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Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 687
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 8:04 am:   Edit Post

Any thoughts on this one?: Click here

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on March 06, 2008)
Senior Member
Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 659
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 8:13 am:   Edit Post

Bizarre. Looks like an early BC Rich with Series electronics. The hyperlink you posted doesn't connect to the ad -- could you re-post?
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 688
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 8:27 am:   Edit Post

Oops, too manny numbers...
Fixxed the link
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1816
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 9:05 am:   Edit Post

Eindhoven is pretty close to Tilburg ... well, let me think, BC - there was the famous Tilburg music store Bill Coolen (now strictly an accordeon shop, I believe) where they let me play a very nice rosewood SC Signature in the backroom (priced at about DFL 8000 back then - you can barely get an Excel for that kind of money these days).

In any case, somebody did a lot of work to produce a monster, but it does look as if they had a set of proper Series electronics. If it is, then it's a very cheap set of Series I electronics at 500 euro. Verify that it's the proper stuff, buy this monster, and start saving up for a custom - you won't have to pay the premium for the electronics.
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 1908
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 10:24 am:   Edit Post

The pics aren't great, but if those are real Series electronics in a playable instrument for 500 Euros, that seems an extraordinary deal.

It looks a bit old, so the electronics may not be the latest rev of noise rejection. That can be a $1000+ upgrade if you need it, plus shipping from and to Europe. That could get pricey and make it less of a no-brainer purchase.
Intermediate Member
Username: basstard

Post Number: 169
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post

Shape-wise, it looks like an attempt to copy an Alembic during an acid trip, after looking at Salvador Dali's paintings for a long time.
Advanced Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 301
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 8:15 pm:   Edit Post

Good analogy!
Username: johnbob

Post Number: 24
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 - 9:28 am:   Edit Post


Here are some more pictures.

This is the bass I bought for...well, it was more a trade for my old charvel guitar.

BC..I don't know what these initials mean.

(Message edited by johnbob on March 08, 2008)
Intermediate Member
Username: 82daion

Post Number: 135
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 7:55 pm:   Edit Post

The pots and the PF-6 board are identical to those on my '75 Series I.

Looks like someone tried to build a bass around a set of really old Alembic electronics and didn't do so well with it.
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 1909
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2008 - 1:30 am:   Edit Post

I don't know, looks like some pretty nice work to me. Maybe it isn't Alembic factory pure, but I don't see anything twisted or out of balance enough to justify the negativity. Maybe the electronics cavity is a bit cramped, but that's the worst I could say about it. Considering when it was probably built, it's not that far from a Balance K in general shape. Heck, if I could build like that, I'd probably be in the business.

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