Dave is one lucky man. For his
50th birthday, his wife Mary cooked up a big surprise: a custom bass inspired by one of his
favorite bassits. He always loved the look and sound of Phil Lesh's Alembic basses, and it was
one of his wishes to have something like that for himself. It's not a small responsibility picking
out the features for such an important present, but Mary did her research and then consulted with
Susan here at Alembic and the happy result is this month's Featured Custom. Who knew what was in that
great big box? We're told Dave had a priceless expression when he opened it, and once the initial
shock wore off, and he played the instrument he wasn't seen the rest of the day.
Some of the specifications for this
bass Mary knew before she called us: the Omega body shape and the star inlays in the body were both
given. She had also decided to do some sort of custom inlay. Susan advised Mary that the bass
should be made from Coco Bolo, the sonically most versatile wood for Alembics (and one of the prettiest too!).
For the electronics, the decision
was easy: 20th Anniversary. These offer the same control layout as the Series I bass, and while they
don't sound exactly like a Series I (nothing but the Series II does), they get closer than any other
electronics we offer.