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andbassforall
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Username: andbassforall

Post Number: 10
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2008 - 3:23 pm:   Edit Post

That's an amazing back.
bigbass
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Username: bigbass

Post Number: 126
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2008 - 11:54 am:   Edit Post

Didn't the original designed tailpiece have double slots for each score of doubled strings? Did something change?
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1957
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2008 - 1:17 am:   Edit Post

Looking at the hammer finish bird tailpiece in Mica's June 13 post, which has double slots, I'd say the fine ridge between each set of slots is not strong enough to take the hammering.

We've seen doubled strings sharing a single slot in the tailpiece before.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5619
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, October 02, 2008 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post

Single slots weren't successful. Though we did the hammering before the machining (unlike the sample!), there was too much stress on the metal for it to hold its shape in the thickness we need. Doubled slots it must be.

Today I have shiny pickups:
pickups

and a dull bass:
prepping

so everything is chugging along nicely now.
byoung
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1092
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, October 03, 2008 - 1:46 pm:   Edit Post

Mica,

If you happen to post a shot of the headstock, I think I could die happy. This should definitely make COTM.

Bradley
bigbass
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Username: bigbass

Post Number: 127
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post

Bradley: Don't die yet! I'm sure a picture of your interested item will surface soon.
byoung
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1098
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2008 - 7:46 am:   Edit Post

I've got to figure out a way to get to the Mothership before this one ships. I need to see it in person.
to_81_0190
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Username: to_81_0190

Post Number: 87
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 2:13 am:   Edit Post

Bradley, That's great idea! But my home is too far from Mothership.
byoung
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1102
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 9:13 am:   Edit Post

Toshiaki,

See if you can get a flight to Seattle, and I'll treat you to one of the great American traditions: the Road Trip. It is 811 miles (1305 KM) from my house, and a decently scenic drive. I might even be convinced to take the 101 (coastal highway, and a beautiful drive).

Bradley
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 451
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 6:34 pm:   Edit Post

Let me know if you guys do it - I'll meet you there with my doubleneck! (I'm relocating to the East Bay in January, so I'll be close by...)
psychicpet
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Username: psychicpet

Post Number: 6
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post

!!!!


the hammered hardware!!!!!! and just when I thought I'd seen all that Alembic could do!! That has got to be one of the most amazing looks.
to_81_0190
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Username: to_81_0190

Post Number: 88
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 - 3:09 am:   Edit Post

Bradley and Harry,

I appreciate your very kind suggestion. How wonderful if I could do it! Now I can't be away on a trip but I want to visit Mothership someday.

Toshiaki
bigbass
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Username: bigbass

Post Number: 128
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post

Yo!!! Mothership People!! Where's da shot of that headstock? I want to see it too> 2? (Also)?
byoung
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1110
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2008 - 4:13 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah!

**goes to get pitchfork and torch.
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 385
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 02, 2008 - 9:58 am:   Edit Post

Double post, sorry.

(Message edited by hydrargyrum on November 02, 2008)
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 386
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 02, 2008 - 9:58 am:   Edit Post

Not to detract from what is one of the most stunning instruments I have ever seen, but what is going on with that black stuff on the bass in the background of the pic from 9/17? Black finished back?
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1989
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 1:07 am:   Edit Post

Looks like buckeye burl to me, not a black finish.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1976
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 1:13 am:   Edit Post

I agree with Kevin. If you look really closely, you can see Over spray / ragged paint edges around the lower right hand side and overspray in the control cavities, and the neck laminates arre just about showing through towards the top of the body, although it looks like a very dark blue to me rather than black.

graeme
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5684
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 - 3:40 pm:   Edit Post

Pay no attention to the guitar on the back wall - that's a rejected instrument from the mid-70's that we use for training and experimenting.

Now for Bradley's request fulfilled:
peghead
byoung
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 1111
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post

Wow.

need.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5757
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, January 12, 2009 - 4:27 pm:   Edit Post

Rubbed out, and ready to get loaded:
setup

Other bits accumulating too, like the pickups:
continuous wood

And plates:
continuous wood
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7351
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 4:59 pm:   Edit Post

It's always nice to see pics of this bass!
briant
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Username: briant

Post Number: 259
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 8:08 pm:   Edit Post

I'd rather see "it has been shipped" and then hear sound clips... I'm dying to hear this beast.
3rd_ray
Intermediate Member
Username: 3rd_ray

Post Number: 174
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 6:10 am:   Edit Post

Rubbed out and ready to get loaded... yes, life is good!

Beautiful bass too!

Mike
bigbass
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Username: bigbass

Post Number: 129
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 8:33 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you, Mica, for posting these. It all looks fab and like a fairy tale come true.
briant
Advanced Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 260
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 1:59 am:   Edit Post

Seriously dying to hear it.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5766
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 7:54 pm:   Edit Post

Me too, and it's getting tantalizingly close,
setup
though I already know I lack the talent to appreciate it first hand.
(The humcanceller is getting glued in - those strips of veneer are just temporary spacers.)
bigbass
Intermediate Member
Username: bigbass

Post Number: 130
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post

Mutha MaCree`....NOW THIS IS AMAZING!! I'm so taken by the color and contrast of this picture. Is this the best shot color compensated of the bass? I think so. Can't wait to see the matching knobs. Will the fingerboard be oiled? What is your take on that?

Full speed ahead. Damn the torpedoes.
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 986
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

I think my humble digits would be lost in the beauty of that board...

Mike
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5814
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

The knobs are in place:
knobs!

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