Post Number: 541
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 6:03 am: |
Looks like a schedua top.
Post Number: 829
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 8:28 am: |
I'll put my money on Koa, maybe even a solid body (like the early Spoilers)
Post Number: 352
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 12:44 pm: |
exactly what I thought, Flip ! must be koa wings, looks a lot like Bridget... of course, the trick of the light may fool us, but I vote for koa also
Post Number: 7793
|Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 - 3:28 pm: |
I'll go with Koa on Mahogany.
I didn't see a mention about a case.
Post Number: 542
|Posted on Friday, March 27, 2009 - 7:12 am: |
Silly me! Yes, that does look like koa on mahogany. Even better!
Post Number: 25
|Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 6:27 pm: |
I could not resist this beauty and now have my first Alembic. It should be here on Friday. I decided the early Distillate was going to be my first and knew, the moment I saw it, that this was the bass I had to have. I can't wait to see it and play it.
How can you tell it is a mahogany body when you cant see any veneers? If it is Koa, is that a desirable wood?
Post Number: 7839
|Posted on Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 6:54 pm: |
In the second picture, look at the bottom horn (right side). I'm thinking that I'm seeing the line between the top laminate and the body.
Also, the top has a lot of flaming going on, where the back does not, suggesting two different pieces of wood.
There are a bunch of folks in this club that own Koa topped Alembics, and they love 'em. I used to have a Koa topped Spoiler, and I loved the way that top looked. It was sad boxing that one up knowing I wouldn't get to see it any more.
(Message edited by davehouck on April 01, 2009)
Post Number: 543
|Posted on Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 5:20 am: |
Koa comes from Hawaii. It's not common, and they do have regulations about how much can be cut down, I believe. The Distillate has a nice piece, if that's what it is, and we're all pretty sure. Even me, though I was wrong in the inital post.
Mahogany has a distinctive pore pattern to the grain. The back looks to be a very blonde piece of it. Some pieces come out more tawny. I don't think Alembic ever used an ugly piece of wood!
At the very least, it's a great Distillate and I am sure you'll love the sound!
Post Number: 70
|Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 - 1:09 pm: |
I won an '86 Distillate on Ebay in 2002 (my second Alembic), which led to me to having Alembic build me a custom one in 2003. The Distillate is my favorite and the most comfortable body style of any bass I've ever played. It just fits
Post Number: 2253
|Posted on Friday, April 03, 2009 - 1:21 pm: |
Contrary to the seller's claims, the bass is almost certainly 32" scale. He claims the 34" is from nut to tailpiece, not nut to bridge.