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mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 4102
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 2:24 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the start of your bass, the neck before veneers on the peghead:

assembly

I'll post more as interesting things happen.
subotic
New
Username: subotic

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

Thank you very much for posting the pictures :-)

Best regards
Ivan
bob
Senior Member
Username: bob

Post Number: 823
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, February 19, 2007 - 9:35 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome, Ivan, and congratulations on the start of your project!
-Bob
5stringho
Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 85
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Hey, Ivan!

The special journey begins! Welcome, and I look forward to watching the progress of YOUR little monster....

The 'Ho
jtussing
Junior
Username: jtussing

Post Number: 26
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 22, 2007 - 3:59 pm:   Edit Post

That's a pretty board you have there, Ivan! Mine should be up here pretty soon too. The wait is excruciating isn't it?

- Jim
subotic
New
Username: subotic

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2007 - 1:24 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

Any new pics of the bass? Just a bit curious :-)

Thanks
Ivan
subotic
New
Username: subotic

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 1:34 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica
You ever got the email with my answer about the wood choices? Any new pics?

Regards,
Ivan
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 4510
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

No I didn't, that's why I sent my other responses. Please resend it, and also cc to Susan. Thanks.
subotic
New
Username: subotic

Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post

What other responses? I'll resend my answer now.

Thanks
Ivan
subotic
New
Username: subotic

Post Number: 5
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Monday, June 11, 2007 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

Did you get my last 2 emails regarding the availability of my wood choice and the expected time frame?

Thanks
Ivan
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 4715
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

I didn't have my camera in tow today, but I saw the body of your bass fully assembled, with the interior sealer coat drying. Looks like it will get to be joined to the neck next week.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 4726
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 1:19 pm:   Edit Post

Here's your bass in the carving department, nearly ready to get the finish started:
carving

I hope you like the look of the wood.
flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1629
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 9:23 pm:   Edit Post

wowie wow wow
looks liquid
subotic
New
Username: subotic

Post Number: 7
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 3:06 am:   Edit Post

thanks for the pic mica. it looks beautiful :-)
jtussing
Intermediate Member
Username: jtussing

Post Number: 121
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 3:30 am:   Edit Post

The wood looks awesome. This is gonna be killer!
artswork99
Junior
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 19
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 8:31 am:   Edit Post

Very sweet!
the_8_string_king
Senior Member
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 698
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post

Awesome figuring!!! In fact... it looks VERY similar to the figuring for the BACK of my 6-String in progress -except that it's not BTCered! Really, it looks extremely similar... did this Coco Bolo come from the same board... are our basses relatives?

back of my custom 6-string bass
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 11
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 1:59 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, very similar, but here is the picture of the board that the veneer of my bass was made of.

But it would have been really cool to have a bass relative :-)

mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 4828
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 5:50 pm:   Edit Post

Now your bass is in the final curing stage of finish:
ready to rub
the_8_string_king
Senior Member
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 819
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 10:53 pm:   Edit Post

Looks great!!!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1374
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, September 24, 2007 - 5:11 am:   Edit Post

Every time I see one of these with finish on, the difference to the unfinished top is astounding. Fantastic figuring!

graeme
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 14
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 3:21 pm:   Edit Post

Thanx Mica :-)

looks great :-)
artswork99
Intermediate Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 122
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post

What a stunning top and great heart omega! The bass looks awesome. Enjoy it Ivan!
Art

(Message edited by artswork99 on September 30, 2007)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5558
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, September 30, 2007 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

It does look really nice!
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 15
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 9:11 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

Happy new Year!
Tried to contact you via email, but probably your spam filter eats my emails.

So, what is the status of the Bass?

Best regards,
Ivan
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5042
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 6:56 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Ivan,

I've been waiting to hear back from you. You obviously didn't get the last email I sent that had this picture in tow:
done
and a price for adding the engraving on the truss rod cover. For the design and the labor, the cost is $400. The next available time to get this work done is the end of February, though we would work the design out much earlier than that.

If you want to proceed with the engraving project, there's two ways to go about it:

1. Send you the bass now and send the engraved plate later.

2. Wait until the engraving is complete and send the bass to you with the plate installed.

You may also decide to keep the standard plate, in which case we can make arrangements to ship your bass next week.

Let me know what you want to do.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5987
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 9:26 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! I love the color and contrast of the top!
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 16
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 4:56 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

Thank you very much for the update :-) This is great news.
The bass looks fantastic. Cant wait to have it in my hands, so I think I will postpone the engraving and take the bass now :-)
I have a few ideas of my own about what I would like to have engraved. But I would like to first have the bass in my hands and then try to come up with something that will go with the bass. As soon as I have something on paper, I will contact you.

Many thanks to you and the whole Alembic team, for making such a great and beautiful instrument.

Best regards
Ivan
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 17
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 2:33 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

Any progress? What seems to be the problem?

Best regards
Ivan
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 221
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 5:01 am:   Edit Post

Hey, Ivan!

Congrats! Your bass is STUNNING! Great figuring, beautiful color, and will look even better in person! Enjoy her when ya get her!
Have Fun, Mike, tho =]
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5093
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 11:03 am:   Edit Post

My emails do not seems to be getting through to you, Ivan. In may last one, I asked that you send me your shipping address exactly as it should appear on the shipping label. I'll be on the lookout for it and let you know when I receive your reply. We should be able to ship within a couple of days from then.
georgie_boy
Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 332
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 12:18 pm:   Edit Post

What a beaut!!!
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 18
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 3:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

I just sent you my shipping info per email

Best regards
Ivan
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5097
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 6:30 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Ivan - I've received your message. Look for my reply in a few minutes and let's see if one of the email addresses is successful.
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 19
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica

Thanks. I have received your email.

Best regards
Ivan
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 20
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - 12:52 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica,

How is the shipping progressing?

Best regards,
Ivan
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 21
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 6:32 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica,

The Bass arrived today. There is a tear on the case (about 7" long) but nothing that I can't fix myself.

More important is the following. Both pickups are loose! Tightening the screws doesn't work, since then the pickups are not equally spaced from the strings and also the neck pickup is not parallel to the strings.

What is the procedure to align the pickups? Do I have to unscrew the other two screws that are located beneath the pickups?

Best regards,
Ivan
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1810
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 7:11 am:   Edit Post

Check the FAQ section here about setting the pickups ...

The way the pickups screws are mounted is deliberate: the two screws underneath 'hold up', the two screws above 'hold down'.

If the pick-up is rattling loose, turn up the screws underneath gently-gently, until they feel snug.

Do not overtighten the screws, or you can crack the pickup housing!

To raise a pickup, you loosen the screws that sit on top of the pickup, and turn up the screws beneath the pickup. To lower a pickup, you lower the screws beneath the pickup, then tighten up the screws that sit on top of the pickup.
subotic
Junior
Username: subotic

Post Number: 22
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 9:10 am:   Edit Post

Hi Adriaan

Thanks... I found the user manual. As they say: RTFM
Everything is OK now :-)

Cheers,
Ivan
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5183
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post

Glad you got it sorted out with your pickups. Sorry to hear about the damage to your case, but also glad to hear you can take care of it. I hope you are enjoying your bass - it's such a beauty!

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