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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4587
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 6:21 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the wood I was telling you about on the phone. These are successive slices from the same slab. For the top:
top lam


And for the back:
back lam


It's a little hard to see the outlines, so I've drawn a yellow indicator to show you where to look. I only traced the larger body half on each.

Hope you like these - mom and I thought they would be perfect for your cool nordic bass.
berniek
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Username: berniek

Post Number: 8
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 - 11:21 am:   Edit Post

What happened to this bass?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4834
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, September 21, 2007 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post

It's been quietly chugging through the shop. Here's where it was a couple of days ago:
carving

carving

carving

carving
the_8_string_king
Senior Member
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 840
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 7:17 pm:   Edit Post

WOW, this looks really great, and is going to look TOTALLY awesome when the finish hits!!! Buckeye's a GREAT looking wood, unsurpassed in appearance!

You really designed a killer bass, sir!!! I've always been fond of Essence basses with the electronics package... the old "big things come in small packages" thing.

Your bass is going to totally smoke, in looks, versatility of the electronics, and sound... the Ebony neck lams will blow you away.

P.S. if you're not getting the 3 position Q switch, I recommend kicking out a couple bucks extra... the added versatility is considerable. The standard 8db Q setting is pretty strong... with a 3-position Q, you can get a softer setting in addition. The Signature Deluxe I just got has 3 position Q switches that go 0/6/9 dbs, like the Series I, which is really great!

I look forward to seeing the finish hit your bass!
artswork99
Intermediate Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 110
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - 8:50 pm:   Edit Post

An incredible thing to do... watch the craftsmanship of Alembic using wonderful items from nature to make such gorgeous musical instruments.

Enjoy it Roger!
Thanks for the experience,

Art
mele_aloha
Advanced Member
Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 263
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2007 - 10:30 am:   Edit Post

Looks like frikin "Granite"! Awesome!!!!

I think I'd name it "El Capitan".

P
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5116
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post

Any day now...
rub out

rub out

rub out
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 101
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 7:05 pm:   Edit Post

Oh. My. Lord.

That is officially the most beautiful instrument I have ever seen. That is simply gorgeous.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6156
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 7:44 pm:   Edit Post

Pretty amazing!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1627
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, February 08, 2008 - 4:49 am:   Edit Post

I really do love these dark buckeye instruments once the finish hits them. The all ebony neck lams go really well too. Gives me lots of ideas ;-)

Graeme
basstard
Intermediate Member
Username: basstard

Post Number: 155
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Monday, February 11, 2008 - 5:48 am:   Edit Post

Chrome hardware would be an obvious choice here, I think - it would match the colour perfectly!
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 108
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post

I come here every day now to look at this bass.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5233
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 9:18 am:   Edit Post

Any day now...

setup
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5259
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 11:58 am:   Edit Post

Totally finished and arriving at your doorstep this Friday:

done

As I said on the phone, you'll be amazed at the wood in person. There is sooo much going on that these snapshots just can't reveal.

Roger wanted me to relay his appreciation for the comments and feedback of the Club. He hasn't been able to set up an account yet, but that will probably change soon.
foth
Intermediate Member
Username: foth

Post Number: 176
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 09, 2008 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! That's really elegant!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1727
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 12:42 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful! the buckeye has a real 3d look, especally just above the controls - looks like it's been folded over. Incredible!

Graeme
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 460
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 6:47 am:   Edit Post

Awesome!!
Jacko was just saying to me last Saturday how much he likes the Buckeye

Have to admit---so do I

G
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 169
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 9:36 am:   Edit Post

That bass is going to make me order another custom. It is nothing short of amazing.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6450
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post

Amazing! Congrats!!
262632
New
Username: 262632

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2008 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post

Hello, Mica & Members

Just a note to let everyone know my Essence turned out fabulous in every way! I've owed many one-offs including three Alembics that were very nice but the crew out did themselves one this one. When I ordered it I knew it would be the last bass I would have built (for health reasons) so I put much thought into the design and with Mica's guidance it turned out perfect.

You don't see it in the pictures but there are blue LED's running up the left side of the fretless fingerboard. You should see and hear peoples reactions when I hit the LED
switch!!! I wish I could post a pix of it but I haven't found anyone capable of taking the picture.

Thanks to all of you for your support and suggestions during the build.

Peace, Roger
psychicpet
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Username: psychicpet

Post Number: 5
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2008 - 9:17 pm:   Edit Post

absolutely gorgeous bass Roger. and no doubt sounds even better.
262632
New
Username: 262632

Post Number: 2
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hey the_8_string king - just to let you know. I did upgrade to the Europa electronics to get the Q switch and quick tone change switches. Great suggestion. Thanks!

(Message edited by 262632 on October 20, 2008)

(Message edited by 262632 on October 20, 2008)
262632
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Username: 262632

Post Number: 3
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2008 - 8:43 pm:   Edit Post

To everyone - Staff and club members-Once I held my bass and heard it's unique tones, I got sentimental and settled on an worthy name for it.

"My Blue Moon" In honor of my high school sweetie, Lyn. Thanks for the best 37 years of my life.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7192
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 5:29 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats again, Roger; and I love the name!
262632
Junior
Username: 262632

Post Number: 21
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2009 - 4:45 pm:   Edit Post

Mica,
The Truss rod cover is on it's way along with a cashier's check to cover the new one with my name and nickname engraved on it. I'll look here daily to see when you get it.

Happy New Year!

Regards, Roger

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