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billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 204
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 8:35 am:   Edit Post

I know it is not an Alembic (buget does not allow a custom build at this time), but this is one saweet instrument.
I just received this DCS5 Canphor Burl yesterday. Can't say enough about the sound and build quality.

I had Kent Smith style pickups installed with D'addario flats. You can check out the pics I have from the build here:
s1123.photobucket.com/albums/l550/billostech/Shawn%20May%20Custom/


(Message edited by billostech on October 17, 2011)

(Message edited by billostech on October 17, 2011)
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 206
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:40 am:   Edit Post

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billostech
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Username: billostech

Post Number: 207
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:42 am:   Edit Post

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billostech
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Username: billostech

Post Number: 208
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:48 am:   Edit Post

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jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3035
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 4:56 am:   Edit Post

very nice Bill. Who made it?

Graeme
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 209
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Graeme. I hope to post my custom build Alembic one day.
The guys name is Shawn May. He is a big fan of Alembics. Always admired them.
Here is his site: maycustombasses.com
benson_murrensun
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 542
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post

Yep, she's a beauty! Congrats!
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 213
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 6:33 am:   Edit Post

Thanks here are the specs:
DCS5
Serial: 1011-021
Top: Camphor Burl
Back: Camphor Burl
Core: Eastern Flame Maple
Neck: Eastern Flame Maple / Purpleheart
Fretboard: Gabon Ebony
Headstock Veneer: Camphor Burl
Truss Rod Cover: Camphor Burl
Pickups: Kent Armstrong Dual Coils w/ Camphor Burl & Maple Covers
Preamp: Aguilar OBP3SK 3 Band
Inlay: Custom Cross
Bridge: Hipshot A Style
Tuning Keys: Hipshot Ultralite
Strap Buttons: Dunlop Flushmount

Also came with a Monocase M80
stout71
Junior
Username: stout71

Post Number: 20
Registered: 7-2011
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 3:41 pm:   Edit Post

Bloody hell, that's beautiful. That satin finish is really cool.
pace
Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 786
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 4:16 pm:   Edit Post

Very Very nice, Bill!!!

Play them all in good health!.... especially that Elan ;)
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 214
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 5:11 pm:   Edit Post

I have been playing it since I got it. Its very versitle. I adjusted the action and its best for me to have the action high on this one. Then I picked up the MK5 and played it. Then my Elan fretless and played it.
These Alembics are just too right. I won't be able to look at my new family member the same. Its just not an Alembic.
It was cool giving the local talent some business though. I am sure this bass will find it's place with me.

(Message edited by billostech on October 20, 2011)
afrobeat_fool
Advanced Member
Username: afrobeat_fool

Post Number: 377
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 6:14 pm:   Edit Post

Bill, it's just beautiful. I love the Camphor Burl. I have a piece of it sitting on the mantle. The horn is too cool. I like the matching pick-up covers. Nice collection you have.
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 215
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011 - 2:49 am:   Edit Post

Thanks all. It was cool going through the process of a custum build. I would read the Alembic build thread and imagine mine being there one day. Hey, it will happened hopefully. As for this bass, its not fair to the luthier for me to compare it with an Alembic. It holds it own with many other basses in tone and vesatility. Its a family member now and is welcome.
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 216
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Friday, October 21, 2011 - 6:09 am:   Edit Post

Mike,
Taking the Elan to open mike tonight. I will keep you posted.
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 218
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 7:35 am:   Edit Post

bump
tubeperson
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Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 222
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post

Looks like a cross between an Alembic and a Tobias. Very pretty and certainly calls for attention!
tubeperson
Advanced Member
Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 223
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

It also pays homage to the Carl Thompson scroll!
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 743
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011 - 8:33 am:   Edit Post

Gorgeous woodworking.
rustyg61
Advanced Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 341
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 8:26 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful Bass Bill! Congrats!
billostech
Advanced Member
Username: billostech

Post Number: 240
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post

Thank you Rusty.
rustyg61
Advanced Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 343
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post

You're welcome!

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