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Username: mja2116

Post Number: 1
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

I've owned this bass since 1993. I don't know anything about the instrument's history, etc. I assume it was built in '81. It's been a great bass, and I just got it serviced for the first time in at least 15 years. Any info would be appreciated.
Username: mja2116

Post Number: 2
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 9:59 am:   Edit Post

Some of pictures of my bass. . . 81D1991back of bass
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1328
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post

Cool top on this bass and welcome to the club Mark.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5046
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, May 14, 2007 - 6:28 pm:   Edit Post

"Cool top" was the first thing I thought of too!
Username: mica

Post Number: 4629
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 3:10 pm:   Edit Post

Here's what we found in the file for this bass:

top: Koa
body: Mahogany
neck: Maple and Purpleheart, 32" medium scale
fingerboard: Ebony with mother of pearl ovals
birthday: December 18, 1981
originally made for: Sam Ash, Queens, NY

One previous registered owner in Queens. The original purchase date was January 8, 1982.
Username: martinb

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 2:36 am:   Edit Post

It's nice to see the younger sibling of my distillate. Mine has the serial# 81D1981USA. I'm assuming mine was made 10 bases before this one? Is that how the serials work?
Anyway, I bought mine new in 1982. It's basically the same with a Zebrawood top.
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1674
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 3:01 am:   Edit Post

A 1981 Distillate with S/N 1981 - cool! That must be the only Alembic with matching s/n and year.

Alembic use one serial number for all instruments: they just prefix with the year and a short code for the model (Series instruments have no code). Check the Reference page on the main site for details.

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