Stanley Clarke will be stretching out a bit more with the introduction of his new Alembic Signature Deluxe 5-string bass, which the company will offer in their signature series. Tuned E to C, the step from a 4- to a 5-string bass allows for playing Clarke’s songs written for tenor bass as well as everything written for traditional tuning.
Clarke debuted the new instrument in a performance with Stewart Copeland in Paris:
The handmade bass features a short 30.75˝ scale with a neck of vermillion, maple, and ebony. To Stanley’s taste, the neck has a thin taper, measuring 1.68˝ at the nut and 2.68˝ at the 24th fret. The ebony fingerboard is adorned with mother of pearl lotus inlays and has red side LEDs, and its body wings have vermillion cores sandwiched by rosewood tops and backs.
The bass is stocked with a pair of Alembic’s SC-1 w/hx pickups. Controls include Volume, a low-pass filter with a 3-position Q switch for each pickup, and a pickup selector switch. Hardware includes Hipshot Ultralight tuners and an Alembic bridge.
The Alembic Stanley Clarke Signature Deluxe 5-string bass is expected near the end of the year with a price of $9,999. For more info, check out the Alembic website.
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Alembic Stanley Clarke Signature Deluxe 5-string Bass Specs:
- Series I 5-string
- Tuned EADGC (.090-.075-.060-.035-.025)
- Indian Rosewood top and back
- Wide Maple accent laminate
- Vermilion body
- Maple, Vermilion, and Ebony short scale (30.75˝) neck
- Ebony fingerboard 1.68 x 2.68
- Mother of pearl lotus flower inlays
- Red side LEDs
- Small 2+3 Crown peghead with inlaid logo
- Hipshot Ultralight tuners
- Continuous wood backplates
- Stereo Output
- SC-1 with hx pickups