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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 8082
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

Just like the title says...

Happy New Year!

The shop is closed today and tomorrow, but I'm doing a little computer work at home. Please enjoy the new Featured Custom:

http://alembic.com/info/fc_trinity.html
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 225
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post

This Bass is so beautiful, divinely inspired. I could only imagine what she sounds like. John, play her in good health and in peace.
slawie
Senior Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 576
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 2:28 pm:   Edit Post

Grace and beauty are reflected in the lines and wood recipe. Absolutely gorgeous! Congratulations and play it healthy John.
slawie
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3181
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 3:19 pm:   Edit Post

Such perfection in form and function .
My congratulations to you John !

Happy new Year _____
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11270
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 5:37 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations John; beautiful instrument!
tncaveman
Advanced Member
Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 217
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 8:06 pm:   Edit Post

WOW - I love the crosses! They are so nicely done and laid out. Merry Christmas John!

Stephen
dead_head
Junior
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 12
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations John! It's gorgeous! Play it in good health. Happy New Year to you!





Rob
groovelines
Senior Member
Username: groovelines

Post Number: 764
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

Hey John, congratulations, it's a beautiful bass.

Mike
alembickoa
Intermediate Member
Username: alembickoa

Post Number: 152
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 5:19 pm:   Edit Post

Magnificent...
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1936
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass! Play it Healthy John!

Art
growlypants
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Username: growlypants

Post Number: 70
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, January 03, 2014 - 4:09 pm:   Edit Post

VERY nice, indeed! My bass looks very similar (even the tuning peg arrangement!) so I did a bit of a double-take there. Hope you enjoy, and I'm certain you will!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1069
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 9:48 am:   Edit Post

I have had the pleasure of seeing & playing this bass in person & it is an amazing work of art! Congratulations John for making the Alembic Hall of Fame, otherwise known as the Custom Of The Month! I'm hoping to have an entry into those hallowed halls later this year! (Nudge nudge, Mica! ;-))
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1070
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

I have had the pleasure of seeing & playing this bass in person & it is an amazing work of art! Congratulations John for making the Alembic Hall of Fame, otherwise known as the Custom Of The Month! I'm hoping to have an entry into those hallowed halls later this year! (Nudge nudge, Mica! ;-))
deburgh
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Username: deburgh

Post Number: 78
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 - 2:49 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely gorgeous!
malthumb
Senior Member
Username: malthumb

Post Number: 555
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 - 8:48 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! Outstanding! Love the inlays.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3475
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 3:03 am:   Edit Post

Now that really is nice. I'd like to see a close up of the twelfth fret inlay. 3 ebony neck laminates are going to shake the earth - My 'k' with a single ebony stringer sustains for ever and has a fantastic bottom end so the extra 2 lams are going to sound incredible.

Graeme
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 233
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

I concur, on seeing a close up of the 12th fret.
A definate show piece.
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1074
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 4:27 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a picture of Doc Greene Sr. playing John's bass at the Texas Gathering last summer.



growlypants
Member
Username: growlypants

Post Number: 71
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the great pix! Quick question, though - what's that little black thing clipped just below the B-string tuning peg?
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 235
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 6:50 am:   Edit Post

It looks like a clip on Tuner. Planet Waves?
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1075
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 8:00 am:   Edit Post

It is a clip on tuner.
growlypants
Member
Username: growlypants

Post Number: 72
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks - I never saw one before!
smuprof
Advanced Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 217
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 6:08 am:   Edit Post

Hello All -

Thanks for all of the kind words. Susan and Mica and Ron and the crew truly delivered a life-long dream with this one.

I visited the factory during the build, and have some great "in process" pictures I'll try to post this weekend.

For those of you interested, the tuner is a D'Addario NS Micro Clip-On Tuner. I believe Ned Steinburger had something to do with the design (or marketing), hence the "NS". They work very well for the most part, particularly if you find a resonant spot on the headstock. What I like is you simply turn down and tune up with no one the wiser. And there's nothing in the signal path.

Best part: you can find a 2 pack for about $25 online. I've now got them on all my basses and guitars.

JT
smuprof
Advanced Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 218
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:30 am:   Edit Post

Here are a few photos of the 12th fret inlay in various stages of creation . . .

Layout after the three colors of mother of pearl were cut for the 12th fret . . .

smuprof
Advanced Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 219
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

The 12th fret after carving - amazing when you consider how small all of this is in real life!

smuprof
Advanced Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 220
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post

One of the other fret markers, checking the width against the fret wire. To maintain the proportions, all of the markers above the 12th fret extend beyond the frets.

smuprof
Advanced Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 221
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post

The finished 12th fret inlay with no strings and the adjacent 2 fret markers . . .

smuprof
Advanced Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 222
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post

And the upper half of the fret board in setup, freshly oiled, no strings . . .

rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1084
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 3:07 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the pics John! I love the shots of the cut out inlays before they are set & the routed cavity for them! That really shows the amazing accuracy & intricacy of the inlay artist!
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 244
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 7:18 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you John for sharing this, Truly Inspirational. Words fall short
Peace
charles_holmes
Advanced Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 297
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

Man, That's a beautiful 5 string!!
charles_holmes
Advanced Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 298
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

Man, That's a beautiful 5 string!!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1088
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 - 9:21 am:   Edit Post

Hey John, your bass is featured on this website too!

http://www.bass-aholic.com/basses/A/alembic/alembic.shtml

(Message edited by rustyg61 on January 20, 2014)
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1089
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 - 9:22 am:   Edit Post

Hey John, your bass is featured on this website too!

http://www.bass-aholic.com/basses/A/alembic/alembic.shtml

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