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bassman10096

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2004, 01:16:37 PM »
Marc:  I am really looking forward to seeing this bass take shape.  The figuring and color of the burl top are sure to be very pretty once finished.  I had looked at 1322 more than once myself when deciding on wood for my bass.  I'm really interested to see what your variation on the EVH shape looks like once work proceeds.  Good luck and happy waiting!
 
Bill

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #31 on: February 22, 2004, 08:42:39 AM »
hi bill
 
thanks!  as you may have read above, 1322 wasn't my first choice for a top, nor even my second, but months had gone by, there was no gabon ebony to be had, and nothing seemed to quite hit the spot.  i needed to make a choice, and it is a pretty piece of wood
 
similarly with the shape:  i was captivated by the shape of the evh piccolo bass that edwin ordered for his daughter tania, but it wasn't possible to scale that design to small-standard size.  so, once again, a compromise of sorts was necessary
 
mica has worked very hard to help me to realize my vision for my first alembic, and has given me no end of support and great advice.  it's not turning out to be the bass i had envisioned, but i'm sure i'll love it just the same
 
?'est la vie
 
 
marc

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #32 on: February 22, 2004, 09:14:16 AM »
p.s. to bill (i hit 'post' when i meant to hit 'preview')
 
that wasn't all i wanted it to say, and it gives the way-wrong impression
 
the fact is that my vision for the instrument, and hence inevitably my expectations for it, evolved as the design process unfolded.  i started out with a piece of maple for the top.  when it turned out to be unusable i got my heart set on gabon ebony, which apparently has been used for only three or so basses in alembic history; there are supply-and-demand reasons why that is so.  when mica's exotic-wood dealers couldn't come up with any, we had to go back to the wood bank or find a piece of wood from a wood dealer online
 
as to the shape, mica warned me from the get-go that scaling a design was an iffy proposition
 
the 'simple' bass, though aesthetically understated and  not a series instrument, will have some nice features and a distinctive look.  i look forward to reading what you and others may say about it
 
but no matter what, it will be by far the coolest bass i have ever held in my life, much less played, much less owned
 
and i will love it!
 
 
marc

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #33 on: February 22, 2004, 09:51:31 AM »
Marc:  I think its already on the way to being an over-and-above cool bass.  I, too, started out with some ideas for my bass that didn't work out due to various practicalities.  I think for me what has been the most engaging part of the selection and design process is that, even where the original concept for something may not work, Alembic is so good (and patient) about equiping me with information.  Good information makes the choices all mine - not defaults!  Add to that, a sampling of good artistic and technical suggestions from staff, I feel like the bass I'm building is very uniquely mine and will do things for me that I didn't even know to look for when I first started talking to Mica months ago.  
 
Anyway, enjoy your bass as it comes together.  I like the choices you are making and can't wait to see the product!  Good luck.  
 
Bill
 
(Message edited by bassman10096 on February 22, 2004)

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #34 on: February 28, 2004, 02:52:04 PM »
hi all
 
i'm so happy about this recent development that i can't resist posting it
 
as discussed at some length in earlier posts, mica tried very hard to find a piece of gabon ebony for the bookmatch-to-center top of my bass.  when she couldn't find any at all, i 'settled' on a piece of maple burl, but i wasn't very excited about it
 
it is often said in club postings that alembic always finds a way to make your dreams into reality, and they have done it once again
 
mica suggested that the top of my bass could be made from three pieces of the gabon ebony that is used for fingerboards, spliced together:  a six-string board for the middle, flanked by a five-stringer on either side
 
then she suggested that they could add an accent laminate between boards, which evolved into three 1/16-inch pinstripes -- mahogany, ebony, and mahogany
 
then mica had the idea to cut the middle board to the same taper as my fingerboard; since it will be about an inch wider than my four-string fingerboard, the pickups and all the hardware will fit neatly in it
 
i had given up hope for an ebony top.  not only did mica find a way to make it happen, she solved the problem in a way that will make my bass far cooler than anything i ever would have thought of by myself
 
and that, as most of you know already and i am learning, is what alembic is all about
 
there should be a sketch on the thread soon
 
 
thank you mica!  i can't stop smiling!
 
 
marc

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #35 on: February 28, 2004, 03:24:59 PM »
Wow Marc.  These folks continue to exceed anybody's expectations, don't they?  Glad this bass is getting to be what you dreamed of (better?)!!  I can't wait to see what this looks like in the flesh.  Sounds VERY cool!
 
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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #36 on: February 28, 2004, 03:41:19 PM »
Very interesting idea; can't wait to see it!

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2004, 05:57:59 PM »
here's a look at the working sketches for the new top  

 

 

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2004, 06:18:04 PM »
Hey Marc,
 
There was another little funny idea Mike had while laying out the electronics.  
 

 
This is looking up from the bottom, with the Mahogany spines sort of gently carved. He's still finishing up the control layout, will post as soon as it's available.  

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #39 on: March 30, 2004, 06:24:32 PM »
Mike was taken by the look of the blackened out area on the second drawing. At first he did the sketch with a normal 3/4 roundover on the top and the back, but he liked the sharp look of the shape with a very small, maybe 1/4 roundover on the top only. You can see this in the sketch. Anyway, some more food for thought until the layot is ready.

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #40 on: March 30, 2004, 09:50:32 PM »
For one or another reason the bridge looks to me as a tiny red spot with a white cross in a rectangular square reading Suspension bridge.
IOW: I can't see a picture!!!!
 
 
PTBO

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #41 on: March 31, 2004, 03:37:14 AM »
hi mica
 
i think the 'suspension bridge' is incredibly cool.  let's do it!  i like the 'sharp' 1/4-roundover look too
 
so, with mike's idea, would there be no half-elbow contour?
 
paul, i'm emailing you the 'suspension bridge' image right now
 
 
marc

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #42 on: March 31, 2004, 10:43:43 AM »
Yeah, we'd have to get rid of the gentle elbow shaping to keep the crisp look. We'll keep the tummy contour on the back though. I'm pretty sure his example has some vertical exaggeration to make the point.
 
I'll let Mike know when he arrives that his idea will be reality. He was so excited about the sharp shape and the top carving, I know it will make his day that you'll be going for it.

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #43 on: March 31, 2004, 10:58:14 AM »
hi mica
 
as captain picard used to say, make it so!
 
please thank mike for his brilliant idea.  the pinstripe ridge will also serve as a place to rest my wrist or the heel of my hand, a nice amenity for a flatpick player like myself
 
i'm thinking that with the new shaping we might be better off with a single mahogany pinstripe rather than the mahogany-ebony-mahogany triplet that we discussed.  what do you think?
 
 
best regards
 
 
marc

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Re: Marc's "Simple" Bass
« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2004, 10:22:13 PM »
Brother and Sisters,
 
after some E-mailing back and forward between me and Brother Marc the-not-so-simple-one-anymore he asked me to launch this idea.
Maybe it would be great to make the upgoing slope of the hangbridge (sorry ...I still see that red dot with the white cross ...thanks for sending me the picture directly Marc) in such a way that it can be used as longitudinal thumbrest. So the slope a little steeper???
 
Paul the bad one