Author Topic: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)  (Read 5064 times)

tbrannon

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #60 on: June 09, 2017, 03:19:37 PM »
Hahaha.  I knew I had commented previously, but was too lazy to go look. :)

Enjoy the gig.   I have a feeling that you'll find all kinds of new little morsels of goodness this weekend.

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #61 on: June 12, 2017, 05:03:51 PM »
Congratulations on a magnificent instrument! So cool to have a 'C' designation; your heartfelt backstory just adds to the mystique of yet another masterpiece from the Mothership.
May you two make beautiful music together for many years to come.......salute!

Chris
Correction: there is 'much' money to be made above the fifth fret....

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #62 on: November 03, 2017, 07:47:42 PM »
I've had quite a few questions about the brass plate between the pickups... in the early days, this is where the backup batteries went in Series instruments, and the hum-cancelling coil was inside the body cavity. The change came in 1974, when the battery box moved to the back. My bass was only going to use one battery, but I wanted it located back in the top... Mica did some checking and measuring, and sure enough, they made it work. I did it partly as a hat-tip to the vintage, but also for convenience of changing a battery out. You might have thought it would be hard getting to it under the strings, but here's how it works:

Loosen the top string a few turns, and slip these two foam blocks between the string and pickups, then remove the two screws. The battery slides right out, just as easily as the new one slides in.  :D
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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #63 on: November 03, 2017, 07:50:11 PM »
Cool !
 I just figured that was where your stash was  8)


Nice hat tip.

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #64 on: May 16, 2018, 10:45:30 AM »
Though it didn't arrive at its new home in Virginia until May 31st last year, according to the paperwork, my dragon hatchling is 1 year old today... there's a brand-new set of T-I Jazz Flats waiting at home.  :)


Thanks Again, to Mica and the Staff for making the dream into reality, and Thanks to the Club here for the support, encouragement, and advice. You guys rock.

edwardofhuncote

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #65 on: May 16, 2018, 08:55:46 PM »
All done with annual maintenance... oiled the fingerboard, then after putting on a new set  of strings, it was time to play some music.


Love how that little inlay turned out.  :)

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #66 on: May 16, 2019, 07:15:14 PM »
Look who just hit their terrible terrific twos...

Though it didn't land safely in Virginia until May 31st, according to Aunt Mary's official paperwork, my Dragon is two years old today. She's got a couple tiny little nicks and fine scratches, and the semi-satin finish is starting to wear shiny in places where I've held her close while we dance, but this Custom Alembic bass was made to be played, and play it I have. The T-I Jazz Flats just put on last year are good for quite a while yet, actually just getting broken-in good now. On general principle, I just wiped a little bit of lemon oil into the ebony fingerboard this morning, and put a new 9v battery under that cool throwback brass plate between her pickups.

Time to play! As always, Many Thanks to everyone at Alembic HQ who made this possible... I hope to come out there and meet you all sometime. Maybe this 50th Anniversary will be the year! .

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #67 on: May 17, 2019, 09:56:45 AM »
   :)

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Re: Custom Fretless "Chain-Links" (C 14588 USA)
« Reply #68 on: May 17, 2019, 12:51:37 PM »
Nice!