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gearhed289
Junior
Username: gearhed289

Post Number: 13
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 10:47 am:   Edit Post

Hello there, I've been searching around the internet for the right one for a while now. Been tempted by a couple, but there's always something "not quite right". So, here are my "requirements" -

Must have:
4 strings
Neck through construction
Mahogany body
Fingerboard inlays

Must NOT have:
Maple or Zebrawood top (negotiable)
Inline headstock
P and/or J pickups

So, Excels, Orions, Epics, and Persuaders are out. Ideally, Id like an Exploiter, but would definitely consider a Spoiler or Distillate.

Thanks!
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 515
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 11:57 am:   Edit Post

I've got an 86 Walnut Distillate, medium scale that would appear to meet your requirements and is pretty much pristine. If interested PM me and I'll send photos.
gearhed289
Junior
Username: gearhed289

Post Number: 14
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post

That's the one with the funky strap extension, right? Pretty bass! I had e-mailed you on 6/2 but didn't get a reply. I used the address in your profile. You can try my e-mail if you want. I'd like to know if you have the original case, "wood card", etc., thanks.
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 516
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014 - 2:10 pm:   Edit Post

Tom:

I'll send some photos will tonight to your e-mail after I get home from work. I had the funky strap extension removed and the bass looks a lot better. I do have the original case and the wood card.
gearhed289
Junior
Username: gearhed289

Post Number: 16
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:33 am:   Edit Post

Sounds great. Looking forward to photos!
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 518
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 3:31 pm:   Edit Post

Tom.

Sent photos yesterday. Wondering if you received them.
gearhed289
Junior
Username: gearhed289

Post Number: 17
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 7:54 pm:   Edit Post

I haven't received anything. Maybe the files are too large? I think my email can handle like 10mb per message.
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 519
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 9:58 pm:   Edit Post

I've sent another e-mail sans photos to see if it goes through. If you get it I'll try with just a photo or two per e-mail. Please reply.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4096
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:09 am:   Edit Post

Double post

(Message edited by jazzyvee on June 30, 2014)
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4098
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:16 am:   Edit Post

Is this one any good to you?
http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/194400.html?1404148230
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2204
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, July 04, 2014 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

You couldn't buy a better 'First' Alembic than this, and the price is right. Change out later to FatBoy 4's is it needs a little added snarkiness. The koa is very warm sounding (after all, it's mahogany's handsome first cousin from the mid-Pacific) and a great-looking wood. I'd prefer long-scale, but the 32" is just great, certainly lacking no bottom and easier to reach first position !

http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/194420.html?1404495478

J o e y
hammer
Senior Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 526
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Friday, July 04, 2014 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

Tom ended up purchasing my 86 Walnut Distillate for a little bit more. It is, at this moment, on its way to Illinois. I played that bass for 7-years and ALWAYS thought it was a medium scale 32 because it played so easily compared to the previous basses I had owned. However, when I pulled out the build sheet to send to Tom, it turned out I had been playing a 34 all along. That says a lot about the the ease with which one can play an Alembic.

P.S. The Series I to which Jazzyvee referred in the original post ended @ $2,600. Surprisingly low with over 40 bids, but that may have been because it was fretless.
gearhed289
Junior
Username: gearhed289

Post Number: 19
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 06, 2014 - 9:49 am:   Edit Post

Joey, that Spoiler (or one like it) is pretty much what I was expecting to end up with, but for a little more money, I'm really glad to have landed this beautiful Distillate. It's everything I wanted in my first Alembic, and then some! Purpleheart laminates, bass and treble boost/cut switches, brass sustain block... Basically all the features of a Europa, but with the more traditional Alembic look that I wanted. Still anxiously waiting for the FedEx driver...

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