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Username: skittles579

Post Number: 1
Registered: 9-2011
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 10:23 am:   Edit Post

I currently have a :
1992 4 string long scale custom bass
Macassar Ebony top
purpleheart pinstripe
maple body
maple/purpleheart neck
Ebony fretboard
Elan body shape
Solid construction
Silver plated Hardware
Chrome Alembic tuners
Series II electronics
No bridge block
Silver logo

And It was in was in a horrible mishap. I got thrown. Here are some pictures of this bass and I would REALL REALL like to see about getting it repaired regardless of the cost it's more of a sentimental value to me considering that I have had it for 20 years.
ANd I blacked out from a medical condition and I don't remember do this to this fine interment. I just want to know if it can be repaired . Money is no object to a certain degree. I LOVE this bass and I feel SOOOO bad for doing this to it. SO if you can PLEAS PLEASE help me out.

Thank you,
Paul atkins

Mica If you could give me some kind of general estimate or or at least tell me that It can't be fixed I would really appreciate it.
here are some of picture of It taken a cell phone.

Bass With Broken Headstock
Bass With Broken Headstock

[edited for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on October 01, 2011)
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2865
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

Paul, sorry to hear about your mishap. But we're kind of jaded, seems like this happens to member keavin's bass (serial #12) every other year, and he posts pictures every time. He also glues it back together himself, so definitely repairable.
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 1708
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post

Alembic can do a splice at the break, seen some past ones and they are top notch repairs,you could do it yourself but you would need to rebuild a headstock, have the necessary clamps and have the alignment leave it to the experts
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1042
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

As has been stated, it's definitely repairable. From what I understand, the neck joint is actually designed in a manner that makes it break in a way that makes it easier to repair, since it's such a common injury. It won't be dirt cheap, but it probably won't be crazy expensive. Mica and crew will get it sorted out.

Love your profile pic, btw!
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2596
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 1:22 pm:   Edit Post

I'm pretty confident Mica and the team at Alembic can bring some life back into that baby. Probably best to give her a phone call rather than wait for a response on the forum. At least you can provide her more information to back up the pictures so that she can assess the work needed for repair.

If the head can't be repaired successfully, then there is the option of cutting out the old neck and having a new through neck made and the bass reconstructed around that.
A costly option I'm sure but I'm certain i've read that method used by Alembic on a thread here in the past.

Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1083
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 2:34 pm:   Edit Post

Do you have the chip missing in the photos, Paul?

ps - Nice boots!
Intermediate Member
Username: wayne

Post Number: 198
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 9:52 pm:   Edit Post

No worries. If it's done at the Mother Ship you probably won't even be able to tell. I can't hear any difference in mine and you can barely see the splice.

Username: skittles579

Post Number: 2
Registered: 9-2011
Posted on Saturday, October 01, 2011 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post

I totally agree on alembic doing the repairs. But I am missing a piece from the front of the headstock can that be replaced. This instrument is my pride and joy so I want it don't as perfect as it can be and another thing it is missing a few frets as well. i Have a medical condition call dissociate disorder and I have NO recolection of thawing the thing across the room. Nor do I have a reason of why i did it I just hate my self for doing it. ANother casualty was my 2002 gibson thunder bird and a B.C. rich widow. I take medication for this but it just happened and it was a very very expensive night. WOuld any of you have any idea ballpark figure something like this would cost?? is it going to be in the thousands? thank you everyone for the replays and help..
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 2021
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Sunday, October 02, 2011 - 5:13 pm:   Edit Post

They'll most likely graft-on an entirely new headstock and it will look and play like new.

Advanced Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 350
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, October 03, 2011 - 10:38 pm:   Edit Post

I feel can be fixed I feel better.

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