Sorry for the delay in responding. I've been having trouble making posts. I answered your question last week, but it never appeared - still trying to figure out why. Anyway. I didn't work on instruments, just amps and other electronics. I did see Phil's quadraphonic bass (one pickup for each string) while it was being modified by Rick Turner, with electronics supplied by Ron Wickersham, though I didn't personally contribute to that project. This was in the days before Alembic started making their own basses. Rick and Ron, along with Bob Matthews, were co-owners of Alembic in the early 70's. I remember being intrigued by this bass, because (1) there were active electronics for each pickup, meaning there were an awful lot of knobs (too many, really), and (2) it had LED lights inlaid into the neck as fret markers. Remember, in 1970 LEDs were a brand new thing and this was very cutting-edge. I still like the LED idea. Fret markers can be awfully hard to see on a dark stage! I don't remember what kind of bass this started as but it had a hollow body. Maybe Guild. Phil's Alembic bass came after I left Alembic.
ugly rumor wrote:Damn, Janet, if you were lonely you will be no more!! Did you do much on Phil's Alembic? (the one in the movie) Also, I've heard that the Gibson RD series of the late 70's was modeled on that...true?
Welcome to where we on the bus try to maintain some semblance of contact with the other riders, hope to see you often!