John Entwistle of the Who designed his Explorer-style bass with Alembic. It featured eight strings. Each of the standard four bass strings were octave higher. The bass featured the company’s signature figured maple and walnut woods in a laminated construction, and the spiderweb body inlays reference the song “Boris the Spider” from the Who’s A Quick One (1966). Entwistle played his bass on “Trick of the Light” from Who Are You (1978) and “You” from Face Dances (1981). At live performances. His bass was so loud that the band and road crew would move away from his side of the stage. The LED lights on the neck illuminated the frets when the stage was dark.
This Alembic 8 String Spyder Bass is #5 of 25 made by Alembic, circa 2002.