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Username: actual_size

Post Number: 9
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 9:39 am:   Edit Post

I very much enjoy reading about and seeing all the photographs of your beautiful basses. I thought I would share mine. I hope you enjoy.

I bought my first Alembic bass form Edwin van Huik's Bass Connection late last year. When it arrived, although stunning, it was in need of some long overdue maintenance. So, with the excellent information I discovered on this forum, and my limited experience in instrument building, I carefully went about addressing the basses issues. The attached photos, as you all know, do not do these wonderful basses justice.

There were extra strap button holes in the neck heel and the upper horn. I filled, sealed and blended them with the existing finish. The repairs are not completely undetectable, but are significantly better than the holes as they existed.

The bridge was on backwards when it arrived. It was completely disassembled, cleaned, oiled (Break Free CLP) and polished (Flitz). Then reinstalled the right way round, set the string height and intonation. It intonates perfectly all the way up to the 24th fret.

The fretboard was quite grungy. So it was thoroughly cleaned and treated with 100% pure lemon oil I purchased from a local GNC shop.

The truss rod cover was scratched and had a good amount of the poly coat worn away. It was stripped, sanded to 2000 grit, buffed and polished (Flitz). I have not yet decided if I will respray it with any sort of poly coat.

The battery cavity received an new foam rubber holder (a cut to size Jazz Bass mute).

It was a fantastic bass when it first arrived, but it now plays as if it were brand new.

body cu 2
body cu 1
body back 1
body back 2
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5733
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 12:28 pm:   Edit Post

Gorgeous! The wood seems to have an inner glow!

Bill, the guitar one
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Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 298
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 1:00 pm:   Edit Post

Very Very Nice!!! She's a keeper and now in good hands.
Username: actual_size

Post Number: 10
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 3:33 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Pete. A definite keeper indeed. I'm very fortunate to have it.

The wood does have a depth to it. It has ambered and aged beautifully over its 26 year lifespan.
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 49
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 8:01 pm:   Edit Post

Looks beautiful, Steven. You did a nice job sprucing it up. Enjoy!!!

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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3994
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, May 04, 2014 - 11:56 pm:   Edit Post

A superb looking bass bass Steven. Do you know what the extra switch and led light is for? I presume it's not for fretboard LED's as there is no large battery cavity on the back.

Oh by the way, what do you think of the way it sounds?

Username: actual_size

Post Number: 11
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 7:56 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Jazzyvee. It looks even better in person.

The extra switch and led is essentially an on/off switch. It allows you to remain plugged in without draining the battery. From what I was able to find out, there seems to be a disproportionate number of this switch configuration on EVH basses. The connection with it being on my bass may be that I bought it from Edwin van Huik in the Netherlands. And, it was originally built for export to Kenman, Switzerland in 1988. Speculation on my part.

The sound is singular and incredible. I'm still getting used to the way the unique tone controls function. One of the most amazing things to me is the endless variety of sounds this bass is capable of producing. It is a challenging bass to play in that the pickups are quite acute and accurate. They not only beautifully amplify the bass itself but any imperfection in your playing. I will, I think, ultimately be a better bass player for it.


Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1980
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3998
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 1:48 pm:   Edit Post

One thing I notice from the wiring is that there is no ferrite bead. It may be that one was not needed on your bass but they are included in my 2002 signature bass and it may be worth just knowing about it in case you experience issues with noise at some point.

Check out this link for further information it has a couple of follow on links about the ferrite bead
Username: actual_size

Post Number: 12
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 3:45 pm:   Edit Post

I haven't noticed any noise as of yet. I will certainly keep this in mind if it should become an issue. Thank you very much for the information jazzyvee.

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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1140
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 4:15 pm:   Edit Post

Oooo wee!
Looks great.
Nice job!
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2144
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 4:25 pm:   Edit Post

NICE job, Steven. It's amazing how many things you can do to one of these so that you don't have to send it back to Cali.

You've done better than I did at first. I promptly took the bridge completely apart when I bought the BigRedBass used, did the polish/BreakFree workup, and installed it backwards !

As for the BreakFree, you might (although I'm sure you may have already done this) want to put a drop in the three Allen screws in the adjustable nut. BreakFree is really good about 'sweat proofing' all the little tiny electric guitar screws (it's the ONLY thing to use for Floyds!).

And wonder of wonders, the pickup screws in are in properly, for once.

And oh yes, you will hear LOTS of things you never heard before. These things can be brutally honest, but they will make you a better player. Not a lot of basses include that as standard equipment. . . .

J o e y
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3352
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 5:43 pm:   Edit Post

Nice Bass!
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 1220
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, May 05, 2014 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

Hard to believe that bass is 26 years old, it looks brand new! Congratulations & great job refurbishing it!
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Username: enzo

Post Number: 391
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 5:13 pm:   Edit Post

But that's not the… actual size…right? ;)
Username: actual_size

Post Number: 13
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 7:57 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the comments and further tips.

I cleaned on the outside, but did not disassemble the nut and clean inside. I t looked to be in good shape. I will definitely do that now. Thanks Joey.

I found some older images of this bass. The pickups are not original. Apparently the neck pickup was changed first. Then the bridge pickup.

Two more pics if you can stand it:

The first one shows the condition of the truss rod cover before refurbishing.

The second one shows the position of the different placement of the strap button.

bass front
bass back
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1359
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 - 3:56 pm:   Edit Post

Your bass looks awesome - great to hear the story of how much work you put into refurbishing it!

And you never have to apologize for more photos!

I like these early Stanley Clarke models with the signature on the headstock.

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