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Username: mica

Post Number: 8592
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 - 11:09 am:   Edit Post

Bass is on its merry way to Brian, but here's a little preview of what he'll find when he opens the case...


Pictures pale to the real deal, but it still looks pretty up there.
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 4415
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post

Wonderful !
Username: rv_bass

Post Number: 59
Registered: 8-2014
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, incredible bass, with electronics for every situation, love the maple! Have fun, very nice!
Intermediate Member
Username: growlypants

Post Number: 144
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 - 1:37 pm:   Edit Post

I'm speechless...AGAIN!!
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11906
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, August 03, 2015 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post

Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 3
Registered: 8-2015
Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post


I'm a sucker for maple, so this one got my attention right away.

Fantastic body shape.

Any chance we can see the headstock - ?
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1103
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 9:18 pm:   Edit Post

Brian, congratulation, what impressive bass you've got!
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 245
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Friday, August 07, 2015 - 3:18 pm:   Edit Post

Susan, Mica, Mary, and Will,

The bass arrived safe and sound this AM, whoooo hoooo. I went the week trying not to think about it making it's journey across country as the infant newborn it is, all alone. :-)

I was there bright and early this AM to pick it up rather than have it delivered. When I got home I had to rush to get ready for work but I just had to make sure it was A-OK before leaving. I unpacked the bass and placed the case on the rug. I paused and stared at the unopened case for a few moments to reflect briefly on the journey to this point along with trying to picture what I will find.

As I opened the case I thought wow, this is A LOT more than I expected! It seems a lot bigger in the photos. It actually is pretty lightweight and the size is perfect! I picked it up ever so gently out of the case to feel it and look over everything. To my utter amazement I found an incredible unknown surprise the elves gave me! My heart was beating pretty fast I must say. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

The bass sits perfectly on my thigh and without a strap, with this amazing body shape it balanced better, I dare say, than any instrument I have ever owned in my life. I began to play up and down to get the over all feel and vibe of the frets. I then quickly threw just about every technique I could and everything landed naturally. I instantly felt at home which is highly unusual for me. This is literally what I have always wanted and wished for! I was on the verge of tears. This has to be one of the best 4 string basses ever, is the feeling I have. I did not get a chance to plug it in yet as I had to bolt to work but I will report back as soon as I do.

Will Gunn told me several times and I paraphrase, that total satisfaction will be achieved along with all expectations being met or exceeded. He was spot on! Thanks for all your advise and consultation Will!

Mica, Susan, Ron and the entire staff at Alembic you are all absolutely incredible and I am so thankful and blessed! From the bottom of my heart thank you for doing what you do so exceptionally well!

I will report back with more details, photos, and perhaps some videos if I get the chance. Thank you also for the kind words Wolf, rv, Growly, Dave, 5a, and Mario.

Peace, love, and blessings, Brian
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 246
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 7:18 am:   Edit Post


Front getting a tan



Shy BoP

Not so shy headstock

Relaxing BoP

The 'reaching out' BoP

(Message edited by mica on August 08, 2015)
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 247
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 7:30 am:   Edit Post

And a few more.

(Message edited by mica on August 08, 2015)
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1695
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 8:06 am:   Edit Post

Such a great looking bass. I wasn't a huge fan of this body shape when I've seen it previously with dark wood tops. I'm loving it with the birdseye maple!!

Enjoy it.
Username: willgunn

Post Number: 75
Registered: 2-2007
Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations, Brian, and what a beauty it is! I'm sure you'll agree with me on another point too, namely, these wonderful instruments ALWAYS end up looking FAR better "in the flesh" than ANY picture can ever convey! Here's to many, many years of intense gigging for you with this beauty!

I must confess, the pictures of the beautiful Bird's Eye Maple on this bass inspired me to recently pull the trigger on yet another one for my own personal use - a 5-string version of my Maple-topped, Vermilion bodied "Refinement" bass ( ), with the only other significant difference being Bird's Eye Maple instead of Quilted Maple for the top.

Resistance is futile.......
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 248
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 9:57 am:   Edit Post

Thanks T! The body shape wasn't my first choice either. I had so many ideas, as we all do when it comes to this stuff. I landed on the BoP shape with the following in mind:

- The Stanley Clarke short scale was my first choice as I owned and SC deluxe before for a short stint. I wanted however a more practical (for me) 32" medium scale. So my fears of running the risk having to reach further in the low register on an SC body with a longer neck gave me cold feet. Also the custom series 2 electronics configuration may not fit on the SC body the way I like which is have everything out of the way as much as possible.

- The Balance K was my next choice however since this bass is replacing my old main Carl Thompson 4 string from the early 90's. My CT had a long upper horn reaching the 12th fret which I was afraid I would miss.

As such I landed on the BoP style because of it's more unique shape, long horn, and the added body points are useful as my ribs and my thigh fit very nicely into each of those pockets. The birdseye was chosen as my teacher/mentor Gerald Carboy (David Sancious & Tone) had a birdseye maple bass from Carl Thompson 1977. Gerald introduced me to Carl when I was 17 which was also when I ordered my very first custom bass from him at the time. So this birdseye will always remind me of Gerald.

I recently sold my first 4 string custom Carl Thompson as it led a very useful life. It was pretty beat up fret wise and the oil finished body had multiple worn out areas and a few potholes worn from my thumb resting on the pickup and body. Selling it helped greatly in funding this build even though I was tough to let go. I knew this Alembic build would be incredible from all perspectives including: retaining great balance, amazing electronics, neck thru body build, beautiful durable finish, custom measurements to my liking, oh and of course a pure work of art with superb wood selections by Mica and Susan.
Advanced Member
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 249
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Saturday, August 08, 2015 - 10:13 am:   Edit Post

Yes indeed Will, you and Mica were right on! Thanks again! LOL, that is great news too Will on the new BE 5 string, wow I can't wait to see that. I am loving the vermillion core by the way and it's density so I can see why you are doing it again. Congrats!
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 2376
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post


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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 254
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post

Thanks John!
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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 509
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 7:26 pm:   Edit Post

I've really enjoyed watching your thread Brian, many Congratulations. That birdseye maple is making me twitchy to see what mine will look like!
Advanced Member
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 255
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Gregory! I am loving the birdseye. I must say it is deceiving in the photos. As we know with their astonishingly beautiful coats of glossy protective goodness over amazing selections of wood, what's not to like. Its true as Mica and Will mentioned, it really needs to be viewed in the flesh. Especially to admire the holographic effect it produces when you tilt the instrument under different lighting conditions. So cool, and a nice surprise to me as I would have guessed that effect typically occurs on quilted maple, not birdseye so much. You are going to be thrilled. Can't wait to see photos of your build as well.
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 3690
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 6:17 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations Brian. Needless to say I am as jealous as hell. That truly is an astonishing instrument.

Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 1106
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015 - 5:39 am:   Edit Post

fresh outta the shower & ready to shake some booty!

[edited - just keepin' it clean]

(Message edited by adriaan on August 14, 2015)
Username: ed_zeppelin

Post Number: 36
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015 - 10:30 am:   Edit Post

Would you mind explaining the electronics? I have a series 1 so I know the bas(s)ics but I just wondered what all those knobs and switches do.

Also, I hope you don't mind a suggestion: dab a little 91% isopropyl alcohol on a cloth and GENTLY wipe your fingerprints off any metal (visible on your tuners in the shot of the Alembic logo) without touching the wood, and apply a protectant.

You'd be amazed how quickly metal becomes etched - permanently - by contact with fingers (or whatever other body parts you apply to your bass, you dawg) :-)

Alembic polish is a screaming deal, too (I just screamed, to prove it).
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Username: moongerm

Post Number: 258
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Graeme! Not sure if you should be as jealous as you may feel as I sold two 4 strings to fund this, one was an FC. Painful but worth it.

Barnes, yes indeed :-).

ed_zepplin, thanks for the tip. I will certainly try to do that if I can remember each time, unfortunately this bass is going to get played a lot. Regarding the Series 2 electronics, that's what they are however I have a 1/4" mono/stereo jack as a backup which runs off of batteries in case I am without the DS5 power supply. There is also an LED on/off switch and a pair of bass & treble (boost/cut/flat) switches for the neck p/u as well as another pair for the bridge p/u. To top it off I have a pickup selector switch added as well.

I do have a tube of Alembic Flitz and a spray bottle of Alembic Polish screaming at me to use it too :-) who has the time for that, lol.
Advanced Member
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 378
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 12:42 pm:   Edit Post

Any idea what this 'Switch Cluster Bypass' is used for? Let's see who can answer or guess correctly before Mica and/or Ron beat us to it. I am not sure so I can only guess.Bypass
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1908
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

My bet is you can replace it with the connector coming from your "switch cluster" and you will have "pure" Series II electronics?

Extremely awesome bass, congrats!

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