Phil Lesh. Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. 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. He briefly played a Gibson EB-3 before diving headfirst into modded gear. Bill Kreutzmann. Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. The one dots on the top part are actually buttons but I don't know what they did. Phil Lesh on bass and vocals Grahame Lesh on guitar and vocals Jason Crosby on keyboards Ross James on guitar and vocals Alex Koford on drums and vocals. Serial Number 74 00008. mind. 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. Follow This Thread Bookmark Bookmark with Email Notifications Do not follow Thread Order Oldest First Newest First Pagination Show 10 comments per page Show 25 comments per page Show 50 comments per page Show all comments on one page Share; Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Back to Forum. Lesh finally put the guitar away for good in 1980 when it was gutted for pickups and parts and lost for 40 years, but now it’s back and restored to its former glory thanks to the guitar’s current owner Jason Scheuner. Phil plays the root B on the first beat of each pattern (i.e., downbeat of mm. Phil likes it because of its versatility for bass tone modification. Phil Lesh's iconic "Mission Control" bass will return to the stage for two California Dark Star Orchestra shows this month, after the guitar was gutted and lost for nearly 40 years. Jerry Garcia. Tom Constanten . In this ruthlessly honest bestseller, the bass player for the greatest improvisational band in American history tells the full, true story of his life, Jerry Garcia, and the Grateful Dead. Phil Lesh's began playing the trumpet when he was fourteen years old, having grown up being exposed to jazz greats such as John Coltrane and Miles Davis. The clip comes from The Grateful Dead Movie and captures Lesh in a moment of pure audiophile bliss. Lesh’s amplification and effects use runs in concert with his ever evolving use of the bass itself. The ever-evolving and greatly loved Levitate Music & Arts Festival is proud to announce the 2020 lineup for its eighth annual event happening July 10-12, 2020. As the ‘Dead’s live sound evolved, so did Lesh… Phil Lesh. The Rick Turner/Alembic/Phil Lesh ‘Mission Control’ bass, aka ‘Osage Orange,’ aka ‘The Omega,'” added Scheuner. All Rights Reserved. 2 and 6). Band Member: Phil Lesh. Vangelas will play “Mission Control” on Friday, February 21 at the House Of Blues San Diego and on Saturday, February 22 at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. You can get close to that sound by using a short scale bass with a rack mount Alembic Superfilters (SF-2). The show was originally built as being Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, and Jason Crosby. This is a very cool and unique bass tone. 'Phil,' he said, 'this is your bass. Otherwise, bass notes on downbeats are scarce. Luthier: Doug Irwin; Client: Phil Lesh; Date: Circa 1970s; Medium: Dimensions: Length: 2 Responses Michael says: October 20, 2019 at 1:48 pm Masterpiece. Bob Weir. Phil Lesh. I can’t wait to hear her in her full glory with Dark Star Orchestra in San Diego & Los Angeles next week!”. He also played on "Box of Rain", a song from American Beauty, and on "Greatest Story Ever Told" from Bob Weir's solo album Ace. This is a very cool and unique bass tone. Rick Turner built “Mission Control” at Alembic in 1973 when the Dead were constructing the ill-fated Wall of Sound. We spent about twenty minutes discussing everything from bass strings to the challenges – and joys – of raising sons. Neck pick up, Bridge pick up, Quad pick up (individual output for each string), Played at Grateful Dead’s return from hiatus show (by invitation only) at GAMH 1975, Played at GD’s most famous show 5-8-77 Barton Hall, Cornell University, Played at the Great Pyramid in Egypt Sept. 1978 and Closing of Winterland 1978, Played at first performance of the Grateful Dead at MSG in NYC 1979. Band Member: Phil Lesh. The first leg of the band’s spring tour begins on March 27th at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC. Tom Constanten. ‘Mission Control’ is likely the ultimate four string electric bass as a combination of lutherie and electronics. 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