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kungfusheriff
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Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 1013
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 8:40 am:   Edit Post

http://www.musicgoround.com/p/100139/used-alembic-series-ii-6-string-bass
gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 667
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 02, 2014 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post

Kinda looks like a series I guitar or Bari strung with bass strings to me...
nnek
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Username: nnek

Post Number: 104
Registered: 8-2009
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 4:14 am:   Edit Post

The spacing appears to be like a Fender VI. Definately looks to be a series I. Love the Koa! Would like to see a pic of the electronics cavity due to the replacement filter switch...
gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 670
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 11:34 am:   Edit Post

Yes, it does seem to have some intriguing brass plates on the back!
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5626
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 12:24 pm:   Edit Post

Definitely a Series I, not a II. While it does seem quite guitar-like, the tuning machines and pickups are more bass-like. I agree - essentially an Alembic Fender VI. And the extended bass horn is a bit unique, too.

Bill, tgo
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1208
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 1:33 pm:   Edit Post

The switches are different colors. It may have had repairs.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3078
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 2:13 pm:   Edit Post

The narrow string spacing was used more often on 6 string basses of the time.

I happened to try out a Bass VI in a shop yesterday, the spacing looks awfully similar. Will take some getting used to, for sure. (Otherwise, that Bass VI wouldn't really compare to a Series II, now would it?)

The backplates look to be a perfect fit, and there's quite a number of holes to drill. And I seem to remember there was a great shortage of chrome-finished toggles for a while, so the extent of the "repair" might be a replacement of a toggle switch that went south.
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 906
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, January 05, 2014 - 7:18 pm:   Edit Post

I agree, Alembic Bass VI is what I think it is, I'll inquire about the scale length, Bass VI's are 30". I would loooooove to own this bass as my current band is a 3 piece and I use a Bass VI for cool guitar/bass octave playing with my brother but don't have the cash for this beauty :-(

~Taylor
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3474
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 - 3:50 am:   Edit Post

the spacing looks very similar to Mike Pisanek's 6 string spoiler. I found I could only play it with a pick as the strings were too close together for fingerstyle.

Graeme
hgregs
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Username: hgregs

Post Number: 54
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 - 7:00 am:   Edit Post

called last week and was told 35in scale length. string spacing was under 10mm. spoke to kieth who was very eager to help.
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 907
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post

yea i just got an email and he said it was 35, makes me wonder how this was tuned when it was first built? also I got photos galore from them and everything appears to be hooked up and functioning, if anyone is interested i can send them the pics as they are way too big to post!

~Taylor
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1944
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

Did they measure correctly? 35" sounds odd for a Series 1 of this vintage.

Keith
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 908
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, January 06, 2014 - 10:30 am:   Edit Post

that was my thought exactly Keith but since I can't buy the instrument I didn't want to waste their time :/

~Taylor
tmoney61092
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 912
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post

It's on eBay now for $6,500(sorry mobile won't let me copy the link :/)

~Taylor
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2681
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 8:26 pm:   Edit Post

There's a small chance I might get out there to look at this one Wednesday. I have no interest in buying it, but I can look it over and get correct dimensions. May discuss with them the difference between SI and SII. Does anyone have any particular questions?
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 915
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 8:30 pm:   Edit Post

I'm curious about the scale length and how they have it tuned/strung up

~Taylor
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 916
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post

Looked at it on eBay again and they dropped the price to $5500 OBO

~Taylor
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1956
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post

I had some e-mails back and forth with them about the differences between a SI and SII. They didn't really seem to care that it was misrepresented. Maybe you will have better luck them Bob.

Keith
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2682
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 4:56 pm:   Edit Post

Looking at it now. 85 3570. 34" scale and very tight spacing center to center across all six strings is a hair over 2" at the bridge. No way I could play this without a pick. It's a little dinged, and the action is set crazy high at the moment though the neck seems straight. Worst issue is that the neck pickup isn't connecting well through the quarter inch jack, though well enough to say that everything works, including the 3-way Qs. In store price is $4K. Not sure about blue box, cable, or case status, but that's probably listed on the eBay listing if it's there.
bsee
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2684
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

The ebay ad mentions the case and power supply, but doesn't say anything about the cable. Ask if you're buying...

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