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jphilauren
Junior
Username: jphilauren

Post Number: 45
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 6:48 pm:   Edit Post

Bought a Roscoe from Brian at The LowEnd Bass Shop great guy to deal with, has a Custom Distillate for sale. There is a thread regarding this bass somewhere on the Forum
http://www.thelowend.net/thelowend/used-basses.html
bsee
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 2205
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 9:28 pm:   Edit Post

That's a pretty good deal since the only thing Distillate about that bass is sort of the body shape. Looks closer to a Signature Standard to me, and absolutely mint.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2139
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 4:17 am:   Edit Post

Anniversary electronics Bob and it is a beautiful instrument. If the hadn't fallen so much against the $ I'd be considering this bass even though it has a string missing.

graeme

(Message edited by jacko on March 05, 2009)
georgie_boy
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 666
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 4:33 am:   Edit Post

wow!!!
Love it!!!
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2128
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 5:16 am:   Edit Post

Well, the body has the bottom of the early EvH signature. The see-through black makes me think - didn't we enjoy a FTC thread on this one?
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7682
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 6:30 am:   Edit Post

Very nice!
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2130
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 7:37 am:   Edit Post

It's Adam's Custom with EVH body.
bsee
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 2206
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

I hate seeing FTC basses for sale! It means someone has really fallen on hard times, or that they screwed up on their specs. Neither is good. FTC basses should be loved for life.

I guess it is Anniversary. I thought the switch had to be for LEDs with the battery compartment on the back.
jedisan
Junior
Username: jedisan

Post Number: 50
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 4:49 pm:   Edit Post

Actually, I think this is go around number two for this instrument. If I remember correctly, Bass Northwest had this one for sale sometime last year.
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2131
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 1:20 am:   Edit Post

Adam seems to be ordering custom builds on a regular basis, then selling them on, like the baby blue set-neck Spoiler. I'm sure he holds on to the ones he likes the most. For the rest, he's dreaming out loud what others are dreaming out quietly.
mike1762
Advanced Member
Username: mike1762

Post Number: 273
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 5:02 am:   Edit Post

What's with the Dummy Coil? Was it added so that it could be upgraded to Series electronics? I noticed in the FTC thread that Adam initially was going to use Series I electronics... must have changed his mind somewhere along the line (perhaps after the cavity was routed?). Was the stereo/mono switch originally plate mounted like this? I really like the bass and it's not too far from me... hmmmm. A year ago I wouldn't have thought twice about it...
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2135
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 5:37 am:   Edit Post

The one for sale at Bass NW was the one with the inlaid "batwing" top, methinks.
keith_h
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1236
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 5:54 am:   Edit Post

Mike,
That is called a Series prep. You can order a bass with the correct thickness, routing and a dummy hum canceling pickup so you can install the Series electronics at a later date.

Keith
mike1762
Advanced Member
Username: mike1762

Post Number: 274
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

I see now that the mono/stereo switch is in the position of the 5 pin jack (which is why it's plate mounted). I like it... I just don't know if I $3,899 like it. I've read a lot of comparisons of Anniversary to Series I electronics, but on paper they seem more similar to Signature electronics. Any thoughts???
jedisan
Member
Username: jedisan

Post Number: 51
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 8:53 am:   Edit Post

Hey Adriaan, your right about the batwing top, that's the one I bought from Bass Northwest. But I do still think Adam sent this one to Bass Northwest for consignment as well. It was first mentioned in this thread.

http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/56543.html?1224158685

Extremely nice bass... I thought long and hard about getting this one too, but then decided not to. Adam has a very nice flair in his designs, in my humble opinion.
bsee
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 2208
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 10:38 am:   Edit Post

Mike, Anniversary is the quality of Signature with the control layout of Series.
keith_h
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1237
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, March 06, 2009 - 11:34 am:   Edit Post

The major difference between Anniversary and Signature electronics is the ability to run stereo output and separate volume controls for each pickup. The underlying preamp electronics are the same I believe. It is these features that draw the inferences to Series electronics.

Keith
mendez4
Member
Username: mendez4

Post Number: 57
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 8:33 am:   Edit Post

hey everybody. thanks for the compliments. yes, i am an alembic freak. i have been the proud owner of 10 custom alembics. The collection is down to 7 (which includes 2 series I's). I'm probably going to put one more up for sale (a custom short scale spoiler) since its not getting enough needed attention. tuff times and the birth of my second child have forced me to unload a few of these absolutely beautiful instruments.
81distillate
Junior
Username: 81distillate

Post Number: 29
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 1:05 am:   Edit Post

This bass has finally found a home, hopefully for a long while! I am so happy with this bass. Adam, its as if you knew what I wanted and went ahead and had it built for me 5 years ago. And the fact that when I brought it home, it smelled and felt like a brand new bass, I just cant say enough. And it was a steal at that price, BTW. Thanks Brian at Low End. My question is, everyone keeps talking about there being all this information on here about the differences between Anniversary Electronics and Series 1, but I cant find anything. Since this bass has been prepped, I cant decide if I want to send it to the Mothership for the upgrade, or if I want to just leave it as is. Ive always wanted a Series bass, and that would make this bass a dream come true, but since I actually play it live, and with a wireless, Im wondering if Im not better off to leave it alone. I have read a thread or two about some folks on here that were able to run both pickups out of their Series 1 without going to the power supply, is this correct? I just want the ability to run stereo from the output jack, so if it means sticking with Anniversary, then so be it, but if I can do this with Series 1, then Im going for it. Any advice out there?
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7948
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 4:44 am:   Edit Post

Congrats Jeff!!!

There is some discussion of the difference between Series pickups and the humcancelling pickups in all other Alembic models here. There is also a difference in the filters and the filter circuitry, but I don't recall there being any detailed discussion of that difference. But there is a distinct difference in tone between the two systems. There are members here who own both and love both.

If you get the upgrade to Series, the 1/4" jack can be wired stereo or mono, or both with a switch. So yes, you can run stereo without the power supply. However, if you don't use the power supply, you will be changing batteries often.
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 458
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 - 7:12 am:   Edit Post

Hey, Adam, can I ask you a favor? I love all of your basses that I've seen - could we get you to start a thread in Showcase with pictures of all of them?

Peter

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