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Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« on: February 09, 2018, 04:38:49 PM »
I was just cruising around on Facebook when I stumbled across some pics that Jay Blakesberg took of Phil's new Alembic bass, which he apparently just acquired. Hadn't heard anything about this. Anyone have any details on his new instrument? Mica?

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2018, 05:31:51 PM »
Bridge looks a bit different, or is it just the angle and all the bling bling?... :-)
Very nice one!
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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2018, 05:50:42 PM »
He has been playing his black Ritter with the dragon inlay on the neck a lot lately. Interesting that he now has another new Alembic. I am sure Mica will provide details at some point.

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2018, 06:06:53 PM »
It is a new shortscale bass with individual height adjustments on the bridge done like the rigid pickup mounting so it's crazy solid. Phil had a minor shoulder injury and the Ritter bass is a little lighter weight. The new bass is Dream Fyre, and it's a little lighter weight than Balerion, with a super deep carved heel. He said he never really plays up that high, but he sure didn't need the extra weight, and who knows? Maybe he'll venture up there now that the access is awesome.

I will share some pictures shortly.

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2018, 06:23:52 PM »
Dang... he's getting as bad as a few of us are.  ::)

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 07:32:06 PM »
A couple of the snapshots of Dreamfyre, Balerion's little sister bass. She has a new bridge to try out. Phil was so excited to start playing this bass that he skipped the hardware plating, so it's all raw brass for now. We're adding this bridge to Balerion next, and when he's done, we'll take Dreamfyre back for a little spa treatment and some ruthenium jewelry.

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2018, 07:33:26 PM »
Also the string gauge experiment continues. These have .045-.060-.075-.085-.100-.115 custom made by DR strings.

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2018, 07:42:52 PM »
I like that bridge and heel a lot!

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2018, 11:12:30 PM »
Wow !!
You all are amazing  :)


When adjusting the intonation, is one screw just a stabilizing factor?
or is the saddle threaded in both holes?
(I had a hard time wording that, I hope it's clear)


Nice to see something new that still looks timeless.


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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2018, 04:00:06 AM »
Another superb bass Phil has and that bridge is great engineering.
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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2018, 05:21:22 AM »
Wow !!
You all are amazing  :)


When adjusting the intonation, is one screw just a stabilizing factor?
or is the saddle threaded in both holes?
(I had a hard time wording that, I hope it's clear)


Nice to see something new that still looks timeless.



I understand the question and am curious also.  Appears that the height adjustment is only behind the string saddles? 

We want tech specs!  :-D
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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2018, 05:32:51 AM »
Another amazing bass! I had seen a few recent pics of Phil with his Ritter, so I'm glad to see he is still rocking the Alembics.

How much does his new bass weigh?

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2018, 06:14:01 AM »
Beautiful bass and saddle design. I guess one benefit is more efficient (and reversible) than carving various notch depths.

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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2018, 06:51:17 AM »
Looking forward to hearing more about the new bridge. Very impressive.
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Re: Phil Lesh got another new Alembic?
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2018, 07:06:48 AM »
That's really great; each of Phil's new basses are magnificent to behold, and the use of ruthenium to cut corrosion on the brass is really cool, too.