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shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 87
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 3:09 pm:   Edit Post

Can you upload the new picture of my bass? :D
You know, I cannot wait for my bass even just one day....

Thanx a lot~!
susan
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Username: susan

Post Number: 91
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 3:56 pm:   Edit Post

Shim,

You'll have to wait a little while for a photo, everyone is busy building or shipping right now.

Susan
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4245
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 6:41 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a sneak preview of what you'll be seeing when you open the case:
done
Please let us know when you receive it - I'm sorry that you weren't able to come and pick it up in person, we're only a 1-hour drive away from San Francisco.
bassjigga
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Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 151
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 07, 2007 - 7:16 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful.
shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 88
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 10:19 am:   Edit Post

I recieved my bass, but somethings are wrong.

One : I told you I want to get the 3 way toggle on the Q. But, These are 2 way toggle.

Two : Basscentral told me that they include Alembic Strap on my shipping.

What's wrong??

I paid all of these specs.
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 452
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

How's the bass? She shure looks tasty
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4250
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

I found out the problem on the order. Sorry, but I neglected to mark the work order of the Q switch change. The paperwork end was in order, but with coordinating shipping to arrive in time, it was simply overlooked in the final check since it wasn't included on the work order instructions.

Tony has made me replacement filters with Q switches that I will send to you today and you will receive it tomorrow with your strap. You might want to provide a different address since there was some confusion on the receiving end this morning from what I understand.

Changing the parts out is simple, takes on the tools that I will provide in the box with the parts and involves no soldering. You should be able to swap from the 2-position switches to the 3-position switches in less than an hour.

When you make the change, kindly send the filters with 2-position switches back to me. I don't expect you to do this before you get home to Korea.

I'm glad to hear that only one minor problem resulted on this bass through all the changes, and also that we were able to get it delivered in time for you to bring home with you.

It is very important for you to call us at 707 523 2611 with a different shipping address before 3:00 today to make sure the parts, tools and strap will reach you in time.
shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 89
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 12:50 pm:   Edit Post

I know there is something wrong in delivery in the morning.

But, if I told secretary of our office, there may be not problem in this morning. Sorry it was my mistake.

And, I worry about changing the electronics by myself. It maybe not easy to me. So if you can, please include manual to change electronics by myself.

Anyway, Thanx for your effort.

You can deliver stuff in same address.

Thanx.
shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 90
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 1:19 pm:   Edit Post

And, Hyon Lee will take my stuff in my office. Because I should go to LA for my bussiness.

And, I told to basscentral, I want to get this strap.

http://alembic.stores.yahoo.net/widrosleatst.html

Please check it~!


And, in my office there are so many workers so you should find me or Hyon Lee. Or, if you cannot find out us, just send the stuff, because my office so safe. Don't worry about the delivery. Just deliver to my address.

Thanx.
shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 91
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 3:18 pm:   Edit Post

And, this is a thiny problem, but why the bird-tail piece is not located symmetric?

Is this for the correct sound, fitch, note???
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4254
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 3:29 pm:   Edit Post

It's not a problem. The taipieces are not decorative - they are placed where they function best. The tailpiece is handmade, the bass is handmade. You will not see very many basses with the tailpiece exactly centered. This is your tailpiece:
tailpiece
and it was placed according to the best possbile setup. We do not regard this as a problem.

You'll notice that strap is out of stock, and has been for several months. We sent you the strap that was available.

Please make sure the head of the research department knows the package is coming. That is who phoned us today regarding the delivery, and I think it's important that they are informed since there was some trouble.

I will be posting some instructions on this thread shortly on how to change out the filter controls.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4255
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 08, 2007 - 3:56 pm:   Edit Post

Here's what I sent you for changing the electronics:

2 filters with 3-position Q switches (including nuts and washers)
1 1/2" nut driver
1 5/16" nut driver


Read these instructions all the way through first and ask questions if something isn't clear before you start working.
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First you need to Remove the knobs on the filter controls. I'm sure you will be able to find a large blade screwdriver or a 6mm nut driver for this purpose.

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After you remove the knobs, each filter/Q-switch set will look like this:
filter & Q switch

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Remove the large backplate.

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Next you need to remove the mounting hardware on the filters and the Q switches. These pictures are taken with the actual tools I sent to you:
Q swtich removal

filter removal

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Each filter module has a 3-pin connector and a 2-pin connector:
filter module connectors

When unplugging the connectors, do not pull the wires, only touch the plastic housing. Use your fingers or needle nose pliers:
connector etiquette

Unplug one filter first, and then plug in the new filter. Then you can unplug the other filter and connect the other new filter. This way you won't have to keep track of which pickup is bridge and neck.

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When you put the controls back through the top of the bass, orient them the same way as the parts you took out. It will be helpful to hold the filter module with your fingers while you tighten up the nut with the other hand. This way it can't spin around. Make sure the board is not touching the side of the cavity when the nuts are tightened. You don't need to tighten super hard - once you meet with a little resistance, you are tight enough.

Do the same for the Q switch.

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To put the knobs back in place, turn the filter control to the full clockwise position by the bare shaft. If you turn the volume control the same way, the line should point to the peghead. Now, place the knob back on the shaft of the filter pot and tighten the collet. You can hold the knob shaft so it doesn't rotate while you are tightening. Pop the cap back in place.

Once you do this for both sets, you can put the backplate back on.

Then send me the filter controls with 2-position Q switches and my dad's tools when you can. I appreciate this.

If you have questions, you can let me know.

You can also ask the good folks a G-Cat to make this change for you if you don't think you can. They are very familiar with Alembic service and are excellent people to work with.
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 81
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 1:49 am:   Edit Post

Mica, you wrote: "they are placed where they function best. The tailpiece is handmade, the bass is handmade. You will not see very many basses with the tailpiece exactly centered."
I think it's a little contradictory: best function...and handmade...I don't understand why, if the tailpiece is or not located symmetric, the sound will change...? And how you
can know the future sound without strings...
I said that because I had the same problem on http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/33422.html?1167290162 and your answer was: "I'm afraid that there isn't much to be done except to build a new tailpiece to fit better, but it still would be unlikely to be perfectly centered, although I agree it can be improved."
I'm sorry to write all this but with the prices you practise, buyers may wait something perfect.
ajdover
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Username: ajdover

Post Number: 474
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 8:55 am:   Edit Post

Pierreyves,

The tailpiece on my SC Standard isn't symmetric either, but you know what? I don't care. Yes, Alembics are expensive. Yes, they're handmade. But because they're handmade, those tailpieces are fitted where they will perform as designed, not where they'll look the best. Speaking only for myself, I'd rather have a tailpiece that's positioned for performance and playability and not symmetry.

Frankly, I could care less how it looks - what matters is how it sounds and plays. My SC plays and sounds great. That's good enough for me. Besides, I don't think the Symmetry Police are going to notice and arrest me.

Shim,

I bought my SC Standard at G-Cat, and can vouch for their work. They are located off Line 6 of the Seoul Subway, Sangsu Station, Exit two, about 400 yards down from the Subway entrance. I'm in Seoul should you ever care to converse or share Alembic stories.

My two cents,

Alan
southpaw
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Username: southpaw

Post Number: 152
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, March 09, 2007 - 10:11 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass Shim, Congratulations. I agree with Alan, the off-center tailpiece by a centimeter or two should not be too important for a hand made instrument, mine is the same way. I'm sure if we took the ruler out and measured anything that was handmade before the computer age (furniture, clocks, even old upright basses) we could find some things not symmetric on each one.
Any manufacturer can program machines to cut each part exactly the same and it will produce the exact same results every time, but then the hand made craftsmanship is lost. There are very few true artisans left anymore, so I for one will happily take any Alembic bass that is slightly off center... Like me... Congrats again.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1314
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 7:50 am:   Edit Post

Southpaw - make that 2 millimeters. Two centimeters is about .8 of an inch - that would be taking tolerance to the limits.
southpaw
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Username: southpaw

Post Number: 153
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 10, 2007 - 1:44 pm:   Edit Post

My bad... I'll just say it's off center a "tiny bit"; that's a technical term that covers many measurements.

(Message edited by southpaw on March 10, 2007)
shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 92
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 5:14 am:   Edit Post

Hi, guys....
As a customer, I agree with Pierreyves.

I spend my money a lot to Alembic. I decided buying my bass and waited for my bass for a long time.

I think Alembic is the greatest bass in the world. So I expect a lot about the Alembic. Although The symmetry is not problem of Alembic, but if it is problem to customer, Alembic should correct this for their customer. After making my new bass, Mark request his bass should have symmetry.

I think, Alembic must do anything in this problem. I know Handmade is difficult, but Alembic want to maintain their name value. Symmetry is not matter to some customer, but it is matter to other customer. To be the best bass builder, Alembic should do anything in this problem.

I appreciate Alembic, because Alembic make my dream bass. But..... they can do anything for me.
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 82
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

we are waiting for an objective and honnest answer from Mica. I had a lot of basses (4 Alembic, Fender, Rickenbacker, Ibanez (severals), BC Rich, Musicman, Steinberger and I never seen that. You have material to mesure the exact position I think, hand made or not. For many people, Alembic is like a "god", I agree for many thing, particularely THE sound, BUT, you could be stay objective and have an other regard for this problem.
My next bass will be an other Alembic with correctly positionned tailpiece ! ;o))
ajdover
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Username: ajdover

Post Number: 475
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 6:22 am:   Edit Post

we are waiting for an objective and honnest answer from Mica. I had a lot of basses (4 Alembic, Fender, Rickenbacker, Ibanez (severals), BC Rich, Musicman, Steinberger and I never seen that. You have material to mesure the exact position I think, hand made or not. For many people, Alembic is like a "god", I agree for many thing, particularely THE sound, BUT, you could be stay objective and have an other regard for this problem.
My next bass will be an other Alembic with correctly positionned tailpiece ! ;o))

Pierre-Yves,

I own, at the moment, the following:

'73 Fender Jazz Bass
'94 MIJ Fender Jazz Bass
'05 MIA Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe
'99 Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe Fretless
'76 Fender Precision
'77 Gibson RD Artist
'74 Gibson Ripper
'87 Gibson Thunderbird
'81 Gibson Victory
'79 Musicman Stingray
'02 Musicman Bongo
'04 Pedulla MVP
'87 Peavey Dyna Bass Unity Series Limited
Martin BC-15E Acoustic Electric
Ovation CC-074 Acoustic Electric
Godin A4 Acoustic Electric
'77 Rickenbacker 4001
'76 Rickenbacker 4001
'03 Alembic Spyder
'04 Alembic Dragon's Wing
'91 Alembic Essence
'92 Alembic Essence
'03 Alembic Europa
'06 Alembic Stanley Clarke Sig Standard
Lakland 4-94

Like you, I've spent a lot of money on Alembics. I've spent, personally, close to $25K on the Alembics I have now, and damn near $10K on the one I have being built (with more owed -sigh!). I've said repeatedly in many forums and in this one that an instrument (or anything else for that matter) is only worth that which one is willing to pay for it. For me,an Alembic is worth every penny. I've been to the factory, I've met the people, and I've played the instruments. There isn't any bass finer in my opinion, flaws be damned. They may not be for everyone, but they're a cut above, IMHO.

My '76 P Bass has a horribly aligned bridge. I know this since I replaced the original bridge with a Badass II - I literally had to move the saddles almost to the back of the bridge to get the intonation right. Nothing I did with the Ovation got the action low enough, to include having a professional luthier shave the saddle. And the bass I traded for the Stanley Clarke, a brand new Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray HH, absolutely refused to accept light gauge strings. It was beautifully made, but it just couldn't be adjusted to the point where I could play it. It buzzed all over the place, regardless of how high I raised the action.

What I'm saying here is no bass is perfect, regardless of cost (the P cost about $700, the Ovation about $300, and the Stingray over a thousand). My Alembics aren't perfect either. Perfection is a goal - if something was perfect there would be nothing to shoot for.

Alembics, like any bass or guitar, have their flaws. If you don't like the less than symmetrical placement of the tailpiece, tell them that you want it symetrically mounted. They'll do it, too. Of course, the bass or guitar may not play well or sound good in that instance, but if it is that important to you they'll accomodate you.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not apologizing for anyone, nor am I defending anyone. I'm just saying that if symmetry is important to you, tell the elfs at Alembic ahead of time, and you'll get what you want.

My two cents,

Alan

(Message edited by ajdover on March 11, 2007)
5stringho
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Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 105
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 7:45 am:   Edit Post

Suggestion.... If a Perfectly Positioned Tailpiece is of the utmost importance, maybe the elfs at the mothership could put a straight "bar" tailpiece on it, therefore rendering any minor imperfection unnoticeable, and not affecting the string placement, tone or anything else they strive for in the build, and it would still look magnificent....

(Message edited by 5stringho on March 11, 2007)
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1398
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 8:38 am:   Edit Post

i think you're nitpicking
its a gorgeous bass. probably sounds good too
you think anyone is going to think less of your bass because its microscopically off center by millimeters? i didnt notice it until it was brought up and i look at almost every bass made in the ftc's
i wish that was my only problem with the bass that had the wrong neck built built and then to blast mica and company after all the posts and i assure you a very good production time in the eyes of many on this site who wondered why yours moved quickly shows a lack of maturity on your part shim
its amazing that with all the changes you made on your bass that it came out as good as it has.
if it sounds good and plays good. that should be your final determining factor. handmade is exactly that-handmade- it doesn't affect its playability and i bet more basses have slight imperfections on them because a machine does not make them. whats next? measuring the curve around the body for accuracy?
i swapped out a regular pu for a fatboy on direwolf. the fatboy didnt fit in- should i have sent it back to alembic? uh no. i modified the pu to fit.
this is so minor and yet you seem very ungrateful
jtussing
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Username: jtussing

Post Number: 55
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 9:36 am:   Edit Post

Shim, I agree with Flax. It's your bass, but you're nitpicking. If you don't like the bass I'll buy it from you as-is at your cost! :-)

Pierre, on the other hand, is beyond nitpicking... Impugning Mica's honesty? I read the posts you referenced and many more besides and I think perhaps the only thing I would hold in higher regard than Mica's honesty is her patience.

- Jim
dannobasso
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Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 475
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post

The turnaround on this bass was amazingly fast. As was said, the amount of changes during production were higher than average.Truly custom including electronics. Many here know what a wait can be like. Some are like Olympic contenders.

The craftsmen really came through for this instrument and spent a lot of time in correspondence compared to most customers. After viewing this thread I took a look at all my instruments. (aside from the black finished which solves the visual symetric asthetic) None of them are perfect in their bridge/tail placement. Besides the Alembics, Gibson, MusicMan, Hamer, Stambaugh, Dean Bromberg, Fender, Schecter, BC Rich, ESP all have some minor issue. Function is sometimes more important than form. The customer is more than entitled to their opinion. Mine is that Alembic tries to make each instrument to the best of their ability. After being in business for so long, I'm guessing this issue has been encountered before. Perhaps the solution does not enhance the playability?
We are all individuals with varying culture, experience, expectation and ability. I don't believe we will all see any issue exactly the same.
I hope that Shim will grow to cherish this instrument and enjoy it for many years to come.
pierreyves
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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 83
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

Nobody here explain to me with simple words, I be able to understand, what is the report (?) between tailpiece position AND playability without strings ???
mica
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Post Number: 4271
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

Pierre-Yves and all,

The general discussion about tailpiece centering has been redirected here thanks to Jim.
mica
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Post Number: 4273
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post

Shim,

We tried very hard to make your bass to your specifications and with the time constraint you placed on us. When you placed your order in November, we made the agreement to have it finished to time with your visit to San Francisco. Even though we couldn't start the bass right away because the specifications list was not solid until January (at one time a 4-string, fretless another), and though there were many changes, we still made the delivery date, and I feel made you a wonderful bass. We appreciate your business, and wish you felt better about the bass we made for you, as we consider each instrument we ship to be our best effort.

I am not sure what you are asking me for in your last post, Shim, could you restate it?
shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 93
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 1:36 pm:   Edit Post

I'm sorry mica, there is something misunderstanding.

Before I made a decision to order my new bass, I saw the pierreyves post about symmetry of tail-piece. I worried about the my bass, but I don't mind because it is not important to me.

But, after I had a simple question about the position of tail-piece, and wrote this question in this page, Mark requested you exact position and symmetry on his new bass.

I think this is not important, because my Alembic is the greatest, and most gorgeous bass in my life. I think my bass has the most beautiful grain in the world.

You know, Alembic do their best in building their bass, and for this effort, Alembic can be the greatest bass company in the world.

I think someone worried about symmetry, when they order their own bass, like Mark.

I know, Alembic made my bass in short schedule. I think Alembic did a great job in my bass.

In my hope, just you know the hope of your customer. I'm sorry because of my English skill. My unprofessional words and sentence make some trouble in this page.

Hey guys. I just want to know the reason about the symmetry and I just want to express Alembic should explain their work and make their customer not to have misunderstanding. Including me, we just want to know the exact Alembic procedure, so we can understand our Alembic bass more. That's all.

Again, sorry to Alembic, my mistake about express my English. Sorry, and Thanks a lot about making my dream bass. Thanx.
lbpesq
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Post Number: 2182
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

I'm with Flax. I have been astounded watching this thread develop. My initial thoughts leaned towards speculation of who Shim kipnapped, had embarassing pictures of, had paid off, or was otherwise extorting. I've never seen a bass built this quickly - especially with all the customization and changes along the way. The rest of us waited much longer - Bradley and I are still waiting at 2 years + because of customized inlays. Once the instrument is finished, you want the strings to line up correctly for playability as opposed to the point in the middle of the tailpiece lining up with the neck lams. I suspect part of the problem is that the strings themsleves are not symmetrical - wider on one side, narrower on the other. Does Alembic set the spacing from string edge to string edge or from string center to center. These are different, though very close, measurements. I would gladly trade having my tailpiece slightly off center, as it is on both by '83 Electrum and my '76 Series I, in exhange for having had my Further completed 2 years ago. (And I expect it still won't be perfectly symmetrical when it's done). I guess this is an example of the old adage: "no good deed goes unpunished".

Bill, tgo

(Message edited by lbpesq on March 11, 2007)
flaxattack
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Post Number: 1399
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 4:46 pm:   Edit Post

anyone who has a problem with mica and anyone at alembics honesty,dedication to customer satisfaction etc better not meet me in a dark alley as i promise to kick your tail up to your esophagus.
i waited 14 months for scooter- it was made incorrectly and i am now awaiting its replacement
heck i might beat bill out the door again
your backtracking your earlier rudeness.
you got a custom made bass made in 3 months
quit griping already
5stringho
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Username: 5stringho

Post Number: 107
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 11, 2007 - 5:26 pm:   Edit Post

NOWHERE will you find a company as concerned with complete customer satisfaction as the folks at Alembic, especialy Mrs. Thomas! Trust me, they go WAYYYY out of their way to make you happy. That's why they have such a passionate, loyal Customer and fan base, no pun intended. :-)
And to get a monster Bass like Shim's in less than 3 months, with ALL the changes and stuff???
the_8_string_king
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 456
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 6:42 am:   Edit Post

I think Shim deserves a little more respect and support. I don't see that he's been disrespectful. He started off saying "it's a tiny problem." I don't see him at any point saying anything disrespectful or discourteous to Alembic. He's just expressed his feelings, and done so in a civilized and respectful manner.

Is it nitpicking? Maybe. Is this wrong? Should he not express his feelings? There seems to be at least as much nitpicking on the part of others putting him down for what he's said. I've read and re-read everyones recent posts -and I don't see that Shim ever said anything disrespectful or out of line -much less "backtracked" from any "rudeness."

I mean no disrespect, gang. I like all of you guys (and gals). But I think we should be a little more supportive. If it "nitpicky"... well, then, what of it? Different things matter to different people. Just because one person isn't bothered by something doesn't mean that another person won't be bothered by it.

As far as I can tell, Shim expressed himself and his feelings in a civilized and respectful manner, and should not be condemned for it. I think it would be worse if he -or others who have followed this- were afraid to express themselves for fear of condemnation.

Now being nasty or disrespectful of Mica or Alembic would be a different issue, of course. But I see no basis for saying Shim has done that.

Just my thoughts, gang.

Shim, I hope you love your bass.

My custom Europa is the most awesome bass I've ever played -though it has a few minor imperfections inherent in man-made items.

Best wishes, all.

Mark
jtussing
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Post Number: 61
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 8:04 am:   Edit Post

King, hear hear. I agree and do not think Shim was being disrespectful. As stated, he has every right to his opinion. I do want him to understand, though, that there is nothing wrong with his bass and that other Alembic lovers would be thrilled to have such a stunningly gorgeous instrument! Shim, be proud of your bass guitar and may you enjoy it for many years to come!

- Jim
mele_aloha
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Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 57
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Monday, March 12, 2007 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post

Congrads Shim on a Beautiful Bass!

Aloha, Paul

(Message edited by mele_aloha on March 13, 2007)
bassjigga
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Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 159
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass. I love the coco bolo!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4297
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post

I'm glad to hear you're happy with the bass, Shim. We were really hoping you would like it. Please let me know if you received the box with the parts, tools and strap. Also write to me again is you have any questions about the Q-switch procedure.
shim
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Username: shim

Post Number: 94
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 9:41 pm:   Edit Post

Hi~ Mica

When I came back to my country, I changed my 3-way toggle Q-switch in G-cat. They are so nice, and I could exchange them safely.

Sorry, I'm so late to make you know so late about this story.

So... I should give you back the 2 way Q switches and Ron's equipment. How can I give you that? Can I use the Fedex or UPS? But... I think, It's problem about paying the fee.

And... I have a question. Why my bass has a head machines with the "Gotoh" logo instead of italic "A"? I expected that " A " logo like in
http://www3.alembic.com/img/inst/13650_pegheadbackL.jpg

I have enjoyed my dream bass. Thanx your effort.

Thanx.
the_8_string_king
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 518
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 9:51 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Shim! I'm glad to hear you got your 3-position Q switches put in, and I'm glad to hear you're enjoying your bass!

It's a stunning beauty, and it has an impressive electronics package.

Are you glad you paid extra to get the 3-position Q switches? I find the milder "in-between" setting (the 4 db setting) to be VERY useful. What do YOU think?

Take care, Shim, best wishes.

Mark
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4461
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 5:35 pm:   Edit Post

Sometimes we do not have the Gotoh tuners in stock with our decoration of "A" on the back. When this happens, we use regular Gotoh tuners. This is only decoration, there is no functional difference between the machine heads.

You can use FedEx, UPS, or Express Mail to return the parts and tools. Or, you can give them to the good folks at G-Cat and I will explain to them what to do. If you are giving them to G-Cat, please let me know first so they are not confused.
shim
Member
Username: shim

Post Number: 96
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Sunday, May 06, 2007 - 5:49 pm:   Edit Post

Mica, I sended Ron's tools and 2 way Q toggle to G-cat. They are so kind, and they have a plan to build the museum of Alembic in Korea. It's unbelieverble. I'm so happy to hear that.

But, My bass should be changed the jack mount, because the jack mount in my bass has a problem. when I put the jack in my bass and when I paly it, sometimes sound is stopped.

The chairman of G-cat told me, my original jack mount has some problems. So, if you can accept, they can exchange them for free and they will send you my original jack mount. How about your opinion??

And, actually I'm so sad to realize that my head machines don't have the symbol of Alembic decoration, "A". Because I am the big fan of alembic, and I love the name of Alembic, and I always had the dream of having my alembic bass.

I told to G-cat about this, and they told me they have the Gotoh tuners in stock with decoration of "A", so If you agree, they can change my tuners for me~!!!! and they can send you my original gotoh tuners.
How about your opinion?? Please help me to get the tuner with the decoration of "A".

G-cat people are so kind to their customers. If you can, you should give them a prize. I think They deserve it. And, if they can build the Alembic museum, many musicians in Korea can see the history of alembic, and including me, many people can be happy to know about your history.

Thanx a lot Mica. Alembic always makes me happy.

Shim

(Message edited by Shim on May 06, 2007)
shim
Member
Username: shim

Post Number: 97
Registered: 12-2006
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2007 - 3:04 pm:   Edit Post

Mica, I should tell about your opinions to G-cat as soon as possible. Because they want to know your opinion.

If you read my post, please solve the problems of my bass~~
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4554
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, May 08, 2007 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Shim,

I've sent a message to G-Cat, and will let you know what arrangements can be made with them. Sometimes a response takes a few days because of translation, but I will let you know as soon as I hear back.

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