ABOUT

Malien is the home of luthier Mark Alien.

Based in London, England, my time is spent in pursuit of the perfect bass guitar.

Over the years I've often found factory-built instruments poor in fit and finish and, on closer inspection, regularly using cheap parts and corner-cutting build methods. Even 'custom shop' guitars from the big brands had the feeling more robots worked on them than humans.
Those factories are pushing out hundreds of guitars a day and frankly, it shows.

My bass guitars are made by hand to my customer's specification. Going custom means you can choose the woods, the hardware, the make and configuration of electronics.. the list goes on. It will be built for you.

My work is only done when your Malien bass is your go-to instrument.

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BUILD

Every Malien bass is derived from the original "Contact".

The Contact is the starting point - a tireless effort in ergonomics and resonance.

From there, every aspect is the customer's choice.

The original Contact is a four-string, single piece neck-through 24 fret bass. The bridge is a Hipshot A-Style with variable 19mm string spacing. Pickups are Bare Knuckle in a P/J configuration. The tuners are Schaller light-weight. Electronics consist of a stacked tone/volume pot for each pickup and a 3-way switch for neck, bridge or both.

Your bass may be different.

It's your choice. It's a custom made bass and you are the customer.
Perhaps you prefer a Babicz bridge. Maybe you only want a single EMG pickup and you might favour Fender tuners. You might want to go fretless, 5-string or multiscale... it's up to you.

Your bass will be made by hand from woods of your choice. The original Contact was crafted from hand-selected zebrano with ebony detail and a wenge fretboard. Your bass will be made from whatever you choose.

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FOR SALE

No instruments for sale at this time.

Get in touch if you'd like to discuss a commission.

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FAQ

If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please feel free to get in touch.

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If you're in the neighbourhood, come and say hello - if not, make contact across the great divide...

Malien
Area 3
52-56 Standard Road
Park Royal
London NW10 6EU
UK