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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5010
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, December 28, 2007 - 8:11 pm:   Edit Post

Caught freshly in carving:
carving

Closeup of the body:
carving

It may be hard to tell at this stage, but this is a killer piece of Quilted Maple.

Enjoy - and happy new year!
briant
Junior
Username: briant

Post Number: 28
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, December 28, 2007 - 8:28 pm:   Edit Post

I'm giddy like a little girl! I got my Christmas wish! :-)

Thanks for the pictures and update. I am very anxious to see how it progresses!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5885
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

You can see in the second picture, it's a really nice quilt.
funkyjazzjunky
Junior
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 27
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 8:19 am:   Edit Post

Wow

What is the composition? Is that Quilted Maple, Zebrawood, Walnut, over a Maple core?
cozmik_cowboy
Advanced Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 240
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

I think what you're seeing as zebrawood are burn marks from cutting the maple.

Peter
briant
Junior
Username: briant

Post Number: 37
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 06, 2008 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

That is indeed the case, Peter.

Body is mahogany, purpleheart accent, 5A quilted maple top. The neck should be pretty obvious but it's 1 ebony and 2 purpleheart stripes and maple.

This bass will have signature electronics and potentially a master bass and treble control - awaiting word back from Susan/Mica on the cost of that addition before I decide to go with it or not. I went with no inlays and the side markers are going to be blue LEDs. That's really about it - nothing too terribly outlandish but it is going to be the ultimate bass for me. So yea!
funkyjazzjunky
Junior
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 30
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

Wonderful looking bass. Are you a low B or a high C player?
briant
Junior
Username: briant

Post Number: 40
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post

Low B. I started playing 5 strings about 11 years ago when I was in a really heavy Tony Levin and Bryan Beller kick. Both of them play the low B so tastefully I just had to make the switch and get after that myself.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1562
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 08, 2008 - 4:25 am:   Edit Post

Good choice on the Orion peghead Brian. I think it really sets off the rogue body perfectly. Looks like some nice figuring on the maple too.

Graeme
briant
Junior
Username: briant

Post Number: 43
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 09, 2008 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

My own update! :-)

I heard that the bass was about to go in for routing soon (today?) and we caught the addition of the master bass and treble controls in time. So they have been added. Neat!
deburgh
Junior
Username: deburgh

Post Number: 25
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post

I can't wait to see how great this is going to look with spray!

Todd
briant
Junior
Username: briant

Post Number: 44
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 4:43 pm:   Edit Post

You and me both, brother! Even in that raw stage above the quilt looks insane.
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 620
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

Brian,

Just curious... are you going with the clear finish or are you adding the amber tint?

It looks great- love that quilt

Toby
briant
Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 51
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 7:26 pm:   Edit Post

Clear clear clear! I want to bask in the glow of the natural wood colors (or colours if you will).

Mica informed me this evening that the first coat of finish got applied to it at some point today. She's hopeful that she will catch it between coats sometime soon and will post a picture. I can't wait. :-)
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5074
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 6:19 pm:   Edit Post

Time for the long wait, Brian:
spray
Until all the finish is sprayed, it won't look much different in a snapshot, so I probably won't be posting again until your bass is in rubout or setup.
briant
Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 67
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 6:41 pm:   Edit Post

I so needed this to take my mind off other things. :-)

That looks absolutely amazing and I'm sure it's even more amazing in person! I could not possibly be happier with how it looks. It is absolutely gorgeous.

The Long Wait(tm) cannot pass fast enough! :-)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6071
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 - 8:24 pm:   Edit Post

I love this quilt! There have been a lot of nice Maple Quilts recently, and this is certainly one of 'em! I'm tilting my laptop at different angles looking at it! This particular picture catches the light in such a way that it looks electric.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1586
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 1:05 am:   Edit Post

WOW! That quilt is fantastic Brian.

graeme
bassjigga
Advanced Member
Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 291
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post

Nice quilt! Love it! Man I can tell the FTC page is going to cost me a lot of money...
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 632
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 11:31 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful quilt~

Hard to tell, but it looks like the body wood (Mahogany?) has a bit of cool figuring or flame to it as well. Nice choice on the headstock choice too (IMO).
briant
Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 74
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys! I really am stunned at how wonderful it looks. I can't wait until this thing is in my hands!
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 212
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 1:31 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, Brian!

That's gonna be one LOVELY Rogue! Well thought out, I must add. Signature, B and T controls, Ebony Lam, Killler! Gonna sound as good as the quilt top looks! Can't wait to see the finished product.

BCoool, Mike, tho =]
briant
Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 98
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 7:36 pm:   Edit Post

*sigh*... how insane is it that I had a dream last night that Mica called me to tell me my bass was done and ready to ship? I know. Completely insane. I have problems - this I'm aware of.
pinbacking
Junior
Username: pinbacking

Post Number: 49
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 - 11:50 pm:   Edit Post

Looks badass man. Ya, I'm totally thinking about getting bass and treble controls for signature electronics, or at least cut/boost switches (when I have the dough for a custom!) When you get it, the next time we get together I will want to play it!!! See for myself. I'm sure that bass is going to blow the house down!
deburgh
Junior
Username: deburgh

Post Number: 35
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 7:45 am:   Edit Post

My my my, that is a beautiful top.. The quilt is fantastic, and I love the Rogue body shape.

Todd
georgie_boy
Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 382
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post

Took my breath CLEAN away!!
Yet again-----------More beauty than my pea-brain can handle
Just a STUNNING top-------yet without the spray etc it wasn't that stunning---but now!!!!!!
Wowwwww
You will love this bass
G
georgie_boy
Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 383
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post

Brian
I've just gone back again to look at that top.
I say it often, but that is the best maple top I've ever seen!!
On par with the "Unicorn" bass in the arquives
Will the beauty never cease for us lesser mortels that can't afford a "custom" ??
georgie_boy
Advanced Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 384
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post

And then-the question
Why not Series elctronics??


G
briant
Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 99
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 3:50 pm:   Edit Post

"Why not Series elctronics??"

I don't think I need them plus it's a comfort thing. I have Signature electronics on my JPJ custom and I love them - and I can get/reproduce many tones with it consistently on the fly. Adding the master bass and treble on this bass was even a mild after thought; I figured since I can I might as well.

The Series electronics frighten me some. I've honestly never even had the chance to play a bass with Series electronics - well, plugged in anyway! I played Brad's Series II 6 string at the last local Alembic gathering but didn't get a chance to do that until the power had already gone out. :-(

I look at it this way: if I really really fall in love with Series electronics sometime later I can use it as an excuse to order another bass. :-)
bassjigga
Advanced Member
Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 298
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 4:11 pm:   Edit Post

Not to mention they're like $5m more!
5stringho
Advanced Member
Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 237
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 - 8:40 pm:   Edit Post

We really need an excuse to order a new bass? I found begging, pleading and snivelling work best!
Have fun! Mike, tho =]
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 115
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, February 18, 2008 - 10:49 pm:   Edit Post

Sad.

Anything interesting happen in the last month besides spraying a lot of finish and doing a lot of sanding?
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 122
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

I don't mean to be a nuisance but... Bueller? Anything new to report?
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5177
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 5:20 pm:   Edit Post

Your bass is in the final cure right now. Will probably be completed within a couple of weeks.
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 123
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Mica! That is wonderful news! :-)
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5221
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 9:49 am:   Edit Post

Here's the finished bass:
done
You should be hearing from Bass Northwest any day with the good news of your bass' arrival.
byoung
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 1000
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

And in other news, Bradley is seen trolling Yesler Avenue, waiting to hijack the UPS truck.

:-)
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 151
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post

:-)

I am speechless. I can't wait to see it in person. Every Alembic I've ever experienced in person is so much more amazing than any pictures ever do justice! And that picture screams "AMAZING!!!" at me. :-)

Then of course there is that whole "I've been dying to play it since before I ordered it" thing!
foth
Intermediate Member
Username: foth

Post Number: 175
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass, Brian! Very nice electronics....
Paul
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1712
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post

Wow! That's a fantastic rogue Brian. Remember to breathe.

Graeme
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 155
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 8:25 pm:   Edit Post

I picked it up this afternoon from Bass Northwest.

Pictures can be seen over here:
http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/50152.html?1206761034

I'll need to marinate for a while to fully express my thoughts about this bad boy. It is nothing short of amazing.
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 158
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post

I guess here is the best place to say this:

THANK YOU!!!! A very huge and heart-felt thank you to everyone at Alembic for all the hard work that went into creating this fine instrument. A special thank you is in order for putting up with me bugging you about how things were coming along so much. :-) I'm terribly impatient.. sorry about that.

This "bass of my dreams" is everything that I wanted it to be and more. Thank you!
briant
Intermediate Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 161
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 5:57 pm:   Edit Post

Link to a page with sound clips of the bass:

http://www.briantimpe.com/page/Rogue5.htm
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6400
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 7:55 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats again!

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