Whoever thinks 1970s Specialty Basses, thinks Alembic. The company was founded by as a workshop in the rehearsal room of the Grateful Dead Band near Sam Francisco. Initially the workshop provided help improve the entire sound chain for the band’s live recordings, from instruments to PA. Soon the group was active in sound recording, modifying and repairing guitars and basses, and PA systems.
Not long after Alembic was making guitars and Basses, also for the dead but also open to others. Hence Stanley Clarke and other major bass players came to use the Alembics. One other notable player was John Entwistle from the Who with his signature Explorer Style Alembic.
Level 42s Mark King went on to have his Signature Alembic Bass made too