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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3296
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2006 - 1:58 pm:   Edit Post

You've got neck!
neck


The front veneer is a cool Burly Maple:
peghead


The wings in a position they won't be in for long:
sidelams


And finally that wicked Mutant maple top with burl clusters, flame up in the horn, and very distinct, squiggly growth rings.
body

How do I know that this is the type of top that dela just loves? One hint: it's more than 25 years old. We have a collection of this hard to classify figure, so it just never seems to gets used. In the shop we call it "Mutant Maple" because it can't seem to decide what it wants to be other than cool.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3374
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, June 20, 2006 - 5:35 pm:   Edit Post

In the pipes:
in the pipes

and the peghead up close after drilling:
peghead drilled
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3582
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2006 - 6:52 pm:   Edit Post

You haven't seen this with finish yet. Oh my - I think you will be blown away!

spray

spray

spray

spray

spray

It's hard to believe that nobody has wanted this piece of wood for so long. Chip and I both absolutely love the mixure of figuring on it.
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 150
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2006 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely stunning- I don't care for Maple all that much, but THAT is a beautiful piece of maple.

Love the knobby peghead w/ that body style as well.
pace
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Username: pace

Post Number: 250
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, September 16, 2006 - 5:36 pm:   Edit Post

The 2+3 knobby configuration is SWEET!!!!

Great combo of body style, electronics, etc. But that Maple would make any instrument a keeper imho.... Congrats, and enjoy!!!!
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 815
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006 - 4:51 am:   Edit Post

Wow! That's a spectacular piece of Maple. Can't wait to see it finished.

Graeme
alemboid
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Username: alemboid

Post Number: 126
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

Oh - my - GOODNESS!!!!

This one has done me in!!!

Pictures-- PLEASE!

Alemboid
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4169
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

It's darned close to being finished. Here's some shots in the setup room today:

setup

setup

setup


This bass has the satin finish all over. Makes for a nostalgic look.
guitarbeau
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Username: guitarbeau

Post Number: 46
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2007 - 4:06 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely Stunning!!!
sixway
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Username: sixway

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 2:35 am:   Edit Post

It's been too long...more pics! Jonesing to see it completed... love that piece of maple...
byoung
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 528
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 1:06 pm:   Edit Post

Knobby peghead. Just gotta love it.

Beautiful bass.

Bradley
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4860
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 2:08 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass indeed!
crgaston
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Username: crgaston

Post Number: 351
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 10:34 am:   Edit Post

That is amazingly cool. What is the body wood? It's fantastic!!
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1405
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

its mutant maple
per mica;s post above
say sorry...
go to bed
no dinner charlie
;-)
crgaston
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Username: crgaston

Post Number: 352
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post

Umm...Flax, isn't it a little early to be partaking of the "herbal" tea? 8-)

The top wood is mutant maple. The body looks like some sort of figured vermillion to me.
dela217
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Username: dela217

Post Number: 776
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

I would love to see more pics of this one too. You are right Mica. I really like that top!

Michael
valvil
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Username: valvil

Post Number: 1002
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 5:54 pm:   Edit Post

You are right, Charles,

that is a Vermillion body.

Valentino
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1407
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 7:24 pm:   Edit Post

got me charlie
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4440
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 12:57 pm:   Edit Post

Custom hardware finished, electronics loaded, ready to start the calibration process next week:
ready to upgrade

Dad's going to start with the lower-drain chips you specified, and see if the sound isn't compromised. I'll know more toward the middle or end of next week.
mele_aloha
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Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 70
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

Vance,

This is such a beauty. I love the look of this bass. Congradulations.

And what I really admire about you is that you are not writting in the changes/additions thread every day. You are just letting go and letting them do the job and excepting what is coming along. Much to be admired for!

I bet that wood is going to have a nice flavor to it also. WOW. Nice

Aloha, Paul
olieoliver
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1247
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 6:56 pm:   Edit Post

I really like the top on your bass Vance, Very nice.
(The one behind it looks familar too.)
jtussing
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Username: jtussing

Post Number: 73
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 - 7:54 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful piece of maple. I really like the tint on this one - if that's a tint. Makes the figuring jump right off there.

- Jim
sixway
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Username: sixway

Post Number: 2
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 6:16 am:   Edit Post

OK, it's been too long... what does it sound like?! It's a beautiful bass, and I like the satin finish. It allows the wood to be the "Star" of this build!

Congrats Vance, and let us know how it sounds and feels when you get it in your hands...

-Ian
s_wood
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Username: s_wood

Post Number: 242
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post

Killer! What a beautiful bass!
sixway
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Username: sixway

Post Number: 4
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007 - 2:31 am:   Edit Post

Hey Mica, any new pics - or electronics info?
mauibassplayer
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Username: mauibassplayer

Post Number: 35
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007 - 9:53 am:   Edit Post

All I can say is WOW!!! It is amazing!! Every bass that I see being built is so unique and beautiful, everyone there is a true artist and magician. I am so happy for you Vance, I understand your on Oahu, so now we got Paul on Big Island, me on Maui, and you and Ian on Oahu. Any other Islanders out there?
Ken.
sixway
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Username: sixway

Post Number: 5
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Monday, May 21, 2007 - 10:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Ken,

as I posted before, the satin finish really allows the beauty of the wood to be the main focal point. There is also another bass player here on Oahu named Tim that has what appears to be a Signature Deluxe-style bass that he bought back in the 70's. It sure sounds great through my Walter Woods, and El Whappo Jr. cabinet (product plug), even when not plugged into the power supply.

As Ken asked, anyone else out there in the woodwork?

Ian
mele_aloha
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Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 142
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Ken and Ian and Vance,

Wow from the Big Island also. I absolutely love that finish, let alone the whole machine. It is beautiful.

Nice to talk to you guys from the outer Isles. Ian, you mentioned El Whappo Jr., and I know all about them. I just got a complete set of accugrooves. They are sweet. They just added so much more sound to my little ole one pick-up Excel, it's amazing.

I'll keep in touch with all of you and hope you get yours soon Vance! Congradulations.

Aloha, Paul

P.S. If you guys come over to the Big Island I am right here at the Hilo Farmer's Market downtown. We have a little shop here called the Coconut Cave. Can't miss us.
sixway
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Username: sixway

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 3:50 am:   Edit Post

I'll be coming over to the Big Island in a couple of months to see friends in Hilo, and to help a friend build his house about ten miles or so outside of Hilo. I'll make sure I contact you, and stop by when I'm there...

Ken, I have a friend I've been meaning to see In Wailuku - his name is Bob Jones - and he plays guitar around the area. I'll contact you when I find time to get to Maui.

Aloha to you both....

Ian
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4692
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 1:33 pm:   Edit Post

Done! We'll talk again on Monday to confirm the best day for you to receieve:

done!

done!
jtussing
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Username: jtussing

Post Number: 101
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 5:39 am:   Edit Post

Dream machine! Congrats!
bassjigga
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Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 217
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

Wow! I love this bass!
rraymond
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Username: rraymond

Post Number: 286
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 10:58 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass! Enjoy it!
sixway
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Username: sixway

Post Number: 7
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 5:03 pm:   Edit Post

I'm sure this bass will sound as beautiful as it looks! And, I have the good fortune to live close to Vance, so I'll be able to hear it in person, and get a first hand listen... speaking of hands, I'm a lefty, so I won't have the pleasure of getting to play it! grrrr.... :-)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5156
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 6:25 pm:   Edit Post

Wow!
rollo
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Username: rollo

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 8:33 pm:   Edit Post

Vance, your bass guitar is absolutely gorgegous!!!
Congratulations...

Another islander, a guitar builder living in Kailua,Oahu.

Aloha,Rollo
smokin_dave
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Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 307
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 24, 2007 - 10:46 pm:   Edit Post

WOW indeed.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2479
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 7:23 am:   Edit Post

Vance:

Congrats! This has certainly been a great week in Alembicland with both our instruments (similarly light on front, dark on back) being finished. You've got one stunning bass there. I love the satin finish. So what's the story on the "lower-drain chips"?

Bill, tgo
fish
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Username: fish

Post Number: 50
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 11:44 am:   Edit Post

NICE!!
mothy4
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Username: mothy4

Post Number: 6
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 5:22 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the new proud Alembic owner playing his bass fresh out of the shipping box!\

VanceAlembic2
VanceAlembic5

Vance is presently unable to access the internet from home but he asked me to convey to Mica and all the staff at Alembic his heartfelt thanks for the help and support building his dream bass! When he's not playing it, he can't help but stare at it! It's unbelievably beautiful and that Alembic sound makes it so compelling to play.

We have a growing number of Alembic players in Honolulu and we're going to get together for a group photo to be posted on the club website. I also think there's a couple of our fellow bassists that are now considering Alembics of their own after seeing and hearing Vance's bass.

What a beautiful bass!

(Message edited by davehouck on June 28, 2007)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5194
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 5:54 pm:   Edit Post

Timothy, thanks for the pics! Looking forward to the group photos.
mauibassplayer
Junior
Username: mauibassplayer

Post Number: 47
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post

I wish I could be a prt of the photo representing Hawaii, let me know.
Ken
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 492
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007 - 11:39 pm:   Edit Post

Vance looks right at home on it- what an absolutely beautiful instrument.

ENJOY!
mele_aloha
Intermediate Member
Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 176
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

Haaaaaaaawaiian!

Your new ax wen broke da eyes bra. I get choke envee, I stay seeek from da kine. My tinking stay all buss up. I like know whe mine stay.
You go bra, you get em.

Aloha, P
mele_aloha
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Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 210
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2007 - 7:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Vance,

Sorry about the silly message last time but I just want to know how your bass is? You must be playing alot as we haven't heard from you.

Let us know when you get a chance. Oh ya, I forgot you might not have a computer now but if so let us know.

Aloha, Paul

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