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Username: crgaston

Post Number: 81
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

Well, yesterday we finally closed on our house, and my bass oficially went into production. Thanks to everybody whose advice and instruments helped me in my decisions, and congratulations to Jeff, whose Tribute bass went into production yesterday as well... I was the one on the phone with Val when you called around 4:30 yesterday. Jeff, you get special thanks, since seeing the Dire Wolf was the nudge I needed to finally place an order.

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Username: pace

Post Number: 208
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 1:16 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats Charles!!!!!

Tell us all the details.....

Production on my next Alembic starts when I win the Powerball jackpot this weekend... lol
Username: kilowatt

Post Number: 49
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 1:44 pm:   Edit Post

That's great news! You have to post some of the details when you get a chance.I'm sure time will be short with a new house, (congrats) but staying busy will help keep your mind off the wait.

Best Wishes,
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Username: alembic76407

Post Number: 439
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 1:48 pm:   Edit Post

If you win the power ball this week end , I think you should have production started for everyone in this club a new bass !!!!

Series 2 for me please

David T

Powerball is up to $365,000,000 this week
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Username: gare

Post Number: 347
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 2:36 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats on the bass and the house !

But it's looking like you'll need to split that lotto with me..I picked up 'a' ticket at lunch.
Of course the odds of getting struck by lightening are better.

Username: crgaston

Post Number: 82
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 4:40 pm:   Edit Post

Well, you asked for it...
It's going to be a Balance K with a 35" scale and Series II electronics. The details are many, so I'll start from the top...

The headstock is an omega crown with a cocobolo front laminate and a spalted maple back laminate. The omega should be chamfered like Gary's.

The logo is inlaid sterling silver with a black Tahitian MOP cloud.

The tuners on the treble side will be moved, preferably towards the nut, to accomodate the wingspan of the dragonfly inlay on the back of the headstock.

The nut is 1.75", and the string spacing at the bridge will be .53 edge to edge, with a 35 " scale.

The ovals are Black tahitian MOP.

The neck is mahogany/ebony/purpleheart/flame maple/purpleheart/ebony/mahogany, inspired by Peter's http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/16762.html?1132321319
and Michael's http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/21366.html?1139436729 necks, but different from both.

The pickups will be the 4-string width.

The entire neck and associated hardware/pickups will be buried into the body so that the standard horn reaches the 13th-12th fret.

The top is Cocobolo, http://alembic.com/club/messages/2344/17018.html?1133621277 . The back is either this one http://alembic.com/club/messages/2344/22476.html?1132262949
or this one http://alembic.com/club/messages/2344/22480.html?1132263115

-8 kind of has an insectoid pattern, but -7 has a lot of dark at the seam, which should blend really well with the mahogany in the neck, and is quite beautiful in it's own way. I'm leaning towards it for now.

The body is mahogany. Accent laminates are vermillion on the front, to bring out the red in the cocobolo, http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/12295.html?1096076540
and walnut on the back, because it looks so yummy on Kens Rogue. http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/19085.html?1139501608

The point should be reduced, somewhat vestigial, like the point seen on the upper bout nearest the 24th fret of val's bass, seen here in the 30 October post. http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/13819.html?1099187688

Tummy and elbow contour, continuous wood backplates and truss rod cover.

The side LED's will be green, with amber at the 7th and 19th frets.

The hardware is black chrome, and the tuners are black.

I am going for "gosh, that's pretty," on the front and "MY G*D, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!?!?" on the back. I spend a fair amount of time looking back at the drummer (I don't sing, and usually stand stage left between the 2 frontmen and the drummer), so anyone on my side of the stage will be getting glimpses of the back fairly regularly. Hopefully by this time next year I'll be playing it, or close to it!


(Message edited by crgaston on February 17, 2006)
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 217
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 8:54 pm:   Edit Post


Congratulations on ordering your new bass. You might want to go learn yoga or take up buddhism to teach you patience while you wait. :-)

Are you going to have the whole headstock carved, like Rory's bass (or mine:http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/19070.html), or are you just going for the carved omega + tip (like Gary's)?

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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 993
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 6:13 am:   Edit Post

lookin fowd to the ftc posts and hanging next to ya on the production wall
am flattered that the wolf made ya do this....
the first bal k did it for me....
twas a good day indeed
i only have 1 change on my electronics awaiting the ron's input... i am trying to do a east meets mid west(haha)
anniversary electronics w/master volume and a regular variable bass control.

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