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mica
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:08 pm:   Edit Post

And loving every minute of it!

Phil and TOV

Phil and TOV

These guys have seen it all:
Phil and Ron

Details on the bass:

Series II 6-string
custom string gauges: .040 .055 .070 .085 .100 .115
neck: Mahogany, Maple, Walnut, Purpleheart, Ebony
scale length: 32" medium
neck contour: Shallow "C"
fingerboard: Ebony with abalone ovals, custom narrow spacing
peghead shape: Knobby with front and back bevel
body: Coco Bolo, Maple pinstripe, Purpleheart accent laminate, Mahogany core
body shape: Balance K with heart omega
hardware: chrome, continuous wood backplates and truss rod cover
birthday: August 26, 2014
davehouck
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

Yes!!!!

This is wonderful to see!

And it's an absolutely beautiful bass!!!
wookie
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:25 pm:   Edit Post

Who's Phil Lesh?
wookie
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post

Who is Phil Lesh?
charles_holmes
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:40 pm:   Edit Post

Dang!
I want that 6 string thang!
Dat dere is sensational!!!!!!!!
I'd love to hear it!!
Stanley's gonna be jealous as well as Mark King!!Hee hee!!
lembic76450
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:53 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome home, Phil.
davehouck
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:57 pm:   Edit Post

Lloyd; there is a wikipedia page here. Of some considerable significance is the role that Phil Lesh played in the earliest days of Alembic's history, with two of his instruments being foundational in establishing Alembic's reputation. Susan has a nice history of Alembic here. Thus, this is kind of a "full circle" type of thing; and I'm really happy to see him with that bass!
moongerm
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:12 pm:   Edit Post

Wholly smokes that is sweet! Excellent work! That 11 piece neck laminate sandwich is brilliant. Love the 32" scale with the low B and .115 guage. Very interesting. Congrats!
flpete1uw
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:22 pm:   Edit Post

This just puts a huge smile on my face!
I was just having a conversation with a guitar friend of mine in that from early on how I would gravitate towards a certain Bass sound. At that time (teenager) I didn't understand why I just loved that sound.
The Phil Lesh / Alembic sound, grew up with it, it's in my DNA.
Many others of course Entwistles, Stanley, Jack etc.

This is just so right! I can't wait to hear it!
Pete
sonicus
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 7:25 pm:   Edit Post

Dear Mr. Lesh , My sincere congratulations to you ! I am thrilled that you have this beautiful Series II now. I look forward to hearing you play it soon. I have been a long time listener of yours ( a bit over 45 years or so) This is Excellent news !

Wolf
dead_head
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 8:40 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations, Phil! It's beautiful! Enjoy it in good health! Maybe we could have a big photo feature of it to gaze at longingly...
bigredbass
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 9:34 pm:   Edit Post

Talk about full circle. OK, Mica, I know you can't 'kiss and tell', but what is the back-story to this?

He looks like one REALLY HAPPY Phil Lesh !

J o e y
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 9:43 pm:   Edit Post

Most excellent!

Peter
oujeebass
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Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 10:30 pm:   Edit Post

Well with Modulus on the fritz, he had to go somewhere. It may be a great way to get the fingers snapping in his new younger crowd, which is largely uninformed.
wookie
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:07 am:   Edit Post

@dave I was joking lol. I'm not a dead fan but I am aware of the mark they made on the world, music and what awesome instruments they did it with!
echo008
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 5:25 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful!
So nice to see him with an amazing Series II.

Lesh Sig model :-)

(Message edited by echo008 on August 27, 2014)
jseitang
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

BACK AT LAST.
artswork99
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:03 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations on a beautiful bass Phil! Play it Healthy!
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:39 am:   Edit Post

Lloyd; I figured you were, but I thought it was a good opportunity to add a link to Susan's Alembic history page for the benefit of those in the wider webisphere who come across this page after hearing of Phil's new bass. :-)
mc500
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:53 am:   Edit Post

Long overdue. That's just beautiful!
lbpesq
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 7:59 am:   Edit Post

Ah yes, the famous Alembic s**t-eating grin, often seen on individuals holding their new Alembics for the first time. Can't wait to hear this puppy live with the band. Hmmmmm, a band with an Alembic bass and Alembic guitar, sounds like their copying us, Wolf!

Play it in good health, Phil.

Bill, tgo
sonicus
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

I think they have got the right idea Bill ! I think we do as well .
However , it would seem to be about right that Alembic had the idea first . I think that the mystical powers of the universe are aligning in a favorable way on this wonderful event.

Wolf
pauldo
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

So Phil tunes with a Low B and a high C? Or is it a High B? That's a nice hefty high string (.040").

The neck laminates look beautiful.
I wonder what the back of that bass looks like . . . . . ?

:-D
jalevinemd
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:22 am:   Edit Post

What the hell? Phil gets his build done already. I'm pretty sure I put my order in first.

Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

Obviously joking. This is really an awesome thing to see.
cje
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:38 am:   Edit Post

I'm so happy to see this. I hope he breaks it out at the Cap.
5a_quilt_top
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

Re: band with Alembic bass & guitar - not only that, but they both have knobby headstocks and coco bolo tops...nifty!

It's been hard to contain my excitement about this project. I'd been hearing rumors about it for several months and to see it finally come to fruition makes me as happy as Phil obviously is.

I saw him play in May and although he played great and his sound was great, it was a bit sterile - it was missing that magic "something" that he had when he used Alembic and Alembic-modified instruments in the late 60's and throughout the 70's.

Phil - welcome home and congratulations on an exquisite instrument! I hope it inspires you to continue to create wonderful music.

P.S. According to her Facebook page - Rosie was also there to witness this event - thus completing yet another circle.

Or maybe I should say completing another Alembic oval...
frankfiveinc
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:03 am:   Edit Post

Favorite band and bassist for most of my life, which also got me interested in Alembics. What a beautiful instrument and I cannot wait to hear it! I am also interested in his reasons for the custom string choices....can anyone answer? When he "drops bombs" on the B, it "thumps your chest." I think he was using Ken Smith Slick Wound and I read that the B was that size but don't remember the large high strings mentioned. I bought a set and love the sound. I would imagine he gets a full tone from the larger C than he would otherwise get with standard sizes? Any thoughts? What are all the controls on his custom? I guess it's everything on the Alembic menu and more....
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

Dan; it's a standard Series II package. Here's the pic from announcements if you haven't seen it yet.
mtjam
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 10:29 am:   Edit Post

Wow! Nice bass, Phil! I first heard Alembic basses as played by Phil Lesh, and I think it's fantastic that he has returned to Alembic. Can't wait to see and hear this instrument on stage!
rv_bass
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 2:46 pm:   Edit Post

Awesome! Can't wait to hear him play it! /\/\;-)
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:13 pm:   Edit Post

OK, Mica, now need we a complete (if retroactive) FTC thread! (Please????)
Or a Featured Custom with the Godfather, Mission Control & this? Does it have a name yet?

Peter
edwin
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:16 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah, well. Medium scale S II 6 string in cocobolo is pretty much what I've been dreaming about for the last 15 years or so.


Congrats, Phil! Can't wait to hear it!

I am curious about the strings and how they will sound. Very interesting….
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:34 pm:   Edit Post

I got a sneak peek of the sound yesterday. In fact, if you are near San Rafael tonight, Terrapin Family Band is playing at 8:30 and Phil is debuting the bass we call "Transit of Venus" after the wee dot in the figuring on the upper horn. Search Google images for the transit of Venus 2014 and you'll see why we like the name.

After "Back to School Night" at Erik's school, my dad and I are going to hop down to Terrapin Crossroads and hear Phil and TOV in their natural environment.
mica
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:36 pm:   Edit Post

Oh, and I'm sure there will be a Featured Custom! I hadn't thought about the retroactive FTC, but maybe I'll include that in the FC. Thanks Peter!
pace
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 4:59 pm:   Edit Post

((((((((WELCOME BACK, PHIL))))))))

what the hell took so long?????

:-)

.....if I had known, I'd have caught a flight this week.... My wife's Nor Cal class reunion wasn't reason enough to book the flight, but TxR with a new Alembic IS!....

(Message edited by pace on August 27, 2014)
pace
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

.....so this explains this weekends' quake, right?!? :-)
susan
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Guys...it was great to see Phil yesterday and how pleased he was with the bass.

Just got back from reading a thread about his new Alembic bass in the Philzone ...some interesting comments.

Speaking of earthquakes...did you notice the front of the bass looks like it tracked a seismic event?

Looking forward to Mica's report on the debut of Phil and his bass tonight.

I told her to take more pictures!!! ;-)
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 9:30 pm:   Edit Post

Yeeeeee haaaaaaaaawwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can't wait to see and hear this beautiful bass.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:21 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats to Phil and the Alembic Family. Play it in good health!!!
lbpesq
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post

Susan/Mica:

How about inviting Phil to the upcoming gathering. I'd love to see that bass in the flesh.

Bill, tgo
hieronymous
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:23 am:   Edit Post

Just got back from hearing it live - sounded great! Phil sounded and looked like he was back home!
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:02 am:   Edit Post

Good to hear Harry; thanks for the report.
kilowatt
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

Now I can tell everyone that Phil has a 6 string copy of MY bass! (COTM March, 2006). I love the knobby peg head.

Pete
pace
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 7:23 am:   Edit Post

I think we all owe Bill TGO a special thanks. Had he not accosted Mr. Lesh in the pisser at some convention a few years ago, thus planting the seed to check out Alembic, this day might never have come..... THANK YOU BILL! ;)
hammer
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 9:50 am:   Edit Post

Love the headstock! Glad I just purchased a used 6-string Europa because after seeing Phil's I'd be VERY tempted to do a similar build or at least send the Europa back for a refurb that included a similar headstock (for some reason I just don't respond well to the "cone" shape headstock regardless of the instrument on which it's used). I'm also very interested in the reasoning underlying the custom string gauges.
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post

I am so glad to see such a high-profile player join the ranks of the 6-string players.

VMG
lbpesq
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

Mike:

Thanks for remembering! I had forgotten about that particular incident until you brought it up. It took place following a talk he did in San Francisco promoting his then newly published memoir "Searching for the Sound" (a great read, by the way) But, to set the record straight, it was someone else who accosted Mr. Lesh literally while he was standing using the urinal. I, on the other hand, started up my conversation while we were both washing our hands at the sinks after doing our respective business.

Bill, tgo
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

I'm honored to have held the lower body half to Phil's bass when I visited the Mothership this summer. I could tell it was going to be spectacular, but WOW!!!! This is gorgeous!! Welcome home Phil & congratulations of an amazing instrument!

Rusty
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 2:00 pm:   Edit Post

Hammer, I'm having the Knobby headstock built on my Europa 5 string. If you want to see what it looks like on a Europa check out my build.

http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/187185.html?1395388066
ed_too
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

My new BB just arrived by UPS from the Mothership - hey - I just got that look that Phil has in the pictures above. It seems to be going around this week.
ed_too
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 4:39 pm:   Edit Post

ps. I’ve got tickets for Phil and Friends playing out here on Sept. 21st. I can hardly wait to hear him play TOV – I’ll post in the TOV thread afterwards.

Regards,

Ed
pace
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:39 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah, yeah, I know Bill.... just busting your chops... :-)

....good story though...
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:42 pm:   Edit Post

First video. This appears to be video from last night's debut of the new bass. Phil is singing Box of Rain. The video is dark and from the side, and you can't hardly see Phil or the bass; but you can hear it. And at the end, the band leaves the stage and Phil puts the bass in its stand; and you can see the LEDs all lit up.
hammer
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post

Just listened to the Youtube video. Cleanest, clearest bass sound I've heard from Phil in both his recorded (live) and the live performances I've been able to catch with PL&F and Further in years...

Rusty:

I've been following your build closely. Love how its looking as color is added and I'm jealous of the headstock. It's going to be incredible! Get well soon!
edwin
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post

Hm, that video sounded a little less than clear to me when it comes to the bass (given my experience of both Alembic's and Mr. Lesh's tone). It sounded like a somewhat off axis recording in a location that was subject to upper bass standing waves, so a bit lacking in highs and a bit boomy in the upper bass and lower mids. I did like the fact that each register was very balanced, but I would expect an even better tone right in front of the amp or from a direct signal. It sure whetted my appetite for more!
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:27 am:   Edit Post

Listened to it on the train this morning rolling along the New England coast at sunrise. A lovely way to start the day!
davehouck
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 8:23 am:   Edit Post

Edwin's note that "each register was very balanced" was the thing that stood out for me as well.
hieronymous
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post

Been wondering where I should post this pic - this seems like as good as any!



Snapped this after everything was over - Phil's sound was very dark, almost no high-end content at all - wondered if it was filter settings, but I guess turning off your treble at the amp helps?!!

I took the pic to see how the Enhance knob was set, really did not expect the tone control settings!

phil lesh amp settings

(Message edited by mica on September 05, 2014)
edwin
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 3:08 pm:   Edit Post

Interesting. Are the strings round wound? Was the dumping of the treble a way to compensate and give them more of a flat or ground wound character?

The recording definitely represented a dark tone, but I assumed it was because of where the mics were in relation to the amp, but maybe I was wrong.
mica
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:02 pm:   Edit Post

They are rounds... for now. That may change in the near future.

Harry, did you notice that everything was missing highs? I thought even the vocals sounded like they were going through these settings.

What I appreciated the most from the performance was how when Phil played quietly, the bass still sounded full, just quieter. Also the audience quieted down and paid attention as the band played with quiet dynamics.

Tonight I get to hear it in the Grate Room! Plus Scott Law on his Alembic guitar and Lebo from ALO is sitting in as well. Looking forward to tonight!
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:23 pm:   Edit Post

Hi all...got an email from Phil about an hour ago...he has named her:

"Khaleesi...Mother of Dragons!"

Mica and I love Game of Thrones...I think it's the perfect name for that fiery looking bass.
mtjam
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 5:50 pm:   Edit Post

Well done, Susan, Mica, & Co.! This bass is even more awesome than I thought it would be. Phil will achieve a tone with this instrument that hasn't been heard from him for many years. I probably won't get to experience it live any time soon, so I hope to see Phil play it in a webcast in the near future.

Now if we can just get one of my other bass heroes, Mike Gordon, to go Alembic...
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 6:23 pm:   Edit Post

I have often wished that Dave Schools of Widespread Panic would go Alembic. To my ears, he is an Alembic guy though he doesn't know it yet...
tree63
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 6:38 pm:   Edit Post

Nice bass Phil, it looks gorgeous...hope to hear it in person soon...as soon as you come out east...Alembic basses connect us...
rustyg61
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Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 7:42 pm:   Edit Post

Harry has solved the mystery with his photo. I have the same amp, Eden WT 800 & as you can see, Phil has both the high band on the parametric & the treble gain set at -15db, so ALL the highs are gone. Probably just culture shock after hearing the pristine clean of the Alembic sound again after all these years!



wfmandmusic
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Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 4:23 am:   Edit Post

This is great news for the Alembic family. I can't wait to hear this bass played on a big stage after he tweaks it out!
davehouck
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Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 3:06 pm:   Edit Post

New, and improved, video.

This is from Friday night the 29th and features two Alembics being played by two very good players. It's a great performance all around by the whole band; a great lineup having a lot of fun.
wfmandmusic
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Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 8:57 pm:   Edit Post

Yes great players indeed. It looks like Phil is having a great time. Is that you Dave singing over the recording? :-)
davehouck
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Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

No; I don't sing that good.

:-)
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Posted on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 11:31 pm:   Edit Post

That sounds really good from he few minutes I've listened but will have to put some time in and watch it on my tv screen and sound system soon. Thanks for posting Dave
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Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 12:53 pm:   Edit Post

:-)
llobsterbass
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Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 3:04 pm:   Edit Post

Can't wait to hear Phil play this beauty sometime!

Mike Gordon has had an Alembic since at least the 1990s. I'm not sure whether he's ever played it onstage but I've seen backstage practice photos with it. Pretty sure it was a five-string Epic.
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post

Just made time to listen to Dave's link; prudy dern good! Can someone ID the drummer, acoustic player, keyboardist, & Richard Manuel, Jr with the Tele?

Peter
davehouck
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Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 2:45 pm:   Edit Post

The Alembic player is Scott Law.
The tele player is Ross James.
The accoustic player is Dan Lebowitz.
The drummer is Alex Koford.
The video doesn't show the keyboard player, but I'm guessing it was Jason Crosby since he was on the calendar.

It looks like they were having a lot of fun; and it certainly sounds like a good night.

I just found confirmation that it was indeed Jason Crosby on keyboards.

(Message edited by davehouck on September 05, 2014)
mtjam
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Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

I hear that Phil & Friends will have a webcast tonight from the Lock'n festival on nugs.tv. It's a little pricey, but will surely feature some nice views of that new bass! Very tempting...
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Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 7:28 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Dave. Fine players, all. They do indeed look like they're enjoying it -
I especially noticed how Phil smiled the second he picked up Kahleesi, and didn't stop.

Peter
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Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 7:43 pm:   Edit Post

We are enjoying the webcast very much! The band sounds great.
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Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014 - 8:33 pm:   Edit Post

Great to see Phil having so much fun tonight!
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Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:02 pm:   Edit Post

AMAZING BASSˇˇˇˇAS ALWAYS....
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Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:04 pm:   Edit Post

I THINK YOU SHOULD PUT A VIDEO,TO LISTEN THIS BASS..I HOPE SO...
germansal
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Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:13 pm:   Edit Post

OOOOOPSSSSˇ I VE RECENTLY NOTICED THAT THERES A VIDEO.....
pace
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Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 6:12 pm:   Edit Post

I'm at forest hills right now, and this is the set list I've waited over a decade for Phil to drop, and a tone that is absolutely to die for......
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Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, he got the old band back together! I look forward to hearing a recording. I bet he's getting the SII dialed in quite nicely.
pace
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Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post

OMG, Edwin. Give tonight's show a listen, even an aud tape if one is up on archive. I was right behind the board for the whole show. His bass sounded amazing.

Btw, I ran into a guy w a red Alembic shirt pre show~ Pete/Kilowatt?!?....
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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 3:14 am:   Edit Post

Here ya go!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fmTde46m46Q
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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:06 am:   Edit Post

Mike,

That wasn't me, but I wish it was. I really wanted to get out to this show, but I had too much to do. I bet it was great with that lineup.

Regards,
Pete
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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:47 am:   Edit Post

I was there last night too – behind the board, a few rows up. Everything that Mike said, ditto. Favorite, line-up, set list, tone. I look to Morning Dew as a sort of bench mark. Went way down low and back up – full and clear. Oh yes, Edwin, he’s got it dialed in.
Ed
pace
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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post

Ed, we must've been in the same section. Compared to the Modulus' or Ritters, the new bass has so much more depth of character. Having that one ebony stringer goes a long way helping the fundamental linger a little longer which is something I'm not used to hearing on him. Does anyone know what else was in last nights signal chain~ it was a monster rig!
edwin
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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:39 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the link! The bass does sound good, although I bet it sounded even better in the room than on the recording. Punchy and even like the Modulus but without the clang, etc. I love the way the attack and envelope of the note responds to changes in picking (my Starfire does something similar), with different tonal ranges coming in and out.

Phil's singing has gotten a lot stronger, great to hear!

Great energy in the band all around, although I still have an aversion to Warren Haynes in this context, especially his tone, particularly with the Leslie simulator. Love him in other settings, but this never did it for me. I guess I'm too used to hearing a rhythm guitarist immersed in McCoy Tyner, horn parts, and string quartets bridging Phil and the drummer, instead of straight strumming. :-)

He's pretty killin' on Morning Dew, though, which is a great version. On the link I posted below, you can hear the fidelity of the bass a lot better, including the high end attack.

(Message edited by edwin on September 22, 2014)
edwin
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Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post

And it's up on archive with a bit better audio quality:

https://archive.org/details/plq2014-09-21.km184
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Posted on Friday, October 03, 2014 - 3:07 am:   Edit Post

I wonder if this is going to result in a Phil Lesh Signature style bass being developed?

Jazzyvee
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Posted on Friday, October 03, 2014 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post

I would definitely suggest they keep those patterns. This looks (in the pics, anyway) as one of the few human-sized six-string basses I've seen. Most of them with those diving-board width necks just don't look liveable.

No wonder that the almighty himself, Anthony Jackson, has to play that monstrous 36" scale signature guitar sitting down. I've read his thoughts about the evolution of his design, and understand them completely, but even at six-foot and 44-long, I could not imagine trying to navigate that beast. Phil's axe, it just looks perfect if I were diving off into a six.

J o e y
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Posted on Friday, October 03, 2014 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post

And what better team than Phil and Alembic to successfully navigate through those logistical hurdles and devise an ELEGANT solution to the "manageable 6-string bass" puzzle.

I'll confess, I wasn't interested in one those for the same reasons Joey mentions above (jeeez...a 5-string can be a bit of a load for me), but this bad boy has me interested.
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Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 3:12 pm:   Edit Post

Gongrats Wickershams. The nice part is the same type of bass they make for us.
I'm curious as to the string spacing.
Looks like Wolf?
http://www3.alembic.com/img/inst/13470_bodyfrontL.jpg

i often wondered why phils sound was so "muddy" live on audience tapes but clear on sbds....
next up ? a six string godfather?
i love a crisp sound. right billy?
flaxattack
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Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 3:13 pm:   Edit Post

Gongrats Wickershams. The nice part is that its the same type of bass they make for us.
I'm curious as to the string spacing.
Looks like Wolf?
http://www3.alembic.com/img/inst/13470_bodyfrontL.jpg

i often wondered why phils sound was so "muddy" live on audience tapes but clear on sbds....
next up ? a six string godfather?
i love a crisp sound. right billy?
mica
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Posted on Thursday, October 09, 2014 - 5:33 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Flax - it's .50 between strings at the bridge. You would love the neck!

Yeah, it's not super crazy custom, but the neck recipe, scale length and string spacing are a tad unusual for a 6-string bass.
flaxattack
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Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post

holy jerry Garcia
thats real close to my neck.32 scale with 1/2 spacing
i think i am 1/2 inch at the 24th fret.
. the "shallow" C shape is what tony made for me on wolf
gee wouldn't it be neat if i could sneak wolf in when he plays the capital. sure he can try it out
echo008
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Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 7:12 am:   Edit Post

Does anyone know the weight?
Thanks
T

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