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room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 163
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica,

I won a very interested bass on eBay.
It is Medium scale 5 strings Series 1 with Small Standard Body.
The serial number is 2080 or 2089 that seller said.
Please let me know the build record and which is right.

MSB5 with small body

Very unique head shape that I have never seen.
unique head shape

Eiji
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4968
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 - 4:54 pm:   Edit Post

Eiji; I've seen that peghead on a few guitars.
room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 164
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 7:36 am:   Edit Post

Yeah Dave,
I found these pictures in my archives.

Exploiter Guitar
Exploiter Bass

Both instruments have Exploiter body.
But I have never seen the peghead on Standard bodys.
Small standard body balance is head heavy, much more MSB 5 strings.
I think, the bass needed such refinement for balance.

Eiji
room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 165
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2007 - 7:49 am:   Edit Post

Today I got the Bass.
I correct the serial number info.
This picture said 82-2050 or 82-2059.
Serial Number

There is the Number 1877 in the cavity.
Cavity

Dave,
Please correct this thread title.
"82-2050 or 2059"
room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 166
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

I add some pictures and info.

MSB5 body
Maybe body woods are Walnut top and back, Mahogany core.
The tail piece are replaced far from bridge.

head shape
Unique head shape, I called it "shaped cone".
High C tuner were guitar's tuner.
I replaced M4 for bass.

Neck damage
Most problem is the neck.
The neck is twisted and paints are peeling off.
The bass was used as lefty. (There are side position marks on another side.)
I tried truss rod adjustment, but it's still twisted.

bridge
The bridge loses all nuts.
1st and 2ed string saddles are grooved for E and A strings.

I think the bass needs some repair work.

Eiji
room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 168
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 8:39 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica,

Did you find the build record ?
I think the serial number is 2059.

I am waiting for the info.

Eiji
marcusbass
Junior
Username: marcusbass

Post Number: 30
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post

I like it! Headstock is not to my personal taste..biased towards the crown. especially with the small body..but bass is very cool!!!
marcusbass
Junior
Username: marcusbass

Post Number: 31
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post

What's with the tailpiece? Is this original? Looks a little bit funky to me.
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1325
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Sunday, May 13, 2007 - 4:14 pm:   Edit Post

Marcus, looks to me like maybe a screw hole or two may have been stripped and instead of repairing them they just rotated it a little.
That's a fairly easy fix. The twisted neck may take some worl and time though.

Cool bass though Eiji.
room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 171
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 3:32 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica,

Did you find the file ?
I need actual serial number for registration.

Kind regards,
Eiji
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 4643
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 5:13 pm:   Edit Post

Of the 2 numbers, 82 2059 matches the pictures best. Here's what was in the instrument file:

MSBI5 Series I medium scale bass

top and back: Walnut
body: Mahogany
neck: Maple and Purpleheart, 32" medium scale
fingerboard: Ebony with mother of pearl inlays
tuners: Schaller
electronics: PF6B (Series I)
birthday: March 5, 1982
originally made for: Campo Music

The original registered owner lived in Louisiana. There is no repair or other ownership history on this bass.

The peghead is an early vairation for Spoiler basses and Electrum guitars.
room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 172
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 12:58 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Mica !
I will register the bass.

Eiji
dela217
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 806
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 9:06 am:   Edit Post

Mica, you state that the Alembic was first registered in Louisiana. I think I know this bass! I am going to search for some pictures of it I took when it was new. I played a festival and shared the bill with the owner of this bass. I took a bunch of pictures of it, I will just need to find them. The bass was new back then. I remember that he had it strung as a 4 string. That may explain the extra grooves cut in the bridge!

I also remember him being quite fascinated with the bass I had then too. It was Alembic 74-62, which was a large pointy bass with a walnut top and cream colored pickups.

(Message edited by dela217 on June 09, 2007)

(Message edited by dela217 on June 09, 2007)
room037
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 173
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 9:32 am:   Edit Post

Hi Michael,

Please show me the pitures that the bass was new.

The nut has no extra grooves, but it is removeable. Maybe it was used up side down for lefthanded.
There is no extra grooves on the bridge.
1st and 2nd bridge saddles has large grooves for left handed.

Original owner is right handed isn't it ?
The bass was used as left handed by second (or more) owner that I think.

Eiji
dela217
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 807
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 09, 2007 - 7:32 pm:   Edit Post

The original owner was right handed.

Michael

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