann has been making basses and experimented a lot over the year and has developed the ‘True Tone’ concept.
The Akkurate P5 is honeycombed chambered. It weighs 3.6kg and most be considered a really lightweight bass, and even though it’s lightweight and chambered, it doesn’t sound boxy or thin. It got a lot of core tone and a very fast response. It has a lot possibilities to mold the sound you want.
The neck is made of a one piece dark roasted maple with Vincent’s own dual truss-rod rear mounted with a skunk stripe.
The fretboard is made out of Katalox that is a hard Mexican wood which has some of the same vibe as ebony just a little warmer its actually a mix between ebony and rosewood in a way. Precise, fast yet warm.
The nut width is relatively wide 49 mm and would for some seems too wide but the neck profile is flat meaning you’ll be closer to the strings and the 49mm dosen’t feel at all wide.
The zero fret with Vincent Bass Guitar own carbon designed string retainer insures that the sound of the open string sound as close to the same as the same note played on the fretboard.
The split coil pickups are made by Häussel in Germany which in my opinion is perfect match the power and clarity of the Häussel pickups are amazing and that boost the performance of the Akkurate in a very honest representation of the acoustics of the bass.