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derekh
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Username: derekh

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 4:28 am:   Edit Post

Hi

I have just received my very first Alembic!

Could you let me know the history and construction as no papers were available.

The serial number reads as 09K12241 USA but the first zero could well be the top of a nine and the lower part has not been made properly.

Derek

Essence/Europa
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 811
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 9:08 am:   Edit Post

The first two digits are the year of manufacture followed by an alphabetic model code and then the serial number. I suspect the full serial is 99K12241. This would make the bass as manufactured in 1999 and fits with the serial number of 12241.

Keith
derekh
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Username: derekh

Post Number: 2
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 3:36 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Keith

I thought that would be the case.

Derek
derekh
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Username: derekh

Post Number: 3
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 7:01 pm:   Edit Post

Just had a look in the electronics cavity it is 99K1224
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5278
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 - 8:15 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Derek, welcome to the board! We have a few other members in Australia as well. Congrats on a very nice looking Essence! As you've already alluded to in the subject line, the electronics are Europa. The top looks to me like Walnut; and my guess would be a Mahogany body, although it's really hard to tell from the picture. I can't tell which headstock that is from this angle. The shop is a bit shorthanded at the moment, so it may be a little while before the next batch of serial number searches is made. Enjoy!
derekh
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Username: derekh

Post Number: 4
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 9:35 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the assistance. I understand the situation regarding serial number searches . I am not in a rush, so whenever it is provided will be good.

I have managed a couple more photos of body and headstock. I suspect the body top is flamed Mahogony but headstock I have no idea. Could you please let me know what you think?

Derek
derekh
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Username: derekh

Post Number: 5
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 9:57 pm:   Edit Post

The photos didn't appear. I suspect they were too big. I'll try again!
Top
Headstock 1
Headstock 2

(Message edited by davehouck on July 18, 2007)
derekh
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Username: derekh

Post Number: 6
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 10:00 pm:   Edit Post

And again!

olieoliver
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1471
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 6:16 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club Derek.

Very nice bass?

Olie
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 502
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 - 8:56 am:   Edit Post

Very nice. I like the Europa headstock on that bass.

I think it looks like a Mahogany body followed by a maple accent and a walnut top. I could very well be wrong, but that top sure looks like a nice walnut to me.

Either way, it's lovely.

Toby
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4758
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 11:31 am:   Edit Post

Hi Derek,

Here's the details that were in the instrument file:

top: Flame Walnut
accent: Maple pinstripe
body: Mahogany
through body neck: 5-piecce Maple with 4 Walnut pinstripes, 34" long scale
fingerboard: Ebony
peghead shape: Europa
body shape: Essence 5
pickups: MXY56
controls: volume, pan, filter, 2-position Q switch, bass cut/flat/boost switch, treble cut/flat/boost switch, mono side output
finish: polyester
birthday: November 30, 1999
originally made for: Kenman Company, Switzerland

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