Post Number: 23
|Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:50 am: |
After years of dreaming, I got my first Alembic in mid-June... a 5-string quilted maple topped Persuader with a 3 purpleheart laminate neck, with matched headstock. It started off as an ebay deal gone terribly wrong, my own ignorance combined with a dishonest seller, scored me a beautiful bass... only to find her original electronics had been stripped long ago, and replaced with aftermarket Bartolini equipment. I gave serious thought to demanding a refund... the ad was misleading at best, and downright fraudulent at worst. But the bass was solid, and at least it was playable. I'd just paid what would've been a fair price for a correct bass.
In the days that followed, after I'd had a couple phone conversations with Mica, and received some sage advice from the Alembic Club and other Alembic players, I decided rather than bail out and start over, to restore this bass instead. This would mean *all* the electronics would be new replacements, and the control cavity would have to be repaired as well, where it had been modified to accept the Bart parts. Not an unexpensive endeavor, but not the end of the world either.
A couple months have passed, and after some careful reconstructive work, 89P5559USA is back in-service, and quickly becoming my main bass.
The entire story is here, with detailed pictures from the project: http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/193837.html?1408682209
I'll update with some better glam shots soon, but here she is posed in the backyard, under Southwest Virginia's golden sun.
Post Number: 909
|Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:58 pm: |
Great looking bass.
How does it balance?
Post Number: 98
|Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:32 pm: |
Fantastic determination!! Best of luck, too... I'm sure you're the best thing that's ever happened to this bass!
Post Number: 182
|Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 5:10 am: |
Looks great! Enjoy playing your Persuader; you did an outstanding job of rectifying those abominations that it suffered over the years. Play on!
Post Number: 25
|Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:30 am: |
I took it out for the first full slate of gigs with the new activators just this past weekend. Friday night it saw a medium-sized bar/restaurant gig, then had 2 sets at a music festival on Saturday afternoon with a big stage for about 1000 people, then a more intimate setting that same evening with an acoustic duo. In each venue, it was very easy to dial in the tone I prefer with the filter at about 45% open, and Q-switch in the middle or bottom position alternately.
Ummm... balance is fine for me, but I can see how it would be a little awkward for some, as it is a little neck-heavy. Even playing for 3 hours a day, it's required no more than a strap adjustment for me, so I have just designated a good heavy leather one specific to this bass.
This Persuader is quickly becoming my go-to bass... (or at least one of them) as I expected it would. Most often, I play a Turner Electroline 535 PMM, or Renaissance 5's. (piezo briges) It's not a better/worse thing, or even a decision... it's just that this bass has a totally different voice altogether. I always carry two basses anyway, and the distant cousin Turner bass seems to get along well. =)
And yes, the experience of restoring this bass, though costly, was both rewarding and educational. Like they say though, it was totally worth it!