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Username: jrbassman

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, April 23, 2007 - 1:21 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Fellow Alembites/Alembiphiles!

I am offering for sale my precious Series I Extra Long Scale 4 string bass guitar. I am the second owner, and purchased this in the early '80s. My understanding was that it was originally owned by/for jazz artist Donald Byrd, and supplied to his bassist(s), when he toured. It has been lovingly cared for, and in generally very good condition. Amongst it's fine hardwoods, this bass contains rare Koa and Zebrawood. It has a lighter look than many of the 'brown' basses of this vintage. It is certainly the most attractive that I have seen. I will be taking more detailed photos within the next day, which I can email to parties with serious interest. I am offering it here to this community first, prior to listing in on eBay, as I believe the protential buyers in this forum will have a better understanding of the value and capability of this fine instrument. I would really like to see it in the hands of someone who will truly appreciate it, as I have.

I am only selling it as a result of a nerve injury that has inhibited the function of my right (dominant) hand. The last time I performed with this instrument was in February of 2005. It has been 1-1/2 years since the corrective surgery, but function has not as yet returned- and I may have to undergo additional corrective procedures. Thus, I have decided that it is time to pass this bass on to a new owner, who can use it to expand their range of personal expression as a player. As you know, this instrument can be both graceful and delicate, or thunderously powerful. It reknown for it's wide tonal range, and extremely detailed articulation.

This instrument comes with the original anvil case, power supply, multipin cable, new batteries, and a heavy duty padded strap. I am located in Ventura, California, and invite serious parties to audition the instrument, if you are in the area. I am asking $4000. Please feel free to contact me at:

Thanks for reading- and thanks to Alembic's craftspeople for their great work, and support of this community. I hope to one day regain the function of my hand, and again be able to play and own another Alembic instrument.


John, aka JRBassman


Measured specifications:

Scale length = 34" Neck Through Body
# Of Frets = 24 (2 Octave)
Neck Width at Nut = 1-11/16"
Neck Width at 24th fret = 2-7/16"
String Spacing at Nut = 11/32" Center to Center Distance
String Spacing at Bridge = 5/8" Center to Center Distance
String height at 12th fret = ~5/32"
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5011
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 28, 2007 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hi John; just wanted to point out that, in Alembic terms, 34" is long scale; extra long scale generally describes a 35" or 36" neck.

Sorry to here about the injury. I was just recently talking with a drummer I used to play with who hasn't been able to play for the last couple years following surgery required after a 4-wheeler accident.
Username: jrbassman

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 - 6:19 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Dave-

Thanks for the information regarding the scale length- I guess the neck just seems extra long due to the massive headstock!

Thanks also for the kind thoughts. I just found that I will need 2 more surgeries to release the ulnar nerve from impingement in the elbow & wrist. Hopefully that will assist recovery of use of the right hand. I hope your drummer friend is able to make a complete recovery from his injuries.
Regards, John
Username: jrbassman

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 11:48 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Again!

Here is a pic of the back showing the fantastic woodwork!


Series I Back
Username: jrbassman

Post Number: 6
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 01, 2007 - 11:49 pm:   Edit Post

(Message edited by jrbassman on May 01, 2007)
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 25
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 - 8:06 pm:   Edit Post

Email sent.
Username: brianm

Post Number: 50
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 06, 2007 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

Unless you really need the money I would hold off on selling your gear. I had 4 hand surgeries (2 on each hand) for severe carpel tunnel syndrome. A year and a half after the last surgery I thought I'd never be able to play again so I sold all of my gear. I never lost the need to play though. Years later......... I picked up a $150 imitation Jazz bass and found I could play. Granted my speed, dexterity, and coordination sucked but that has changed with a lot of wood shedding. I regret selling all of my gear! Replacing it all at once is very, very expensive. But on the up side I own 2 of my dream basses (Alembics) now.

Good luck, I hope you make a full recovery.
Take care and have fun
Username: jimbobv

Post Number: 40
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 9:58 am:   Edit Post

Sorry to hear about your injury. I wonder is this bass still available? Thanks!
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 68
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 6:19 pm:   Edit Post

This one's mine, and headed to Ohio.
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 31
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 6:49 pm:   Edit Post

John, I hope that your injury can be corrected as I have been sliced and received some relief.

Chris, Enjoy that beautiful bass! Looks like it has been well cared for.

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