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gearhed289
Junior
Username: gearhed289

Post Number: 20
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 10:29 am:   Edit Post

I've only wanted one since, I don't know, 1981? ;-) After MONTHS of searching for the right one at the right price, every day, a simple posting in the club's wanted section got me what I was looking for. Specifically -

Must have:
4 strings
Neck through construction
Mahogany body
Fingerboard inlays

Must NOT have:
Maple or Zebrawood top (negotiable)
Inline headstock
P and/or J pickups

Hammer was kind enough to offer his '86 Distillate, complete with original case and paperwork, ALL in outstanding condition. It fit the bill, and we did the deal! As I mentioned elsewhere, I pretty much expected to end up with a Spoiler, and I was tempted by 2 or 3 that I'd found. But they all had something "not right" about them, and I'm really glad I held out. Having the purpleheart laminates, brass sustain block, and bass and treble boost/cut switches is a real bonus. It even had a Hipshot already installed, which I use regularly. Now to see how it fits in with the rest of the arsenal...

'86 Distillate
hifiguy
Senior Member
Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 417
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

You WILL be assimilated into the Alembic family. Don't doubt it for a minute. Congrats!! :-)
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 323
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

Nice choice Tom,
I have a 85 Distillate and love it. It has a great range of sounds and is easy to dial in quickly. Very stage friendly.
May you have years of great playing ahead!
Peace,
Pete
slawie
Senior Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 649
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

Nice bass Tom
Good way to start your collection.
It might be out of context but as brother Paul would say
"There will be another......."
Welcome to the club
slawie
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1209
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 1:32 pm:   Edit Post

Tom,
Welcome to the camp!
You will find that your Distillate will surpass the rest of your arsenal's abilities.

I couldn't be happier with mine:
http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/41664.html?1329696239
Pardon the zebrawood. :-0

I like how yours has the longer upper horn and the pickup selector switch is near the other controls.

ENJOY!
:-D
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 530
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 2:44 pm:   Edit Post

Tom:

I'm glad she has gone to a good, new home.

However, even though its only been days since she left I'm finding trouble living with only my Signatures in the stable. I got GAS in a bad way. Hopefully I'll soon be adding a Europa to my collection.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4125
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 11:19 pm:   Edit Post

An Europa is a superb way to mend a broken heart. :-)
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4126
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post

An Europa is a superb way to mend a broken heart. :-)
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 532
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

I hope to put that theory to the test very soon.
gearhed289
Junior
Username: gearhed289

Post Number: 21
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 8:01 am:   Edit Post

Paul, I'm happy about the longer upper horn too. Helps with the balance with it being 34'' scale. I do miss the older pickup selector location and brass ring on the lower horn, but I'm not complaining! And your zebra looks great! I don't know if it's the way it's cut or what, but the grain looks a lot "wider" than some of the more "stripey" looking zebrawood instruments I've seen.

Brian - GAS already? LOL! I still want an Exploiter...
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1393
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post

Tom - congrats! Looks like you found a good one!
edwardofhuncote
Junior
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 11
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

"only wanted one since... "

I know exactly what you mean. Congratulations.
wfmandmusic
Member
Username: wfmandmusic

Post Number: 76
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 4:27 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats Tom!......on the first.
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 321
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Friday, July 11, 2014 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post

...of many.


How many is too many?

Just one more...

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