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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7326
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

I'm sorry I couldn't get you some earlier images of your bass. When I'm sick, work still moves on!

assembly

assembly

assembly

assembly

The next time you see it, it should look much different with the changes you ordered: AXY pickups and a black finish like Brian got on his Essence.
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 3
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 7:25 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks again Mica ! This looks too cool already. BrianT, I hope it was cool to grab your trans black idea. Looked amazing on your essence !!

Mica feel better soon...
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 571
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8:38 am:   Edit Post

Nice. :-)

I stole the trans black idea from the Stormy COTM. Obviously went with paint instead of dye but that's where I got the idea. I believe you will be very pleased with the finished product. :-)
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2011 - 9:03 am:   Edit Post

Thanks very much Brian ! Your Essence looks amazing. One of the coolest Alembics I have ever seen. Hope it is serving you well.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10193
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 5:58 pm:   Edit Post

This looks very cool! What is the scale length?
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 5
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

Thanks ! 32" medium.
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 6
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 - 7:36 am:   Edit Post

Mica, just to let you know gold hardware has been changed to chrome. It will work so much better with the tran black I think. Hope everyone is feeling better !
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1367
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

Vinnie,

Great looking bass!! Can't wait to see it when the color hits.

In terms of the hardware change- make sure you drop a phone call into the fine folks at the factory (or have the dealer you placed your order with do so). Mica is a busy lady and it's better to be safe than sorry with changes to the order- especially when the bass is already in process.
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 7
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 - 8:11 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks T. It had been ordered with Susan and my dealer both.
doug_k
Junior
Username: doug_k

Post Number: 26
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2011 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post

Can't wait to see the trans black on this...
some nice flame on there...
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7345
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2011 - 5:56 pm:   Edit Post

It's going to get the blackening soon. First we had to enlarge the pickup routs:
spray

With the sealer coats, that flame figure really perks up!

We're also going to drill the controls next week, and we came up with this a couple of weeks ago:
layout
(obviously before the pickups were enlarged!)
doug_k
Junior
Username: doug_k

Post Number: 27
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, June 03, 2011 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post

Holy moly!
I bet Vin might be having second thoughts on the trans black after seeing these pics,
sick flame on this one, gorgeous!!
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 8
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 7:51 am:   Edit Post

Nice ! Thanks for the amazing pics Mica !

As for second thoughts on the black, we'll just have to discuss another one in clear gloss in the future, right Mica ?? :-)

I can only imagine the trans black over this will still show this outragious flame.
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1376
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 8:24 am:   Edit Post

It's gonna look killer when the black hits it. What kind of hardware are you putting on it? Blackened chrome would be nice.
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 9
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Sunday, June 05, 2011 - 5:50 pm:   Edit Post

Went with chrome on this one T.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7370
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:40 pm:   Edit Post

The black tinted paint is starting...

spray

The lighting isn't great, but don't worry, you can still see that strong flame figure through the tint.
doug_k
Junior
Username: doug_k

Post Number: 28
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

All hail the dark lord!
cousinvinnie
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Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 10
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 7:04 pm:   Edit Post

Right on Doug ! That is just pure deliciousness. Thank you thank you Mica for posting !! So appreciate the pics and statuses.
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 11
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 8:28 am:   Edit Post

Mica, do you know what the general ETA is on an instrument that has moved onto the paint department ? Just curious. Thanks again !!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7373
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post

It's too early in finish to tell - the black finish is really unpredictable. If things go well, it could be 6-8 weeks. If the finish doesn't cooperate, it could be another 12-16 weeks. Actually, it could be even longer, but I don't want to think about that at this point.
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 12
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 9:44 am:   Edit Post

LOL Mica !!!! "cooperate ya g'dang paint !!"

Whatever it takes, no worries, no rush. Thanks again to all of yas !!!!
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 576
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post

Black is one of the hardest colors/colours to get right.

That's already looking hot sexy sexy.
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 13
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 6:33 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica, gawd I can't believe I'm getting antsy and being a pest. I'm so sorry. I gotta admit, I'm *very* excited about this one.

Any thoughts from the paint shop about how this one is taking the trans black ?

Also they are doing the headstock as well I hope, correct ?

Thanks again for everything you all are doing !!
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 14
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Monday, August 29, 2011 - 9:16 pm:   Edit Post

Mica, any recent action shots of this guy ? I hope it is taking the trans black well. Thanks Mica !!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7443
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 1:04 pm:   Edit Post

Yes - the peghead and the neck as well as the front and back of the body are all transblack. Everything that isn't the fingerboard is the transblack.

I should actually be at home, but I stopped in for a short time to get some pics taken so I don't hold up shipments and a small parcel together for Pierre-Yves, so I didn't have time to take pictures for you.

BUT, I did see your bass, and it's looking great, but the color is just between navy blue and black, so it needs more time in finish to tweak the color.

Then we will just cross fingers that it's a happy little bass and just scoots along to setup.

(Message edited by mica on August 30, 2011)
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 15
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 1:16 pm:   Edit Post

Very good Mica. Thanks for the update !!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7444
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 2:56 pm:   Edit Post

Of course, if it gets much darker (and blacker) it will really obscure the wood. It's always a trixy balance - sheer enough to show the grain or black enough to be black. If you had to pick a slightly bluish black with string grain showing or a more black-black that was less transparent, which would you choose?
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 16
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 3:12 pm:   Edit Post

Bluish is great. Something a little different. I just like the dark over maple. Bluish, purplish, blackish. All works for me.

I say let 'er outta the stable if she passes staff requirements.

Thanks again Mica !!
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 18
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2011 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica, any more thoughts on the color ? I'm fine with the in-between to be honest. I'll bet it looks awesome as is. Thanks again !!!!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7452
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2011 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

Yeah, no prob. Last week I told Bob to continue with the clear top coats, but I guess I forget to tell you I got the message.

It really does look awesome!
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 19
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2011 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post

Wow. Too cool. Hey thanks Mica !! Do you have a general ETA at this point ? Just curious. Thanks again !!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7455
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, September 09, 2011 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post

With the black painted instruments, it's really variable and I can't really make even an educated guess yet. Let's see when it gets out into setup, then we can take a guess at it.
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 20
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 5:49 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica, any photos prior to or during setup ? I'd love to see how it is coming along. Thanks so much !!!!!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7475
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 6:32 pm:   Edit Post

I will have some photos before it's completely completed, and there may be something to see in the next week or so.
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 21
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 - 8:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica, any updates to share ? Thanks a ton !
redcloud
Member
Username: redcloud

Post Number: 58
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 - 9:01 am:   Edit Post

The inlays really are amazing, but that finish is killer!
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 22
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

And that would be Eric's Essence. Amazing planet inlays !!!!!!!!!!!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7487
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post

I saw your bass getting some setup love today. It's not done just yet, but it is getting very very close.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7489
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, October 07, 2011 - 5:34 pm:   Edit Post

And...


setup

Just one little thin left to finish up, please check the changes/additions section for some last minute change I am suggesting.

Of course Mary hasn't yet inspected, I haven't played it (lefty? well I'll try!), but it's darn near done.
doug_k
Junior
Username: doug_k

Post Number: 30
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Sunday, October 09, 2011 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, amazing!
I thought the hardware was going to be chrome?
A real beauty regardless!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7504
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, November 04, 2011 - 5:25 pm:   Edit Post

Wow is right, Doug - you were also right about the chrome. I got a little ahead of myself there. Anyway, I can now officially proclaim it DONE:

done

Since there wasn't hardly any light where the bass was hanging, I lightened it up in Photoshop so you could see the flame figure is really there. Don't mind all the weird reflections, it's just a snapshot.

Looks sweet!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2123
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, November 04, 2011 - 5:40 pm:   Edit Post

NICE ! Congratulations ________
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 23
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, November 04, 2011 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

Money. Just Money !! Thanks Mica !!!!!!!!!
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10414
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, November 04, 2011 - 7:00 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice! Those electronics with that body is a great combination; and the black looks great!
little_erich
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Username: little_erich

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Monday, November 07, 2011 - 2:09 pm:   Edit Post

That is F#$%ing Gorgeous! Wow man, we gots to track with that sucker soon Vin!!!
cousinvinnie
Junior
Username: cousinvinnie

Post Number: 24
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post

Got it in today. It's a huge adjustment but what a fantastic build. Thanks to you all again. It seemed to have taken my usual DR Sunbeams much better than I had anticipated. Now to get a hair of relief in to get the open buzzing down.

Lots to learn but enjoying it very much. Much appreciated !!
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1621
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 12:38 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations Vinnie! Play it Healthy! Art

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