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Username: slarty

Post Number: 4
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 11:43 am:   Edit Post

This guy wonders why anyone would take the decal off an Alembic bass. Does anyone have a suggestion?:

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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 1461
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 11:59 am:   Edit Post

The real question is, why was an Alembic decal put on this bass in the first place?
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 563
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 12:05 pm:   Edit Post

I guess Mica is not available to contact ebay and report this...
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Username: effclef

Post Number: 493
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

Listing has already been ended "because of an error in the listing."

Wow...we were just talking about the fakes. Looks like this was one which was around the block once before.

PS Ollie, this is an example of the (Texas area) scammer who was putting P-bass copies in pawn shops with Alembic decals on the headstocks - usually they said "Alembic Elan" - when the pawnbroker looks up Alembic, wow, high priced bass, here's some money, pal. Guy never collects, and so pawn shop tries to sell on Ebay for big price, gets big surprise. Usually it's us-folks who watch Ebay and alert them. It's a shame it happens in the first place.

Do a Forum search on "Fake Alembic Elan" and you'll find discussions.

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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2516
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post

I sent the seller the following:

"David's right. This is definitely NOT an Alembic. How do I know? Aside from owning four Alembics and being friends with the company owners, I also know that Alembic doesn't make bolt-on neck instruments. Alembic pioneered neck-thru construction and also makes some set neck instruments, but no bolt-ons. Alembic also makes their own pick-ups and electronics. In fact nothing about this bass is consistent with Alembic. Don't believe me? Check out their web site at www.alembic.com.


He replied "thanks" within minutes. I'd like to think the best and that this wasn't a scam, merely someone who made an error and corrected it when he learned the truth.

Bill, tgo
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Username: effclef

Post Number: 494
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 12:38 pm:   Edit Post

Oh, absolutely, Bill - I wasn't implying the pawnbroker was the scammer. He was the one who got scammed when he took the bass in. :-( Same goes for other people trying to sell these things on ebay. Glad he pulled the listing right away. In the past, Mica has told them to remove all traces of the fake name logo and sell it as a P-copy.

I am guessing there's some sort of blue book of guitar prices and they list Alembic Elans (only, or did at one time) and that's why these horror shows come around.
Username: jimmythesaint

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

Sorry to go off topic, but does anyone know where I can get a nice Fender decal for my Stanley?
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Username: longhorncat

Post Number: 166
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 2:48 pm:   Edit Post

eBay, of course!
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5281
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 5:47 pm:   Edit Post

Nice first post, Jimmy!
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Username: dwmark

Post Number: 156
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2007 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

Dave, even better when you consider that he waited 19 months to pull the trigger on that post.

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Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1239
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 - 3:10 am:   Edit Post

Hmmm, thinking before posting, interesting concept.

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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 849
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

This bass has the decal removed most of the way but, interestingly, the "SN 73950" (I suppose this is meant to be "serial number") was left on. Since Alembic is only up to about 14,000 something, that in itself is pretty telling to someone doing a bit of research.
Jimmy, welcome to the club.
Sam, I agree. Thinking before posting is an interesting approach.

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