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longhorncat
Intermediate Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 175
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post

Here's my new to me Series I.
Original ordered directly from Alembic in 1978 by Ed Levine.
The 78 2001 serial number seems to be out of the normal Alembic sequence.
I'll find out more when Mica returns from making little Alembians. :-)

fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 573
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 7:53 am:   Edit Post

Congrats!
Maybe it took a few years to build?
It's an early 80ies number, my ex 83 Spoiler was 2433.
longhorncat
Intermediate Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 176
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 7:56 am:   Edit Post




longhorncat
Intermediate Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 177
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 7:58 am:   Edit Post





keavin
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 1252
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 10:43 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to "Old alembic" side of the club!
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1469
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post

Is that "old" as in the owners or the basses. (rim-shot-please)

OLD-Olie
longhorncat
Intermediate Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 178
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 11:36 am:   Edit Post

Well, I've been around 15 years longer than this bass, but I don't feel old.
(Just a little slower.)
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1470
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

Amen to that Bill. I'm a '62 model myself but feel like 70 GTO Judge at Green Valley Race-way, turning heads and running like mad. LOL

You need to bring this one to the next Dallas Alembi-fest. Austin ain't dat far!
dela217
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 819
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 1:25 pm:   Edit Post

This is sure is an odd one. Not only is the number out of sequence, but it is stamped on the fingerboard. The 1978 basses I have owned were stamped on the tip of the headstock. Also I think its a little unusual to see a Series II neck that has the maple and purpleheart laminations reversed. That is truly a beautiful bass with that zebra top. Great find!

Michael
bracheen
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1241
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 6:03 am:   Edit Post

Bill, it just occurred to me why you call yourself longhorncat. I always thought it referenced long horn basses. Talk about being a little slower. It is a beautiful bass at any rate. I am a big time zebra wood fan. Especially when the grains are at an angle.

Sam
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5311
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 5:54 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats!

I like the back laminate too.
longhorncat
Intermediate Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 180
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 7:34 pm:   Edit Post

Thank you all.
I played the bass all day when it first arrived.
The electronics are quiet and I love the neck.
The red Purpleheart really contrasts more than the pictures show.
I actually like the back of the bass better than the front.

I spent the next day polishing the rust-red tarnish off the brass.
It was bad enough that Valentino thought the nut was made of ceramic.
I changed the strings over to flats and am still trying to dial the action back in.

Im hoping Mica can shed some light on this interesting beast when she returns.

Id love to come to the next Dallas Alembi-fest.
My weekends are full being Mr. Soccer Mom, so the timing has to be right.

(Message edited by longhorncat on July 19, 2007)
82daion
Junior
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 49
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007 - 10:59 pm:   Edit Post

That's an awesome wood combination, and that bass is in much better shape than the for-sale thread pics led me to believe.

Nice score-play it in good health!
longhorncat
Intermediate Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 199
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post

I just wanted to add what Mica found:

top: Zebrawood
body: Purpleheart
back: not recorded on wood card*
through body neck: 7-piece Purpleheart and Maple, 32" medium scale
fingerboard: Ebony with abalone inlays and side LEDs
peghead veneers: matching Zebrawood

*The wood card doesn't specify the back, but the custom order form stated "Walnut" for the back, then later next to that is writted "our choice" so you'll have to post a pic of the back to solve this mystery.

I'm pretty sure the original owner of this bass wanted us to time the finishing of the bass to get the 2001 serial number since we were near it when the bass was started.

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