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niholl
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Username: niholl

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 6:09 am:   Edit Post

I have had this bass for 15 years. It comes in its original case with 'The Jackson 5' stencilled on the lid and a Jackson catalog number J5 A01 scratched into the brass back-plate.Further history and information on this bass would be appreciated!!
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1281
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 7:08 am:   Edit Post

Cool!! Welcome to the forum... we love pictures around here. If you have any and would like to share them, we'd love to see them.

Be patient with the serial number search. They are paper files in the office in Santa Rosa and looking them up is on a long list of things that Mica does. It normally takes awhile.
elwoodblue
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1189
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 11:01 am:   Edit Post

Welcome niholl,

You've come to the right place, can't wait to see pictures of #77...there is a showcase section, you should start a thread there for discussion and possible info from other members.
I bet she's a joy to play.
jack
Advanced Member
Username: jack

Post Number: 273
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 03, 2011 - 2:15 pm:   Edit Post

Interesting. Is it the bass halfway down this page with Jermaine Jackson?

http://alembic.com/club/messages/449/16498.html?1104886223
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 867
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, March 04, 2011 - 5:07 am:   Edit Post

Sounds like you have Jermaine jacksons old alembic Bass, back then lots of artists prefered fender basses & didnt hold on to their alembics for long .......so wait for mica to chime in with info on the bass because you might own a peice of musical History there!....my alembic was once owned by the guy from the Group 'Blue Oyster Cult' & was used on the recording "Godzilla".in the early 70,s
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 875
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 6:31 am:   Edit Post

Nigel do you have pics you can post? or do think this bass pic below is the one?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7905
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 6:08 pm:   Edit Post

Found the scant information that is typical of records this old. Here's all I know:

serial number: 74-77
model number: LSB4
top: Bird's-eye Maple
body: Walnut
back: Bird's-eye maple
neck: Walnut (light wood not identified)
peghead veneers: Walnut
originally made for: LD Heater (our distributor at the time)
birthday: not recorded

There is a note that my mom hand delivered this bass (and probably others the same day). We would drive up to Oregon once in a while to drop things off. I remember those long drives even though I was only 4 years old when this bass was completed.

There is no record of Jermaine Jackson's ownership, but the photograph does match the description well and it looks the right age.

The light colored wood in the neck is likely to be either Birch or Maple.
niholl
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Username: niholl

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 - 1:57 am:   Edit Post

> Thanks Mica. Did the bass ship with an Alembic Hard Case? When I got the bass, it had 'Jackson 5' stencilled on the case ( and J5A01 scratched into the backplate which I presume means Jackson 5 Alembic 01). Whilst none of this is positive proof of identification in itself I would say all this info (plus the photograph which was posted which is definitely the bass I own) points very much to the bass having once been owned by Jermaine.
niholl
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Username: niholl

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, January 25, 2013 - 2:00 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Mica. Did the bass ship with an Alembic Hard Case? When I got the bass, it had 'Jackson 5' stencilled on the case ( and J5A01 scratched into the backplate which I presume means Jackson 5 Alembic 01). Whilst none of this is
positive proof of identification in itself I would say all this info (plus the photograph which was posted which is definitely the bass I own) points very much to the bass having once been owned by Jermaine.
dougv
Junior
Username: dougv

Post Number: 12
Registered: 7-2012
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 - 4:31 am:   Edit Post

Wonderful instrument!
Why not ask Jermaine Jacksun? (Wikipedia says he's changing his name to this.)
Players may not remember every P bass they ever wore out, but I bet they don't forget an Alembic.
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 1026
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 11:41 am:   Edit Post

jermain did indeed own this bass & brother Tito owned a seriesI guitar (J5A02).http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/95060.html?1300073938

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