2006 Alembic Spyder SYLB4 John Entwistle Signature Bass #19 of 50
Rare Spyder 4-String Bass by Alembic - #19 of 50 4-Strings produced.
The Spyder basses are similar to the John's personal Series II basses, but they aren't exact replicas (which would be much more expensive). The changes we made for playability are the regular 12 inch fingerboard radius, unlike John's which were totally flat, and we moved the neck to the bridge about a half an inch.
The body shape gives total access to all 24 frets with complete comfort - there is nothing in the way of your fretting hand getting to the uppermost frets. We used the same templates for the body and peghead shapes as we used on some of John's basses, and even many of the craftspeople that made his basses still work here, still crafting as we always have.
One of the decorative details we kept from the original basses was the spider web inlays on the body. These inlays are made from solid sterling silver and are done by hand. They run as deep as they are wide, so the amount of silver is quite substantial. Many people thought his inlays were brass because the silver yellows over time under the finish.
It's a good time to talk about balance. One of the things John enjoyed most about the basses we made was the balance. The large upper body half really counters the complete lack of an upper horn for attaching the strapholder, it also makes a fine armrest for between songs.
TRADES - LAYAWAY - 0% FINANCING
Case: Hardshell Case
Cosmetic Condition: There are a handful of minor imperfections including some scratching on the backplates, a bit of hazing in the finish on the sides of the bass, as well as a ding where the neck and headstock meet. Very good condition.
SETUP & INSPECTED BY OUR LUTHIER
Tech Notes: Plays super great super long scale strings needed (installed 45-105) plays really well. Two mini switches were replaced (the LED and the mono-stereo switch) everything else appears to be dead stock
Top/Back: Flame Maple
Neck: Purpleheart and Maple
Finish: Poly Gloss with Satin Neck Feel
Fretboard: Ebony with Abalone oval inlays
Scale Length: 34"
Machine Heads: Gold Alembic-Gotohs
Individual string tailpieces
Side LEDs in Red
Sterling Silver Spider Web Inlays
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