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Michael Delacerda (dela217)
Junior
Username: dela217

Post Number: 29
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 3:11 am:   Edit Post

This is my Guild that was modified by Alembic in the early 70's. It has a superfilter for each pickup.

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Charles "David" Tichenor (alembic76407)
Member
Username: alembic76407

Post Number: 61
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 5:46 am:   Edit Post

Do all the knobs do something?, It would take me two week to find a sound with all those knobs!!!
Michael Delacerda (dela217)
Junior
Username: dela217

Post Number: 31
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 6:33 am:   Edit Post

David - Yep all those knobs do DRASTIC things to the sound of this bass. It really is amazing that this bass will produce low frequencies that cannot be heard. If you look at the bass the top row of knobs closest to the bridge are for the neck pickup. The bottom set closer to the edge of the bass are for the bridge pickup. They sort of go like this: Volume knob, Hi,Low and band pass knob, tone knob, filter blend knob, and ammount of rolloff knob. That is the easiest way to explain it without playing around with it. The filters in this bass will produce lows that will actually make you nauseated. I love it!
Michael Delacerda (dela217)
Junior
Username: dela217

Post Number: 32
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 6:36 am:   Edit Post

Oops, I forgot to mention the two knobs on the horn. One is a pickup selector, and the other is a master volume. There is also front mounted trim pots on the bass for preamp gain as well as a stereo/mono switch.
Charles "David" Tichenor (alembic76407)
Member
Username: alembic76407

Post Number: 62
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post

That makes my brain hurt
Paul Lindemans (palembic)
Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 61
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2002 - 5:11 am:   Edit Post

Talking about "tweeking" ....jeeeez!
Maybe you should plug this bass direct in a power amp with just a volume knob? You would not possibly put trough an equalizer?
Paul
Nick Oslander (nikkij)
New
Username: nikkij

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - 9:00 pm:   Edit Post

Uh, hi there Mr. Delacerda....

I am a fellow Guild Starfire Bass II owner. What year is yours? Was it custom made or standard issue? What pickups do you have on yours?

In 1968, Guild made Jack Casady's Yggsdrasil. Not too many know this, but a second one like Yggsdrasil was made by Guild. I am the owner of that one, since 1970!! I have spoken to Ron Wickersham a while back about mine. I just haven't had the money to Alembicise it, which will be done eventually. I have done some custom work to it, however.My custom Guild Starfire II bass

I can tell you the story of how it came into being and my ownership another time. You may see more at the band site, www.alia.com, and my page at www.alia.com/nikki.htm

Have a great day!
Michael Delacerda (dela217)
Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 61
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 7:24 am:   Edit Post

Nick,
I like these old basses. I would love to see some better pics of yours. You know, detail shots and such. Anyway, the bass I own was purchased by a friend of mine new in 1971 or 1972 as a brand new Guild Starfire. He purchased it so that Alembic could do their magic on it. As soon as he got it, he brought it to Alembic. A real Jack fan. He never even got the chance to really play it as a stock Starfire. He had them completely redo the electronics where they changed out the pickups from the original Guild ones to the Alembic trapezoidal type. They also installed two onboard pre-amps to boost the signal. With this, 2 superfilters were installed. One for each pickup. It was set up so that it all could be powered by the external power supply that Alembic made at the time. It is wired as stereo, but a stero/mono switch is installed in case it needs to be used with a regualr 1/4 in cord and using the onboard 8.6 volt batteries. Which are quite hard to find by the way. I think their only real use these days is that those batteries are still used in portable telemetry machines for hospitals.

The bass still plays beautifully, and I sometimes think about upgrading some of the hardware some day. Bridge, tailpiece, etc.. My gut instinct tells me to leave it alone. I bought it from him about 5 or so years ago.
Nick Oslander (nikkij)
New
Username: nikkij

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 19, 2002 - 8:36 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, Mike...

Thanks for the info on your Guild.

Bummer on the batteries! Time to upgrade on them. I'm surprised 9v batteries weren't used. When mine had the pre-amp setup that was installed by Matt Kastner of "The Morning" (and who still has and plays his original Guild Thunderbird six-string). I replaced the pre-amp about 20 years ago when it started screwing up. I haven't been able to raise the required funds to have Alembic properly do it over, but I'm working on that. I really don't want just anyone working on it, as I'm admittedly not electronics savvy. I also replaced one of the original Guild/Hagstrom pickups with a Gibson Humbucker, which makes for some very interesting sounds. The Guild/Hagstrom died. I'd like to find another one of those to replace it. I machined out my own tailpiece, but it doesn't look nice. I replaced the wimpy Schaller tuning pegs with the biggest ones Schaller makes. Waited eight months for them to come from Germany...they are gold plated.

As soon as I set up my scanner, I'll send more pics, as I have to scan some pics for web pages that I am in the process of writing. I also own a limited edition Rickenbacker, of which I like the sound. You can see it on our page www.alia.com, my page at www.alia.com/nikki.htm

Also, I did enjoy the stereo feature, but when I had the quickie re-wire done, I eliminated that, as I had built a rack mount component amp and speaker system. I still have my rack, but when I eventually play live again, I'll buil a new speaker system. I was running four 15 inchers and two 18 inchers, which I think I crossed over at 60hz. Right now, I'm just running through an Ampeg B100R, which has one 15 incher, and will do for now.

The Guild is a part of my soul. I'll never let it go!

I'll catch you soon. Have a great day!

Nick
nikkij
New
Username: nikkij

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 4:43 pm:   Edit Post

Uh, hi all.....

Sorry, been away, busy, and had my right ear operated on December 5th of 2005, and am still recovering from it. Am now trying to catch up.

OK....am looking for a Guild/Hagstrom pickup lick the original one on mine, as I want to now replace the Humbucker that I replaced my original Guild one with. Also, am considering putting Rickenbacker electronics in it, as I think the resulting sounds would be quite amazing. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

As always, have a great day!!

Nick
edwin
Intermediate Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 133
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 5:58 pm:   Edit Post

I would suggest a Dark Star pickup. It's the modern equivalent of the Guild/Hagstrom. Check out http://www.basspickup.com/


As far as electronics go, are you referring to active or passive? As far as I know, Ricks are passive and excepting the stereo circuit, aren't really that different from standard circuits. I like Bartolini, if you aren't going to spring for Alembic (which would be my first choice in this scenario). Maybe passive stereo outs with to a Superfilter?

HTH
Edwin
nikkij
New
Username: nikkij

Post Number: 6
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, February 20, 2006 - 2:31 pm:   Edit Post

Uh, hi there, Edwin...

I want to thank you for the info you relayed to me regarding my pickup situation. Putting Ricky pickups in would be interesting, but would mean cutting open space for them, and I don't want anymore holes put in my darling! I want my Guild sound INTACT, but with BEEF! (Uh, where's the beef??) Strings make a difference in sound, also. I think I threw out the old pickup when I replaced it with the Humbucker. I'll have to look to see if I still have it. It will probably be a good idea to replace my other original Hagstrom p/u with a pair of Dark Star ones, as I like what I see. The only reason I haven't Alembicised my Guild yet is lack of $$$$, of course. Also, I must personally deliver it and pick it up, which I also can't afford right now. It needs to be done desperately. I'm working on it still, and won't give up.

I'll have to post new pics soon of it, and my Rick, since I finally bought a digital camera.

Thanks, and have a great day, catch you again soon!

Nick
57basstra
Advanced Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 374
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 6:25 pm:   Edit Post

Has there every been a hollowbody (or semihollowbody) alembic? Thanks..
edwin
Intermediate Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 173
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 8:49 am:   Edit Post

Most series basses (or maybe every one of them) are semi hollow. The body wings are hollow and attached to the solid neck.

So, I guess the answer is yes!

Edwin
jseitang
Intermediate Member
Username: jseitang

Post Number: 173
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 8:58 am:   Edit Post

my series II is a solidbody!
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 755
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 9:01 am:   Edit Post

I'm fairly certain my Series II is a solid body. I weights a ton.
fc_spoiler
Advanced Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 366
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 9:56 am:   Edit Post

I played this one and it's hollow, you can see it in the picture of the controls cavity.
groovelines
Advanced Member
Username: groovelines

Post Number: 377
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2006 - 10:54 am:   Edit Post

This one looks like it might have a chambered body to reduce weight. Good catch FC. Alembic will construct an instrument with chambered bodies at the customer's request. Even then, I would consider it a "semi-hollow body".
nikkij
New
Username: nikkij

Post Number: 7
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2008 - 5:50 pm:   Edit Post

Hi all!!!

Sorry it's been a while!!

New web addresses: www.alia.us.com
www.myspace.com/nikki_j_69
www.myspace.com/aliatheband

My Guild has been redone electronically, at last!!! New DarkStar pickups from Fred Hammon at Hammon Engineering, and new passive electronics done by Jim Mouradian of Mouradian Guitar in Cambridge, Mass. This bass is now absolutely AWESOME!!!! You can see the new pics on my personal MySpace page, listed above!!

Have a GREAT day!!! More soon!!

:-)
12stringwilson
Junior
Username: 12stringwilson

Post Number: 11
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post

Out of extreme curiosity....
I own a 1967 Guild Starfire bass. It has the original Hagstrom bisonic pickup (one) in the bridge postion.

Can you guys at Alembic still modify Starfires liek the above? If so, I would love to talk to someone about getting mine done. Let me know.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7342
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 3:36 pm:   Edit Post

You should give Mica or Susan a call. If I recall correctly, the best time is between 10:00 and 4:00 PST.
sparechaynge
New
Username: sparechaynge

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 6:20 pm:   Edit Post

Does any one know what all the knobs on Jack's original Bass did? Is it possible to replicate his tones with aftermarket parts?
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9430
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 04, 2010 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Syd, welcome to the board. If you run a site search (top right corner of page) there have been a number of threads on Jack's bass and tone. Also, check out this current thread on Jack's bass.
markthemuscleshark
New
Username: markthemuscleshark

Post Number: 7
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Monday, May 30, 2011 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post

Okay, here's what you do with a bass like that. Turn every knob all the way up, do the same for your amp, and proceed to rock out! Nah, not really. That thing is awesome, though, I bet you can get tons of sounds from it.

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