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Username: maclamb

Post Number: 35
Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post

Could someone point me towards the threads where the specific setup of knobs, filters, etc for casady's alembics and lesh's are posted? I am forming a design in my head and would like to check somethings out. I've tried searching and will continue - but maybe someone know this off the top of their head

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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1403
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

judging by the photo
i doubt phil can remember
see the tags on the controls?
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 759
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 4:27 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Joe,
I assume you've seen the Artists and their Alembics thread in the Showcase. The short answer is..there aren't any threads that discuss these basses in detail distinctly. Alembic has made intruments for dozens(hundreds?) of stars and thousands of fans/players. They care about all of the instruments, but don't divulge personal anecdotes very often.
They're in business to sell instruments, not tell stories. We've had the suggestion before in the forum that the whole Alembic story would be some riveting reading, if it ever gets written.
Jeff - I still love Phil's tone on Europe '72.
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1409
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 8:00 pm:   Edit Post

i still think the godfather is the best sounding bass i ever heard
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 120
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 5:14 am:   Edit Post

I'm with you, Flax - well, it or the Osage Orange bass.

Username: llobsterbass

Post Number: 13
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 1:05 pm:   Edit Post

At the 2002 Grateful Dead family reunion at Alpine Valley, I stood in front of the gear display, just staring at the Godfather/Big Brown for almost half an hour. Gave me shivers even though Phil wasn't playing it.

I never thought I'd see him use it live, but then at the Patriot Center 12/2/05 he busted it out for a barnburning Viola Lee > Caution > Feedback > Viola Lee. And I was right up front, about 15 feet from him!

I couldn't believe the incredible clear rich tone of Big Brown. He was mostly messing with it to get feedback, but when he had the controls near normal, it generated a creamy fundamental that shook me in my shoes.

That was the moment I decided that, despite having several amazing basses including an Orion, I *had* to obtain an old Series bass. Less than a month later, 78-1140 came my way, and we're living happily ever after.

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