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longhorncat
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Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 409
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

It has an old, but solid, neck joint repair.
email me for hires front and back pics




(Message edited by longhorncat on September 21, 2011)
longhorncat
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Post Number: 410
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 10:10 am:   Edit Post



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klinkepeter
Junior
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 34
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 2:40 pm:   Edit Post

What I dont understand, this bass was sold at e-bay at Sep 19,2011 22:51:30 PDT from a seller based in keller/texas, looks like a scam to me... its definitely the same bass, you can see it still on the e-bay-side:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/1981-Alembic-Series-4-String-Bass-Guitar-/150662228409?pt=Guitar&hash=item23142b29b9
also this bass has some worn spots in finish and on brass, a serious crack in the body on the bottomside and some impressions on body and neck, they did not mention the neck joint repair.
Correct me if Im wrong but this looks very strange to me.
Peter
klinkepeter
Junior
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 35
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 2:50 pm:   Edit Post

here the picture of the crackcrack
klinkepeter
Junior
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 36
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 3:03 pm:   Edit Post

and here the backsite photo from the e-bay offer505099113_o.jpg
longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 411
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 8:23 pm:   Edit Post

Peter,

You are wrong. You really should have done a little more research before slamming my for sale thread. I have the bass here with me in Austin (see the new photographs) and am in the process of cleaning it up. I'll spend several days on this as well as add a case, new strings and setup. I was surprised and disappointing to find the neck repair. That's why the price is $1000 less than what most Short Scale Series One Basses bring.

Bill


kungfusheriff
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Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 997
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 8:04 am:   Edit Post

I've known Bill on the forums for years. He's legit.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2058
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 8:11 am:   Edit Post

I second the motion. Bill is legit , and has come forth in support of legit transactions here on the forum in the past.
longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 412
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 8:18 am:   Edit Post

Thank you. I got an email from Peter this morning. He said he was calling the auction a scam, not me.

The neck repair on this bass is interesting. I don't think it was done at the Mothership, but someone did a seamless job of replacing the headstock veneer after the break was fixed.

(Message edited by longhorncat on September 22, 2011)
longhorncat
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Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 413
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

Headstock.jpg
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2059
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 8:47 am:   Edit Post

Bill, In 4/09 I purchased a single pickup Distillate on ebay that had a similar headstock/peghead repair . I did not see the repair until I cleaned up the Bass and applied lemon oil to the finger board . A little lemon oil crept into the crack and revealed it. Upon seeing it I was really disappointed and a little sad. I called Alembic and asked to have it inspected and Mica told me that it appeared to be quite stable. The repair was well done. I play my Distillate often have gigged and done studio work with it with no problems. It's the One that I had at the recent Northern California Alembic Gathering. Headstock repairs I found out are not always the " End of the World" for the instrument. Three cheers to the skilled crafts people and luthiers that do such fine work !
gtrguy
Advanced Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 390
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post

Glue is usually stronger than wood, but it does tend to de-value the instrument.
longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 415
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

I think I have the instrument valued fairly - I am open to offers.

Which one of you guys sold the long/medium scale Series One with a headstock repair last year. I can't find it in the archives. Email me please.

Thanks,
Bill

(Message edited by longhorncat on September 22, 2011)
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2060
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post

In this type of neck/headstock repair , the work such as the laminations is where the expertise of fine wood craft is at a highlight. The glue with the laminations is stronger then the glue alone in my experience.
kungfusheriff
Senior Member
Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 999
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 10:39 am:   Edit Post

Your price is more than fair. And if you want to talk about busted headstocks you should see my old German. Major repairs are so common on double basses that they do not affect the value, as long as the repair was done correctly. That break is tight as a tick with no glue line or (shudder) screws or dowels. It ain't going anywhere.
klinkepeter
Junior
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 37
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 11:58 am:   Edit Post

Once again for all, I did not want to blame Bill , I rather do believe a senior member of this club more then a e-bay seller,I just felt confused about the fact to see this bass almost at the same time here and at e-bay with different
major issues (the neck repair even was not mentioned at e-bay).
So, Bill Im sorry for the misunderstanding, I should have make this more clear!
Peter
longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 416
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 4:20 pm:   Edit Post

Delete

(Message edited by longhorncat on September 25, 2011)
longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 417
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 4:25 pm:   Edit Post

An shot of the body crack repair:

longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 422
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 - 11:20 am:   Edit Post

Price lowered to $2550 cash & carry



longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 427
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 4:37 pm:   Edit Post

still for sale


gregduboc
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Username: gregduboc

Post Number: 530
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Monday, November 14, 2011 - 9:52 am:   Edit Post

Email sent!

Greg
brucetelaolcom
New
Username: brucetelaolcom

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 4:38 am:   Edit Post

Interested in your bass. What is the weight of the bass. year, how are the frets, and neck, is action low?
longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 428
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2011 - 6:01 am:   Edit Post

It weighs just under 9 pounds, but feel lighter.
It's from 1981.
The frets are very good and the action is very low.
instantflanger2
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Username: instantflanger2

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Bill, do you still have this bass for sale?

-Rich
longhorncat
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Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 429
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 4:03 pm:   Edit Post

I sold it last week.
It's the 4th Alembic for the new owner and now his favorite.
Thanks for asking.
Bill
PS. I do have a very nice Distillate for sale.

(Message edited by longhorncat on November 30, 2011)

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