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Username: bfinn19

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2014
Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:14 pm:   Edit Post

Looking for more information on this bass, a gorgeous lefty:

Appears to have been a custom bass, maybe an Elan variation?

Username: bfinn19

Post Number: 2
Registered: 4-2014
Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:02 pm:   Edit Post

Pics didn't upload - probably too large. Trying again:

Lefty bass 01

Lefty bass 02
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1794
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post

Hello Robert,
Welcome to the forum. Your pics show a beautiful 1993 custom that appears to be based on an Essence with a lovely maple quilt top and Europa electronics package (volume, pan, lo-pass filter, q switch, and bass and treble cut/normal/boost switches. I bet she sounds enormous!

Usually it takes a while for history record look-ups, owing to the small size of our favorite family-run instrument business, and most of the records are still on 3x5" index cards. Other forum members will likely chime in as well. Meanwhile, take advantage of the info to be found in the FAQ section of the forum.

Welcome once again,
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1627
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11:49 am:   Edit Post

Looks to be a pretty unique custom body shape with a maple core and possibly a thin purpleheart body veneer. The upper horn looks kind of close to an Essence or a Rogue, but the lower horn has an angle to it that I'm not sure I've ever seen on an Alembic.

Cool bass!
Username: mica

Post Number: 8695
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, December 11, 2015 - 12:54 am:   Edit Post

This one was a little tricky to track all the details down, but here's what I found out:

top: Quilted Maple
accent: Purpleheart pinstripe
body: Maple
neck: 3-piece Maple with Walnut pinstripes, Lefty
scale: 34" long
fingerboard: Ebony
pickups: MXY4
controls: "Elan Plus" volume, pan, filter, Q-switch, bass cut/flat/boost, treble cut/flat/boost, mono output
originally made for: Ace Music, Miami, FL
birthday: September 24, 1993

I confirmed there was a custom body shape made for this bass. There's a note that says:

"Wants Elan + or Europa elect. What fits best? Bigger body half??"

Tracked it down and the lower body half is slightly modified for the Elan Plus electronics.

The bass was originally registered in Florida.

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