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Username: mica

Post Number: 7025
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

This is a very special bass commissioned by Ikebe for their 35th Anniversary.

When they visited here to select woods and discuss the 5 instruments we built for this event, Kenji brought pictures he printed from the website of Bonnie [Showcase thread] [Featured Custom]. The story was touching for him, and he especially loved Paul's "Manta" omega carving.

It's not a replica, and there are several variations from Paul's bass (like this one is Koa instead of Walnut). We were all thinking of him while this was under construction. I just wanted to share this with the club.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9813
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 7:24 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass; and a fitting tribute.
Username: frosty

Post Number: 5
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 3:55 am:   Edit Post

Love it, very very sweet. Thanks Dave
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Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 129
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 6:13 am:   Edit Post

Flamed Koa usually has such an allure about it. I was in Hawaii once, and ended up purchasing a gentlemen's jewelry box because of the flame Koa wood. Another wonderful masterpiece by Alembic, and a nice remembrance of an outstanding club member.
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 851
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post

Wow, I used to go to Ikebe in Tokyo all the time during junior high & high school. Love their website too - you can find the range from Fender Japan replicas to high end basses, both Japanese-built and from "overseas".

Very cool! I only met Paul once when he came to the first NoCal gathering - this is a wonderful way to remember him!
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Username: pace

Post Number: 649
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 3:17 pm:   Edit Post

Gentlemen start your knitting!
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Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1551
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post

I sure do miss Paul

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