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Username: jaytee

Post Number: 7
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2007 - 8:14 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica,
I just bought a used brown bass to replace a '77 short scale that I bought new from Fullerton Music in '77 and sold in '93.

The brown bass is scheduled to show up on my doorstep tomorrow. I'd really apprciate any information you could offer. I've attached a picture of the bb and also one of me back in the day with my shedua topped, short scale '77--I don't recall ever calling it a "series I" back then. --John

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Username: keavin

Post Number: 1180
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 6:28 am:   Edit Post

Hey, im glad you got your hands on another alembic.....congrats!
Username: mauibassplayer

Post Number: 29
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 12:30 pm:   Edit Post

Hi John, congrates on the new aquisition. I have never played one of those, I play a Spoiler, is there a lot of difference?
Username: jaytee

Post Number: 8
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 - 7:55 pm:   Edit Post

Keavin, thanks. I'm really happy with it.

I don't know about the spoiler, but, I can tell you there is a lot of difference for me between the two 34" Alembics I own (MK and Orion) and the short scale. What the short scale excels at is the feeling that you can reach/play anything. You just want to move into any register FAST. Multiple stops are a breeze. What I can't do well on the short scale is slap. There isn't enough room to really wail--that's where the extra room in the long scales really helps. That being said, this bass is really alive with round-wound strings and tapping/strumming/harmonics are a pleasure. Hope that helps. --John
Username: jaytee

Post Number: 10
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post


I just noticed that the bird tailpiece is actually two pieces. Is the lower part graphite? When did you start using that? Thanks.
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2391
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2007 - 6:06 pm:   Edit Post


The early ones used a tailpiece that was ebony on the bottom and brass on the top. My '76 Series one guitar has one. Scroll down to the second to last picture.

Bill, the guitar one
Username: mica

Post Number: 4640
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 08, 2007 - 4:24 pm:   Edit Post

The Ebony shim tailpiece is a nod to the early builds where the brass part wasn't machined (though these are machined).

Brown Bass BBSB4

top and back: Walnut
core: Myrtle
neck: Mahogany, Birch, Walnut, 30.75" short scale
fingerboard: Ebony with abalone ovals and side LEDs in green
pickups: AXY
controls: vol x2, filter x2, Q switch x2, pickup selector switch, LED operation, stereo/mono switch
backplates: brass
birthday: February 3, 2005
originally made for: Bass Central

no previous registered owners.

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