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Tracey Gholson (fretted4)
Username: fretted4

Post Number: 2
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 - 6:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hello there, and thanks to everyone on the earlier post of the sounds of series 1 and 2. Anyways, as a huge fan of fleetwood mac and alembic, I have been planning to order the dream of my life, alembic, and ive noticed that during the 70's , john mcvie of fleetwood mac had used series 1 and 2's. Can anybody send me some information on the basses that he had ordered? type of wood, control configuration, things like that, this is probably a question for mica, im hoping to use this information to forward my planning of a custom bass order, maybe future john mcvie signature bass for me???? time will tell. thanks
Derwin Moss (bassdude63)
Username: bassdude63

Post Number: 25
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2002 - 8:27 pm:   Edit Post

An article in Bass Player magazine featuring Modulus Graphite's founder Geoff Gould, Rick Turner, and Alembic stated that John's first Alembic had a graphite neck. Apparently the bass was the first graphite- neck bass and was featured at a NAMM show by Alembic. I also recall seeing an old Fleetwood Mac video where John was playing a beautiful fretless Series bass.
David Fung (dfung60)
Username: dfung60

Post Number: 6
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 - 6:59 am:   Edit Post

There's a very nice Fleetwood Mac box set that came out a couple of years ago. It includes a small booklet with many pictures, including many of John with various Alembics which were his main basses during the height of their success. The one most commonly pictured is a very early model that predates the design of the body and bridge settling down and looks to have the brown pickups.

I have an old FM video documentary from the 70's as well, and there are pictures of him playing with a more "regular" looking Series I that has a zebrawood top.

I've never seen a picture of it, but I believe he also has the fretless with a stainless steel fingerboard.

Could that tone on the bass break in "The Chain" be anything other than an Alembic? :-)

David Fung
Derwin Moss (bassdude63)
Username: bassdude63

Post Number: 26
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 - 8:04 pm:   Edit Post

A fretless bass with a stainless steel fingerboard? I'd like to hear that in person! I wonder how well his strings held up? (Usually fretless player's are concerned about fingerboard wear-not so in this case!!)
Tracey Gholson (fretted4)
Username: fretted4

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 - 11:08 pm:   Edit Post

ah yes, the chain, that riff was the very first thing i learned to play on my first bass, a 70 dollar mako bass i bought at a pawn shop, thanks!
Wally Malone (wally_malone)
Username: wally_malone

Post Number: 12
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2003 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

I've got a gig with a Fleetwood Mac tribute band called Rumours at the Carson Valley Inn, Nevada from Feb 11-16. I'll be using my Alembic on this gig, however it is a six-string.

Rami Sourour (rami)
Intermediate Member
Username: rami

Post Number: 103
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2003 - 3:04 pm:   Edit Post

I'd like to see a picture of that stainless steel fingerboard!!! Like Derwin mentioned, I guess when playing that, he didn't have to worry about fingerboard wear. Probably wore out his strings!
Joey Wilson (bigredbass)
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 32
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, January 03, 2003 - 5:42 am:   Edit Post

Susan Wickersham makes mention of the stainless fretless in the History article back on the ALEMBIC website; she wondered if it should have been termed a fretless or continually-fretted fingerboard !
Username: metalbasscom

Post Number: 1
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2006 - 11:30 am:   Edit Post

Here's a picture of a stainless steel fretless.
It's not an Alembic though.

(Message edited by metalbasscom on January 21, 2006)

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