The feature bass this week is an Alembic-inspired design with very particular attention to detail.
Kevin Butler from @Rockhewercustomguitars writes:
This build was a commission. It is my design, and was built to the specifications of a client in MA. He picked the top wood… (bookmatched to neck), and an accent color …and that it have a streak free ebony fingerboard. He also specified a desired nut width /string spacing, neck thickness, hardware finish, fret type & scale.
Also that it have a tonal pallet capable of crisp, bright highs & mids…& punchy low end…(ala Mark King).
Options chosen of LED fret markers, inlays & a high gloss finish, rounded out the package.
All features I am happy to tailor to the client’s wishes.
I build in a style of construction similar to Alembic. Premium exotic hardwoods, multi laminate, neck-thru & layered body… (hippie sandwich). But at a much more moderate price point.
5 string, 35″ scale, neck-thru.
9pc. Neck, in purpleheart, curly maple, wenge, rock maple.
7 layer body wings. Core of quilted maple, purpleheart & wenge accents, cocobolo top & back. High gloss polished finish.
Fingerboard in ebony, w/ brass ringed abalone oval inlays. Brass nut. Nickel silver med. frets.
Brass ringed side markers illuminated by internal purple LED lights.
Hipshot D style bridge,
My handmilled solid brass top load tailpiece.
Hipshot ultralight tuning machines.
Pickups: EMG active P & J coil config. (In soapbar covers)
EMG BQS system (EQ & blend circuit).
Dunlop Superbright light ga. strings
Here is a review of this bass by its owner:
“Kevin is amazing, he built exactly what I was looking for down to a perfect neck profile and he nailed the sound that I was looking for. Toneally this bass has the perfect combination warmth and attack. What really sets it apart is the fact that the low B string fills the room with a deep piano-like tone. Most basses sound muddy with an inarticulate rumble with deeper notes. The wood is beautiful beyond compare to any instrument I’ve held in my hands. I have had 5 Alembics and none of them come close to this. Beautiful grain in combination of lamination give this instrument the look and sound that I wanted. Already planning a second order, I advise anybody to jump on this.”
– Marc Rubin
My motivating force is the personal rewards from exceeding customers expectations. I take great pride & pleasure in providing Artists with instruments of precision and beauty. Tools that help to inspire..,rather than being just adequate.
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