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garth4664
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Username: garth4664

Post Number: 4
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 8:43 am:   Edit Post

Had a dream last night - Series 1, with a dragon wing esque lower horn, balance k omega body but with the string anchor as an alembic "cloud" and below in the omega cut out a brass alembic "dream-catcher". Did my best below to illustrate this bass design, I think it needs to be built. Thoughts guys?Dream catcher bass
elwoodblue
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Post Number: 718
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 9:24 am:   Edit Post

Looks nice...
The cloud tailpiece is a great idea...I like how the strings look like rays emerging from it.
tmoney61092
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Post Number: 121
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

i like the body shape alot, not crazy about the dream catcher though but it's still cool, great idea/dream,i could see it as a COTM if it were made
eligilam
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Post Number: 182
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

That's actually pretty sweet. The horns maintain that Alembic vibe very nicely...
garth4664
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 9:59 am:   Edit Post

Thanks guys, yep I agree that it is probably better to leave out the dream catcher and leave is as "implied" in the omega shape.

here is the bass again as an outline if anyone can colour in the white space with more realistic wood.

Cheers GarthDream catcher 2
tmoney61092
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Post Number: 122
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 10:03 am:   Edit Post

i do love the shape alot, any ideas on what kinds of wood would go best with it?

~Taylor Watterson
garth4664
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 10:08 am:   Edit Post

I have a 70s coco bolo series 1 which is magnificent sounding but really heavy, so I was thinking mostly mahogony neck, with maple and thin ebony stringers and probably a quilted maple top...anyone else know the right woods to use if you want a series 1 on the lighter side?
lembic76450
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Post Number: 160
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post

Wow, the cloud tail piece seems so obvious after seeing it. How is it that it has not been done before?
The Omega is very cool both ways. Nice design.
senmen
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Post Number: 874
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 11:35 am:   Edit Post

Garth,
cool.
The cloud and Alembic tail is great.

Oliver (Spyderman)
chrisalembic
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post

this is really great!!!! very alembic, and that tailpiece is so cool!!
garth4664
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post

Figured out how to put in the wood... open to other suggestions though. To everyone on the forum, please feel free to use these ideas for your own customs, my only condition is that you send me high res photos of anything that gets built. Cheers Garth
senmen
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Post Number: 875
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 11:44 am:   Edit Post

Garth,
I would like it to have the end closed and to have the Alembic sign
laid in beneath the cloud tail....
Oliver (Spyderman)
garth4664
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 12:07 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Oliver, you read my mind - was just working on that...Dream catcher point
garth4664
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 12:30 pm:   Edit Post

And bookmatched to centre
senmen
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Post Number: 876
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 1:57 pm:   Edit Post

Garth, that is so gorgeous.
Simply WOW......

Oliver (Spyderman)
garth4664
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 2:01 pm:   Edit Post

Got to thinking that the strings to the cloud need a puppet master to control them - what do you think of this as a headstock inlay?
garth4664
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 2:59 pm:   Edit Post

OK one more for today...

Cheers, Garth
tmoney61092
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 3:31 pm:   Edit Post

I LOVE IT!!!! it would truly be awesome to get that made

~Taylor Watterson
olieoliver
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Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 7:17 pm:   Edit Post

That last picture is great. I love the shape of the body, the tail is freakin' awesome. The onlt thing I would change is the puppet master hand in some shade of pearl.

OO
Again the bridge with the point and logo beneath,,,if I had seen this before ....
dadabass2001
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Post Number: 1182
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, June 21, 2009 - 7:41 pm:   Edit Post

Garth,
Very cool! It's reminding me of Keavin's #12, which has it's logo below the bridge. Great ideas, I hope they're attainable. On my monitor it appears you have greenish pickups and knobs. Is that your choice, or just a colorspace/monitor anomaly?
Mike
georgie_boy
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 3:54 am:   Edit Post

I LOVE this concept!!!!!!

Get it built..NOW!

George
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 5:00 am:   Edit Post

Just freakin' brilliant, Garth! Bouts, tail, puppetmaster - it's all incredible. I second Georgie (and Olie - shades of pearl for the hand for sure.)

Peter
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for all the really nice comments, I must admit that I am now addicted to thinking about this custom - to the point where I am loosing sleep... One more to add for today, I think that the headstock shape of this version suits the body a lot more, and the wood is closer to what I would want, but now probably have to re-think the headstock inlay. Hmmm...

senmen
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Post Number: 877
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:47 am:   Edit Post

Garth,
well I must admit that this looks way better than the one with the other headstock......
A cool and classic masterpiece....
Oliver (Spyderman)
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post

Headstock inlay
elwoodblue
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 1:25 pm:   Edit Post

It's getting better all the time...you have a knack for design.
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 1:37 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks elwoodblue, kind of wish I could stop thinking about this bass now...

I would really love to put in a custom order for this but having a little trouble justifying the 15K US + it would cost to build it.

Anyway, I'm thinking classic ovals on the fret board but this may not live up to the other inlay work so it would be great to hear some suggestions.
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

I'd leave it blank; keep the continuity from fingers to cloud.

Peter
olieoliver
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 1:57 pm:   Edit Post

FRETLESS! With blues side LEDS!
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 2:04 pm:   Edit Post

Olie, totally agree with you fretless would look best but no matter how many times I play donna-lee while wearing a sweatband i've got to come to the realisation that I'm not Jaco. Still haven't forgiven myself for defretting my last bass... :-)
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 2:04 pm:   Edit Post

Olie, totally agree with you fretless would look best but no matter how many times I play donna-lee while wearing a sweatband i've got to come to the realisation that I'm not Jaco. Still haven't forgiven myself for defretting my last bass (not an alembic thank god)... :-)
tmoney61092
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Post Number: 124
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post

i like Olie's idea alot, you are amazing at designing on computer, what program are you using?

~Taylor Watterson
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 2:11 pm:   Edit Post

Believe it or not I'm using a combination of microsoft word and paint. Paint is good for splashing the solid colour, word is good for selecting "clear colours" so that i can overlay the parts. This is probably the slowest way to design a bass, but is pretty satisfying. BTW word is also useful for trimming down the size of the pics so they can be posted here...
hendixclarke
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Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 8:47 pm:   Edit Post

Garth,

As someone who had started this journey...

I can honestly say, this is a fantastic, and very personal voyage you are embarking.

As you sail forward from the dock, the waters are always calm and tranquil, but as with any journey filled with adventure, you will find many things challenging.

Your bass is unique, even "Regal like"... something of pure Royalty.

I will be watching your develop and refinements as the days go by... I look forward to seeing your creation progress to eventually enter the halls of Alembic - "Factory to Customer" thread.

I hope you the very best, and I wish you a safe return with your wonderful treasure -- enjoy the ride!

Hal-
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 - 11:23 pm:   Edit Post

Cocobolo
georgie_boy
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 4:48 am:   Edit Post

This must be about the best Custom idea I've seen IMHO !!!!
Just LOVE it!!

George
altgrendel
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 5:18 am:   Edit Post

I'll be honest, I'm not keen on the headstock inlay. But then, it's not my bass design.

Love the body though.
gregduboc
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Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 5:54 am:   Edit Post

Garth, I think that the bass will look cooler without inlays. It will leave the neck clear, so that when you look at the headstock inlay, you can follow the strings all the way to wherever you like. Or perhaps something puppet-related, that would give you bass a more dark/mysterious look.
That is one amazing design you've created... I really want to see it built. Congratulations

Greg
gregduboc
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Post Number: 165
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 5:59 am:   Edit Post

Just one other thing, how about instead of doing the Alembic sign in real colours, why don't you try it in a sort of outline way, perhaps out of some gold-platted material? Do you get the picture? Just like the normal Alembic headstock inlays, only bigger...
I think that would give it a more dream-catcher sort of look.
Greg
jazzyvee
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 6:09 am:   Edit Post

Yeah I love the look, it's a very stylish design. I wonder how bulbous the body would end up being as it looks probably the same length as the small standard body but with a more voluptious bottom.

I wouldn't say the pointy bottomed alembics are amongst my favourites but this one looks great and changing to that knobly headstock is better.
Jazzyvee
adriaan
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 6:17 am:   Edit Post

Hm, that knobby peghead would indeed look nice without the tuner ears sticking out. Perhaps the mothership would consider using the peghead and bridge/tail-piece design of those 1980s Japanese bolt-on Alembics?
adriaan
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 6:55 am:   Edit Post

... double post ...

(Message edited by adriaan on June 23, 2009)
tmoney61092
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Post Number: 125
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 8:20 am:   Edit Post

so when are you putting your order in for this??? ;-)

~Taylor Watterson

P.S.- that cocobolo looks AMAZING
chrisalembic
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Post Number: 36
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 8:59 am:   Edit Post

man its just beautiful.. very unique, elegant design... if you cant get it build now, maybe alembic could build their next showroom bass like this.. how about burl maple top, walnut body, maple/ebony neck, chrome hardware, etc... i am starting to dream now too ;-)
hendixclarke
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Post Number: 762
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post

That bass is voluptuously feminine. I would slightly remove the pointed bottom (round it off) to look like this... to couture the Alembic emblem...

I hope you didn't mind...
hendixclarke
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 9:47 am:   Edit Post

Your bass looks like newly budded Rose. It is truly beautiful. It almost pulls a tear from my eyes thinking of my mother and the roses she loved...

Sorry about getting emotional but I see something wonderful here.

(Message edited by hendixclarke on June 23, 2009)
senmen
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Posted on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 - 1:17 pm:   Edit Post

Garth,
again me.
To say it simple: you created a classic!
We should open the FTC thread soooooon..........
Oliver (Spyderman)
garth4664
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Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 9:04 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, what a response. Hal, the rounded point is pretty cool thanks for the suggestion. Oliver, not sure when I will be able to afford to put in an order for this, but its probably best to wait at least until the design/woods/inlays stop changing in my head. Ordering an instrument is so much harder than buying one, since you don't just have to decide if you want it, but also how you want it. Think I need some professional advise and some quotes/costs on the options...almost time to call Mica I think.
georgie_boy
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Posted on Sunday, June 28, 2009 - 5:27 am:   Edit Post

Go for it!!!
We're all waiting on this one.
hendixclarke
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Posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 - 11:22 pm:   Edit Post

You are very welcome Garth. I wish you well on this project. Let us know who things go, it will be interesting to know what Mica says.

I hope to see this bass enter the Factory to Customer thread!
altgrendel
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Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 6:55 am:   Edit Post

Reminds me of the B. C. Rich eagle.

This is a good thing. I really liked those basses.
crobbins
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Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - 8:02 am:   Edit Post

Very cool. I like it. :-)
hb3
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Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

It does look kinda like an Eagle bass.

Cool bass, but am I to understand the cloud is positioned on top of the bridge? That's gonna be pointy.
tmoney61092
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Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

it IS the birdge, pretty funky concept

~Taylor Watterson
davehouck
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Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 8:16 pm:   Edit Post

The cloud is the tailpiece; the bridge is the brass colored thing between the cloud and the pickup.
tmoney61092
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Posted on Sunday, July 05, 2009 - 8:57 pm:   Edit Post

oops, sorry for the mess up, thanks for the fix dave

~Taylor Watterson
hb3
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Posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

Ah, I get it.

So is this gonna get built???
tmoney61092
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Posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

we can only hope that there will be a FTC thread on this one

~Taylor Watterson
georgie_boy
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Posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 2:54 pm:   Edit Post

Keep the point on the body!!
hendixclarke
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Posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 3:49 pm:   Edit Post

Keep us hanging in anticipation... :-)
jedisan
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Posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2009 - 5:04 pm:   Edit Post

I agree with George... keep the point! I think it provides a better looking balance for the body. Awesome design!
garth4664
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Posted on Wednesday, July 08, 2009 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

Hello guys,
Sorry for the delay,just got back from inner mongolia believe it or not. probably should have detailed the bridge so that it was clearer but yes the cloud is the tailpiece, it will be drilled for the strings from the end of the bass (no slots) and will be screwed to the wood from the back of the bass so that there are no screws visable at the front. Also I am thinking that it might be nice to retain the omega shape on the body as per the earlier sketches. I will work up a few additional drawings and post them some time this week showing some of the more detailed ideas... Cheers, Garth
hendixclarke
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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 8:22 pm:   Edit Post

Remove the point (whispering...)
hendixclarke
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Posted on Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 8:27 pm:   Edit Post

How many Alembics have points... what... 90%.

Dare to be different... stand from the crowd and be the count of number 1.

It's cool to me either way Garth, its your bass my man, it's your bass bro.
garth4664
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 - 9:04 pm:   Edit Post

spalted
Here is a spalted example - this is closer to what I want I think...
garth4664
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 - 9:10 pm:   Edit Post

tailpiece/string anchor
tmoney61092
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post

so you are going with the omega cut out then?

~Taylor Watterson

P.S.- looks AWESOME
tmoney61092
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Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post

oh, and what about the hand inlay on the headstock?
garth4664
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Posted on Saturday, July 18, 2009 - 9:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Taylor,

Yep, I'm thinking at this stage that I will go with the omega, as my 78 series 1 has a point, and the omega makes the body look a little better proportioned (possibly also a tiny bit lighter). Also I'm thinking that I will make the cloud string anchor myself, might even make an alternative one for my 78 as a test trial.

I'm actually thinking that I would like to make a few of the bits of hardware and send them to the mothership for them to make the bass around. That way I can make them exactly as I would like them.

Cheers,

Garth
mario_farufyno
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Posted on Sunday, July 19, 2009 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

I just think that headstock Inlay may be too much. I would stick with Hendrixclarke idea just discarding the headstock inlay to favour the ingenuous logo/tailpiece (I think this tailpiece idea is so great, you shouldn't distract eyes with nothing more).
garth4664
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 1:48 am:   Edit Post

While I am dreaming - I've been checking out the moog guitar and can't help but think that those electronics would be perfect for an alembic bass. Wonder if I could buy one of the guitars as a donor for alembic to rebuild bass pickups and put the elecs into a series type bass...
garth4664
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 6:56 am:   Edit Post

Some minor changes - I think it does need the point and the lower inlay, and I must admit it looks better without the headstock inlay. I have also slimmed the "hips" a little - looking better now I think...
garth4664
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 7:05 am:   Edit Post

one more pic
gregduboc
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 7:12 am:   Edit Post

The point goes well with your design. Everything else has points (headstock, horns...), so it feels proportioned.
Somehow, most of the custom basses made by Alembic that I see, have the Omega cut. Keeping the point will add, if I may, a nice vintage, classic Alembic characteristic, in such a modern, different bass.
But hey, that is only the way I see it! :-)

Greg
garth4664
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 7:25 am:   Edit Post

Thanks greg - I think the point now works so much better now that the "hips" are a little slimmer. Also would really like to see the alembic logo as a bigger inlay with lots of stunning abalone shell. On the downside I just noticed that prices have gone up since this thread started...doh.
gregduboc
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 8:09 am:   Edit Post

That logo is going to be something so special... It will definitely become a reference for Alembic. But hey, it is going to cost you A LOT. If an inlayed logo on the headstock will run you about a thousand bucks... Imagine a huge big brother!!
But please, do it!!!!

Greg
georgie_boy
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 9:06 am:   Edit Post

I agree!!
Just one thing I'd do...............I'd move the front pickup just a little closer to the neck.....as they did in the "old" ones!
garth4664
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post

Totally agree mate, if this gets built I will put it as far toward the bass end of the body as possible - no point in having the two pickups sound the same. On another note an email has been sent to sales for a quote...gulp.
toma_hawk01
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Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 4:20 pm:   Edit Post

Garth, this bass is totally different and balance. My eyes are drawn to the bridge. I would consider open slots on the bridge, for quick string changes.

(Message edited by toma_hawk01 on August 23, 2009)
garth4664
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2009 - 1:45 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Hal,

You are absolutely right that slots would be more practical, but it is possible that the cloud would get lost with the strings running over it.

I think the best way to check would be to do an experiment with the cloud and no slots on my 78 and see if this is actually possible or a reasonable compromise. The slots could be another option. Interestingly enough, have found that I never snap strings on my Series 1, think it may be due to the good bridge set up and the 32 inch scale which doesn't have the tension of a 34. All my other basses are 34, but somehow they seem too long and too tight now...
garth4664
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 11:52 pm:   Edit Post

Got a quote from Susan, looks like I will have to save for a while and possibly wait for a good exchange rate, but on the positive she had some great ideas for the inlay. For anyone watching this thread the cloud tailpeice is not particularly expensive but Greg was correct w.r.t. the logo.
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 253
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 1:55 pm:   Edit Post

This is just an idea:

You could make a flip top cloud over the tail piece, like a hinge at one side with some kind of lock at the other end. You could open it to get the strings off and click it back when re-stringing is done. Like those "hair staple" (I don't know how do you call it in english - I'm talking about the plastic piece girls uses to wrap their hair beihind the head in a half pony tail...).

That way you could get the best of both worlds.
mario_farufyno
Advanced Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 254
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

This is just an idea:

You could make a flip top cloud over the tail piece, like a hinge at one side with some kind of lock at the other end. You could open it to get the strings off and click it back when re-stringing is done. Like those "hair staple" (I don't know how do you call it in english - I'm talking about the plastic piece girls uses to hold their hair behind the head in a half pony tail...).

That way you could get the best of both worlds.
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2415
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

The shape has me thinking BC Rich Eagle. I love those basses, so I find this a really cool design.
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 255
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 - 2:13 pm:   Edit Post

I found out, its called Hair Clip or Hair Clamp...
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 546
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

Sounds like a barrette to me, Mario (not just for girls, though - I used to use a metal one on my ponytail).

Peter
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 549
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2009 - 2:02 pm:   Edit Post

I still love the puppet-master inlay, Garth (but not enough to have you send me Susan's bill for it :-)). The current version looks sweet even without it - the slimmer hips are good. Were it mine, I'd think about losing the 1/4" input & sidemounting the 5-pin to give the logo more room.

Peter
sgh
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Username: sgh

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 4:05 am:   Edit Post

Hi All. I fell in love with this design so much that I had to build it! I've contacted Garth and he was happy to see the result, so I thought I'd post some images for you. It's certainly NOT an Alembic and has a very "home made" quality, but it was the best I could do and I hope you like it :-)

You can see a quick video of the build (I did have some help and ordered the neck, but the main build was done in my apartment in Copenhagen without the aid of a workshop) on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhyVKDIoLRk


SGH Dreamcatcher
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1212
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 5:57 am:   Edit Post

Steve,
Welcome to the forum. Nicely done with a nice video memory. Enjoy the fruits of your labor and Play it Healthy!
Art
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1068
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 8:45 am:   Edit Post

Well done !
Garth did a great job with the design,
...it's an unexpected surprise to see her in 3D.

What kind of pickups did you use?

Kris
sgh
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Username: sgh

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 6:38 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you ;-) The pickups are 5-string soapbar humbuckers that I found on eBay UK (35 for the pair including postage). Don't know much else about them, but they make a great sound!
tmoney61092
Advanced Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 399
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 8:44 pm:   Edit Post

where'd you order the neck from?

~Taylor
garth4664
Intermediate Member
Username: garth4664

Post Number: 125
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 12:27 am:   Edit Post

Steve, I think it is amazing that you managed to build this in your apartment. You are a legend mate.
sgh
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Username: sgh

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Sunday, July 18, 2010 - 5:46 am:   Edit Post

Cheers! I ordered the neck from a guy called Hu Song Li (hsongsong) that I found on eBay who was selling several custom made basses and guitars and mentioned that he did most types of custom work. I sent him the specs and he charged me $158 (US) including shipping for the completed neck, which has a great feel to it. The only downside was that he said it would take about 18 days and it took nearly four months. Well worth the wait, though!
garth4664
Intermediate Member
Username: garth4664

Post Number: 126
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 4:43 am:   Edit Post

Hello Steve,

Just watched the Youtube clip - I am in Malaysia on business. I can't watch youtube in China - it is far too difficult for the government to regulate.

Nice playing on the original tracks. I hope that I get the chance to visit Copenhagen later this year and meet you in person.

I'll keep you posted. Kindest regards, Garth
sgh
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Username: sgh

Post Number: 4
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 2:17 pm:   Edit Post

Many thanks and looking forward to meeting you!

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