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waynbo
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Username: waynbo

Post Number: 1
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 - 9:57 pm:   Edit Post

Requesting age of Essence 4 # 95k9110 please
waynbo
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Username: waynbo

Post Number: 2
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Friday, August 15, 2008 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post

Hiya Mica, just getting the jist as a new member of your club. I purchased a secound hand Essence 4 a couple of years ago and may be looking at selling it. The serial # is 95K9110. Would you be able to help me with details of its origin & age. In NZ we are quite ignorant about this brand, as I believe there is no agent in NZ that markets such a quality bass guitar brand new. Hope you can help. Cheers. Wayne.
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 947
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post

Hi Wayne,
Pardon my intrusion, but your serial number indicates an instrument made in 1995.
Cheers,
Mike
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 869
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 8:07 am:   Edit Post

Hi Wayne,

There are a few Alembics floating around NZ, I lived in Hamilton from '02-'07, but brought mine back to the US when I moved. There are a couple members here at the forum who are Kiwis. Two or three up in Auckland and another down near Nelson if my memory serves me right.

FYI: the serial number requests can take awhile to get processed. Mica has about 14,000 other jobs and the serial number requests seem to be low man on the totem pole in terms of importance.

If you have some pictures we could probably help you out with most of the build details (plus we love pictures around here).

Regards,
Toby
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6904
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 1:49 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Wayne; as Mike said, the serial number shows that it was made in 1995. As for the origin, all Alembics have been and still are handcrafted in a small shop in Northern California. Since 1979 the shop has been located in the town of Santa Rosa, California. And as Toby said, if you can post some pictures, we might be able to help out with some of the details until Mica can run another batch of serial numbers. If it's a standard Essence, the controls are probably Volume, Pan, and Low Pass Filter, the neck is probably Maple with Walnut pinstripes, and the body is probably Mahogany. But there are many variations; I've only listed some of the standard items.
waynbo
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Username: waynbo

Post Number: 3
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2008 - 7:50 pm:   Edit Post

Hiya Guys, Thank you all for your great input in helping me find out more about my baby. I have attached a couple of pics for your info. Perhaps this club could help me find a new home for her.

Again much appreciated.

Regards,
Wayne
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6947
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2008 - 8:31 pm:   Edit Post

The pictures suggest the following. The top is Flame Maple, as are the top and back headstock veneers. The body is Maple. Three piece Maple neck with Walnut pinstripes.

I can't tell from the pictures; how many knobs does it have?

My guess, and it's only a guess, is that the drop-D tuner, and perhaps the set of tuners, was added later.
acthabass
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Username: acthabass

Post Number: 3
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

Could You Please Tell me more about the wood and all other features of the bass I just bought:
Serial Number 98W11485USA! Thanks a lot!Epic 5
acthabass
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Username: acthabass

Post Number: 4
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

EPic Head
Could You Please Tell me more about the wood and all other features of the bass I just bought:
Serial Number 98W11485USA! Thanks a lot!
elwoodblue
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 607
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 2:53 pm:   Edit Post

Almir,
If you start a new thread in the serial number/history request section,( with your serial # in subject line) ,it will be easy to refer back to once Mica makes another run at checking the files.

Beautiful top on your bass!
cheers
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 6171
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 3:28 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Wayne,

Well, it took a while, but here's the details from the instrument file:

KLB4 Essence 4-string bass
top: Flame Maple
accent: Walnut pinstripe
body: Maple
scale: 34" long scale
neck: 3-piece Maple with 2 Walnut pinstripes
fingerboard: Ebony
pickups: MXY4
controls: volume, blend, filter, mono output
birthday: June 19, 1995
originally made for: Madison Music

That's it!

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