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toddharris
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Username: toddharris

Post Number: 342
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Mates,
Hate to, but have to let go of this super clean, light, thin 1990 Elan with P and J bass pickups and active electronics. Such a great player. Don't have a scale, but don't think it weighs 9 lbs. Cool fast neck - very tbin fretboard to back of neck and wide across - 1 7/8" across at the nut. Electronics work great and are original. Neck is straight, double truss rods and neck through construction. Double octave neck. Very little wear anywhere. Almost as new - no fret wear. When I got it, the 14th fret had lifted a bit and was causing buzz on the 2nd octave G and G#. Tapped it lightly with a rubber mallet, but should be reglued. With excellent form fitting case. Plays great everywhere. Wanted to offer it to the Alembic community first. Price is $2500 shipped - firm. Thanks, Todd
toddharris
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Username: toddharris

Post Number: 343
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post


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toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 344
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 1:31 pm:   Edit Post

One of the most noticeable thing visually about this bass is the ultra slender body - like a stilletto like! Really a fantastic instrument to play standing or seated.
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3369
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 5:09 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Todd,
That Bass is really beautiful. The Alembic SF-2 that I purchased from you is still working pristine . I remember the day that it arrived and noticed immediately how well that it was protected for shipping . Thanks for going the "extra mile" for me .It was an exemplary transaction all around . Best of luck on this sale.

Wolf
toddharris
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Username: toddharris

Post Number: 345
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 5:42 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks Wolf, great hearing from you. I just bought an all original 64 Black Jazz bass w matching headstock and a 56 Gibson LP Special I'd been coveting.. I guess I love buying great players, but have to get them one at a time and say goodbye to the ones that came before! Gotta hit the lottery! Thanks for keeping in touch, Todd
tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 231
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:51 am:   Edit Post

Interested in a trade for a fretless Elan?

Stephen
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 346
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014 - 4:57 am:   Edit Post

Not so much - just got a fretless Steinberger L2 that I'm struggling with, but thanks! Need to raise some cash.
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2150
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 9:52 pm:   Edit Post

For anyone remotely considering any kind of 4-string P/J bass, this is a steal. Case included, no less.

The opposite end of the spectrum from Alembic's other shapes and electronics, but for someone who may be intimidated by such things, this a 'traditional' shape, and anyone used to Fender pickups will feel right at home, though you'll find 'home' has now moved uptown quite a ways . . . vol/tone/pan and one 'global' Q filter, you don't need any more than that. If you do wish to dive off the deep end however, run this through a SuperFilter, should keep you occupied for months !

Todd, does this one have a gain pot in the cavity (blue box) for each pickup?

I can also tell you as an owner of an Elan with a very similar wood recipe, this will cut through any band, yet with the filter can get as old school as you need. I'm amazed that somehow people think this might be too bright when all Fenders since the K+F days were built along these lines. Really good ears will hear a little extra zing / sizzle from the ebony board, but you have to listen really close.

If I could at all fathom going back and forth from four to five strings, I'd be all over this.

J o e y
charles_holmes
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Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 323
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 10:29 pm:   Edit Post

Nice, but I want a 5 string series to go along with my 4 string.
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 347
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 3:23 am:   Edit Post

Hi Joey, thanks for your remarks. You are right on about it cutting through. It has a ton of tone possibilities between the pickups, Q switch, pan and tone control. In answer to your question, yes, it does have the gain control boxes, one for each pickup in the body cavity. They thought of everything. The previous owner must not have played it much as the condition is really superb as is the build. Best, Todd
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 348
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, June 09, 2014 - 6:14 pm:   Edit Post

Bump! This bass kills!
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 351
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:40 am:   Edit Post

Hi, just took the bass and dropped it with the an excellent local luthier to re-seat the raised fret - dropping the price (shipped) to $2500. Excellent playing and sounding bass with hard case in great shape as well. Todd
toddharris
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Username: toddharris

Post Number: 352
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 - 7:51 pm:   Edit Post

That should read price reduced to $2400 shipped
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2216
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 - 9:47 pm:   Edit Post

I can not believe this tremendous steal of an Elan is still trying to find a home. Somebody, do yourself a huge (HUGE!)favor and BUY THIS BASS.

If you've ever wanted a more traditionally shaped Alembic, or if you're kicking around a Sadowsky, Mike Lull, Custom Shop Fender, etc., this thing would mow them all down, lop heads all day long.

J o e y
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 353
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 8:12 pm:   Edit Post

Hi All, I just picked up the Elan listed here from master luthier John Bertsche - he took care of the lifted fret and leveled the frets and setup the bass with super low action. He agreed it is a master built instrument and marveled at how Alembic built such an incredibly thin neck that is so straight. The bass sounds and plays perferctly - no buzz anywhere, gorgeous overtones and tonal combinations from the two P and Jazz pickups. If nobody picks this up here, I will list it on eBay starting next week. Again, $2400 shipped with full 7 day inspection and return - you're gonna love it. Super thin body and neck.
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 354
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 9:34 am:   Edit Post

The bass plays and sounds amazing, in superb condition, needs nothing, professionally setup including intonation and new strings and backed by a 7 day satisfaction guarantee or I'll refund your purchase price PLUS shipping. No risk. You're gonna love and play it to death!
jessmann
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Username: jessmann

Post Number: 2
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 9:08 am:   Edit Post

do you still have the elan?
toddharris
Advanced Member
Username: toddharris

Post Number: 355
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2014 - 7:37 pm:   Edit Post

Yes I do. Sorry I did not see the question earlier. Todd

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