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chris_rhinevalley
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Username: chris_rhinevalley

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 3:43 am:   Edit Post

I have owned this fine instrument for years but have never seen any other Alembic bass with such body shape.

This instrument seems to be a mixture of several models, having a three piece (only) maple neck with walnut veneers, but having electronics of the series kind.

There is no backside veneer on the mahogany body, front side shows maple on mahogany and makassar on top.

I would highly appreciate any information on this bass.

Unfortunately the tuning pegs have been exchanged by the original owner. This bass since has chrome Schaller tuning pegs with a D-Tuner. What is really annoying is the fact the original tuners left four ugly drilling holes...
jcdlc72
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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 279
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 4:21 am:   Edit Post

Now Im curious. Can you post some pics please?
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3775
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 4:24 am:   Edit Post

Hi Chris, welcome to the club. It can take a while for alembic to officially give you the build record for the instrument but if you could post some pictures here we can fill you in with lots of details.
Jazzyvee
mtjam
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Username: mtjam

Post Number: 119
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 8:27 am:   Edit Post

I just got an EVH; eager to see pictures of yours! I'm still trying to get pics of mine up here at the Club.
chris_rhinevalley
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Username: chris_rhinevalley

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post




[edited for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on December 20, 2013)
hammer
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Username: hammer

Post Number: 440
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 9:09 am:   Edit Post

Chris:

You have a beautiful looking bass. It's too bad the change over to different tuning pegs required some redrilling but given the location, only you will ever know. Do you know whether it has Series I or II electronics? People have Alembic make so many modifications to custom instruments that I can never tell just by looking at a bass whether its I or II.
chris_rhinevalley
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Username: chris_rhinevalley

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

Hey hammer,

not totally sure, but I think it has Series II electronics. I am still wrestling with all the pots and switches :-)
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1595
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post

That is a gorgeous bass. I've always loved the EVH body shape and the top wood on this one really works with the body shape.

I'd guess it's a Series I with a master volume added. If it were Series II, those q-switches would be CVQ knobs instead. Either way- it's beautiful.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3169
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post

Very Nice Series I !
chris_rhinevalley
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Username: chris_rhinevalley

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

Thank you all for your comments and your support so far!

@tbrannon: you are right, it has an extra master volume. Unfortunately I do not have any of the original documents that usually do come with an Alembic instrument.

Does anyone have a user's manual explaning the Series I electronics?
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3776
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

Here is the place on the forum with the "user manual"
http://alembic.com/club/messages/16271/18483.html?1361485906

jazzyvee
mtjam
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Username: mtjam

Post Number: 120
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

Nice looking bass! Yours has the same body shape as mine. Wish mine had Series electronics like yours, but I do like the East Meets West electronics in mine. Enjoy your bass!
chris_rhinevalley
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Username: chris_rhinevalley

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2013
Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 - 2:23 pm:   Edit Post

@jazzyvee: Thank you! That post of Mica's answered all my questions!

@mtjam: I am sure your bass still sounds fantastic the way it is and it sure had a smaller price tag to it ;-)
jcdlc72
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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 280
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 4:23 am:   Edit Post

That is an AWESOME Bass!!! Whats on those EVH basses that makes them so delightful? ;) Unlike (In my very biased, personal opinion) the "Other kind of EVH" basses (chuckles), which I SEVERELY dislike :-). May you enjoy it in good health, as Im pretty sure you are already enjoying it in playability and sound quality!

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