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fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2006 - 8:45 am:   Edit Post

Hi there! this is the Alembic Spoiler thats in my
collection since 1998
for more pictures go to: WWW.FCBASS.TK
spoiler
head
head back
Hope you Freaks like it!
Here's a picture of the Spoiler I used to own...
this one is from 1983
Spoiler 1983
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 2
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

Here are sum Live pics.
Live 1
live 2
fc_spoiler
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

and a picture of the back...
back
richbass939
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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 630
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006 - 5:18 pm:   Edit Post

FC,
Nice looking Spoiler, cool gig pics, and welcome to the club. I'm sure you'll get some comments about the headstock.
Rich
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 4
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, May 12, 2006 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

Thanx, I won't have to worry about the DEA,i'm from Holland
I'm not sure if I will take this bass when we are doing a US tour... -> joking offcourse, i could not survive being separated with my baby for so long!
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 10
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 1:24 pm:   Edit Post

Hi everyone! I was bidding on a Alembic Elan on E-Bay last week. I was overbid by E 110 ($110) but the seller offered me the bass for E 1000 1 day later. After some research and help from clubmembers speicky and albrecht it turned out to be a hoax!
A year ago I bought A 1983 spoiler on ebay for E 1146, (sadly not in my collection anymore)I payed in advance and everything went well. Now I've learned that a hoax like this is easy to set up, so please be carefull out there!!!
speicky
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Username: speicky

Post Number: 127
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Saturday, May 27, 2006 - 1:58 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, FC,

did ya do some kick a** in Germany tonite ???... LOL ! I missed to comment your Spoiler and gig pics with all the past trouble ! Really, really cool. Well, I own a 1983 Spoiler since last year. Just wondered if you were the previous owner, but that would be a way too much constructed story to be true... Just as life !

Take care (and play loud !)

Christian (the faker)
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 11
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 8:39 am:   Edit Post

Hidiho! I got that 1983 Spoiler from Germany on feb. 22 2005 and swapped it in dec. 2005 for a Gibson ripper fretless. I just could resist, the Alembic was very worn out and had bad electronics. It was a great bass to play and I think it would be simple to fix the electronics though. But i'm also very happy with my (new) Ripper.
My next Alembic will be an Elan I think and will be second hand for financial reasons. Still searching ebay for some real sellers.
Will be visiting Germany very soon, my sister lives in in Epe (Gronou)
Cheers!
F.C.
p.s. I will look for more pictures of the 1983 Spoiler, there must be some 'Gig'pics. somewhere
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 12
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

I forgot: serial number of the 1983 Spoiler: 83S2433 If it will be for sale ever let me know
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 15
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, June 09, 2006 - 3:38 pm:   Edit Post

Here's another picture of the 1983 Spoiler, it was still on the site of the store I bought it from: www.basscenter.de
Alembic Spoiler 83S2433
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 93
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 4:22 pm:   Edit Post

Hi guys!
I have an confession to make....
I haven't been honest with you guys.... (and Girls of course)
I'm a bit too emotional right now , will post explanation later....
cheers
fc
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 100
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 3:42 am:   Edit Post

Ok guys (and grlz) here's my confession...
Sometimes when you're young, you say some
things which you regret when you're growing
older and wiser.
I once said "My next Alembic will be an Elan" ...
this was a lie... I got a Spoiler today!
Oh yes, me = multiAlembic owner again!
I swapped my Jazz Bass for a 1983 solid Koa Spoiler.
Serial # 83S2674, so it's not the one I previous owned.
Please check the Spoiler showcase, pictures will be there soon!
here's an appatizer:

83S2674 SMB4 Spoiler Bass
body: solid Koa
neck: Maple, 32" medium scale
fingerboard: Ebony
peghead veneers: Koa
originally made for: Musik Instrumenté
birthday: May 17, 1983

Cheers!
F.C.
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 103
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 7:18 am:   Edit Post

Now here's a happy guy:


The pictures of my "new" spoiler are posted, Please, click here
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 600
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, August 03, 2007 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

Hah! New pictures :-)



With the gold tuners from my '83 Spoiler:


8teven
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Post Number: 10
Registered: 1-2010
Posted on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 11:21 am:   Edit Post

you got some clean alembics nice! i hope i can own some like that!!
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1048
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 12:08 am:   Edit Post

Thanx!
I had the same dream, anything is possible ;-)

Here are some recent pics of my current situation:

'83 Spoiler:

'88 Spoiler

'90 Elan

'06 Orion Fretless, neck through:

And the one non Alembic (with Alembic pickups/electronics)
'91 Fender Prodigy, renamed "Fembic" :-)


And watch the Elan showcase this spring/summer, I forsee a brand new thread there :-)
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4295
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post

Hey Flip, I love that little extra added to the '83 headstock!

Bill, tgo
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 330
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

good to see you have a Graffix sticker like Newsted's, getting one for the new custom as well? ;-)

~Taylor
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 6583
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 2:07 pm:   Edit Post

I don't know if we talked about this before, but I think this bass is actually Bocate.
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1052
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 2:20 pm:   Edit Post

I'm not shure if it was on the club or in a personal mail, but you did mention it some time ago ;-)
I think the serial number is 88S4710, it's extremely faint though...

@ Bill: that's the '88, the '83 is the black one ;-)

@ Taylor: fortunately, due to the altered electronics setup compared to Jason's bass (in original config) there's no room for the UKCUF sticker, there will be a Graffix sticker on it after I've send it back to Alembic for the Series II upgrade. :-)
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 332
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 5:55 pm:   Edit Post

Flip, it may sound so good as is that no upgrade is needed ;-), i'm sure it will sound awesome as is and will be monstrous once the upgrade happens, can't wait for that showcase either

~Taylor
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1116
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 8:22 am:   Edit Post

From the misc. section:

"I just bought a complete and brand new Hardware set for my first ('88) Spoiler to celebrate :-)
It came up on the used market over here (not the set from eBay, this is a complete set with Schallers, the bird tailpiece, bridge + bridgeblock (!), nut and all the mounting stuff. I will post a picture/info in the showcase section"

The hardware on my Spoiler is in a miserable state...
About ten years ago I polished it and applied a layer of clear powder coating, after some years the hardware started to corrode at some points...

Talk about a nice challenge: Try to remove powder coating...
The only way is to brutally sand it down or to use some nasty chemicals, I’m not sure how brass will react to that…
With this new set I can take my time and see what’s the best way to remove it :-)

Pics:




More pics (also of the old hardware) will follow once I installed it :-)

Annyone interested in the truss rods cover? Shoot me a mail ;-) (address is in my profile)
the_mule
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Username: the_mule

Post Number: 771
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 12:24 am:   Edit Post

Great find Flip!

Wilfred
serialnumber12
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Post Number: 736
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 3:16 am:   Edit Post

Are you gonna drop that sustain block in this baby?.........I would.
serialnumber12
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Post Number: 737
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 3:16 am:   Edit Post

Are you gonna drop that sustain block in that baby?.........I would.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2478
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post

Good luck matching up the A and D tuners!
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1119
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post

Maybe I will use the sustain block for a diy project after I have cleaned up the original hardware, I'm not going to put a router on any of my basses ;-)

The A and D tuner won't be a big problem, I happen to be a quite able metalworker (both in music and in my work) :-)
Maybe I’ll try sanding the upper part of the bracket and the lower part of the other bracket so they slide over each other, leaving the holes intact.
I have access to some need CNC equipment and can work with a tolerance of 0,1 mm.

The set should arrive Saturday or Monday, stay tuned :-)
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2482
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 1:11 pm:   Edit Post

Ooooo, sounds like you may just outdo the experts on this one.

Enjoy Friday!
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1124
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post

Thanx, we had a blast! :-)

The set arrived today :-)

(huge version
Got an old Activator brochure as bonus, I will post scans on the serial number page asap.

Brand new (never used) bridge and bird:

(huge version)

Strings alignment looks fine:

(huge version)
(even with the first (highest) string fitted properly on the bridge saddle )
This bass is normally tuned ADGC hence the gigantic strings, for now I have it tuned BEAD to practice some low B chops in preparation for the new kid :-)

Unfortunately the new nut is too narrow:

(huge version)

The old bird:

(huge version)

(huge version)

Old bridge:

(huge version)

Most of the stains are under the powdercoating, you can’t feel them if you rub your fingers over it…

I will take the “new” bridge apart this weekend and give it some tlc (there's some corrosion), for now I leave the bird as is (it has the factory coating on it)
I only changed the ears of the top two Schallers for now.

Anyone interested in the nut and/or truss rods cover can shoot me a mail (address is in my profile) I will post exact measurements in the for sale section asap.
The tiny bar that goes under the nut is missing though…

Happy family:


(Message edited by fc_spoiler on May 20, 2010)
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 953
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post

That's a nice Cocobolo Spoiler!

A happy family that hangs out together _______
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1053
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 3:31 pm:   Edit Post

I'm putting together a neck through, if the nut has the correct measurements I'd be tempted.
Otherwise I'll be dremeling and filing a NOS brass Stars guitars nut to fit.
So I gather your keeping the bird tailpiece (?).
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1127
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:10 am:   Edit Post

I will send the exact measurements asap, not sure what I'll do with the old hardware.

I used a heavy belt sander for those poor Schallers, though I may shaved of a tad too much it works! :-)



adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2489
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, May 24, 2010 - 5:23 am:   Edit Post

Brutal!
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1400
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 - 6:52 pm:   Edit Post

More brutality: Youtube link
Playing along with a live version of Sad but true (Metallica)
Tuned ADGC with R.Cocco 130-110-85-70 strings, heavy Alembic bass :-)
that_sustain
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Post Number: 52
Registered: 8-2012
Posted on Saturday, October 06, 2012 - 7:56 pm:   Edit Post

I think I like the black Spoiler the best of all the collection. You play very well, too. Your singer sounds so much like James, btw.

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