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stephenr
Junior
Username: stephenr

Post Number: 20
Registered: 9-2014
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 - 1:19 pm:   Edit Post

Wanted to share a couple of pictures of my 1978 Brazilian Rosewood five-string Series I bass. I have owned this instrument since 1985. It was my second Alembic bass and my first five-string bass.
I mentioned this bass to Mica a couple of years ago during a phone conversation and she told me they have no records in-house about this particular instrument. I also do not have the build sheet.

32" scale
Brazilian Rosewood top and back over Mahogany core
Maple neck with Purpleheart laminates
Ebony fingerboard
Mother of Pearl inlays
Walnut laminates on front and rear of peghead

Still have the original case. The bass has Schaller tuning keys, the original tuning keys appear to have been replaced at some point prior to my acquisition.


full shot front.jpg

alembic body.jpg

alembic back.jpg



case.jpg
musashi
Advanced Member
Username: musashi

Post Number: 235
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Monday, December 15, 2014 - 4:52 pm:   Edit Post

Supercool.
room037
Senior Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 510
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 2:35 am:   Edit Post

Wow ! Nice bass !
Very interested unusual tail piece.
Incredible top and back wood !

I also own small body MSB 5 strings.
My bass set up with Hi-C strings.
Now it is my main bass.
edwardofhuncote
Intermediate Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 132
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 5:39 am:   Edit Post

Wow, now that's one I'd love to try! What a beauty! And even better, that must be one of the earliest 5-strings too.

I'm with Eiji on the unusual tailpiece... it reminds me of the one on this employee-made Europa:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/202968.html?1418031491
artswork99
Moderator
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 2024
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 6:19 am:   Edit Post

Great bass, beautiful!
stephenr
Junior
Username: stephenr

Post Number: 25
Registered: 9-2014
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2014 - 6:15 pm:   Edit Post

The picture gremlins seem to have it out for me. Second time I have posted pictures on the forums here and had them disappear. Going to repost and add external links just in case...

full shot

http://www.stephenramirez.com/web_photos/full%20shot%20front.jpg

body

http://www.stephenramirez.com/web_photos/alembic%20front.jpg

back

http://www.stephenramirez.com/web_photos/alembic%20back.jpg

case

http://www.stephenramirez.com/web_photos/case.jpg
charles_holmes
Advanced Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 377
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post

Awww Man!!!! That is such an amazing looking instrument there! I know that it sounds superb! Congratulations! If there is a 5 string that I'd like to have, it would be that one!
funkyjazzjunky
Senior Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 952
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 5:42 pm:   Edit Post

The rosewood has such depth and beauty. Great looking bass.
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1891
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2015 - 9:37 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like an old Bag End cab back there. I have one of a similar vintage.
stephenr
Junior
Username: stephenr

Post Number: 27
Registered: 9-2014
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post

Yes, it is a early-mid 80s Bag End D10M with JBL E-110 speakers. I used to use it with two single 15 JBL Cabaret series cabinets. It is pretty heavy considering the small size and actually makes for a better guitar cab than bass.

The bass is really nice and holds a lot of sentimental value to me. Wish I could say that it was getting a lot of use but after 25 years of playing 35" scale basses with wider necks I find it really challenging to play a 32" scale bass with a narrow neck. I love the sound of the series electronics, though, and have been reluctant to let it go unless I can replace it with another series bass.
charles_holmes
Advanced Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 379
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

Well If you ever consider selling it please contact me!!! (just sayin') Sometimes I'll bring out my 2 Bag End D10BX-D's to gig with, but since I had a couple of custom 2x10's made in which I can lift both at the same time (& they sound just as good as the Bag Ends) I usually keep em' in the basement and make some noise there.
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1894
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 2:12 pm:   Edit Post

I haven't really figured out what to do with my Bag End cab. It's a double 12 and is really massive. It came with Gauss speakers and doesn't really have the deep sound you might think with such a large cabinet. It's unmovable by myself. But, it was given to me as payment for some mixing and production work I did 20 years ago.

I thought about seeing if I could adapt it to 15s, but it's just slightly too small to enlarge the speaker cutouts.

So, did you play this bass with the Zen Tricksters?
stephenr
Junior
Username: stephenr

Post Number: 29
Registered: 9-2014
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 5:29 pm:   Edit Post

Some of the older Bag End cabinets are really heavy and unwieldy. The one I have was designed as a mid-range cab so it also has little bass response. I think all the early BE cabinets were designed to be modular, as far as I know none were intended to be full range cabinets. I have considered selling mine but probably won't get much more for it than the value of the speakers themselves so I have kept it.

I did play this Alembic when I was in the Zen Tricksters. I joined the Jeff Mattson Band in September of 1987 and a short time later the bass spot in the Volunteers opened up. When the Volunteers came to an end Jeff, Tom, Jen and I formed the Tricksters. I left in late 1991 prior to moving to CA in 1992.

Charles... I will keep you in mind if I ever decide to sell the bass.
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1895
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 7:33 pm:   Edit Post

Interesting. I remember hearing about you guys and this bass (I was a freak for Alembics, which I didn't get to see that often onstage) when my band, Shockra, came down to NYC to play gigs at the Wetlands, etc.
room037
Senior Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 512
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, January 02, 2015 - 10:10 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, I'm second in line, if Charles won't buy your bass.

The narrow neck 5 strings is unique and unusual.
I think the narrow 5 is not familiar for all, but I feel it better.

Eiji
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4367
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 03, 2015 - 12:20 am:   Edit Post

I will jump the queue if I have to...:-)
charles_holmes
Advanced Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 380
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2015 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post

Hey Stephen, Did you ever hear of "Spiders-N-Snakes"? My wife's buddy, Drummer Tim Yasui also Cleopatra Records plays around in your neck of the woods (I guess). Anyway thanks for keeping me mind if you decide to sell.
stephenr
Junior
Username: stephenr

Post Number: 30
Registered: 9-2014
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2015 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

Wow... kind of amazed at, and appreciate, all the interest in this bass but at this point there is no queue to join. I have had it for almost 30 years and like a lot of instruments I own but don't play regularly have never wanted to sell it. But, if I ever find another series bass that I consider a keeper it will be time for this one to move on to a new owner.

I remember Shockra but never saw you guys live. Wetlands was certainly a special place, one of the most fun venues I have had the pleasure to work in.

Never heard of Spiders N Snakes...
moongerm
Advanced Member
Username: moongerm

Post Number: 214
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2015 - 8:16 pm:   Edit Post

Wow what a great 5 string! Beautiful!

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