The moment Kevin decided to get his basses was when he found a small pile
of premium Quilted Maple billets stacked outside of Susan's office. We had just sorted these woods and selected them as
finest in our cache. Even in its rough state, the wood was clearly gorgeous.
Most of the design of these basses centers around the concept of preserving as much of this beautiful wood as is practical. It's almost hard to believe the surface is sanded flat with the deep satin-like ripples of the figuring.
With such an amazing top, it was important to preserve as much wood as possible, so we made a continuous wood
truss rod cover. Before the top is glued to the body, we use a scroll saw to cut out the truss rod cover then make a
custom plywood from Maple and Purpleheart, finished on the two faces with Quilted Maple.
When Quilted Maple is bookmatched, the figure on one side points up, and on the opposite faces down, resulting in one of the mirror images taking on a darker shade.
The backplates as well called to be continuous wood. Kris makes his special plywood, including the Quilted Maple
inside surface - only nobody will ever see it because of the silver shielding. Even so, it's best to make the
plate this way to keep it as stable as possible.
|Output jacks are side mounted. The housings are attached on the inside surface of the basses, so no flat mounting point is required along the edge. Since the hardware is goldplated, Mike designed the housings so the exterior of each is goldplated to match.
The bird tailpieces, bridges, bridgblocks and
adjustable nuts are all goldplated (a standard feature on Series II basses).
|Sterling silver Alembic logo with inlaid shell is standard issue for Series II basses. The cloud is filled with white mother of pearl while inside the dragon and behind the alembic is abalone. This is all inlaid below the surface of the finish and remains smooth to the touch. These are particularly fine examples as inalying in a light colored wood such as Maple is extremely difficult.
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