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Username: bassplayer

Post Number: 11
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 3:36 pm:   Edit Post

Hi all,

Today a friend send me a few pics of an Alembic i've never seen before.
Can anyone tell me the specs of this bass, and possibly a serialnumber??

Thanks in advance,


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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 407
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

It's a Series I, but the routing around the pickups sure doesn't look like anything I've ever seen....

I'm sure somebody who actually knows what they're talking about will chime in before long. Cool bass, but I wonder what the story behind the pickup routing is.
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Username: rraymond

Post Number: 227
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 5:00 pm:   Edit Post

That is cool. The pickup routing reminds me of one of those Atlansia's, or whatever, from Japan.

Cool bass!
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 1584
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post

It looks like pics of one of those mini basses to me - Barbie sized. Is it real?
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Username: dela217

Post Number: 800
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 3:27 am:   Edit Post

It kinda looked little to me too! Look at the stripes in the background material. Something seems funny about that. But if you look at the back, that sure is a lot of detail for a tiny bass.
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Username: room037

Post Number: 169
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 7:36 am:   Edit Post


This bass is now for sale (JPY 399000) in Tokyo.
Yes, it is not Barbie size.
The bass was produced 1977.
I asked the shop but I don't get any other info.

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Username: keurosix

Post Number: 182
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 7:40 am:   Edit Post

Looks like a Series 1 from the '80s. It has a brass truss rod cover and non-adjustable nut, and lower horn pickup selector. The radius around the pickups could be a special detail from the factory, or maybe someone dinged up the wood and then radiused all around to clean it up. Can't tell without a closeup.
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Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 227
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post

The heads are not like anything I've seen before!?-I'm talking about the got a 76 Series 1 and the heads are totally in line.
IMHO something is amiss somewhere with this bass.---could even go with the "BARBY" bass

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Username: 811952

Post Number: 1018
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 11:12 am:   Edit Post

The tuning keys on early basses weren't always oriented square with everything else (though obviously most were/are). Keavin's #12 is a good example of this (even though much older than this bass). I would guess it would have depended upon desired aesthetics dictated/requested by the person for whom it was built (much like the very non-standard recesses around the pickups), since I don't believe Alembic built very many instruments that weren't already spoken-for in those days..

Username: bassplayer

Post Number: 12
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

Hi all,

Thank you for all the replies and sorry for MY late one....
@room037: you mentioned this bass being for sale?? 3 words: "where" and "how much"??


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Username: room037

Post Number: 170
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 3:29 pm:   Edit Post


It's HERE !
77' Alembic bass is "ARRIVAL" section.
The price is "JPY 399000" (about US$ 3300).
I didn't go to the shop, but the bass is still available on web site.
Unfortunately, original hardcase is not included.

Eiji @ Tokyo
Username: jake

Post Number: 54
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - 5:03 pm:   Edit Post

those pickup routs are pretty weird
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 4
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 - 2:32 pm:   Edit Post

Aria and Kawai used to make copies of Alembics. Sometimes these copies were 'modified' to appear true Alembics.
This looks like a Kawai bass I used to own. (Of course, mine had neither the Alembic logo nor the bird tail-piece).

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