"Alembic also faithfully created an inlay from Doomtree's
logo. It is my initials with the "t" in the center. Some see it as a
cross, some as a dagger, to me it is vibrant and unique. The red acrylic MOP
was well worth the wait. It was specially created for Alembic and
took a few tries before it met the Santa Rosa standard."
The red acrylic was custom cast for us. We've got plenty for more custom inalys since the minimum order is a three foot by six foot sheet of material. The standard color was sort of a tomato-soup color, and the first tries at the custom color were either too pink or orange. When we got the sample for the final shade of red, we knew we had exactly the right color.
|Cone peghead shape is standard on the Excel bass. On basses with opaque painted finishes, the color covers every part except the fingerboard. As with our other set neck models, the back of the peghead has a carved volute for strength.
Side LEDs in red. For someone like Danno, the LEDs are not a
luxury. While performing, stage lighting can vary wildly. With his side LEDs, he can always find his way. Plus, the red color does
not make your pupil react, so looking down at the neck, then back up to dim stage lights means no jarring change in vision.
The Excel bass comes with polished brass hardware that is
made right in our shop. Half-moon shape tailpiece follows the bottom curve of the Excel body.
Since many of Danno's previous Alembics have Spoiler electronics, he requested the same in this bass. "I asked for Spoiler electronics to give me a feeling of continuity to match my other instruments."
"Susan and Mica have presided over two other
instruments that join 'Kay' in my Doomtree arsenal. This is the only
company that would extend their talents and generosity to a customer
in such an important and emotionally demanding time. Thank you
Wickershams and the caring and talented craftsmen of Alembic for
helping me remember Kay in such a unique way."
Daniel, it has been our pleasure to work with you through all these years. The news of your mother's departure touched us deeply, and we hope that the bass with the memorial inlay brings you cherished memories of a wonderful mother. Thank you very much for asking us to help make this important instrument.
Photo of Kay taken by Patrick Tracey after their engagement in 1953.
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