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darkstar01
Advanced Member
Username: darkstar01

Post Number: 320
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 9:03 pm:   Edit Post

I bought a Distillate that's routed for series electronics a while back, but has signature electronics in it (one of Adam's creations). Anybody know the cost/procedure for getting Series guts put in? Mica? Thanks!

Oh yeah, heres the FTC for the bass, which i guess is an EVH, not a distillate: http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/8795.html
pierreyves
Senior Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 770
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 11:38 pm:   Edit Post

3500 USD ?
hg30904
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Username: hg30904

Post Number: 92
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2011 - 4:32 pm:   Edit Post

A few years ago I considered one of Adam's creations that was at The Low End in TN. It was a medium scale that had Anniversary electronics(?) but was routed for Series electronics. I called Alembic and spoke to Mica. I don't remember the exact figure, but it was between $3500 - $4500 to change over to Series electronics. Almost none of the electronics could be reused. BTW, the upgrade from S1 to S2 was not much more expensive...if done at the same time.
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 899
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 2:31 am:   Edit Post

According to the Quote Generator, upgrading to Series II from Signature is $6400, from Europa/Rogue is $6700; I would think it would be in that range. (Interestingly, going from Sig or R/E to Spoiler does not involve a downcharge)

Peter
gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 352
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

It is also very hard to locate the series pickups and board used. It might take a year of looking.

Dave
oujeebass
Intermediate Member
Username: oujeebass

Post Number: 179
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 5:10 pm:   Edit Post

It has always amazed me about how much those series electronics go for.
darkstar01
Advanced Member
Username: darkstar01

Post Number: 321
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:34 pm:   Edit Post

so from what i've heard it's somewhere from $2500 to $6400. huh. uh, mica?

also, i'm not exactly sure what you mean by that, Dave. i wouldn't just be getting new series guts from Alembic?
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 692
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:44 pm:   Edit Post

I believe he thought you were planning on finding used Series guts and send them with your bass to Alembic to have them installed instead of sending your bass and having them put new stuff in it

~Taylor
darkstar01
Advanced Member
Username: darkstar01

Post Number: 322
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 7:27 pm:   Edit Post

ah, well yeah i'm not doing that. seems like entirely too much work.
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 926
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 7:46 pm:   Edit Post

I would suspect that if you could actually find used Series I guts for sale, that any competent luthier should be able to install them relatively easy (and for that matter, cheaply). The problem would be that you are most likely going to be waiting for several years (if not more) to ever see them for sale. In my humble opinion, your time and money would be better spent on an SF-2, if you don't already own one. It's pretty much the same as buying Series II electronics in a separate unit, and they hold good resale value if you are inclined. One of these combined with on-board Signature electronics would provide an insane amount of flexibility. There would still be the difference in pickups (single coils vs stacked) and the dummy coil, but the SF-2 really is a swiss army knife for tone.
darkstar01
Advanced Member
Username: darkstar01

Post Number: 323
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2011 - 10:36 pm:   Edit Post

yeah, again- not trying to find used series electronics. but good idea on the SF-2. i might just do that.
gtrguy
Advanced Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 355
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, if you could find the series guts used (I managed to for about $800) it would not be that hard to install them, as they are quite modular.
They sound great. I also agree that the SF-1 is the next best thing.

Good Luck,
Dave
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1690
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 1:24 pm:   Edit Post

Differences in older VS new type Series units such 2 plate VS 3 plate requirements in wood routing might make for note worthy consideration if you are ready and able to perform the wood working with clean results. One would need the appropriate cover plates as well.
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 896
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 2:02 pm:   Edit Post

Isn't there electronic adjustment involved? I thought when they installed Series electronics that Ron Wickersham spent time with each individual bass to get it electronically set up properly...
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7244
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 3:06 pm:   Edit Post

I know the bass you have, Austin. I'm pretty sure we took the Series electronics out and put them in another of Adam's basses then changed these to either Signature or Anniversary.

I've sent you an email with a price quote on the electronic mod.

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