Stealth BassHere's something you don't see everyday... a black Alembic bass. The finish isn't the only distinguishing feature on this fine custom bass, as Wayne considered many options and details before finally deciding on the specifcations for this instrument. For instance, Wayne knew he wanted a neck through instrument, but he was really taken by the newly released Excel model, which comes standard with a set-neck joint. So, being the custom shop that we are, we made him an Essence with Excel body shape. Even though you can't see it, this bass has a Vermilion top to get a nice round sound.
Blackened Brass hardware takes center stage on this custom bass. We subcontract with a coatings
specialist to get this awesome gunmetal nearly black finish on the brass hardware. But first we
set the entire bass up, then take all the hardware apart and send the individual brass pieces
just for this bass to the plater. This way even the slots in the string nut and the bridge saddles
are plated and there is no palce for corrosion to start. It doesn't make it sound any better, but
it looks so cool. Wayne originally wanted the half moon shape, but with the 36" scale length, it
wasn't possible without modifying the body shape, so we kept the bar shaped tailpiece.
|Speaking of hardware, on this detail of the adjustable nut, you can probably best tell the gunmetal color of the hardware compared to the jet black finish on the bass, the black of the ebony fingerboard and the black strings.|
Since the Excel body has a little more room than an Essence bass, Wayne chose the electronics package
from the Europa bass, including the side output jack. These electronics allow alot of versatility
with the quick tone change bass and treble cut and boost switches. When it's time for a solo (and
what self respecting six string player doesn't solo?), just flip one or both of these switches down
for a bit more presence without altering the entire flavor of the tone. Then you can get right
back to where you started with another flick of the switch.
|Here's what Wayne had to say the day he got his custom bass:
Total retail price $4700, inlcuding hardshell case.
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