Post Number: 1
|Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 12:34 am: |
Hi, I'm new here, I'm a semi pro musician from the north of Sweden, I play both the bass and the guitar.
I owned this Alembic bass back in the mid 80's but sold it after a couple of years. The last two or three years I've tried to track it down and this weekend I found it and bought it back.
The thing is that I don't have a clue what model it is, I haven't got the bass yet but I have some photos from the seller. If i magnify one of the photos I think I see a serial number that say:80 16 24 USA. I can post better photos when it have arrived but I'm really curious to find out what kind of model it is.
Post Number: 1166
|Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 1:05 am: |
short scale serie I from 1980 No 1624
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 1:27 am: |
OK, thanks! I'll try to find some information about the model, I haven't been around here enough to know how to navigate around, do you have a link where I can read about the model, how many that was made that year and such.
Post Number: 1552
|Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 7:17 am: |
With the Small Standard body. You can read more here, here, and here.
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Monday, August 19, 2013 - 12:30 pm: |
Thanks for the links, I'll check them out. I'll get the bass tomorrow, I just can't wait to play it again, some 25 years later:-)
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 12:03 am: |
The bass arrived yesterday and it was a joy seeing and playing it after all these years. It was in a desperate need of a basic setup and new strings but after a couple of hours it played and sounded really sweet. I think someone have altered the electronics since I owned it, the bridge pickup doesn't hear through the 1/4" jack but it works through the preamp, or whatever the floor unit is called...
Anyway, here are some photos from yesterday, I played it through my guitar rig, a Hiwatt/Marshall combination through a stereo hiwatt 4x12", it sounded really cool to run the treble out in to the Marshall and the bass to the Hiwatt. My normal bass rig is a Ampeg SVT and a 8x12" but I think the dual output preamp really add a cool dimension to the sound.
It would be great if somebody could point me to a page with some series 1 schematics so I can have the bass checked.
Hm, I don't seem to be able to post the photos but if you have facebook you can check it out here:
Post Number: 3409
|Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 3:10 am: |
Hi Magnus. First of all, welcome to the club. you'll find we're apretty friendly bunch.
regarding posting photos, there's a 130kb maximum size on each photo so it may just be tyhat youre need to be compressed.
regarding your pickup output, earlier series basses had a stereo jack socket so you'd have to make up a stereo lead to get both pickups from the jack. Later series basses had a mono jack. You can find out how to make up the lead here
Post Number: 3410
|Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 3:14 am: |
actually, this link is better for the cable construction advice.
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 4:26 am: |
Jacko, thanks for the links:-)
I'll check it out ASAP.
Post Number: 8765
|Posted on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 2:19 am: |
Here's the details I found out about your bass:
serial number: 80-1624
model name: Series I
model number: SBI4
neck: 5-piece Maple and Purpleheart
scale: 30.75" short
inlays: Mother of pearl
peghead veneers: Bubinga
controls: Series I
originally made for: King James Music, NY
birthday: June 12, 1980
The original owner was in Sweden.