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Username: reinier

Post Number: 24
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 2:12 pm:   Edit Post

This pic is long overdue, but the recent arrival of a digital SLR finally enabled me to take some decent pics of my bass (and actually prove that it's no longer "Mik's Jimmy Johnson Deluxe" as this page still shows a few headers down from here). The only change made to its original state are the hat knobs, which I just like better than the collet style knobs.

It's already well over one year ago that this beauty landed on this side of the Atlantic, but I still find myself opening its case and not being able to suppress a smile.

Here's the head of the family:

and here it is with its next of kin:
Family pic
Username: joram

Post Number: 32
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, that's a Rikkers! Uut Grunn'n!
Username: reinier

Post Number: 25
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 12:48 pm:   Edit Post

Hé Joram,

Da's heulemoal gout! My poor man's Alembic (it's got AXY5/6 signature guts) until I decided to have Ferdinand rip the frets out.

You've got a Rikkers too?
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3353
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

That's such a pretty bass!
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 99
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 01, 2006 - 7:09 pm:   Edit Post

Nice top!
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 732
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 3:32 am:   Edit Post

Nice TRIO!!! are those lembics in that jazz bass?
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Username: palembic

Post Number: 2312
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 4:00 am:   Edit Post

BTW ...this pictures shows exactly my point when we were talking about HOW a bass balances.
The Alembic with the classic design is a TALL lady! As you can see the SCALE is identical as th eother guitars but the neck/body dimensions ratio is different. Both models will balance well but the neck position relative to your arm and body will differ. The Alembic asks for more ...huhuhuh ...more ...huh ...arm "reach"????? I dunno how to say this. It will balance perfectly different.

Paul TBO

PS: love the 3 of them.
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Username: bracheen

Post Number: 985
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 4:55 am:   Edit Post

I understand exactly what you mean Paul. The one thing about my Warwick that I prefer over my Alembic, and the only thing BTW, is the angled tuning keys. Reaching the D tuner on my Epic is a stretch.

Username: joram

Post Number: 33
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006 - 11:28 pm:   Edit Post

I have not got a Rikkers, I'm from Groningen. For me, a Rikkers at this point is out of my league. I like Ferdinand, though. He does have Alembics in his shop, too, sometimes.
Username: reinier

Post Number: 26
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Friday, March 03, 2006 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

Thx for the kind words.

Keavin: yes, the PUs + electronics in my Jazz copy are Alembic (Activators; 2x vol; 1 filter). They're my oldest Alembic experience (bought 'm back in '86) and this jazz copy is their 3rd home since. A brilliant concept, those Activators!
Username: reinier

Post Number: 30
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

In case anyone on this side of the pond is interested: now that I have fallen deeply in love with the fretless tone of a certain Canadian luthier's work (I will not go and curse in this club) the fretless 6 string with Signature electronics is for sale for the incredible price of Euro 1250,= only (approx. US $ 1500,=; to give you some idea of value for money: including the horrific Dutch taxes and duties, ordering just the Alembic PUPs & pots would represent some 80% of that price).

It comes in a (simple) gigbag and with the luthier's lifetime warranty re. construction failure. More (detailed) pics can be arranged (as can shipping to the other side of the pond of course, but I guess that's only for dare devils who skip the "try before they buy").

Take care,
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Username: palembic

Post Number: 2348
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 25, 2006 - 3:32 am:   Edit Post

Oh boy ...I LOOOOOOOVE that bass!
And alas ...still no money!
So the mantra: "there will always be another one ...there will always be another one ..."
Oh well ...good luck with the sale!

Paul TBO
Username: uncle

Post Number: 15
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 8:33 am:   Edit Post

That's indeed a beautiful bass Reinier!
thanks for sharing the pictures!
I am also thinking of keeping my series II...
Don't think I can part with it.

Username: reinier

Post Number: 56
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2016 - 2:38 am:   Edit Post

After thinking long & hard I've decided to let my Alembic go. During the 11 years I have had the privilige of looking after this beauty, the combination of my fear for incurring damage and absence of practical application for its hifi sound (I play fretless in a groove/fusion setting) has resulted in the bass lying in its case for 99% of the time.
Im looking to lever on the "this side of the Atlantic shop prices, showroom condition and no lead time" considerations so I guess this message is predominantly aimed at any European club members looking for a readily available 5-string Alembic in mint condition incl G&G Omega case and all original case candy (build chart, tools, strap locks, etc). Take care, Reinier.
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Username: the_mule

Post Number: 795
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 05, 2016 - 6:52 am:   Edit Post

Hi Reinier, I've been interested since I first saw pictures of this bass, and although my funds are not unlimited, I might be able to stretch my wallet a bit considering my 40th birthday is approaching. Please let me know what you have in mind via the e-mail address in my profile info. Kan in het Nederlands!

Groet, Wilfred

(Message edited by the_mule on March 05, 2016)
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Username: jimmyj

Post Number: 635
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 7:33 am:   Edit Post

And I'm not offended in any way! Ha!

In fact I'm honored that you bought it in the first place and thank you for taking such good care of it.

(It would be amazing if it stayed in our immediate (forum) family!)

Jimmy J
Username: reinier

Post Number: 57
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:39 am:   Edit Post


You had me doubt my decision there for a minute, sir! Read your message just moments after putting down the phone talkin' to what appeared to be a seriously interested person. And indeed he dropped by today and bought the bass. Mixed emotions, but on balance happy to see someone leaving with his childhood dream fulfilled and to know that the bass will get the playing time it deserves. Can't vow for the buyer of course but seems only logical he'll join the club with such a rare beauty to enjoy.
Playin' along Mole the viber or Grasshopper will never be the same I guess, but it was a bit silly to keep such an instrument just for that. And you played it a whole lot better anyway ;-). Thank you for all the inspirational music you've put out there over the years. Take care, Reinier

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