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the_jester
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Username: the_jester

Post Number: 69
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 12:12 pm:   Edit Post

It will soon be your turn... now my Mesa Boogie friend.
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1075
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

I hope so, we have figured out the 12th fret design :-)

For Taylor: Here's our current "correct" Metallica gear pic:


For more info see: www.damagedjustice.nl

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on March 01, 2010)
dannobasso
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Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 1212
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 12:01 pm:   Edit Post

Do you guys have your own therapist yet?

Soon your dream will arrive. I bet you a cheese danish you get yours first!
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 344
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 7:00 pm:   Edit Post

Flip, you guys are as legit as it gets. Its awesome that there are people out there who love their favorite band some much they start a tribute! keep rockin'

~Taylor
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1076
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 3:20 am:   Edit Post

@ Danno: Are you applying for the job? Bet is on, I say yours is ready to be boxed at the end of the week.

@ Taylor: Thanx, we will keep on rockin'! Had a great gig saturday, all 4 Alembics got some stage time :-)
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 345
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

Just wondering, which song did you use the fretless for?

~Taylor
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1077
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 10:32 am:   Edit Post

I used it for "Nothing smells better" (or something like that)
On the original recording Jason used a fretted bass, but I wanted to give this beauty some stage time :-)
We are working on "Until it sleeps", till then I will use it for NEM (Until it sleeps is tuned 1/2 step down, so I can't do both)
'88 Spoiler is tuned "ADGC" for "Sad but true"
Elan for Jason pick style, '83 Spoiler for Cliff fingerstyle.
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 346
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

ahh nice, right now my only stage bass is a Gibson Victory Artist, mainly because the actve/passive switch just for safety reasons ;-), but once i FINALLY get a Spoiler, i believe the two will be switching spots(though i'll continue taking the Gibson as a backup because she's my baby).

i LOVE playing 1/2 step down, perfect tuning in my opinion.

what is the Newsted going to be tuned to?

~Taylor
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9130
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 7:15 pm:   Edit Post

I wondering what's involved in shipping a cheese danish across the Atlantic.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1873
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 11:44 pm:   Edit Post

Dave, I know it's not cheap but from my experience of having a guitar shipped from USA to UK, it's not the shipping charges that are painful, it's the import tax and duty you pay at customs.

Flip you may find the cost of going to the USA to collect it directly from Alembic, cheaper than having to pay import duties plus you will get a chance to have a look around where your bass was built.

I wish I'd thought to find out the duty before shipping as I could have had a nice weekend in Texas then collected my guitar and brought it home on the plane.

Jazzyvee
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1080
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 9:02 pm:   Edit Post

You still have to pay import duties, you can always try to walk through "nothing to declare"
But if they catch you, you'll have to pay the duties plus a huge fine... :-(
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1878
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, March 05, 2010 - 1:09 am:   Edit Post

I have walked through nothing to declare with my guitar many times and no-one challenged me.

Yes I'm sure if you get stopped they may try to charge you, but I think you might be ok if the guitar is for your own personal use and not for sale? If you are a musician I think they will assume you are carrying the tools of your trade rather than importing something.

I've been on tour many times with various guitars in the passenger cabin and in the hold or just to have one with me on holiday and never been once challenged about the guitar in customs.

You could always take the receipt from one of your other alembic's with you and show that one to them to say "It wasn't bought in the states" How many custom officials know what alembic is never mind what model it is?

Or you could be really devious and take an old empty case and transfer the barcoded luggage tags to the new case when you are coming back, leave the old case in the alembic trash can. Bingo.

Be devious, Go for it and have a look round the factory.
Jazzyvee :-)
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1082
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 06, 2010 - 6:53 am:   Edit Post

Actually devious does suit me

But I will play it by the rules on this one, (almost) all has been paid for last year and I wonít have the time for such a trip until July/AugustÖ
If I go (donít think it will be this year though) I will also visit Petaluma (Mesa/Boogie) of course San Francisco and maybe some forum members from the area. So thatís gonna be at least a 2 or 3 week trip.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 6638
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2010 - 5:58 pm:   Edit Post

Going through the rubout process:
rubout
And yes - the neck will be glossy too!
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 349
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2010 - 6:31 pm:   Edit Post

The show keeps getting better and better

~Taylor
gregduboc
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Username: gregduboc

Post Number: 362
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2010 - 6:41 pm:   Edit Post

You're one lucky fella, Flip.
It just keeps getting better and better, as Taylor said!
Can't wait to see it finished.

Greg
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1085
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, March 08, 2010 - 9:05 pm:   Edit Post

Looks great and thanx for the glossy neck notification :-)
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1092
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

Any luck in finding info on the roadcase yet?

And I would love to see a "get a load of that neck" style picture:



(of my bass of course)
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1101
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 5:37 pm:   Edit Post

uhhh... Please?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 6703
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 5:58 pm:   Edit Post

As Danny knows black is very finicky in the final stages of the painting process, just because we are so darned picky.

With that being said, your neck was seen yesterday:
rubout

It's not yet out of finish, but looks like it might escape there soon.
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 841
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

That is an awesome looking neck there !
gregduboc
Senior Member
Username: gregduboc

Post Number: 411
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 6:44 pm:   Edit Post

The way the neck get's thinner next to the headstock makes those PH laminates appear to move. It is almost an optical illusion!!

Greg
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1102
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:17 am:   Edit Post

Uhhh... Droooool!
Looks extremely great! Thanx! :-)

I noticed the darned pickiness on my fretless, the finish is nothing short of perfect. (also on my older Alembics, but they were "worn in" when I got them)
So "darned picky" is well appreciated here, no matter how long it takes ;-)

The angry smile was more intended for the extreme long wait for the roadcase quote.
That's settled now, she will be laid down in the best protective case Alembic offers. :-)

Needless to say I'm happy :-)

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on April 15, 2010)
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1913
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 10:46 am:   Edit Post

Flip, I was wondering if there is any reason your guitarists don't use Alembic Guitars?


Jazzyvee
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1597
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 1:22 pm:   Edit Post

JV,
I would guess it has to do with what Metallica uses. Their guitarists use ESP guitars. Flip is just lucky that he plays bass so he can use these wonderful instruments.

Keith
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9230
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 - 6:37 pm:   Edit Post

Wowee!! That's gorgeous!
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1105
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 17, 2010 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post

Gorgeous indeed, I love it! :-)

Thanx for the nice words all!

Our guitar players have EMG equipped guitars -> LTD, ESP, Jackson, Dean, Gibson and Galama (Dutch builder in the eighties)
Must have for the Metallica sound.
I'm lucky indeed, very lucky I must say :-)
And a bit Spoiled I guess (hence my nickname) I don't think I'll ever (can) play anything else than Alembic... They're tha bomb, both in sound and playability.

@ Mica and gang: Please use this picture for the Logo + script placement:

blackelan
Intermediate Member
Username: blackelan

Post Number: 118
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 1:01 am:   Edit Post

Hi Flip,

Looks like its coming along nicely! Let me know if you do end up coming to the SF Bay Area.

-Jason
tmoney61092
Advanced Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 361
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 1:55 pm:   Edit Post

any info here?

~Taylor
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1122
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 2:47 pm:   Edit Post

I hope so...

Did you sent the invoice for the extra options when I requested it? (and has it been paid already?)
If not, there could be a problem due to the extreme devaluation of the Euro... :-(

When I ordered, I was told the bass would be finished in September/October (2009) (At least that was Susan's guess -> "The bass will be done this year I think Septemer or October at the latest is my guess")

We have some huge gigs late June till August, will she make it in time? Would be nice ;-)

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