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gdog
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Username: gdog

Post Number: 3
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009 - 6:04 am:   Edit Post

Was this bass custom orderd? whats the value? why are the tuners 3 on a side?

Elan 89H 6563

(Message edited by mica on December 29, 2009)
gdog
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009 - 6:16 am:   Edit Post

what is it? how many were made? whats the story? 89H 6563
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 949
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009 - 6:19 am:   Edit Post

Assuming this is a cut Cone headstock: These are typical for the Elan 6 ;-)

Here's one:

davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8510
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 1:16 pm:   Edit Post

Mica will pull the build card with all the details; but for now, it's a 1989 Elan. Alembic does not have, for the moment, records showing the total number of Elans built to date. At some point it is hoped that the build cards will be transferred to a data base; and at that time it should be possible to determine the total number of a particular model.
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 952
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 1:22 pm:   Edit Post

I just noticed the serial number, I have 90H6003...

Could the first digit in your serial number be a 5? (89H 5563)

Or maybe they have a time machine @ Alembic :-)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8512
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

A description of Elan controls can be found here. There is also a lot of other useful information in our FAQ and Must Reads section.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8513
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

Very unusual headstock.

Flip is right; for an '89, the first number is probably a 5 instead of a 6. Let me know, and I'll change the thread title so Mica won't search for the wrong number.

(Message edited by davehouck on August 09, 2009)
gdog
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Username: gdog

Post Number: 5
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

Thank you yes the first number is 5 the way it is stamped its hard to see.
gdog
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Username: gdog

Post Number: 6
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 5:44 am:   Edit Post

The pick ups were replaced in 1998 or 1999. Alembic sent replacement pick ups free of charge to Richard Kowalewski. MICHIGAN. futher examination I'm finding #s 5653 stamped inside electronics pocket. "shielding"
gdog
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Username: gdog

Post Number: 7
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 7:01 am:   Edit Post

I wanna thank you, and Mica fer rearching records for me and I apologize for making anyone run around. I'm doing my best to identify this Alembic for my records and need your help! Kind REGARDS Jim G.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1602
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 8:24 am:   Edit Post

Interesting shape, could it have been the victim of damage at some point in the past, and the cone tip reshaped for cosmetic reasons?

Jazzyvee
gdog
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Username: gdog

Post Number: 8
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009 - 5:26 pm:   Edit Post

Hmmm DONT KNOW EXACTLY But its for sale Im trying to list it for $2,000. it do not look as though it was damaged or repaired. the bass
is really clean.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 6534
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 8:42 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Jimmy,

Here's the details from the instrument file:

HLB6 Elan 6-string bass
top: Flame Koa
body: Maple
neck: 11-piece Maple and Purpleheart
scale: 34" long
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: Pearloid (plastic) ovals
pickups: AXY56, bass pickup moved toward bridge by 1"
originally made for: Farrow's Music, MI
birthday: not recorded, but likely mid-November 1989

The bass was sent to us for repair in August of 1998 with the problem of "Noisy-Buzz" but there's no record of it being electronic or mechanical or what was repaired.

The peghead has been modified since it was made. The work order specifies a standard 6-string Cone peghead like Flip referenced.

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