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mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 209
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 1:32 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica! I just brought home a Series 1, which I'm told was made in 1981. The serial number listed on my receipt is F9811955. This doesn't seem to follow the usual serial number pattern for Alembics that I'm aware of. It's definitely not a 98. What's the F for? It came with the original case, power supply,and cable.

Any information you can provide when you have a chance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1566
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 1:50 pm:   Edit Post

Pictures? 11955 is an '99 serial number by the "normal" chronology and F stands for Further or Persuader (with Vector body if I'm not mistaken)
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 210
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 3:54 pm:   Edit Post

I will try to post a few pics tomorrow. Definitely a strange serial number. Maybe Mica will know more about this one. One thing is for sure--it sounds great!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3674
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 4:02 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations!
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 211
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 - 4:09 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks! Taking it out for the first time tonight!
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 212
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

OK, here are a few pics of my bass. It's hard to get a good shot of that serial number. I notice that it says USA after the number.

Series 1 whole front
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1571
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:02 pm:   Edit Post

If you leave out the F9, you have 81 1955 (legit 81 serial number)
USA is common in the serial number, I think they all have it.

Looks great, congrats!
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 213
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:06 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks! I took a few more pictures, but I'm having difficulty posting them. I resized them (just like I did with this one), but I keep getting error message. Maybe I'll send you a few so you can check it out.
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1573
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

I got them, are those full size? If not please send those, I can post them bigger at high quality :-)
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1574
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

The full size pics can be found here.











mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 214
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 3:02 pm:   Edit Post

Flip, thank you for posting these!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3679
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:43 pm:   Edit Post

Nice looking Series I !
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 215
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

Thanks!
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1575
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 2:54 pm:   Edit Post

Definitely nice!

No problem Rob, this was a nice challenge (getting these to the size limit)
Biggest problem is the detailed green surroundings, they take a lot of disk space.

Here's a bigger version where I blurred out the background (a bit sloppy in some spaces)


(filesize 122 kB)
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3684
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 2:58 pm:   Edit Post

What is the top wood I wonder ?
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 216
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 - 2:30 pm:   Edit Post

I'm anxious to find out what the top and back laminates are. Until I find out I'll just keep playing the heck out of it. I am really enjoying the balance of the Standard Point body.
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 218
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post

So...does anyone know what the "F" at the beginning of my serial number means? Anyone seen this before?

Loving this bass! I'm thinking the F stands for fantastic!
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 272
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, March 08, 2015 - 6:43 pm:   Edit Post

Here's an "action" shot

!Series 1
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 8461
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:06 pm:   Edit Post

OK - Found the weirdness! "Sold to Washington Music 11/5/81 as a 2nd. No physical problems, just very, very plain looking"

Looks good to me! Here's what the file says:

top: Purpleheart
body: not recorded (but I'll guess Mahogany)
back: Purpleheart
neck: Maple and Purpleheart
scale: 32" medium
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: mother of pearl ovals
pickups: 2x SC-1 with humx
controls: Series I
originally made for: Washington Music Center, MD
birthday: November 5, 1981

The serial number is actually FS81-1955 and I guess it's considered a factory second since we thought it so plain. What did we know? I like the way it looks!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3964
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015 - 9:38 pm:   Edit Post

It looks swell indeed !
edwardofhuncote
Junior
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 26
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 2:50 am:   Edit Post

That's why I like reading this page... it's fascinating what small details sometimes come out in these serial number lookups.
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 276
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 5:14 am:   Edit Post

Thank you for the info, Mica!

That's funny that this has a purpleheart top and back. I posted here at the Club once about liking the look of purpleheart laminates. Now I have a Series bass with them, and I didn't even realize it until now! I thought it might be walnut. Now I can see how purpleheart gets darker over the years.

Even though my bass is considered a very plain second, it delivers the goods! Plain, fancy....I like them all!

Any other seconds floating around here at the Club?

Thanks again, Mica!

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