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Username: hammer

Post Number: 302
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 7:44 am:   Edit Post

Recently saw this Series I on GBase being sold by Fretted Americana - http://www.gbase.com/gear/alembic-series-1-stereo-bass-wayl-1974-natura# - and wondered about the description.

"Three Alembic Ron Wickersham Low Impedance pickups (the middle pickup is slightly smaller)." Looks like 2 to me and a hum canceller that someone has put a screw through.

Also interested in the body laminate description - "Two-piece mahogany body with purpleheart top and back." Does purple heart really age like that, it's beautiful, or is it another wood.

Of course there is also the $13,500 price tag. A bit too steep a price for me for a bass made for Jerry Bridges, even though he's backed some big names and has a nice sound.
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1366
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

Yes, it's a Series I with a screw through the HX. Doesn't look like any PH I've ever seen.

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Username: lembic76450

Post Number: 323
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post

The top looks like Koa to me,

possibly Flame Koa.
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 557
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass. It just floors me how many people are out there trying to price-gouge in this economy with stuff.
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 222
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - 12:33 pm:   Edit Post

Whew! That's a lotta greenbacks!Too much for me. You'd might as well buy a brand new Alembic Custom for that kinda dough. That might be the price for a bass that Stanley Clarke owned,signed and put up for auction to raise money for a scholarship or disaster victim. But if someone got that type of cash laying around and it's worth it to that person, then go for it. I'll keep my series Distillate and it was less than half of that asking price and a lot younger too!
Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 910
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 08, 2013 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post

Cool history, especially being a big fan of Waylon & Mooney. This also adds more credence to that early shorty belonging to Bee Spears (Willie Nelson's bassist) too!

But to be honest, I read the title of the thread and was expecting some half-baked story (a la "the joker") about this bass being there "the day the music died".... you know.... Waylon being Buddy's bass player and all.....

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