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fretted4
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Username: fretted4

Post Number: 85
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 4:40 pm:   Edit Post

Hey folks, well it seems the first ever graphite Alembic that John purchased in June of 77 at the trade show has popped up on ebay! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alembic-Series-one-bass-1973-John-McVie-Fleetwood-Mac-/171145471120?pt=Guitar&hash=item27d910a490#ht_253wt_1141
wookie
Intermediate Member
Username: wookie

Post Number: 177
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 5:58 pm:   Edit Post

Someone but my accessory organs now!
wookie
Intermediate Member
Username: wookie

Post Number: 178
Registered: 8-2010
Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

Someone "buy"my accessory organs now! Sorry I'm at the bar.
bluplirst
Intermediate Member
Username: bluplirst

Post Number: 152
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

graphite neck in '73? hmmmm
sjhoffma
Advanced Member
Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 317
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 9:30 am:   Edit Post

No way its a 73 haha
pasewark
Advanced Member
Username: pasewark

Post Number: 225
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post

I have a 1776 Strat played by George Washington at Valley Forge during his Take Back America tour. Interested members contact me off line.
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 879
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

Maybe the body is that old. But to me, that graphite neck looks like it was installed sometime post-production. I've not seen any Alembic graphite neck basses with that huge chunk missing in the top or the hybrid wood-graphite neck towards the end. Seems that they've always done bookmatched to center tops and backs on these instruments but I could be wrong.

(Message edited by jalevinemd on October 09, 2013)
eligilam
Senior Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 411
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post

From the Alembic History page:

1976 We developed with Geoff Gould, founder of Modulous Graphite Instruments, the first graphite neck through body necks. The first two basses made in this fashion were sold to Stanley Clarke and John McVie of Fleetwood Mac in June of 1976. This is the same year that we made a custom bass for John McVie that had a stainless steel fingerboard with no frets. Rather than call it a fretless bass, I preferred the term "continuously fretted " bass.
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 880
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 1:20 pm:   Edit Post

Guess that explains why it ain't too purdy. Like they say...practice makes perfect!
jon_jackson
Intermediate Member
Username: jon_jackson

Post Number: 181
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 5:09 pm:   Edit Post

I grew up in Easyville, 5 miles from Purdy. I can assure you we never saw anything like this bass around Purdy.
Jon
Easyville
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 881
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

Would hate to be a woman living in Easyville.
;-)
jon_jackson
Intermediate Member
Username: jon_jackson

Post Number: 182
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post

Agree. My sisters have heard all the jokes.


People usually don't tell them twice...
Jon
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1182
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 8:16 pm:   Edit Post

Hmm . . . well not to disagree for the sole sake of comporting myself in a contrariwise fashion, but by all visual evidence presented herein, Easyville lies a good six miles from Purdy. :-)
slawie
Senior Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 553
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 4:43 am:   Edit Post

Or is it 10 miles away? Or...
7.16 miles if isosceles has anything to do with it
jon_jackson
Intermediate Member
Username: jon_jackson

Post Number: 183
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 4:45 am:   Edit Post

Hypotenuse versus the two legs of a right-angled triangle.

Hmm, I don't get a chance to use "hypotenuse" very often these days. Thanks Kevin!
Jon
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1597
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post

Seller changed the date, and added the bit Will quoted.

Peter
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1184
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 2:22 pm:   Edit Post

Pythagoras would hold me in contempt.
Math
count
Intermediate Member
Username: count

Post Number: 124
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 4:34 am:   Edit Post

Is this for real..???

I thought John'd sold off his Alembics ages ago..
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 668
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:43 am:   Edit Post

If it isn't him selling them off it could very well be a collector who snatched them up trying to turn a profit.
jzstephan
Intermediate Member
Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 190
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 7:46 am:   Edit Post

http://youtu.be/z3jRItxbcLQ

The real Easyville according to Bernard Purdie
longhorncat
Senior Member
Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 508
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 8:08 am:   Edit Post

I spoke with (emailed) the seller a few times. He's works with Fleetwood Mac and was instructed by John to dispose several basses - including all three of his Alembics - graphite, metal board and #27. He also has the Starfire used with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Number 27 is not for sale - a suitable museum/shrine is sought. The others are up for grabs.

Bill


pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1057
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 2:35 pm:   Edit Post

The stainless fretless is for sale !!! :-O

Dear Santa . . . I can't afford what he is asking for the graphite one and am sure the stainless steel will be just as steep. But man-o-man would that be a cool bass to have!
klinkepeter
Intermediate Member
Username: klinkepeter

Post Number: 116
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 2:50 am:   Edit Post

i donīt know if the description changed, but it is written 1976...
elwoodblue
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1511
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 5:13 am:   Edit Post

It did change..was '73
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 669
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:24 pm:   Edit Post

Was it a 73 body that they modified in 76? I have no idea, just asking for personal amusement.

It would be cool to own one of his basses but for the price I'd rather order another custom.
count
Intermediate Member
Username: count

Post Number: 125
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 - 2:14 am:   Edit Post

This one's definitely not a 73..

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