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qualloyd
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Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 8
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2008 - 8:03 pm:   Edit Post

Hi There,
I bought my Exploiter new over a quarter of a century ago but never received a "Birth Certificate." I was wondering what the records might show. I seem to recall being told that Alembic had two versions of the Entwistle style and mine was the nicer of the two, due in part to the Distillate electronics. Any info would be greatly appreciated. I'll post the results on my thread I started in "Showcase" under "Distillate basses" titled "'82 Exploiter 8-String."

Thanks in advance,
Lloyd
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5969
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 5:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Lloyd,

Here's the details from the file:

DMB8X Distillate Exploiter 8-string bass 82D2026

top: Walnut
body: Mahogany
neck: Maple and Purpleheart
scale: 32" medium
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: Mother of pearl ovals
side markers: inlaid bronze dots
body shape: Exploiter
peghead shape: The Bishop
pickups: AXY
controls: "Distillate" volume, filter, Q switch, bass cut/flat/boost, treble c/f/b, 4-position rotary pickup selector switch mono output
birthday: January 29, 1982
originally made for: Make'n Music

The original owner was from Illinois.
(sorry! the bass is an 8-string - I was on auto pilot)

(Message edited by mica on March 20, 2009)
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5970
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 5:40 pm:   Edit Post

The Exploiter body shape has been an optional shape for any model since it was introduced. The first ones were made for Entwistle, but these were Series II models. In the music stores, you were likely to find Distillates and Spoilers in the Exploiter shape. The Distillate was the more expensive version of the two.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2146
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 1:44 am:   Edit Post

Ah, the cat's out of the bag on the name of that peghead shape - "The Bishop", as in a bishop's mitre.
qualloyd
Junior
Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 22
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

I've never lived in Illinois.

:-(

Lloyd
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5975
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post

Where did you purchase the bass?
qualloyd
Junior
Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 23
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:10 am:   Edit Post

I'll try this posting area!

I bought it from Make'n Music in Illinois, South of Chicago, near Indiana State Line.

Lloyd
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 556
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:18 am:   Edit Post

Was it converted to an 8-string or did you buy it that way?
qualloyd
Junior
Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 24
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post

I bought it that way. I was told it was a new bass. This was before the "WWW" and the resources now available that informed me of the Certificate of Birth, which it didn't have. I assumed (I KNOW what it means to assume!) the dealership sent in the warranty card, but I didn't even think about it. At the time, I knew Alembic was good. John Entwistle had one, that was good enough for me! I didn't realize HOW EXCELLENT they were until I researched decades later on the web.
Thanks for the interest,
Lloyd
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 557
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

Cool - I love Exploiters (had one for a while) and I love 8-strings! An Alembic 8-string is one of my dream basses.

I just thought it was odd that the build card says it's a 4-string. Looking forward to photos in the Showcase section!
qualloyd
Junior
Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 25
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:30 am:   Edit Post

This is the link to it.

My baby. Even if I'm not the Birth-Father!

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/56408.html?1237568981
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 558
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

I wouldn't worry about it - I bet that they just reported that it was sold to someone from Illinois, since that's where the store was. Hey, the string count isn't even correct on the card, so I wouldn't let it get you down. Where did you live when you bought it?

Oh, and now I remember the pics of your bass - I commented on the thread when you originally posted it - it's a beauty!
qualloyd
Junior
Username: qualloyd

Post Number: 26
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

I lived across the state line in Indiana when I bought her.

I was SO IMPRESSED with the quality, I bought an '86 Spoiler, a few years later from the same place.

LL
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5977
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2009 - 12:41 pm:   Edit Post

Sorry about the autopilot on the string number - it was originally built as an 8-string.

There's a different original owner registered (if your name in your profile is your real name - if it's different, you can email me). The actual registration card is in the file, so unless there's another duplicate number, it's possible this bass was briefly owned by someone in Illinois, then returned and sold to you. It wasn't common practice back then, but now with some stores, you never know how many 30 day return guarantees your equipment has gone through before you get it.

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