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rickbass
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Username: rickbass

Post Number: 8
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Monday, December 06, 2010 - 8:15 am:   Edit Post

Hi, I'm hoping you can tell me about the history of this bass - I have a chance to buy it.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2708
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, December 06, 2010 - 8:47 am:   Edit Post

Hi Rick. Could you check that number again - it should have just 4 digits after 82D (=1982 Distillate). IIRC, Alembic reached 5 digits only in the 1990s.

Also, the serial number lookup may take some time, so if you can post some pictures we may be able to fill you in on some of the build details.

You can also use Flip's excellent reference page on serial numbers.
rickbass
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Username: rickbass

Post Number: 9
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 4:49 am:   Edit Post

Hi, adriaan, sorry about that! The serial no. is 82D2402. I have a few pics (attached). Thanks for Flip's reference page! Anything you can tell me about this bass is greatly appreciated!

Front View
Bridge
Front in Case
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 651
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 5:42 am:   Edit Post

I can tell you it is beautiful
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2711
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 8:31 am:   Edit Post

Can't disagree with funkyjazzjunky's assessment - that's a very nice specimen you have there.

Looks like a regular Distillate (description of the controls can be found here) with a distinctive coco bolo top. The classic wood recipe for Alembic!
rickbass
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Username: rickbass

Post Number: 10
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

Very cool, and thanks for the controls descriptions - very helpful! I'm in the process of purchasing, but am still interested in any additional info you can provide. The seller alerted me that I may need to have some neck-work done to address some minor fret buzzing. Anything special I should know about this? Curious - what should I expect in terms of "note sustain"? I played a series II recently, and the sustain was seemingly never-ending.


Thanks, Rick
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9927
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 3:19 pm:   Edit Post

The neck-through design and the Pupleheart neck laminates will provide significant sustain. Unless it's because of fret wear, most fret buzz issues can be addressed by your self with the dual truss rods.

To add to Adriaan's description, it looks like the main body wood is Mahogany, and neck is probably Maple and Purpleheart. The fretboard appears to be Ebony.
rickbass
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Username: rickbass

Post Number: 11
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 7:32 am:   Edit Post

Thank you, Dave, that's helpful. I hope to have the bass within the next few weeks. Once the serial number lookup is done, I'm interested in that, too. I found the following review and was wondering if you're in agreement or have any additional comments:

http://www.vguitar.com/features/brands/details.asp?AID=3564

Thanks, Rick
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9951
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 7:20 pm:   Edit Post

Nice review. The "tone control" is actually a low-pass filter. A better description of the controls can be found at the link Adriaan posted above.
rickbass
Junior
Username: rickbass

Post Number: 12
Registered: 7-2010
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 1:14 pm:   Edit Post

Well, I'm now the proud owner of this bass - my first Alembic. I cleaned it up and changed the strings and it sounds great! I'm still interested in its history, so when possible, please let me know what your records show.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1497
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 3:18 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations ! That is really a gorgeous Distillate .
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9983
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 - 3:55 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7558
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, December 30, 2011 - 11:52 am:   Edit Post

at laaaaaaast!

top: Coco Bolo
accent: none
body: Mahogany
neck: 5-piece Maple and Purpleheart
scale: 32" medium sale
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: mother of pearl ovals
pickups: AXY
controls: "Distillate" volume, filter, Q switch, bass cut/flat/boost, treble cut/flat/boost, pickup selector switch, mono output
originally made for: Pied Piper
birthday: December 23, 1982

Original owner (from West Virginia) purchased in April of 1983, and it was returned to us in June of 1983 for an electronics problem in the treble switch. Looks like we replaced the entire electronics harness and one pickup too.

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