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jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1055
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 1:55 pm:   Edit Post

Great bass, and looks like there is hardly any taper on the neck from nut to bridge. Must be a dream to play.
How does she balance?

Jazzyvee
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2812
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 4:21 pm:   Edit Post

Flax:

I think the monkey prefers Wolf! lol

Bill, tgo
hb3
Advanced Member
Username: hb3

Post Number: 293
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 9:03 pm:   Edit Post

Wow. Just...wow.
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2228
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 6:04 am:   Edit Post

Happy New Year Flax!

Just noticed that you have a volute on Scarlett. Don't think I've seen one with the std. Alembic crown peghead. Even though I have 'em on my two Orions, I'm always surprised to see volutes...not a industry std. feature...but cool nonetheless. I'm betting the set neck adds a cool warmth to that bad boy that you just can't quite get with a neck-thru.

Stunning, absolutely stunning! WAAAAAAYYYYY nicer than Lesh's late 70's/early 80's era-Irwin that was one of the inspirations for Scarlett! That Classico (as well as Wolfie) is no slouch either!

Cheers,

Kevin
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5911
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 6:53 am:   Edit Post

Kevin; what's even more unusual is a volute with a crown peghead and back laminates. And I don't think we've seen a good picture of that yet.
jason
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Username: jason

Post Number: 76
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 9:05 am:   Edit Post

Even more unusual is the volute on a neck through,
as this instrument is. Back of the peg head
laminates + volute is tremendously difficult to
carve made worse if the wood is stiff and brittle as
vermilion, purple heart and walnut are or really
curly, like quilted coco bolo and quilted maple.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5912
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 9:18 am:   Edit Post

Jason; unless my memory fails me again, I'm pretty sure this is a set neck bass.
briant
Junior
Username: briant

Post Number: 32
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post

Sooooo hot. Want to touch the bass...
the_8_string_king
Senior Member
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 949
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for sharing the additional pictures, Flax...
Truly phenomenal and inspirational!

I love your neck combo/arrangement and your electronics package -both so much like my own.

Take care & happy new year!
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 226
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post

great quality pictures ... hun hun hun !
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1851
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post

it is a set neck
i like volutes- it reminds me of stand up basses
leshs irwin was not the inspiration for this bass,
jerry's guitar was.i didnt even remember phil had one until i saw photos of it, musta sucked;lol p pups
the deal was when i went out to alembic 3 yrs ago i asked if they would and susan said one day. i asked to be first and one day they called me and said we're ready. thats how scooter came to be.
Balance is fine- heck i havent even thought about it- its around 2 oclock which is perfect for me
couldnt ask for more on the neck matching wolf=damn close and it plays easy
pierre- will send you micas hires photo
thanks everyone
this is one happy guy!

(Message edited by flaxattack on January 02, 2008)
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2229
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post

How could you forget that bass...you were @ the Radio City shows in '80, right? LOL! I said ONE of the inspirations, LOL! Jerry's guitar was the original genesis of Phil's as well. It actually doesn't sound bad...it's on a lot of live stuff from the post-"Shakedown Street" and "Go To Heaven" Brent-era. "Reckoning"/"Dead Set" feature that bass.
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1853
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 10:31 pm:   Edit Post

i was at 5 shows min., either it was really good head food or i spaced on garcia. i am still looking for a copy of the 10.30 show with billy cobham. i just dont recall checking out phils bass. i may have..lol- and i have the dvds for years
btw- baby scarlet weighed in at 12.25 lbs
i bought me a chamois and had a lovely time polishing and staring. the one thing that will never come out in the photos is the depth below the finish. mica measured the fundamental sustain on the A string at a whopping 1min 27 seconds.
longer than a neck through she compared it with.
wolf has a punchy growl- great for rockin
on this bass the note builds quickly and holds.
this is exactly what i was after. a different yet unique sound.
kmh364
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2232
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 7:28 am:   Edit Post

There's pix and text/description(s)in the Dead Gear book as well...the Dead Ahead DVD shows it in action.

Wow...12 & 1/4#! I guess that means no semi-hollow core mahogany construction...hope your back muscles are in good shape, LOL! That's where your sustain is coming from.

You got some unique collection there...one better than the other! Lemme know when you get your new Dead-esque band together...might just have to take the trip up to CT to hear/see them bad boys in person!

Cast my vote for the next COTM: Scarlet!

Cheers,

Kevin
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1854
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

it is semi hollow! mica thought it was gonna be a tad heavy. wolf is no light weight either
maybe phil would sell me his strap from 74

am almost there on the band
trying to find a drummer

irwin doesnt build basses better than alembic-lol
byoung
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 889
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, January 04, 2008 - 4:20 pm:   Edit Post

Flax-

Since my bass was heavier (by a substantial margin) than Scarlet, I'm guessing mine must be at least 14 lbs. Too light for Rami, but heavy, nonetheless.
bassfingers
Intermediate Member
Username: bassfingers

Post Number: 136
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 8:29 am:   Edit Post

Jeff,

It's great to see Scarlet take her place in your collection at long last.I love the volute on the side shot but what a stunning bass from any angle.I hope all the days of waiting will now become countless hours of pleasure filled fret-frottage!.

Best Wishes as always and thanks for posting those gorgeous photos,

Simon.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2841
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post

"Fret Frottage"????

"frottage n. The act of rubbing against the body of another person, as in a crowd, to attain sexual gratification."

That's a new one on me! Amazing what one can learn on this site! By the way, Flax, is there a hidden dummy hum cancellor or what? And where is it?

Bill, tgo
byoung
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 903
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 10:08 am:   Edit Post

Why would it have a hum canceller? I don't think those are series electronics.

I already frotted Scarlet, and have photographic evidence of such.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2844
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

Bradley:

You are absolutely correct - my bad. Briefly looking at the large pic above I assumed Series II as I was distracted by the melting lava top!

Flax: never mind

"My name is Bill and I'm an Alembic Frottager"

Bill, tgo
byoung
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 905
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 5:48 pm:   Edit Post

Bill,

I heard that frottage is illegal in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia.

I'm all for whatever consenting adults want to do in the privacy of their homes, but please don't frott and drive.
flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1861
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 7:09 pm:   Edit Post

has my ftc been hijacked?
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1750
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 12:48 am:   Edit Post

It couldn't last.
alembic76407
Senior Member
Username: alembic76407

Post Number: 555
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

yes it can last

frottage is only illegal in Oklahoma on Sundays


David T
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2849
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 6:49 am:   Edit Post

Last night I got out Woody and Big Irv and had a 3-way Frottage. I'm a baaaaad boy! Hey Flax, ever try Wolf and Scarlet simultaneously? Talk about stereo! lol

Bill, tgo
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1753
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 7:07 am:   Edit Post

I meant the thread couldn't last without a hijack.
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 618
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 7:57 am:   Edit Post

Only one way to get this bad boy back on track.....

Flax- can you post some pictures of Wolf & Scarlet on a Harley holding a beer?
flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1862
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 12:41 am:   Edit Post

i caught wolf trying to hump scarlet from behind.
he saw her back woods and was convinced it was the real thing...
AAAWHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 825
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 6:45 am:   Edit Post

Where Wolf?

There, There Wolf ... There castle!
:-)
Mike
pierreyves
Advanced Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 229
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 11:09 am:   Edit Post

flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1863
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 12, 2008 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

nice try
no banana....
flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1980
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 10:12 pm:   Edit Post

i just want to say
i love this bass,....
its more than i ever imagined
totally smitten
it gets wowed by everyone who's seen it and heard it
my a string sings for almost 2 minutes. i can hear the vibration in the strings as they diminish
tonality is amazing..
i dont think i will ever need to buy or make another...sorry mica....

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