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Username: cliff_burton

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 9:47 pm:   Edit Post

OK heres the thing,i have been spending months trying to figure out what bass cliff burton's been using, i usually see him playing a black bass that looks like a spoiler, but also an aria pro sb. And one more question, what do u have to do to buy a spoiler cause its not on the products list, was it discontinued?
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Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 593
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 9:58 pm:   Edit Post

He played an Aria after his Spoiler was stolen, I heard, and I believe Alembic will make you a Spoiler if you order one. They're pretty available on the used market as well. In fact, I saw a black one for sale the other day...I'll post a link if I remember where I saw it.
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 1100
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 1:46 am:   Edit Post

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Username: keavin

Post Number: 1101
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 1:49 am:   Edit Post

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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 457
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 6:50 am:   Edit Post

You can get the Spoiler specs on almost all models.
I wonder if Alembic will make a 3 piece maple neck (without the pinstripes) I think Mica said that the Rogue is the best starting point for a custom Spoiler. Used Spoilers are not so hard to find, there's always one for sale somewhere.

Xtremely rare pics of (the real) Cliff Burton with his Spoiler:

I believe he only had it for a few months before it was stolen...
I can get very similar sounds like Master of Puppets with my Spoilers, I think he might have used it for that masterpiece, not sure though...

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on March 29, 2007)
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Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 487
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2007 - 7:59 am:   Edit Post

They will do anything for you. I have several spoilers including one 1983 in black that Alembic refinished for me. This company is the most accomodating I've come across.
After checking out what refinishes would cost locally in Joisey, I'm sending an Essence 5 back to the mothership for a refinish in black (which will be sprayed at the same time as my new Excel). So if you find one and you want it black and done right, they have done it all. including Cliff, Jason and Pete Steele.
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1161
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 - 6:50 pm:   Edit Post

I believe Mica would tell you, 'we never throw the templates away'. So even though it may not be a listed production piece, I don't think it would be any big deal for them to build you one.

J o e y
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 345
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, March 30, 2007 - 7:03 pm:   Edit Post

I could be wrong here, but there are quite a few build threads for Adam and I'm pretty sure they're Spoilers
cool inlayed wood
Blue Spoiler

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