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qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 1
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post

Hello to all!

I've been surfing this site for years and finally decided to join so I could post a pic or two. If this generates any interest then perhaps I'll post more.

'82 Exploiter 8

I've owned her since the beginning. After seeing THE OX (a moment of silence, please...okay) with his I just HAD to have one. I was so impressed I bought a Spoiler 4-String in '86. I traded in a Music Man Sabre on that one.

Thanks for your time,
Lloyd
garethnh
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Username: garethnh

Post Number: 39
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 3:53 am:   Edit Post

If you ever wanna sell her.... I'll give her a good home in the UK! (I won't hold my breath!)
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 409
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 7:09 am:   Edit Post

Excellent! Definitely post more pics!

Interesting tailpiece on that one. I've always wanted an Alembic 8-string...
qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 2
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 2:02 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys,

I've been searching my hard-drive for more pics but only came up with these.

Later,
Lloyd

'86 Spoiler and '82 Exploiter (Lil' Al and Big Al)

My 4X4 Monster
qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 9
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2008 - 9:41 pm:   Edit Post

Hello to all,
I've got an inquiry on the serial number thread. If I get any info I'll post the results here. In the meantime, I took some more pics. My brother is the photographer of the family (I used to help him in his darkroom back in the dark ages). I know all about lighting and macro and blah, blah, blah...But I just point and shoot with MY WIFE's digital to post!

Enjoy the day,
Lloyd

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See the brass...

2
See the brass shine?

3
Looks pretty good, eh?

4
Last year I polished each individual piece after disassembling and lightly oiled before reassembling...MAJOR work but after 25+ years she needed it!

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jet_powers
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Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 375
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 8:28 am:   Edit Post

She's a beauty allright!
qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 12
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post

Thanks!
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 413
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

Man, that first picture from the bottom blows me away! Love the way the grain and flame look different in the different pictures.
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 206
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post

Great bass

Thank you for taking the time to share
to_81_0190
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Username: to_81_0190

Post Number: 80
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 8:59 pm:   Edit Post

Cool bass!

I have an interest in the different color of string silk.
Are you putting on each set for main and sub?
How is the sound?
I'm serching string for my 89SC 5460
qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 15
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:25 am:   Edit Post

Hi Toshiaki,

I use D'Addario Chromes on all but my Lotus/Steinberger bass, although different gauges. On my Exploiter I use D'Addario ECB80SL XL Chromes, Super Light Gauge (.040 .060 .075 .095) for the main four. I order GHS Singles (DYB-20, DYB-25, DYB-35, DYB-45) from JustStrings.com for the top four. I use Super Light Gauges because I want the least amount of tension on the neck. Flats are generally not as bright sounding as round-wounds but they hold their tonal qualities much longer since the fingers aren't constantly filing off skin and oil that builds up in the grooves of round-wounds. The top four ARE round-wound and provide plenty of high/bright tones. I've never been a daily player and over the years I've progressed (regressed?) from round to ground to flat-wounds. I'm not a Pro Player as I'm sure you are, but I love the sound. Finger playing has a nice warm/full sound but using a pick brings out the highs that cuts through everything! I hope this helps.

Thanks for viewing,
Lloyd
new2alembic
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Username: new2alembic

Post Number: 37
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 3:23 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice bass!
to_81_0190
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Username: to_81_0190

Post Number: 81
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 3:37 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Lloyd,

Thank you for the explanation. It's an interesting thing to use flat wound and combination of flat-main round-top on 8string bass. I like flat wound sound too, but I never realized to use it on 8string. I'll try it some day.

Toshiaki
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 417
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 5:51 pm:   Edit Post

I've heard of the flat/round combo for 8-strings, but never tried it myself.

(Hi Toshiaki! Genki?)
artswork99
Senior Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 474
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 7:07 pm:   Edit Post

Toshiaki,
Stunning and gorgeous bass!
Play it Healthy!
Art
qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 16
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 8:49 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the interest and comments,
Lloyd
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7241
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 8:33 pm:   Edit Post

Nice Exploiter; and a wild top!
qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 20
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 11:17 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Dave. You've got quite the demonic looking six-string!
Lloyd
qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 21
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 10:09 am:   Edit Post

Here is the link to the Exploiter's birth certificate details.

http://alembic.com/club/messages/394/56516.html?1237509344

Yes, I know it lists a 4-string, not an 8.

What has me bummed is the fact it states the original owner lived in Illinois.

I've never lived in Illinois.

I was told it was new. I've got a headache from the multitude of emotions I'm experiencing.

Lloyd :-(

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