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amelnick
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Username: amelnick

Post Number: 84
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 6:39 am:   Edit Post

Had this bass made about 3 years ago. Bass is mint and I am not currently gigging so it needs to find a good home. Built today list is over $11,000 and a street price of about $8000.00. This bass is fantastic live as it can really cut thru the mix and has great definition.

Priced to sell quickly $4200.00 shipped CONUS



When I was a kid, I wondered about the people that got more than one instrument from us. Sometimes it was obvious, they needed a back up on tour, or they wanted a matching set of fretted and fretless basses. Other times, it wasn't as clear why someone would need more than one Alembic. As I got older, I started to understand.
Just the variety of shapes and wood colors alone invite collections. It's so hard to pick just one. But now that my ear has learned more, I can really hear how different woods sculpt the sound. So now I'm not as surprised when we have a customer like Alan who after getting two custom Alembic basses comes back for a third.
Alan's first time around the block was a Dragon Wing in Coco Bolo. Then came a custom Balance K, also in Coco Bolo, but with an Ebony central neck laminate. When the itch for number three came, it was time to cast the tone differently, so we started with the wood recipe, and that started with Ash.
Alan liked the grain he found on another maker's bass. After looking at a few selections by email, I realized that one of the reasons he wasn't super excited about the choices is that the asymmetric body shape of the Rogue was gobbling up a key feature he liked on his reference bass - the wide grain at the bottom end. So I suggested we try slipping the bookmatch to capture more of that wide grain, like we had done on another Rogue bass at the customer's request. Alan approved the new slip placement with an enthusiastic, "Let it rip!!!"
We added a subtle stack of Mahogany, Purpleheart and another Mahogany as the accent laminate. We often go for maximum constrast, but that wasn't the goal with this bass.
It's hard to miss the blatently non-Ebony fingerboard on this bass. Selected for looks alone, the Purpleheart fingerboard has a little less contrast than our traditional Ebony board, and its violet color is sublime. The natural abalone inlays have wonderful pink and purple hues to complement the fingerboard.
Even though Ebony is our first choice for fingerboards from a durability perspective, Purpleheart is no slouch in that arena, and will weather well over the years. There's plenty of early 1970s Alembic basses and guitars with their original Purpleheart fingerboards intact. Over time, the vibrant color will mellow to a warm purplish brown hue, which will still look great on this bass.
There had to be a little more purple here for us to call this bass Deep Purple and now you've found it! Actually, it's technically violet, since light doesn't come in purple. The side LEDs are violet with amber at the 12th and 24th positions. We've only made a handful of instruments with these LEDs, and they look really cool, especially when paired up with the proper woods.


Alan requested a custom peghead shape, based on the Dragon Claw peghead on the instrument he already had. It's never quite as easy as the request sounds, "take the 'claw' part off" because you have to study the form and make sure it doesn't look like you just took the claw part off. In this case, we pulled the center of the peghead over to the left more than the original. A few sketches later, and we had the shape that Alan was dreaming about.

Combining the Ash body with an Ebony neck laminate is the perfect recipe for the tone that Alan sought. The sound is deep and muscular, with more midrange than his other basses. The body shape is extremely comfortable for live playing, and that's exactly what Deep Purple is doing right now, holding down the low end in its natural environment.
We had fun making this bass. There were some challenges to get everything "just right" but you'd never know it from looking at it or playing it. I actually had to force myself to stop playing so Mary could give it her final seal of approval. I'm not sure if Alan will have a number four in his future, but I won't be too surprised if we're asked to make another dream come true for him in the future.





SPECIFICATIONS

Rogue 4-string bass
Ash top, slip bookmatch
Mahogany, Purpleheart, Mahogany accent laminates
Ash body
Purpleheart fingerboard
Maple, Purpleheart, and Ebony neck
Custom peghead shape
Ebony fingerboard with abalone inlays
Side LEDs in violet with amber at 12 and 24
Rogue electronics: volume, pan, filter, 2-position Q-switch, bass cut/flat/boost, treble but/flat/boost, LED on/off
MXY bass pickup, FatBoy treble pickup
Bird tailpiece

Text and photos by Mica Wickersham Thomas, 2011 Alembic, Inc.
Photo of Alan 2011 Judy

(Message edited by amelnick on January 02, 2014)
amelnick
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Username: amelnick

Post Number: 85
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

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amelnick
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Username: amelnick

Post Number: 86
Registered: 8-2010
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amelnick
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Username: amelnick

Post Number: 87
Registered: 8-2010
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amelnick
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Username: amelnick

Post Number: 88
Registered: 8-2010
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gregduboc
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Username: gregduboc

Post Number: 541
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass and excellent price! Good luck with the sale!
amelnick
Member
Username: amelnick

Post Number: 89
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

Reduced price to 3900.00!
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 451
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 6:27 am:   Edit Post

Great bass. Just too long for me. I love the neck combo.

By the way you might want to consider adjusting your listing because of the manner in which it comes up on some sites. One of the listing sites I frequent is lionseek and your listing appears as "Alembic Rogue $11,000.

Good luck it's a beautiful bass that hopefully will find a great home.
amelnick
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Username: amelnick

Post Number: 90
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Sunday, February 09, 2014 - 6:33 am:   Edit Post

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