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gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 760
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:09 pm:   Edit Post

Just found this ad and know nothing about it:

https://reverb.com/item/133359-alembic-series-i-bass-1973-natural?gclid=CLDr2b28h78CFQqIfgodqagAgA
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11368
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 8:22 pm:   Edit Post

Same instrument as discussed here.
mtjam
Intermediate Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 170
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 - 4:10 am:   Edit Post

I'm surprised this bass is still for sale. Someone should scoop it up!
keith_h
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 2010
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 - 6:39 am:   Edit Post

I think it is just priced too high. Plus it is missing the blue box/chord which would reduce the price even more.

Keith
tomhug
Intermediate Member
Username: tomhug

Post Number: 116
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 - 8:20 am:   Edit Post

What does everyone think about the purported John Entwistle association? It can't be accurate, can it? JAE didn't even know about Alembic until 1974, and I don't recall ever seeing him with a bass with those caramel covered pickups.
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 2011
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

All I see in the posting is it was signed by John. I don't read anymore into it other than someone had him autograph the bass.

Keith
edwardofhuncote
Intermediate Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 175
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 3:46 pm:   Edit Post

I notice the price on this one continues to drop... it's listed in another place for $3995 now. Although the ad says the bass may need additional work. I kinda' wish someone would restore this one... heck, she doesn't look too bad.

I believe this one must have been owned by a serious John Entwistle fan. Sounds like there's a cool back story.
edwardofhuncote
Intermediate Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 177
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 10:58 am:   Edit Post

Couple things strike me as odd about this bass, and I wonder if the voices of experience might chime in.

The brass truss rod cover on a '73.

Extra holes between each Volume & Filter knob.

Position of the switches. (maybe related to ^)

Logo looks odd too, quite detailed for such an early bass.
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1819
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

I think the "extra holes' are the trimpots; that was the location on some of the earlier examples.

Peter
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3872
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 2:18 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, I think Peter is spot on . On one of my old Alembic modified Starfire's those trimpots were present .
edwardofhuncote
Intermediate Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 179
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015 - 3:46 am:   Edit Post

Ah. That makes sense, since there doesn't appear to be access on the back of the control cavity plate.

Truss rod cover could've been added afterward... doesn't look wrong, just not period-correct.
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1820
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015 - 8:47 am:   Edit Post

And as to the logo, there seems to be a great deal of variation among the early ones; that one wouldn't raise my eyebrow.
My main problem with this one (beyond the price, which is becoming more reasonable) is whether you could remove the sticker and the mall-engraving-shop plate without damaging the finish (though it is kind of clever how they used the set font on the machine to make the o in Who an Alembic logo of sorts)

Peter
edwardofhuncote
Intermediate Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 180
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2015 - 1:09 pm:   Edit Post

I've never seen a sticker I couldn't remove with patience and a hairdryer.

Not as sure about the aforementioned brass plate. Actually, I'd make some effort at returning it to whoever put it on there in the first place, since it obviously meant more to them than me.

I see this as almost a total overhaul project. Having already taken on one restoration of an Alembic-in-distress, I'm a little hesitant, since this one could be quite expensive. Possibly enough so that it wouldn't be economically feasible. That said, this looks to be a legitimate very early Series bass, and hyper-cool for that reason alone. It deserves better, maybe better than I could afford to do.

I may email the seller and inquire about the electronics, just for curiosity's sake.
edwardofhuncote
Intermediate Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 194
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 3:41 am:   Edit Post

Haven't gotten any response from the seller... I guess there isn't much way to tell if the electronics work or not without the power supply box, particularly on these early Series instruments. (?)
mtjam
Advanced Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 254
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

I e-mailed with the seller a while back, and it does seem like this one needs a lot of work. The seller sent me some info he discussed with Susan. I think the brass plate is affixed to the body in a way that is not easily removable. However, I think this is a really cool bass that someone needs to bring back to life! That person is not me however.

You know the Mothership could get this thing playing again...

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