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flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 729
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 6:22 am:   Edit Post

its about time!!!!1- as i said to ron, i think this is the best sounding bass ever made
thanks for everything you have given us ron!!!!! you DA MAN!
palembic
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Username: palembic

Post Number: 2132
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post

Excuse me my ignorance ...I guess this is Phil Lesh playing the number 1 again recently???
I thought that bass went to other hands???

Paul TBO
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2647
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post

Paul; if I recall correctly, number 1 was Jack Cassidy's bass. This is not number 1.
palembic
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Username: palembic

Post Number: 2133
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post

Vhq!"mq;qjbxc ...DOH ! I always mix up those two!!!
Thanks moder Dave

PTBO
bassman10096
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 819
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 6:35 pm:   Edit Post

I always doubted Phil would ever put this one back on the road again. He is not known for his loyalty to equipment (even stuff most of us would consider to be first cousin to the holy grail). Here's a link to a discussion of the Godfather, the Osage and other related stuff: http://p096.ezboard.com/fthedudepitfrm32.showMessageRange?topicID=420.topic&start=21&stop=40. Check out the pix and story about the pu's from Phil's Osage bass. At least they are in pretty good hands now.

I don't recall where I heard this, but some of you may know that the bass Phil played on Skullf**k and other albums was not the Godfather in either it's pre- or post-Alembicized. It was a modded Gibby EBO with hotrodded bisonic pu's out of a Guild Starfire. Here's a picture (check out the early Alembic bridge hardware):

The "missing" EBO

The EBO was stolen at a gig and disappeared. Following this, the Godfather was created, but the bass responsible for the classic sounds on Bertha, Playing in the Band and Not Fade Away/Goin Down the Road got lost. I always assumed it was the Godfather on Skullf**k till I bought the CD in reissue and it included a picture of the EBO.

To make a looooong story short (sorry), some friendly soul came across the EBO in a pawnshop some years after the theft, picked it up for nothing and offered it to Phil for the couple of hundred paid for it. Phil is reputed to have turned it down. Not interested. Not sentimental about equipment.

Oh well. Phil and Friends are playing Sunday night down the street from here. Maybe I'll check it out...

(Message edited by bassman10096 on November 26, 2005)
flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 743
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

cited on the prowl in chicago for another caution jam
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 745
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post



(Message edited by flaxattack on November 28, 2005)
bassman10096
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 822
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 8:30 pm:   Edit Post

Sounds like a habit. I wonder what's got him playing a short scale 4 string after all this time.
flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 747
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2005 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post

he does drugs and forgot how good it sounded????
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1316
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 5:57 am:   Edit Post

He's using it for crazy feedback on the "intro" to "Caution.." Since he doesn't seem to be nostalgic for his equipment, I guess the Modulus VI just doesn't feedback like the 'ole Godfodder.

FWIW, I'd like to see/hear the old, 100# 8-million channel-aphonic Alembic Osage Orange bass meself, LOL!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2658
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 6:09 am:   Edit Post

I would rather play it <g>!
kmh364
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1326
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2005 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post

I'd be too humbled to touch it...given it's owner, I couldn't do the thing justice.

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