Moontimes Moontimes!

Man in the Moon This smiling Man in the Moon inlay was designed by Susan Wickersham. Her drawing always starts with a pencil sketch, and we presented a few asterisms to Dave to choose from.
Susan and Jack worked together selecting the shell pieces. We've used both white and black mother of pearl, plus a new material: lab-created opal. We used three different colors of opal, white for the stars, blue for the eye, and black for the eyebrow. The colors flash wildly with very small movements and brings a dynamic visual element to the design.
Fingerboard Moon Phase The phases of the moon inlay is a simple design cut from white and black mother of pearl. For the illuminated parts in white, we select pieces that are figured and have a little bit of a crater-like texture to the shell. For the black parts in shadow, we chose black mother of pearl that was as smooth as possible.

peghead peghead
Knobby peghead shape with front and back bevel is the perfect pairing to the Bird of Prey II body shape. For a 6-string bass, it's the shape we suggest most of the time since it's smaller, and therefore contributes to better balance, and the strings can have a nice straight pull from the nut to the tuning key.
Series II basses and guitar come standard with an inaid Alembic logo with shell. Here we've used a sterling silver logo with white mother of pearl filling the cloud and California abalone to fill the circle formed by the dragon.
truss rod cover Another standard feature for the Series I and II instruments is continuous wood plates. All three backplates are custom Maple and Purpleheart plywood faced with Coco Bolo inside and outside that perfectly matches the back laminate. The truss rod cover is made the same way, but we slice the a layer off the neck and reserve it before gluing the neck to the body. Then we build up the layers just like the backplates.
Not only does this look way cool, but it's lighter weight than the traditional brass plates we've used in years past.
Heel Carve With the wide custom fingerboard, we worked out a nice deep carved heel for Dave's bass. This makes the upper fret access a total breeze.

Hardware Bird of Prey tailpiece is the right match for this body shape. This is the first time we've made it in a 6-string version, and we couldn't be happier with the results.
All the machined brass hardware is ruthenium plated. As a platinum group element, ruthenium is very corrosion resistant. It has the appearance of a smoky nickel finish.
Logo The mother of pearl and abalone in the Alembic logo inlay are just stellar, so vibrant and pretty.
What an absolute and complete joy to work with you, Dave! We feel honored that you chose the name Moontimes for this special bass, and we can't wait to hear all the massive music you'll bring to the world with it.

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  • Series II 6-string bass
  • Coco Bolo top
  • Coco Bolo back
  • Bird of Prey II body shape
  • Kobby peghead shape
  • Maple, Purpleheart, Walnut, and Ebony neck
  • 35" scale
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Phases of the Moon fingerboard inlays
  • Man in the Moon secret medallion inlay
  • Inlaid logo
  • Continuous wood backplates
  • Continuous wood truss rod cover
  • Ruthenium plated hardware
  • Bird of Prey tailpiece shape
  • Series II electronics with master volume and pan configuration
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Text by Mica Wickersham Thomas © 2017 Alembic, Inc.
Photos of bass by Mica Wickersham Thomas, © 2017 Alembic, Inc.
Photo of the moon by NASA/JPL Galileo 1992

This view of the north polar region of the Moon was obtained by Galileo's camera during the spacecraft's flyby of the Earth-Moon system on December 7 and 8, 1992. The north pole is to the lower right of the image. The view in the upper left is toward the horizon across the volcanic lava plains of Mare Imbrium. The prominent crater with the central peak is Pythagoras, an impact crater some 130 kilometers (80 miles) in diameter. The image was taken at a distance of 121,000 kilometers (75,000 miles) from the Moon through the violet filter of Galileo's imaging system. According to team scientists, the viewing geometry provided by the spacecraft's pass over the north pole and the low sun-angle illumination provide a unique opportunity to assess the geologic relationships among the smooth plains, cratered terrain and impact ejecta deposits in this region of the Moon. JPL manages the Galileo Project for NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications.
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