strumminsix wrote:Outstanding! Details, please!
Well, the history is as follows:
I had a 1978 long scale series I in schedua that was a wonderful bass (http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/47 ... 1270676966
). It was in pretty bad shape as far as the finish, so I sent it back to the factory for a refinish as well as an omega cut (I never liked the little tail those basses had, much prefer the omega cut). They did a spectacular job. However, the bass was ultimately too heavy and was causing serious neck and shoulder problems, so I sold it. I then mentioned casually on the Alembic forums that if I ever found a nice short scale cocobolo with LEDs, I'd probably buy it, thinking that a used one might pop up. A week or two after that, Mica called me up, saying they had one just like that with a slight issue. The original customer had specified a certain distance of the neck pickup from the neck and he meant from the edge of the pickup and they interpreted it as from the middle, which resulted in pickup placement like the old school short scale basses rather than the new ones, which have the pickup closer to the bridge. So, they started a new one for him and had this one that was almost done. So, we figured out the rest of the details and 9 months later, here it is!
The details are: Short scale Series I in cocobolo with the following options:
Side and front LEDs and dimmer control for the fronts (which is the extra knob down by the edge of the bass).
Continuous wood backplates.
Volume/blend layout instead of volume/volume.
Master on/off switch
Gold tuning pegs (not something I requested, it just showed up that way!).
Recessed gold straplocks.
While it's still heavy, it's a lot more manageable than the long scale and plays just wonderfully. The long scale did have a really cool tone, this one is a little bit more lumpy in the low end, but I need to experiment with strings a little more. I have to say that the way this bass is set up is pretty amazing. It plays more in tune than any bass I've ever played. Not only are the fundamentals in tune, but somehow it seems like the harmonics are in tune as well.
If it were up to me, I never would have ordered the front LEDs. They are a little ostentatious. I might have also ordered different colors (maybe amber at the 12th and 24th frets.) but it's pretty fun and people seem to like them.