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SOLD F/S Rare Alembic Custom of the month

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by amelnick, Jan 13, 2014.

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    • Rogue 4-string bass
    Nut 1 1/2
    • Ash top, slip bookmatch
    • Mahogany, Purpleheart, Mahogany accent laminates
    • Ash body
    • Purpleheart fingerboard with abalone inlays
    • Maple, Purpleheart, and Ebony neck
    • Custom peghead shape
    • Side LEDs in violet with amber at 12 and 24
    • Rogue electronics: volume, pan, filter, 2-position Q-switch, bass cut/flat/boost, treble but/flat/boost, LED on/off
    • MXY bass pickup, FatBoy treble pickup
    • Bird tailpiece

    Below is the write up from Mica at Alembic.

    When I was a kid, I wondered about the people that got more than one instrument from us. Sometimes it was obvious, they needed a back up on tour, or they wanted a matching set of fretted and fretless basses. Other times, it wasn't as clear why someone would need more than one Alembic. As I got older, I started to understand.
    Just the variety of shapes and wood colors alone invite collections. It's so hard to pick just one. But now that my ear has learned more, I can really hear how different woods sculpt the sound. So now I'm not as surprised when we have a customer like Alan who after getting two custom Alembic basses comes back for a third.
    Alan's first time around the block was a Dragon Wing in Coco Bolo. Then came a custom Balance K, also in Coco Bolo, but with an Ebony central neck laminate. When the itch for number three came, it was time to cast the tone differently, so we started with the wood recipe, and that started with Ash.

    Alan liked the grain he found on another maker's bass. After looking at a few selections by email, I realized that one of the reasons he wasn't super excited about the choices is that the asymmetric body shape of the Rogue was gobbling up a key feature he liked on his reference bass - the wide grain at the bottom end. So I suggested we try slipping the bookmatch to capture more of that wide grain, like we had done on another Rogue bass at the customer's request. Alan approved the new slip placement with an enthusiastic, "Let it rip!!!"
    We added a subtle stack of Mahogany, Purpleheart and another Mahogany as the accent laminate. We often go for maximum contrast, but that wasn't the goal with this bass.

    It's hard to miss the blatantly non-Ebony fingerboard on this bass. Selected for looks alone, the Purpleheart fingerboard has a little less contrast than our traditional Ebony board, and its violet color is sublime. The natural abalone inlays have wonderful pink and purple hues to complement the fingerboard.
    Even though Ebony is our first choice for fingerboards from a durability perspective, Purpleheart is no slouch in that arena, and will weather well over the years. There's plenty of early 1970s Alembic basses and guitars with their original Purpleheart fingerboards intact. Over time, the vibrant color will mellow to a warm purplish brown hue, which will still look great on this bass.

    There had to be a little more purple here for us to call this bass Deep Purple and now you've found it! Actually, it's technically violet, since light doesn't come in purple. The side LEDs are violet with amber at the 12th and 24th positions. We've only made a handful of instruments with these LEDs, and they look really cool, especially when paired up with the proper woods.

    Alan requested a custom peghead shape, based on the Dragon Claw peghead on the instrument he already had. It's never quite as easy as the request sounds, "take the 'claw' part off" because you have to study the form and make sure it doesn't look like you just took the claw part off. In this case, we pulled the center of the peghead over to the left more than the original. A few sketches later, and we had the shape that Alan was dreaming about.

    Combining the Ash body with an Ebony neck laminate is the perfect recipe for the tone that Alan sought. The sound is deep and muscular, with more midrange than his other basses. The body shape is extremely comfortable for live playing, and that's exactly what Deep Purple is doing right now, holding down the low end in its natural environment.
    We had fun making this bass. There were some challenges to get everything "just right" but you'd never know it from looking at it or playing it. I actually had to force myself to stop playing so Mary could give it her final seal of approval. I'm not sure if Alan will have a number four in his future, but I won't be too surprised if we're asked to make another dream come true for him in the future.

    Bass list price currently is over $11,000 and street price is around $8000.00 with a 6-9 month wait. This is an awesome bass and i am pricing it to sell quick at $[DEL]4200.00 [/DEL]$3900.00 shipped CONUS. Comes with the Factory OHSC that does have a few minor scuffs. Bass is in Mint condition. More pics to follow

    Text and photos by Mica Wickersham Thomas, © 2011 Alembic, Inc.

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  2. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)

    She's a beauty!
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  6. your killing me here..........
  7. Unchain

    Unchain I've seen footage.

    Jun 20, 2005
    Tucson, AZ
    Gorgeous! Great price on a stellar bass, this won't be here long.
  8. Knobs have been upgraded to gold and abalone. Just restrung with Rotosound solo bass 55 pressure wounds. They feel and sound amazing.
  9. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    A very beautiful bass. I love the peg head shape. How much does she weigh?
  10. Bathroom scale 9.5 which is super light for an Alembic.:hyper::hyper:
  11. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 26, 2005
    Centennial, Colorado
    It sure is "super light" for an Alembic....Hmmnnnn
  12. AlembicBob


    Dec 28, 2004
    MA, US
    That's because most Alembics are a solid hunk of mahogany or vermillion with maple or some flavor of rosewood on top. Ash is a lighter wood. I just picked up an Excel 5 in ash with a maple top and it's only 10 lbs. I am liking ash a lot right now. This one is a beauty! Love the peghead shape.
  13. I had this one built out of ash to get a litter brighter tone. It helps to cut through the mix without needed much if any EQ. Sill has that "Alembic'" Tone but just a little better for the stage in my humble.......... . The body is also a little different than the standard Rogue. The lower horn is extended a bit for better balance. As far as I know only one other has been built like this. pickups are also not standard.
  14. TTT
  15. Price drop......crazy price. Need to pay vet bills!!
  16. MixBass


    Feb 23, 2006
    L.A. Harbor
    Co-founder. GrabAxe
    Coolest abalone inlays ever, a real beauty!
  17. Thanks for the kind words. I installed gold and abalone knobs too!
  18. lbbc

    lbbc Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    Absolutely gorgeous. I had a Rogue a few years ago and have regretted selling it ever since. Wish I had the $$ GLWTS
  19. MtJam

    MtJam Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    Awesome bass! I always wanted a lightweight Alembic with an ebony neck laminate. Don't think I could swing this, as I just got a new Alembic in November. Anyway...

  20. barefootdave


    Jan 12, 2010
    Is that 34" or 35" length?

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