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Just saw that Skip is going to be playing Phil's iconic Alembic bass, featured in The Grateful Dead Movie, "Mission Control", on the upcoming shows in Los Angeles and San Diego. The first time this bass will hit the stage since Phil stopped playing it. Such a great honor and I'm sure it will be a thrill for Skip, I hope he blasts the house with many bombs 😃

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FAMILY INSTRUMENT ALERT #2: Phil Lesh’s historic bass ‘Mission Control’ joins us on stage at House of Blues San Diego Feb 21 & The Wiltern in LA on Feb 22! 

The story behind one of the most technically decorated and carefully crafted bass instruments in music history is one of true Grateful Dead lore. As one of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s most iconic instruments, ‘Mission Control’ was built at Alembic by luthier Rick Turner in 1973 not just for, but as part of, The Wall of Sound.  Featured in The Grateful Dead Movie, this instrument was on stage with the Grateful Dead from 1974 until 1979.  Shortly after Phil stopped playing her in 1980, she was gutted of her pickups and lost for 40 years, she has been found and restored and is ready to be heard again.

After being out of public view for nearly four decades, the bass landed in the hands of Jason Scheuner, Deadhead and Artist Liason for Telefunken. “We are thrilled to be the new custodian of the most significant bass guitar in Rock n Roll History!  The Rick Turner/Alembic/Phil Lesh “Mission Control” bass, aka “Osage Orange”, aka “The Omega”. It was important to us that it go to a Deadhead, it has and now can be shared with the world. Dark Star Orchestra was the obvious choice to debut the stage return of this historic instrument, and will be played by DSO's very own Skip Vangelas.” To complete the final steps of the restoration to get the instrument back to create its quality, stage-ready sound, Scheuner continues, “Rick Turner will be flying down to San Diego to complete the final step of the restoration before the first show.  The neck and bridge pickups removed some 40 years ago have now been found and recovered (from Fred Hammon of Dark Star Pickups) and will be installed to complete the restoration of this historic instrument.”

The instrument’s creator Rick Turner states "The return of the prodigal bass!  ‘Mission Control’ is likely the ultimate four string electric bass as a combination of lutherie and electronics.  She disappeared decades ago having been frightfully abused, but she lives again!  I'm so happy to have been the luthier who built her and to be participating in the restoration to stage ready."

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From DSO FB page 

 

FAMILY INSTRUMENT ALERT #2: Phil Lesh’s historic bass ‘Mission Control’ joins us on stage at House of Blues San Diego Feb 21 & The Wiltern in LA on Feb 22! 

The story behind one of the most technically decorated and carefully crafted bass instruments in music history is one of true Grateful Dead lore. As one of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh’s most iconic instruments, ‘Mission Control’ was built at Alembic by luthier Rick Turner in 1973 not just for, but as part of, The Wall of Sound.  Featured in The Grateful Dead Movie, this instrument was on stage with the Grateful Dead from 1974 until 1979.  Shortly after Phil stopped playing her in 1980, she was gutted of her pickups and lost for 40 years, she has been found and restored and is ready to be heard again.

After being out of public view for nearly four decades, the bass landed in the hands of Jason Scheuner, Deadhead and Artist Liason for Telefunken. “We are thrilled to be the new custodian of the most significant bass guitar in Rock n Roll History!  The Rick Turner/Alembic/Phil Lesh “Mission Control” bass, aka “Osage Orange”, aka “The Omega”. It was important to us that it go to a Deadhead, it has and now can be shared with the world. Dark Star Orchestra was the obvious choice to debut the stage return of this historic instrument, and will be played by DSO's very own Skip Vangelas.” To complete the final steps of the restoration to get the instrument back to create its quality, stage-ready sound, Scheuner continues, “Rick Turner will be flying down to San Diego to complete the final step of the restoration before the first show.  The neck and bridge pickups removed some 40 years ago have now been found and recovered (from Fred Hammon of Dark Star Pickups) and will be installed to complete the restoration of this historic instrument.”

The instrument’s creator Rick Turner states "The return of the prodigal bass!  ‘Mission Control’ is likely the ultimate four string electric bass as a combination of lutherie and electronics.  She disappeared decades ago having been frightfully abused, but she lives again!  I'm so happy to have been the luthier who built her and to be participating in the restoration to stage ready."

 

My day has been made......so fricking cool!!

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