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Intermediate Member
Username: tomhug

Post Number: 133
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 4:16 pm:   Edit Post

This surfaced on the "Alembic Bass (and those tiny things called guitar)" FaceBook Group:

"Three years ago, I approached Phil Lesh at the Boom Boom Room. I had just come from the Alembic Guitar and Bass Factory and offices. I'd spent close to two hours talking to Ron Wickersham that night (one of the most brilliant men in the history of Rock & Roll), and a week prior, I'd spent 3 hours sitting with his wife Susan and his daughter Mica. I had mentioned in a phone call to Susan that I was going to see Phil's son perform and she sent me with a message. That message was that it was time for Phil Lesh to return to Grateful Dead roots and get an Alembic Bass.

I approached Phil that night after the show and as soon as I mentioned that I'd been at Alembic, Phil pointed at a chair across from him and asked me to sit and preceded to ask me all about how Alembic was and how the family was doing. We spoke for 25 minutes and it was one of the greatest moments of my life to speak to someone who's music has made such an impression on me.

Shortly before I left, I took out a business card and handed it to Phil. I remember saying to him "it's about time we make you and all Alembic Bass."

He smiled, shook my hand and we parted ways.

Three years later, I had the pleasure of getting to hold the finished product. It's been a long time coming, but man is this a beautiful instrument. It's such an honor to work for a company that can produce something this beautiful. Enjoy Phil. I sure did."

Is this Phil's Bass?

There's another picture of who I presume to be the 'I' in the above quoted description holding and playing the pictured bass, but I hesitate to post that here since FB is ostensibly private and this forum is ostensibly public.

Another comment in the FB group states "Heard Mr. Lesh's new bass live tonight - sounded great and he looked happy!"

(Message edited by TomHug on August 28, 2014)
Intermediate Member
Username: tomhug

Post Number: 134
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

OK, Tom (me), say it over and over:

"Search before you post"
"Search before you post"
"Search before you post"

Phil Lesh's 6-string Series II Bass
Phil Lesh and his medium scale Series...
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11481
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 5:52 pm:   Edit Post

Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2238
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:07 pm:   Edit Post

Once again, proof of one of Life's Undeniable Truths: NOBODY ignores a message from Susan ! !

J o e y
Username: susan

Post Number: 113
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Joey...if only that were true ;-)
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 2363
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post

That's a beauty!


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