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Alembic products => Factory to Customer => Topic started by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:14:45 PM

Title: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:14:45 PM
Got the first few photos gathered up. I'll post each in a separate message so that there's a sort of caption along with each one.

So first up, Kris is cutting the Ebony accent pinstripe on the little bandsaw.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:21:01 PM
Gathering up the body wood...
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:23:20 PM
Got the top laminate of Flame Maple picked out and the veneers for the peghead front and back.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:24:22 PM
Just getting everything ready for the glue up.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:25:42 PM
We have clampage! Getting the right amount of pressure is a true art.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:33:17 PM
Outta the clamps and rounded over. That pinstripe is so smart looking.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:36:10 PM
This sequence of three goes together. Here is the lower body half getting ready for the second glue up. First we get the body to the accent pinstripe, then route out the cavity and shield. Then it's time for the top to get glued on, which is what is actually going on in these photos.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on June 06, 2017, 02:37:19 PM
Last one for today, the neck woods gathered up and ready for glue up.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: kdh on June 06, 2017, 04:02:14 PM
Thanks, Mica. Looks great!
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: kdh on June 06, 2017, 04:05:24 PM
Just a reminder for anyone interested here's the final spec copied from the "Dreaming" thread. Maple and ebony.

Standard polyester clear gloss finish
Concealed hardware bridge

Standard bridge block
No lacquer/finish on any brass

Essence 4
Short Scale
Flame Maple Top
Maple Body
Essence Body
Tummy Contour
1.625 Nut On Fretted Ebony Fingerboard
Center Ebony Neck Laminate
Silver Dot Side Position Markers
Orion Inline Peghead
Ebony Framing Veneer Between Top And Body
Ebony Framing Veneers Between Body And neck as on "Refinement"
Silver Logo No Script
Brass Truss Rod Cover
Brass Backplate For Model Electronics
Polished Alembic Brass Hardware
Polished Bar Tailpiece Rounded Ends as on "Refinement"
Black Alembic Gotoh Tuners
Black Strap Locks
Essence Electronics
2 Position Q Switch 3 DB Boost
Side Mounted Jack
Plain Pick-ups NO ALEMBIC LETTERING
Case For K4
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: edwardofhuncote on June 06, 2017, 05:44:18 PM
Looks like it's well on the way Keith. Looking good!  8)
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Post by: David Houck on June 06, 2017, 07:32:03 PM
Great pictures!
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Post by: moongerm on July 21, 2017, 06:05:17 PM
Looking great, can't wait to see the progress.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on August 01, 2017, 07:01:50 PM
I'm sure there's some more in-between images, but here's your bass in carving recently. Looking so very good!
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Post by: edwardofhuncote on August 02, 2017, 06:09:24 AM
Those framing veneers are  suh-weet! :D
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: kdh on August 02, 2017, 06:28:36 AM
Thanks Mica, looking awesome! With just the two wood species not a typical Alembic look but I love the result so far.

I'm looking forward to seeing it with the wood finish and hearing it!
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: David Houck on August 06, 2017, 12:53:14 PM
The Ebony accent veneers and neck laminate look great with the Maple body and top.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: jacko on August 14, 2017, 02:46:52 AM
loving the Black and White vibe.

graeme
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Post by: moongerm on August 19, 2017, 07:14:00 PM
Wow this is really looking sharp!!! I dig it!
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: jazzyvee on September 11, 2017, 04:36:03 PM
You are gonna love what all that maple does for your sound.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: kdh on September 12, 2017, 04:29:16 AM
I hope so. I'm a roundwounds, all harmonics present kind of guy.
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: mica on September 18, 2017, 06:58:25 PM
I've been meaning to share a picture of your bass with some finish on it. It's absolutely stunning!
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: edwardofhuncote on September 19, 2017, 04:51:58 AM
That maple top is spectacular.  8)
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Post by: kdh on September 19, 2017, 10:02:07 AM
Thanks Mica! What a striking piece of flame. It certainly deserves to be "framed."
Title: Re: Keith's Custom Essence Bass
Post by: kdh on November 30, 2017, 09:02:32 AM
Mica, any pictures for the group? I need a fix!  :)