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Username: lesley_hammond

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 5:56 am:   Edit Post

Since a few days I belong to the fortunate owners
of a Alembic 83 Spoiler.
Hope to enjoy this bass even more in the years to
come, the Spoiler is a perfect match to my fretless custommade bass
I wonder what kind a finish was used on the massive Koa body in order to restore it properly ?
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3323
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 6:41 am:   Edit Post

Hi Leslie; congrats and welcome!
Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 578
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post

Leslie, enjoy your Spoiler and welcome to the best club on the 'net.
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 88
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Sunday, February 26, 2006 - 1:34 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats & get used to being spoiled!
Username: mica

Post Number: 3114
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 4:18 pm:   Edit Post

Hi GJM, I'm afraid you won't be able to restore the polyester finish at all because the layers do not melt together. If it is in bad shape, sanding the old paint off and refinishing is the only option.
Username: lesley_hammond

Post Number: 3
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica
Thanks for your information about the kind of finish which is used on the Spoiler.
When the bass is restored i'll mail some pics.
Intermediate Member
Username: j_gary

Post Number: 198
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 8:24 am:   Edit Post

Hi Lesley, welcome. That old koa wood should come out real nice. I think I would be afraid to touch her though if she is sounding good as she is.

I like the look of a road hard put away wet Alembic. You don't see many old warriors.

I'm heading down to Bike Week and strangely enough I'm drawn to the old war horse looking bikes. Hmmm..... probably because that describes me.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1040
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 10:46 am:   Edit Post

Hey G.J.M.

Welcome to the club. I'll second J.Gary's vote for the vintage look. I have a '61 Strat that's been played a lot - patches of wood showing though the yellowed "Olympic White". My wife thinks it's butt ugly, but through my eyes it's undeniably gorgeous. With a Username like "Lesley Hammond" you must also be a member of the Rotary Club! LOL

Bill, the guitar one
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 984
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations on the new bass. You mentioned mailing pictures after it's restore. Could you post some pre-restoration as well as post-restoration photos? We are a photo hungry group.

J Gary
Are you flying to Daytona or driving? Driving from Michigan probably won't bring you through Jacksonville but if you find yourself in the area give me a shout.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3351
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 5:53 pm:   Edit Post

Rotary Club !!! Somebody buy that guy a beer.
Username: lesley_hammond

Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 12:41 am:   Edit Post

I like old things as well as new things, so I thank you all for your advises which will be considered.
As for the Rotary club, you're pretty close,
besides playing bass, I'm also an addicted fan
of the old rotary boxes called Leslies in combination with a Hammond tonewheel organ, it's
not the rotary club but the Dutch Hammond club and now the Alembics too.
I'll keep the invitation for the beer in mind,
Username: modulus93

Post Number: 7
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 5:16 am:   Edit Post

Hello Lesley,

Welcome to the club!!! I used to own a 1984 Alembic Spoiler 4-string, which was my very first Alembic bass guitar. Mine had a quilted maple top and it sounded great, so I know that yours sounds great as well!!!

Take care,


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