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terryc
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 134
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 6:20 am:   Edit Post

Okay maybe the mothership can answer this one??
A curiosity question..how many instruments have Alembic made?
I guess it is as not as many as fender or gibson but is it 100K or more or less
keith_h
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 745
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 6:49 am:   Edit Post

I think it is more in the range of 14K-15K. My 2005 is number 13574.

Keith
crgaston
Advanced Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 371
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 6:53 am:   Edit Post

Terry, fewer than 15,000 at this point, judging from serial numbers. They are still in the process of building 14148 for me.
terryc
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 135
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 7:23 am:   Edit Post

I was under the impression that that number pertains to that model, my MK has 9389(I think) so there were that number of that model made.
Can Mica shed light on this??
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1140
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 7:39 am:   Edit Post

terry. From what I can gather, all Alembics fall into a single numbering system, each model only being distinguished by the model name in the serial number.

Graeme
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1279
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 7:43 am:   Edit Post

I think the "numbers" run in sequence for all models, other wise that would mean that Alembic made over 200 Mark King Models alone in one year, (according to the serial numbers on my 98 and 99 MKís). This would have them making somewhere in the area of 1000 instruments a year.

I may be wrong but I just donít see that being the case. (Thatís a lot)
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2329
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 7:47 am:   Edit Post

Terry:

Alembic are numbered sequentially, regardless of model. I believe the only exceptions may have been an Anniversary series or two. Here's the explanation of serial numbers from the "Reference Pages" on this site:

"Serial Number Guide

The first two dgits of the serial number are the year the instrument was completed. The code letter tells you the model. The next group of numbers must be from two to five digits and is the number of the instrument. Thus 94H8692 is an Elan bass completed in 1994 and is the 8692nd instrument was made. We started with number 1 in 1972 and when an instrument is finished, it received the next number, regardless of model. Any "A" or "B" after number is on the rare occassion that we duplicate a number. Hey, even we make mistakes."

So Alembic has made less than 15,000 total instruments since it's inception. There ain't many out there - we should feel lucky to have 'em.

Bill, tgo
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1280
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 8:06 am:   Edit Post

Bill comes thru again.

"You the man", (even if you are rooting for the wrong team).
keavin
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 1139
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 8:48 am:   Edit Post

Does that count the ones they totally modified like the "Godfather" etc...I know it started life as a guild starfire,& with all those Mods it's been totally born again.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1143
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 1:21 am:   Edit Post

Wouldn't have thought so Keavin. Jack cassady got No1 and they did the guilds (and a few others) before that was built.

Graeme
terryc
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 136
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 3:10 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for clarification, I guess I got the explanation wrong on the serial number instruction, well we are lucky to own such exclusive basses and guitars, less than 15K! as compared to the thousands of fenders & gibsons.
Guess we Alembic owners are therefore members of a very elite club. That is a really good feel good factor!!!
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2333
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 5:02 am:   Edit Post

Hundreds of thousands of Fenders and Gibsons, I would imagine.

Bill, tgo
terryc
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 139
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post

Ah well anyone can buy a fender
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1427
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 7:43 am:   Edit Post

Ah well anyone can buy ... an Alembic.

There's no blackballing involved.
terryc
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 140
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, April 27, 2007 - 3:30 am:   Edit Post

Buying an Alembic...depends how much moolah you have
But I guess we all started somewhere so I take the comment back..apologies to all

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