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timmyalembic
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Username: timmyalembic

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2013
Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 2:31 pm:   Edit Post

Hi my name is Timmy and I have a Fretless Alembic and I can't find any information on it. Can someone help me out. I'll attached some pictures. Thanks







(Message edited by mica on February 10, 2015)
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1494
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 2:45 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome!

Post the serial number if you want detailed info from Mica ;-) (Can take while though)

Looks like a (flamed?) Maple topped Orion with Essence electronics.

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on November 23, 2013)
timmyalembic
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Username: timmyalembic

Post Number: 3
Registered: 11-2013
Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 3:38 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the reply. The Serial # is 980w11522usa

my email is vuat@hotmail.com
thanks a lot.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5605
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 4:12 pm:   Edit Post

That's a letter "O" W, not the number zero W. OW denotes an Orion bass. It was made in 1998 and is the 11,522nd instrument made by Alembic since they began manufacturing instruments in 1972.

Bill, tgo
timmyalembic
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Username: timmyalembic

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2013
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 1:30 am:   Edit Post

cool, so it's an Orion bass. It looks just like an Epic but the head where the tuning pegs lies are different. Is that true? Thanks for the information. It is much appreciated. Timmy
timmyalembic
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Username: timmyalembic

Post Number: 5
Registered: 11-2013
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 1:32 am:   Edit Post

One more question. How much is this bass worth? Thanks again.
pauldo
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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1088
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 5:14 am:   Edit Post

It is an extension of your very being.
It is a harbinger of deep seated emotions from the core of your existence.

It is priceless.

Although in some realms people will trade monetary amounts for such a fine vessel. . . In that case it is worth whatever a purchaser is willing to pay.

I would venture a guess at $2,000 - $3,000.
There are other people wiser then me that could probably give you a more accurate answer.

I advise against selling it. I sold my zebra wood Exploiter over 15 years ago and still miss it dearly.
timmyalembic
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Username: timmyalembic

Post Number: 6
Registered: 11-2013
Posted on Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 9:28 am:   Edit Post

it hurts me just thinking about selling because I've grown so attached to the sound.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 8399
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 8:37 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Timmy,

Here's what I found out about your bass:

serial: 98OW11522
name: Orion
model: OLB4
top: Flame Maple
accent: Purpleheart pinstripe
body: Mahogany
shape: Orion
neck: 3-piece Maple with 2 Walnut pinstripes
scale: 34" long
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: none
side markers: bronze dots
peghead: Europa 4
pickups: MXY
electronics: "Essence" volume, pan, filter, mono output
finish: satin natural polyurethane (oil-look)
backplate: plastic
hardware: polished brass
originally made for: Bass Northwest
birthday: May 13, 1998

The bass has 2 previous registered owners, the original in Washington state, and the second from California.

It was made as a fretted bass, so the fretless conversion is not original.

Pauldo, I love your message!

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