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Username: jagerphan84

Post Number: 265
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 10:22 am:   Edit Post

Well, I hadn't imagined I'd ever let go of my custom Excel, but I just never finished my transition to playing fretless and it's a shame for this beast to sit in its case all the time.

I'm mostly interested in trades rather than a straight sale, but nothing is set in stone. I'm really hoping to end up with a fretted Series I, and I hope I'm not crazy for thinking it would be a fair trade.

Serial# 04X13385 - Fretless 5-string Excel

Vermilion top
Zebrawood accent lams w/purpleheart pinstripe
Vermilion body
Ebony/purpleheart/vermilion/mahogany neck
Satin finish on back of neck
Striped macassar ebony fingerboard
Continuous vermilion veneers on pickups

34" scale
Side LEDs: Green w/amber at 12th & 24th frets
MXY neck pickup, FatBoy bridge pickup
Europa/Rogue electronics w/custom layout
Recessed straplocks
Gotoh tuners
Chrome plated hardware
Strung BEADG with TI Jazz Flats

Includes OHSC and wide amber leather strap w/embossed Alembic logo

The condition is excellent, having only left my home once and only being played at home for perhaps a total of 12 hours. The finish seems to be lifting a bit in two spots - on the edge of the bottom straplock, and on the top edge of the tailpiece, hidden between the tailpiece and bridge. These are only noticeable upon close inspection; from a few feet away it looks simply impeccable.

There is also a strange rattle or buzz that seems to be emanating from inside the neck when playing a couple particular positions on the G string, and I really haven't bothered to investigate it as I simply don't use this bass. I'd venture to guess it's one of the truss rods, and it's possible that a slight snugging of the truss rod nut(s) would take care of it, but I haven't tried. I make my own adjustments on my old beat-up Distillate, but I don't trust my non-expert hands to mess with the neck on this one. That being said, the rattle is minor and only appears on a couple notes in the higher range of the G string, so it hasn't been much of a bother to me. I just felt it should be mentioned here in the interest of full disclosure.

The FTC thread is here, and has some nice in-progress pics and discussion of the construction process.

Here are a few current pics, taken with my shaky hands and an ancient digital camera:

Front angle

Body back


Neck back

Additional pics and details available upon request.

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(Message edited by davehouck on August 07, 2009)
Username: midmoto

Post Number: 32
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 11:42 am:   Edit Post

Very nice looking bass. Luck on the sale.
Advanced Member
Username: jagerphan84

Post Number: 275
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks. This bass was actually sold a few weeks ago to another club member.

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