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moonliner
Intermediate Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 196
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica,

Thanks for posting. The original tail piece only lasted about a year (probably less). This pick is much later, after the tail piece was neutered.
The pic on the long history page is stunning. It looks like the bass was just finished. That's really what I would love this bass to look like! Any chance of a better resolution version of that pic?
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8055
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

Let me look around...
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1493
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:26 pm:   Edit Post

This is from the 2000 Alembic catalogue:

edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1660
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

The more information we get, the more questions arise: the pickup in this picture looks interesting: skinnier than the ones I'm used to seeing on this bass!
moonliner
Intermediate Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 197
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 6:48 pm:   Edit Post

I think it had the trapezoid shaped ones in it for a minute.
moonliner
Intermediate Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 198
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, December 01, 2013 - 1:38 am:   Edit Post

If it's not too late, I'd like to change the inlays to golden mother of pearl ovals (no silver binding). I think it will work better with the overall warm, earthy colour tone of the woods and hardware.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8070
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, December 06, 2013 - 1:26 am:   Edit Post

I haven't found the image I was looking for yet, Keith. Mom said you called today. Sorry, I was home with a nasty cold, and I'm not sure if I'll be in tomorrow.

Golden MOP ovals without the silver will look very earthy and lovely. I'll make the change when I'm in next. It's not too late until the frets are in :-)
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1673
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 12:57 am:   Edit Post

There's a good shot of the original pickups and tailpiece here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8145553@N06/3827363690/sizes/l/in/photostream/

[moderator's edit: edited per request of original poster]

(Message edited by davehouck on December 08, 2013)
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 201
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 2:15 am:   Edit Post

Oh my goodness! That is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
That's it.... I won't be able to sleep....
Thank you for sharing Edwin!

Oh my.....
mtjam
Intermediate Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 114
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

Cool Phil picture! I've never seen that one before.

Can't wait to see how your Starfire turns out.
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 206
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 1:27 am:   Edit Post

How's it going?
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 209
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 1:20 am:   Edit Post

Any news on this project?
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 210
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 12:53 am:   Edit Post

Well, the bass is done…. Alembic has worked their magic, and the bass is all I dreamed..


well.. mostly….


I guess I should have been a bit more careful when I gave them the measurements written on that bar napkin….



minisf
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3200
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 2:17 am:   Edit Post

New meaning to the terminology ; Piccolo Bass ______:-)
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1505
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 6:47 am:   Edit Post

If you ever lower it on the stage, make sure you fix the choreography to keep the dwarfs clear :-)
neyman
Intermediate Member
Username: neyman

Post Number: 132
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:59 am:   Edit Post

I, for one, welcome our feline overlords
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1700
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:00 am:   Edit Post

Ha! I saw that bass online and thought about getting one. Nice. Love the stand!

(Message edited by edwin on January 24, 2014)
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 241
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 9:15 am:   Edit Post

It's obviously the "cat's meow"...

That having been said - how 'bout some full-size pix (and a performance review) of the finished product?

I saw it in progress when I visited the mothership last August, so I'm curious to see the end result!

And - we all know what happens when there's too much curiosity...
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1701
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:01 am:   Edit Post

I think this was some humor to deflect the fact that progress has been a bit slow.
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 243
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post

Ooops...my mistake.

I thought some clever Photoshop "magic" had been employed to create the image.

I just have one more question:

Will you be using it to play "Stonehenge" tonight?
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 212
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:43 am:   Edit Post

I was amazed when I saw this online and had to have one. I knew I was obsessed with Phil's bass, but I didn't think there were enough people out there that liked it enough to warrent building and selling a miniature of it.
The detail is pretty amazing.... and my cat Digory was rather interested in it, for a cat anyway.
So for now it's the little one.... but I can tell the special, regulation size is coming 'round the bend!
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 218
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 - 5:51 pm:   Edit Post

Maybe?
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8137
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post

Like I said (was it email or phone?), the fingerboard is now off and if you are brave, you can see under the hood...

assembly

assembly

assembly

assembly

assembly
Peghead should get glued up next week. More to come.


I sent a scrap tailpiece to you. Let me know how that project works out. And you wanted some numbers, so here they are:

##################################################
id = moonliner
scale length = 30.75
string dia. 1=.045 2=.065 3=.080 4=.105

at nut end:
fingerboard width = 1.5
treble edge allowance = .15
bass edge allowance = .15
string center 1 to 2 = 0.375
string center 2 to 3 = 0.375
string center 3 to 4 = 0.375
spacing between 1 and 2 = 0.32
spacing between 2 and 3 = 0.3025
spacing between 3 and 4 = 0.2825

at bridge end:
treble edge allowance = .15
bass edge allowance = .15
string center 1 to 2 = 0.675
string center 2 to 3 = 0.6925
string center 3 to 4 = 0.7125
spacing between 1 and 2 = .62
spacing between 2 and 3 = .62
spacing between 3 and 4 = .62
string edge to edge = 2.155
(projected) fingerboard width at bridge = 2.455

fingerboard width at nut = 1.5
fingerboard width at 24th fret = 2.21625
fingerboard width at 25th fret = 2.22965000784725
fingerboard length = 23.4939662212595
##################################################

Of course, your bass only has 21 frets, and this is ever so gently wider than the original with a touch of fingerboard flaring like we discussed.
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 219
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Mica, that's great to see it on the bench getting worked over! I can't express how great that makes me feel!
Thanks so much!
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 220
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 01, 2014 - 2:55 am:   Edit Post

If the flare to make the neck wider is at all an issue, I'm prepared to let it go. 1.5" on the width is fine. I want it to feel natural in my hands.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8151
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 5:48 pm:   Edit Post

assembly

assembly
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 224
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 1:23 am:   Edit Post

Hey Mica,

That's very exciting, thank you so much for the pictures! It's so great to see progress, thank you!
Did the tuner holes get moved like we talked about? Specifically the D and A?
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8153
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 8:37 am:   Edit Post

Yes, the pattern is very close to a square. You should be able to tell they are much lower than our usual position.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8154
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

And the D and A are closer to the center.
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 225
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 12:02 pm:   Edit Post

Sweet, you rule!
moonliner
Advanced Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 226
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014 - 2:28 pm:   Edit Post

Hello, wondering if any more work has been done. Thanks.

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