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smegpt86
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Username: smegpt86

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 5:18 pm:   Edit Post

I'm new to alembic basses, but i heard the beautiful sound of a good freind's older alembic and i'm definitely looking into starting to save up for a custom. I currently play an Epiphone Thunderbird, and love it to bits, but some times you just need that extra bit of low end to play with. The Gibson 5 string thunderbird i played just didn't cut it, so i'm considering a custom alembic with either an exploiter body or a body similar to the Alembird featured a few months ago.

I'm coming over to the US later on this year on an exchange, and as such i'm certainly considering going to a dealership and playing around on the basses in the shop to see what sort of electronics i'm looking for, but i wanted to bounce a few ideas around about the woods.

I love the growl my bass has naturally, and the immense sustain that the bass gives me (in comparison with my previous fender Pbass), so i was thinking about a neck made from ebony and mahogany(for a bit more sustain), and the body from mahogany. I also love the look of Buckeyed Burl so i was thinking about that as the laminate.

I also came across the "kit" guitar made a few months ago and sold in the store - i thought the pickguard made from wood was rather awesome. would it be possible to pick a contrasting wood and make a thunderbird-esque pickguard for the bass?

So, What do you think?
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4932
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 - 7:13 pm:   Edit Post

Sounds like a cool project!
s_wood
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Username: s_wood

Post Number: 239
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post

Peter:
Great minds think alike! Take a look at my Alembird, and feel free to improve upon what you see!

http://www.alembic.com/info/fc_alembird.html

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