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eco_bass
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Username: eco_bass

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2012
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:39 pm:   Edit Post

Hello, I have a problem in my Essence, the pot Low Pass is spinning endlessly, it works but turns without stopping, do not know what caused it, but it can be a misuse or malfunction. I want to replace it, but I live in Brazil, so I would be able to buy this potentiometer, I have friends that always comes from the USA to Brazil and then he can bring to me! And also like an opinion about a big brand in low relief that is between the pickups on the low B string, as in the picture. When I bought this bass was already like that, but the brand is ugly! If I have to redo the paint or vernis, the bass will lose its originality and its value? I want to know if you recommend doing this repair. Thank you in advance for your attention.opinion about a big brand in low relief that is between the pickups on the low B string, as in the picture. When I bought this bass was already like that, but the brand is ugly! If I have to redo the paint or vernis, the bass will lose its originality and its value? I want to know if you recommend doing this repair. Thank you in advance for your attention.
eco_bass
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 11-2012
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:41 pm:   Edit Post

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eco_bass
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Username: eco_bass

Post Number: 3
Registered: 11-2012
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:45 pm:   Edit Post

My bass
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 8007
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, July 29, 2013 - 7:02 pm:   Edit Post

What you're describing is a failure of the stop in the pot. It usually fails after a hard force is applied.

You can get a replacement pot from us. Just send an email to me at the address in my profile and I'll send you the details.

You can replace with a 10K audio taper pot if you can find one locally.

I'm not an expert in vintage guitar values, but if it were mine, I'd get the finish fixed. Others might have a different opinion, someone else will probably chime in their suggestion.

If we were to fix it, we'd refinish the whole thing and make it like new. But that's just how we do it.
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1002
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 1:05 pm:   Edit Post

Salve, Everton, sou um colega brazuka aqui do Alembic Club. Bem vindo!

Olha, em relação à originalidade, é mais importante a aparentemente ausente placa do Tensor, no final da escala. Posso ter sido enganado pela foto, mas ela é de latão polido e tem o número de série e ano.

Os parafusos dos captadores estão errados. Num Alembic, eles ficam um por cima (puxando contra o corpo) e outro abaixo do captador (empurrando pra cima). E eles ainda ficam alternados em cada lado e invertidos entre os lados. Olha esse link aqui:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/16271/16345.html?1307055464

É uma pena que o antigo dono tenha abusado tanto desse Essence. Eu posso apostar que a mesma pessoa que errou com os parafusos, tentou retirar os botões, sem saber como, forçou e acabou quebrando o potenciômetro (para soltar os botões, tem que soltar o topo dele - que na verdade é uma tampinha que oculta um parafuso que se acessa por cima).

Olha, eu compraria o potenciômetro com a Mica, mesmo. Os padrões da Alembic são bastante elevados e os potenciômetros que usam parecem nunca oxidar ou desgastar. O investimento em trazer um vai valer à pena, não temos potenciômetros assim no Brasil, acredite...

Quanto a refazer o acabamento, note que nos Essence eles usam uma formulação de poliester. Se quiser manter mesmo a originalidade, evite usar verniz. Olhe no site da Alembic:

http://www.alembic.com/prod/essence.html
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1003
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 1:27 pm:   Edit Post

Sorry for writing in portuguese, is much easier to me and would be funny write in english first to another brazilian alembician. But don't want to look rude, if you want to know what I said to him, there is an effort of free translation below:

"Hail, Everton, here is a brazilian fellow at the Club, welcome!

Concerning originality, check the Truss Rod cover plate at scale's end. May the photo tricks me, but it should be brass with engraved serial number.

Screws are wrong, too. One should be at PU's top (pushing it towards the body) and the other should be below (to pull it away). And they are alternated on each side and inverted between sides. Check this link:

It is a shame previous owner had abused this Essence like that. I can bet the same person that mistake with the srews tried to brutally took knobs out and broke them (to lose them you must lift its cap - truly a lid that hides a screw accessed by the top).

Hey, you should buy from Mica. Alembic's standards are very high and the pots they use seem never fail or oxidize. The investment will pay off, we don't have pots like this in Brazil, believe me.

Regarding finishing, note that they use glossy polyester. If you really care about originality, don't use varnish."

(Message edited by mario farufyno on July 30, 2013)
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 1004
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 1:51 pm:   Edit Post

That is what I was talking about knobs, Everton:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/16271/31562.html?1158623020

And guidelines for adjusting PickUp height with Alembic's springless system:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/16271/109054.html?1310588267

Alembic user manual:

http://www.alembic.com/support/care.html

Take sometime to check old threads in Club, as FAQ and Must Reads, either. There are several valuable infos in depth about alembic, bass and music. Like that:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/16271/16381.html?1110831944
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5498
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 3:27 pm:   Edit Post

I wouldn't worry about refinishing vs. originality. Alembics aren't like old Fenders which have a vintage/collectors value that is greatly diminished by re-finishing. Go ahead and make it look just like you want. If anything, it will increase it's value.

Bill, the guitar one
eco_bass
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Username: eco_bass

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2012
Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 6:18 am:   Edit Post

Ok , thanks guys !!

Mica , I don't understand how send the email for you thru instructions in the message in my email ! But I sent a direct email for you .
I want buy the pot e want know how I do the buy ! I too want buy the Truss Rod cover plate with the serial number of my Alembic and three knobs . And to polish I want buy the Flitz Metal Polish . Thank you in advance for your attention.

Mario , thanks for your tips and patriotism , rs... !! Helped me a lot ! I also sent a email direct for you !

Bill ,thanks for the encouragement, I liked .

I want to refurbish my bass, he deserves it, next year will make 20 years !

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