Post Number: 1
|Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 1:41 pm: |
I just had a local luthier here in Kansas city replace the Ovals in my Series One Bass with Abalone it looks great. I bought it new from a local dealer in 1986. I noticed some years ago that the inlays where coming loose, on further inspection I noticed that the where not mother of pearl but a cheap imitation. I called alembic at the time and they where questioning me as to weather this was indeed a series one bass, I told them that it was. My question is why would alembic on such a fine instrument put cheap oval inlays in this particular bass. Is it possible that the music store ordered it like that.
Post Number: 418
|Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 9:23 pm: |
Alembic does do custom basses so I guess it is possible that the store from which you purchased your bass ordered plastic but I find that very hard to believe. The people at Alembic take an exceptional amount of pride in their work and I can't believe that either Susan or Mica would want a Series I out there with plastic inlays.
Post Number: 3661
|Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 11:22 pm: |
I know it's not a series bass but when I had a local luthier put an inlay into the 12th fret on my europa he told me that he was surprised to discover that it was a plastic inlay.
Post Number: 2136
|Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 - 12:56 am: |
I think they all are..I think you have to state what type you want when you order
Post Number: 3663
|Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 - 1:33 am: |
Ryord, welcom to the forum, I just took a look at the quote generator to see what the current situation is regarding the ovals. It looks like all have Mother of pearl by default these days except the Rogue and Essence. So maybe, like Terry indicates the earlier models had MOP as an option.
Any chance of you posting a photo of your bass on the forum. It's always good to see what alembics new members have.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 - 9:52 am: |
Here it is, 1985 Series one. What a great instrument.
Post Number: 3664
|Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:40 am: |
They are great instruments I got my first series bass only last year and it is very rewarding to play. Thanks for sharing the picture. :-)
Post Number: 8033
|Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 - 1:47 pm: |
Series I and II basses and guitars have never had plastic ovals as the default inlays. I suppose one could have custom ordered such a thing in the 1980s. I guess someone could have installed them in error.
The pearloid ovals first appeared on the Spoiler basses, as one of the ways to reduce the cost. The original material was ground up mother of pearl in epoxy and was pretty nice looking for the cost savings. Later, the supplier changed the material (without notice of course!) and it aged quickly, went totally clear and you could see the glue underneath.
Later we changed to all mother of pearl or abalone inlay materials since none of the models were made to be "economy" styles. The lower priced ones in our line now simply have no inlays as the default.
Glad you're enjoying your bass!
Post Number: 1189
|Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 - 7:13 pm: |
I was fairly certain that my Orion and Skylark had Mother of Plastic inlays. I guess they were fancier than I knew.