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Username: lembic76450

Post Number: 207
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2010 - 7:07 am:   Edit Post

Ok, I was just reading on a site dedicated to Rick Danko,
here where it is mentioned that "one of his favorite basses was a custom hollow body with Olympic pickups made by Mark Dann of NYC". A little more research, here shows that, yes, they were Active Alembic JJ pickups and that he also had another bass with PJ combo. Rick was always one of my favorites and main influences. He used both of thses basses on his "Jerico" album.
Username: shae

Post Number: 17
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post

Found some pictures of those basses. JJ5
Username: mark_dann

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2015
Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 10:21 pm:   Edit Post

Mark Dann here! Yes I built a bass for Rick. I was playing at a bar in Woodstock (which I have long since moved to) in 1991, and Rick was there. He was in the market for a light-weigh bass because of his back issues. I had one of my basses with me that probably weighed about six lbs. He held it for between 2 to 3 seconds and said, "build me one!". Which I did. He first used it at the Berlin Wall with Roger Waters. I asked him what kind of strings here wanted, and he said "whatever you are using". Details: Chambered mahogany body with maple in the center, and book matched koa on the top and back, very much influenced by Alembic of course. The pickups/electronics were Alembic J-size. Maple neck with ebony board. Gotoh bridge and tuners. No more Ripper bass after this!
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Username: mtjam

Post Number: 323
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 11:34 am:   Edit Post

Welcome, Mark, and thanks for the info! I'm a huge Danko fan, so I appreciate reading more about his Alembic connection. I'm sure if you have any pictures or additional thoughts about Rick Danko or basses in general, I'm sure others would enjoy them.
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 6128
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 04, 2015 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post

Also a huge Band and Rick Danko fan. I never knew he used Alembic electronics. The scene in "Festical Ewpress" where he drunkenly sings "Ain't No More Cane" with an equally inebriated Janis Joplin and Jerry Garcia is a classic.

Bill, tgo

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