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lonski01
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Username: lonski01

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Registered: 10-2013
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 1:14 am:   Edit Post

i have a history request about this bass;
its a 5 string mark king long scale.
the pickup position is a bit unusual....
thanks for reply
photos comes later...
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3683
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 3:09 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the forum, i'm curious about the pickup position what is unusual about it?

Jazzyvee
lonski01
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Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 3:19 am:   Edit Post

thanks for welcome....

after the bridge is space, than comes the small dummy pickup and then the two bigger bigger pickups...
body
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3061
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

Reminds me of a MK Signature that was converted from medium to long scale. It had 22 frets and the pickups in the original positions, with a hole where the sustain block used to sit - IIRC.
I'll have to do a little search to find the old thread again.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 8041
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

I answered an email about this bass to a different person a week or so ago. Here's what I said:

"The record indicates this has Signature electronics, so there isn't a hum canceller. It was custom ordered with the neck pickup moved .5 inches closer to the bridge."

Whatever is between the bridge pickup and the bridge came after we built it. Can you possibly send a (larger) picture of strange pickups and also of the electronics inside?
lonski01
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Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

i upload some detail-photos at weekend......and of course a story ;-)
lonski01
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Posted on Saturday, November 02, 2013 - 11:11 am:   Edit Post

first owner was a dentist from germany i think; with a lot of custom-made; i bought my first alembic from the second owner in a good condition and great feeling with 5 strings....
yes adriaan, it seems like converted from medium to long scale; under this last cover goes no cabel to the electronic...
perhaps a secret alembic safe...;-)...or fixed for an 3. pickup?..
1.pickup comes around 1,8 inches,2.one comes 4,8 inches from the neck.
electronic
back

[edited for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on November 03, 2013)
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3066
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 2:37 am:   Edit Post

If you accept that the pickups are in the normal position for a medium scale bass, then you can see how they moved both the bridge (with the sustain block underneath) and the bird tail piece to the correct positions for a long scale bass. This has left a hole where the sustain block used to sit, so they must have cut a piece of plastic to fill the hole.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5582
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post

Wouldn't one have to replace the fretboard and place the frets in different positions? I'm pretty sure changing the scale is more involved than simply moving the bridge back.

Bill, tgo
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1516
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 1:35 pm:   Edit Post

Bill...exactly what is baffling me.

Lonski, is the 12th fret in the middle of the string still?
A fretless conversion like this would make more sense to me.
Am I missing something?

edit: maybe someone witlessly tried to shorten the scale, then realized that wouldn't work and put it back to where it was.

(Message edited by elwoodblue on November 03, 2013)
lonski01
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Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

Yes bill and ellwoodblue
the 12th fret is in the middle of the string at 43,3 cm
now its more and more curious .....does alembic build first a frettless and moved to a fretted Version?
or mark don't pay the bill ....
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3067
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 2:22 pm:   Edit Post

86.36 cm = 34" = long scale.

If you'll pardon my speculation ...

Any regular Alembic has 24 frets, this one has 22. IIRC, if you capo a 34" at the 2nd fret, you have roughly a 32" scale. The other way around, the 2nd last fret on a long scale is in the position of the 24th fret of a medium scale. So the medium scale fretboard is long enough for 22 frets on a long scale. The bass was refretted, perhaps even had a new fretboard fitted, and the ovals repositioned.
lonski01
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Username: lonski01

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Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 2:51 pm:   Edit Post

Ok
any other marks ?
the last side dots comes at the 15th fret...
i think i changed her life from a collector bass to a player bass
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3068
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 03, 2013 - 2:59 pm:   Edit Post

Definitely play her!

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