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Username: mica

Post Number: 7647
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

Tony cast up a sample of the "tan" pickup and we're thinking about making them standard on the Inside-Out Brown Bass.

tan pickup

I like how it looks with the Myrtle top.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10582
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

Very cool! I'm imagining what it will look like with the hardware, strings, and knobs in place; and I think it will look great.
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2344
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 6:43 pm:   Edit Post

Very Cool
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1450
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

Give me an opaque daphne blue Elan with a maple fretboard, matching headstock and tan pickups, please!!

I like!!
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1168
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, March 02, 2012 - 7:45 pm:   Edit Post

OK, yeah, that's very nice - but I think I'd rather see something closer to the walnut. Or maybe the mahagony.

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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5087
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 03, 2012 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post

I like the tan. Perfect for the inside-out BB.

Bill, tgo
Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 42
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2012 - 6:12 am:   Edit Post

Looks like white chocolate! Delicious!
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Username: dfung60

Post Number: 541
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2012 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post

It's kind of interesting, but the line won't form until you bring back caramel!

David Fung
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2346
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2012 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

The Custom Build Series II that is still in a hypothetical stage in my mind would most likely have the old " Clear Amber" pickups. I have lots of KOOL ideas and plans. ______
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 757
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2012 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post

perfect match...
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 1032
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2012 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

sorry to disturb your mind but IF it was my project, I would have standard black pickups because this color looks like vanilla ice cream and do not put value to the light figured wood.
It's my taste, IMO ;o)
Just a question: what wood for fingerboard, is really a cream fingerboard too ? Or is it scotch ?
Username: mica

Post Number: 7648
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 6:48 pm:   Edit Post

The color is very close to the color of the Myrtle top wood of this bass, a very slightly green tinged tan. It's not for everyone, but I'm sure it will be something that is perfect for some instruments. I think I would like to see some Mahogany knobs to keep the serene look. There is nothing wrong with vanilla, unless you like chocolate (or peppermint, like me!).

Caramel, well, there is a bit of a debate on the exact color. The original color was pretty close to the tan color here (perhaps more of a "diaper" color if you catch my drift). During the 1973 oil embargo, the source of the raw materials changed, and the color took on a deeper, reddish hue. Of course, now, years later, the colors have all aged. I'm still trying to create a color similar to a Kraft caramel (search Google images if you aren't familiar with this confection). I will certainly announce once I achieve it!

The fingerboard on the bass pictured above is Ebony. All instruments in finish have the fingerboard protected with masking tape.

"Clear Amber" pickups had the shield in wrapped copper tape. We also had some clear purple pickups, I have a few in my collects of odds and ends.
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2347
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2012 - 7:57 pm:   Edit Post

Mica , thanks for the comment regarding the "Clear Amber" pickups. They have been still haunting me ever since the loss of this Bass ;

Next time it will be 100% Alembic_____Clear Amber trapezoid
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1344
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 - 1:30 am:   Edit Post

Clear purple ?!!
That just makes me smile . :D
Do you know if any instruments had the clear purple pickups ordered/installed ?

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