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What’s The Unicorn in Your Bass Collection?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CaseyVancouver, Mar 24, 2020.

  1. CaseyVancouver


    Nov 4, 2012
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    My bass collection is kinda standard. An old Precision, 5 string Ibanez, another old Fender fretless, some other 4 strings. You get the idea.

    BUT my Unicorn bass in that collection is a 2004 Alembic in superb walnut with fretless ebony neck. The build card even notes Mica picked the wood out. Alembic uses it on their site. It is special and I always feel special myself when I pick it up. A Unicorn in the bunch.

    My definition of ‘Unicorn’ is something extra special, beautiful, hard to get for mortals, different than the rest and coveted. Precious. Special!

    This is just for fun not a competition so don’t be shy. Maybe you have regular 4 strings and one birds eye maple 5 string. Or 15 boutique basses and one vintage Fender. Whatcha got?

    What is your Unicorn bass?
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    It's going to be hard to beat THAT one! What a start.
  3. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    As in, you have more than one bass?
  4. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    Well, umm...hard to get, different...yeah, ok. The one on the left...

    Hand built, one off...no other copies out there. Made by a craftsman who usually builds Portuguese style guitars for players of fado music. Designed to the size of an Ernie Ball Earthwood, with classical guitar elements like a slotted head and adjustable saddle. Medium scale. The body is 25 long, 19 wide, and 6 deep. Uses a cello gig bag. Enormous sound. I pictured it hext to a Martin jumbo for scale.
    RodRy, Haroldo, brian579 and 32 others like this.
  5. Bflat


    Feb 5, 2008
    my Favorite also!!:):):)
    gebass6, mongo2, BassinCT and 52 others like this.
  6. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    This fretless Marco Bass. Marco made the pickups specifically for my slide bass application and used an epoxy infusion technique on the fingerboard that I've never seen before. He also did an asymmetric neck profile tailored specifically to my hands, and I did the electronics to a custom spec I don't intend to ever duplicate.

  7. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Nice looking instrument.
    Can you explain how a luthier tailors a neck profile to your hands?
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  8. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    It helped a lot that I get to hang out at Marco's shop quite a bit, as he's only a couple of hours away from me and is an occasional customer of mine. He played my existing basses and we discussed what I like and dislike about each one. And then I have played dozens of his basses, and pointed out the ones that worked best for me. And finally, he put the bass in progress in my hands and asked me what to change. At that point my answer was "don't", which surprised both of us a little. Doesn't hurt that our personal preferences are very similar to begin with! Yel_wink.gif
    wraub, JRA, MonetBass and 2 others like this.
  9. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    My Zon. Really need to take some new pics. Guanacaste and Bubinga. Looks and sounds amazing.
    I just got back from Costa Rica and saw many large Gaunacaste trees. That was a treat.
    gscroggin, gebass6, Bob_Ross and 46 others like this.
  10. Ghastly


    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Well, maybe this one, because it's pretty and mostly my custom specs... open case.jpg
    steveinohio, B-Lo, RodRy and 54 others like this.
  11. Bill Staudt

    Bill Staudt

    Jun 18, 2002
    Nashville, TN
  12. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
  13. geof_


    Apr 25, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ

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  14. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Lefty Gary, JRA, Ellery and 5 others like this.
  15. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
  16. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    My ‘81 Veillette-Citron. And my Fernandes Gravity 8 bass.
    Both are rare and low production instruments. 75AB75C5-859C-4035-A635-58B05E10D731.jpeg 42A76C2D-23F0-4EEC-AA49-290C501D361D.jpeg
    Bob_Ross, Haroldo, JRA and 11 others like this.
  17. BishopHastur


    Jan 20, 2014
    So. Cal.
    I got one for y'all IMG_20200324_134004642.jpg .
    TerenceE, JES, byoung93888 and 97 others like this.
  18. 210superair


    Sep 10, 2019
    Good thread, some beautiful basses here. Makes me realize that I have some beautiful instruments, but no real unicorn in the group right now.... I enjoy seeing your guys' tho
  19. beatdatthang


    Aug 29, 2011
  20. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
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    My "unicorn" bass? That would have to be this one. A 1994, straight-from-the-Terada-factory, left handed Gretsch Broadkaster. Except for a couple of very old, '50s customs, and a conversion or two, this is the only lefty Gretsch bass I've ever seen. And I've been looking for them a long, long time, too...:whistle:
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2020
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