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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5659
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - 7:10 pm:   Edit Post

Here's your beauty in the pipe clamps:
assembly
Next stop is shielding the cavities and then the bookmatch to center top gets glued in place.
oddmetersam
New
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 9:38 am:   Edit Post

Mica, thanks for the shot. I'm salivating already!
funkyjazzjunky
Advanced Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 234
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 9:56 am:   Edit Post

As am I
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5668
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 6:26 pm:   Edit Post

Front laminate out of the clamps:
assembly
The wood you selected is going to look great with this body shape.
oddmetersam
New
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 1:51 am:   Edit Post

Thanks! Do my eyes deceive me, or is that an elongated hour-glass shaped wood grain running down the center? A friend reminded me that I better start practicing extra hard to do this baby justice...!
rushfan
Junior
Username: rushfan

Post Number: 49
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post

I like that bass.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 5674
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 - 7:21 pm:   Edit Post

A little more shapely today:
carving

carving
funkyjazzjunky
Advanced Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 237
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 7:03 am:   Edit Post

I see another masterpiece in the making
oddmetersam
New
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 2:41 pm:   Edit Post

God, she's so beautiful! Can't wait to hold her.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5705
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 7:50 pm:   Edit Post

You need to see this with some finish:
preset

Your bass has got great color and grain. I love what's happening on the upper horn. The whole thing is just looking amazing.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1998
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 6:14 am:   Edit Post

Wow! I'm always amazed at how Alembic keep surpassing themselves but this one is going to be hard to beat.

Graeme
funkyjazzjunky
Advanced Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 267
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

Is that Coco Bolo or Bocate?
oddmetersam
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Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 5
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, Graeme! I have to remember to put on my bib before going to this site. Coincidentally, I see you live in Scotland. I'll be in your beautiful country on a self-guided single malt scotch tour in May, 2009. What a small world!

And, Mica, you and your crew are simply phenomenal. Thanks a bunch.
oddmetersam
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Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 6
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 1:55 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, funkyjazzjunky
She's a 35" scale Mark King deluxe. The wood in question is BTC Cocobolo w/continuous wood truss rod cover & back plates. I've opted for 3-position Q switches and a bird of prey tailpiece. Recessed strap locks will keep the body outline unbroken and there's no inlay on the fretboard except my mother's initials at the 12th fret. String spacing will match my Spector NS2000 Q5. I play with the fingernails on my right (plucking) hand and decided on the ebony neck lam to add more deep bass punch.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 6034
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 5:12 pm:   Edit Post

The inlays are in the bass, but I only got a chance to photograph 2 of the letters, sorry!

inlays

These are in the fingerboard now, along with the M. The bass is getting the last few coats of finish, and once in the drying area, I will take another picture with all the letters in situ.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 6108
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 5:47 pm:   Edit Post

Last couple things coming together now:
setup
It just keeps getting better and better!
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8055
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post

That's gorgeous!!
elwoodblue
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 677
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, that tailpiece just flows right around the omega cut. Congrats Sam, this leaves me a bit speechless : )
hendixclarke
Senior Member
Username: hendixclarke

Post Number: 688
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 9:12 pm:   Edit Post

"THE WORLD IS FULL OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS
BUTTERFLY WINGS, FAIRY TALE KINGS
AND EACH NEW DAY UNDOUBTEDLY BRINGS
STILL MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS

THE WORLD ABOUNDS WITH MANY DELIGHTS
MAGICAL SIGHTS, FANCIFUL FLIGHTS
AND THOSE WHO DREAM ON BEAUTIFUL NIGHTS
DREAM OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS"

That is a beautiful thing my friend...
deburgh
Member
Username: deburgh

Post Number: 55
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 11:54 am:   Edit Post

Wow, that looks amazing!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 6193
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 8:38 pm:   Edit Post

One of it done, too!
done
Sweeeeet!
sonicus
Intermediate Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 129
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 8:45 pm:   Edit Post

Nice Bass______Awesome color!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8218
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 3:55 pm:   Edit Post

Nice picture Mica; beautiful bass!
oddmetersam
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Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 10
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 10:40 pm:   Edit Post

Today I took delivery at the Mothership (I live in Oakland, so the drive isn't too far). Of course when I first saw her I was practically speechless. I had band rehearsal almost as soon as I got home and my bandmates immediately commented on her robust, room filling sound.

She's already awesome but once I sit down and really learn the Signature electronics, this thing is gonna attract alien visitation!!!!

Much thanks to Mica, Susan, Ron and the entire crew as well as to Beaver Felton and his team at Bass Central. Everyone involved made this go as smoothly as possible.
sonicus
Intermediate Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 146
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 - 12:08 am:   Edit Post

My sincere congratulations to you !
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8256
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 - 5:19 am:   Edit Post

Congrats Sam!!!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2301
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 - 6:12 am:   Edit Post

Looks fantastic Sam. I envy you being able to pick it up from the workshop.

Graeme
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 611
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Sam - now I can put your face (and playing) together with the bass! Sounded great at the NorCal gathering!!! Looking forward to hearing it again...
oddmetersam
Junior
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 11
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post

Harry, likewise! A pleasure meeting you as well. Both your basses are exquisite. Great tone on your 5-string thru that SVT....We should definitely jam and trade licks!
oddmetersam
Junior
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 13
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:19 pm:   Edit Post

I'll post a series of detail shots:

Detail 1

Detail 2

Detail 3
oddmetersam
Junior
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 14
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 11:27 pm:   Edit Post

A few more shots:

Detail 4

Detail 5

I'm running my bass through a F1-X, Crest LT-1500 power amp and 2 Aguilar GS-112 enclosures. I'm having a blast learning the Signature electronics and the 3-way Q switches on my own but I'm open to any favorite settings you other Signature owners may have (hint, hint!) Thanks!
chrisalembic
Junior
Username: chrisalembic

Post Number: 43
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 3:00 am:   Edit Post

Nice pictures man!! Your bass looks awesome. The ebony fingerboard without the oval inlays looks great too, really simple and elegant.
oddmetersam
Junior
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 15
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, Chris! All but one of my other basses have position markers and I was secretly afraid I'd be lost without them. I usually sit kinda' hunched over when I play and have never relied on side dots because the visual angle is off center, if you know what I mean. It turns out those worries were unfounded. She plays more easily and intuitively than my previous #1 bass of 10 years....
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8367
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, July 13, 2009 - 6:56 pm:   Edit Post

Nice pics of a beautiful bass!!
oddmetersam
Junior
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 16
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 1:15 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, Dave. Your Essence basses are killer -- especially that lethally beautiful 6. I'm amazed at the "girth" of that great Alembic tone (or should I say tones). I'm in heaven.

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