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sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3105
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 6:56 pm:   Edit Post

Who built this ? It has the Alembic Logo on the head stock !

Claims to have "Signature Electronics" ( already a contradiction ! )

http://southcoast.craigslist.org/msg/4190938315.html
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 645
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 8:46 pm:   Edit Post

Nice looking bass. Maybe the neck lams are not as crisp and the selector is in a funny place, but that is a close repro.
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1203
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 11:53 am:   Edit Post

Could it be real? That looks pretty darn convincing.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11246
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:00 pm:   Edit Post

Might be interesting to see what the control cavity looks like.
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3106
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 4:17 pm:   Edit Post

Dave,
I was having the same thoughts when I first saw it and posted this !

(Message edited by sonicus on November 21, 2013)
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 1057
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 5:34 am:   Edit Post

it's the real deal it was custom ordered that way that's one main reasons the pickup selector was moved from the lower horn.
serialnumber12
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 1058
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 5:36 am:   Edit Post

there's a thread on this bass it's the real deal it was custom ordered that way that's one main reasons the pickup selector was moved from the lower horn.
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1923
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 6:48 am:   Edit Post

If real then why in the world would they call it a reproduction in the ad?

Things that make you go hmmm...

(Message edited by artswork99 on November 22, 2013)
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3112
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 9:24 am:   Edit Post

If this was indeed built by Alembic then the writer of the ad is doing them selves a great disservice in the description. There are major semantic conflicts in the description . In my mind ; reproduction = fake. Then they describe it a " Series I "and also say it has "Signature Electronics ".
Perhaps this is really a long scale "Standard Point" with Signature electronics OR Anniversary electronics and a hum canceler embedded but not connected with 5 pin power added and pickup selector switched location changed. Could that be the case ?????

http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/116879.html?1321720511



(Message edited by sonicus on November 22, 2013)
keith_h
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1929
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

If it is an Alembic it could have been built with a Series 1 prep package. It makes it easier to upgrade to full Series when the owner has the funds.

Keith
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3116
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, November 22, 2013 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post

Keith ,
Yes I was also thinking that .

Wolf
klinkepeter
Intermediate Member
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 124
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 4:29 am:   Edit Post

i think it's a real alembic and still might be a series I but the owner just doesn't know it. Everything looks to perfect to be a fake, who would put so much work in a reproduction and sell it for such a low price?
flpete1uw
Advanced Member
Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 217
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 6:45 am:   Edit Post

I could be wrong, but I don't see mention of a serial# anywhere. The Bass looks awesome and a great deal, verifying the SN# could go a long way.
Peace of the seasons,
Pete
klinkepeter
Intermediate Member
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 125
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post

the serial number could be on the upper side of the headstock, almost invisable on photographs anyway..
klinkepeter
Intermediate Member
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 126
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 8:04 am:   Edit Post

i think it's a real alembic and still might be a series I but the owner just doesn't know it. Everything looks to perfect to be a fake, who would put so much work in a reproduction and sell it for such a low price?
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 661
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 10:32 am:   Edit Post

It sure looks real, but is in such great looking condition. The open truss rod cover would make it a fairly early one and it looks like dual truss rods in there? The inlays looks custom and not the typical ones, the gold plated output pin jack looks in too good a shape to be original. I wonder how many pins it has. If it is real, that is a great price.
gtrguy
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 662
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 10:36 am:   Edit Post

Opps, I just read the ad again and it mentioned the gold plated hardware.
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3175
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

Now, _____we need a brave Alembic Club member that is local to the ad to scout it out. A serial number inquiry would be prudent also to find out that all is legit ____ You might find your self as the new owner if all is well _____
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3176
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post

Now, _____we need a brave Alembic Club member that is local to the ad to scout it out. A serial number inquiry would be prudent also to find out that all is legit ____ You might find your self as the new owner if all is well _____
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 444
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 - 2:38 pm:   Edit Post

Brave is the word here. I just had a friend who responded to a Craigslist ad for a laptop and was beaten with a brick and robbed. Very well could be legit, but if someone is going to personally check it out, please play it safe taking a friend (a very large one if possible) and arrange to meet in a public place

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