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Username: billty

Post Number: 1
Registered: 8-2007
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 10:11 pm:   Edit Post

Hello all, This is my first Alembic,serial number: 83S2629 it was kinda beat up, but the price was right.I plan on restoring it back to its original state as soon as I can.
I bought it on Ebay, the seller says it was a 1983, but I wanted to make sure. Its going to need some electronic work,and replacing the knobs switches with the originals,in addition to some finish work,and wood repair.
I'm new to Alembic,so any info on what this bass should have to make it new would be great.I thought it was really cool that Alembic gave historys on their instruments.I can't wait to get this bass back into tip top shape,almost as much as I want to play it!

(Message edited by billty on August 07, 2007)

(Message edited by davehouck on August 09, 2007)
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Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 614
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 11:09 pm:   Edit Post

Based on the serial number you posted, that's an '83, and the body appears to be solid Koa, a now-endangered Hawaian wood that's beautiful and toneful. Both of my Alembics have Koa tops and backs.
If you can show us what's going on inside the control cavity, we should be able to give you some idea how much of a task restoration will be.
Welcome to the Alembic club.
Username: billty

Post Number: 3
Registered: 8-2007
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2007 - 11:16 pm:   Edit Post

I figured it was Koa,but it was so plain looking I also thought it might be a light mahogany. Without seeing it in person it was kind of a toss up for me to tell.Though now that I think about it the headstock over & underlays are highly flamed Koa,so it would make sense that the body would match.
Once I get the bass in my hands I'll post some pictures of the control cavity.

Username: billty

Post Number: 8
Registered: 8-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 08, 2007 - 11:17 pm:   Edit Post

Pictures and more details of the basses condition here:http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/42839.html?1186633006
Username: mica

Post Number: 4765
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post

The previous owner didn't mention anything about the condition of this bass, but the history details were posted here.

SMB4 Spoiler bass

body: Solid Koa
neck: Maple with Koa peghead veneers, 32" scale
fingerboard: not recorded, but likely Ebony
inlays: not recorded, but likely pearloid
pickups: AXY
controls: volume, filter, 2-position Q switch, 4-position rotary pickup selector switch
originally made for: Pied Piper, WV
birthday: April 26, 1983

The original owner purchased the bass on June 15, 1983 and was in Louisiana.
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 616
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post

Ah, that does ring a bell... Click here and here
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5435
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post

Good memory Flip!

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