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jackal
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Username: jackal

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 10:53 am:   Edit Post

Mica,

Following bass is the one Stanley mainly used back in 80's-90's.
In previous thread, you said all of his basses have vermillion core.
But now I'm curious, what is the top wood?

Stanley's Bass3
Stanley's Bass4
Stanley's Bass5
Stanley's Bass2
Stanley's Bass6
Stanley's Bass1

Thanks for looking.
Jackal
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 752
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:45 pm:   Edit Post

it's the same bass I was taken in picture at Montreux Jazz BUT without the metal piece on the peghead.

pas
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Username: pas

Post Number: 258
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 3:32 pm:   Edit Post

I'm guessing Indian Rosewood.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7223
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, February 18, 2011 - 3:43 pm:   Edit Post

Vermilion top.
lalogarcia
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Username: lalogarcia

Post Number: 47
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 5:14 am:   Edit Post

Rosewood for sure!
I have always wondered why Stanley uses a series 1 and not a series 2???

He has had many Alembics.... Some with maple, Walnut, Ebony or Coco Bolo top; but Rosewood top and back is his usual choice...
lalogarcia
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Username: lalogarcia

Post Number: 48
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

Mmm I did not realize it was Mica who said Vermillion!
Still it looks like Rosewood to me!
I know Stanley likes Vermillion for core wood ( he has also used Zebrawood, Cherry and Mahogany for body core...);
Mica... Are you 100% that's Vermillion?
It looks too dark for Vermillion which usually has more of a redish look....
Please clarify ....
Thanks Mica!
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2339
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 - 6:18 am:   Edit Post

From what I've seen of Stanley live and on video's he's a big tone tweaker during his playing and I would imagine getting fast tone changes mid song is pretty challenging on a series I bass so doing that with a series II adding CVQ would be quite a challenge especially moving to and from a particular tonal point. Maybe that has something to do with his choice of a live instrument with less controls. Maybe for recording he possibly uses a series II bass.
Jazzyvee
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7226
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post

For Stan, Series I vs Series II has more to do with the master volume control in his playing path.

Vermilion really browns out TONS over time. Add to that a much-yellowed finish, and you've got something that can look very much like Rosewood - until you take a knob off and notice a bright red ring underneath!

Indian Rosewood generally has a much more purpley cast to the color.

Surprisingly, Vermilion and Purpleheart look very similar to me after 30 years on an Alembic instrument, since for both, the color is the main identifier and they both brown out so much. The last image in the first post of this thread would have had me calling Vermilion as a guess now that I've seen so many of these instruments.
skyboltone
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Username: skyboltone

Post Number: 54
Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 3:00 pm:   Edit Post

OK I believe you mica but what is the thin light line? Binding? A layer of maple? What?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7228
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, February 21, 2011 - 4:13 pm:   Edit Post

It's a thicker-than usual accent laminate of Maple. Pierre-Yves is having a bass made with similar proportions now.

BTW, you all probably know that Stan's old Walnut bass was the "Brown Bass" this one is the "Red Bass"
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 764
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, March 04, 2011 - 6:40 pm:   Edit Post

Have I ? Having I ? ae ... I'm not having anything NOW I believe... but tomorrow maybe ==> ? :-)

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