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benson_murrensun
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Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 1
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 9:48 am:   Edit Post

I just acquired Alembic Epic 98W11828. I would like to know more about it, particularly concerning the inscription on the truss rod cover indicating that it's a special edition number 24 of 60 (I think, it's not here with me now); and on the Instrument Wood Card it says Guitar Center Anniversay model.
keavin
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 1163
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

It was a special run they did for guitar center back in 1978.http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/26535.html?1168738019
benson_murrensun
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Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 10:32 am:   Edit Post

Thanks, keavin. So it appears, from the thread link you sent, that what makes this one different is the fingerboard inlays, the brass truss rod and control cavity covers and an additional laminate layer in the body?
keavin
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Post Number: 1164
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

Exactly!.....& Mica will chime in shortly to fill you in on your woods/birthdate etc...oh & welcome!
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1449
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 1:17 am:   Edit Post

The "brass truss rod" would be a novelty - brass can hardly be flexible enough for that purpose. But indeed the truss rod cover is made from brass, where normally you would find a plastic cover on an Epic.
benson_murrensun
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

Yo Adriaan,

FYI: "... brass truss rod and control cavity covers..." indicates a cover for the truss rod and a cover for the control cavity. No mistake was made.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1452
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 12:45 pm:   Edit Post

Yo Ben,

I must have been tricked by the line breaking off where it did. How silly of me.

Enjoy the ride! - You're the second motorcycle safety instructor on board here.
benson_murrensun
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 9:40 am:   Edit Post

Adriaan,

Very cool. Who is the other motorcycle safety instructor?
I must admit to keeping a cheapo Steinberger Spirit in my arsenal so I can strap it to my bike and ride to sessions. A full-size bass is unweildy in those situations.
I see you are from the Netherlands; I visited Holland for 3 weeks a year and a half ago; spent most of the time in Landgraaf.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1454
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 9:53 am:   Edit Post

You don't see many people go to Landgraaf for anything but the big Pinkpop festival - but that's always on Pentecost - which is next week this year, so a year and a half ago doesn't really make sense.

For the moment I can't remember the intructor's name - he'll probably join in soon.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5047
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

Adriaan; I believe that would be Kevin, Kmh364.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1456
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 2:37 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Dave!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4645
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 5:32 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the details from the file for this bass:


WLB4 Special Edition Epic bass for Guitar Center

top: Flame Maple
accent: Maple and Purpleheart pinstripes
body: Mahogany
neck: 3-piece Maple, 34" long scale
fingerboard: Ebony with pearloid oval inlays
truss rod cover: brass, engraved "Special Edition 29 of 60)"
backplate: brass
finish: polyurethane satin natural (very thin)
pickups: MXY
controls: volume, pan, bass, treble, mono output
birthday: July 22, 1998
originally made for: Guitar Center

I'm pretty sure this was for Guitar Center's 25th anniversary. They purchased a group of instruments with the same specifications, to market as a limited edition run. There was at least one of these basses at each store.

What made these "special" compared to other Epics at the time:

brass control covers
engraving
inlays
double pinstripe accents

In 1998, the only options for Epic basses were wood tops, fretted or fretles, and right or left handed.

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