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lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 5:33 pm:   Edit Post

I'm feeling out the intrest in this Alembic bass I had custom built for me back around 79. It is a Stanley Clarke body style with a very rare Graphite neck. It has been unused for the past 13 years and has been either in it's case or hanging. This bass was the 3rd Graphite neck alembic ever made and I'm told there were only about 50 ever in production. Stanley got the first John Entwistle got the second and I got the 3rd. It has the lights up the neck as well as two LEDs on the front that glow red or green depending on which pickups are selected.The neck was damaged by the airlines back in 82 and was sent to Alembic and repaired better and stronger than it was when ordered and was played for many years after. I can post better photos or send via contact info if requested. It also comes with the rack mount power supply. and HUGE anvil case. I also have an F-2B dual channel pre amp if anyone is interested. Any ideas on a price this baby would go for would be appreciated greatly. I'm in a bit of a rough spot financially and need to sell soon but don't want to give it away either. Any thoughts appreciated.
email me if interested. stockl9091@att.net
Larry

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room037
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Username: room037

Post Number: 364
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 7:28 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Larry,

Welcome to the club.

We need some more info.
Graphite neck were start to built 1976 or 77'.
And we know several graphite instruments 77' and 78' made.
Please show us the serial number.

I've never seen maple-perpleheart stripe body with graphite neck.
All graphit necks have body top veneer but it's plain wood, and few of early ones have no body back veneer.

The unusual tail piece is very interested.

Eiji
lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 11:45 pm:   Edit Post

I may be a bit off on the year of this bass. Time and a few dead brain cells over the years has gotten the best of me. I looked all over this instrument but couldn't remember where the serial was so I finally opened the circuit bay and there it was 77 848
So i guess it's a 77 model (my bad).
I'm not sure why Alembic chose a different tailpiece but yes it is different than the brass screw on block on most basses.
Maybe because this was a custom order bass warranted the difference in the top not being just a veneer or maybe it was just early in the development cycle of the graphite neck. I was told by Alembic this was the third Graphite neck made. If I remember right it the guy I dealt with at Alembic at the time was Rob can't remember his last name.
Anyway sorry for the confusion

Larry
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1149
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 1:08 am:   Edit Post

Welcome Larry,
Nice to see an early graphite neck Alembic.
I used to have one and realize there is nothing quite like them.

Elwood
room037
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Username: room037

Post Number: 365
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 1:35 am:   Edit Post

Hi Larry,
Thank you for your reply.

J.Entwistle's Graphite bass has S/N 77' 830.
Your bass was made only 18th later from J.E.'s !
I don't know the serial No. of S.Clark's Black bass.(It's first one that you said.)

I think the tail piece was adopted for string angle on the bridge to tail piece.
And another early graphite bass has top mount plate tail piece as yours.(The picture is here.)

Eiji
lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 6:42 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the update info Eiji. I'm only stating what Alembic told me at the time it was in production. Does the serial number take into account the other wood neck instruments in production at the same time or would the graphite basses be sequential? I also noticed in the picture you referenced the headstock does not have a veneer like mine has. Interesting.
Can you also verify how many graphite basses were created. I've been told there were less than 50 but again I'm only stating what I've heard from a reliable source.
Thanks loads for the info
LS
jack
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Username: jack

Post Number: 254
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 9:13 am:   Edit Post

That's an amazing bass. Interested parties will surely ask for the scale length.
lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 4
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post

It Mesures from nut to middle of bridge 31 and 1/8 inches.
I believe that makes it a short scale. Correct me if I'm wrong.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7090
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 1:07 pm:   Edit Post

Measure from the nut to the 12th fret and then double that for the scale length.

We don't have a tally of the number of graphite neck instruments (there were a few guitars too!) we made, but our estimate is around 50 or so.

The sequential numbers account all instruments, regardless of model or neck material.

Really pretty bass! If you can email me some larger photos I'd really appreciate it since we did not take many photos back in 1977. My email address is mica (at) alembic (dot) com

I think that John McVie got the first graphite neck bass. I don't think there was a Rob around here, but you may have dealt with my dad, Ron Wickersham.
lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 5
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 1:36 pm:   Edit Post

Nut to 12th is 15 1/8 that makes it 30 1/4
WOW! that name brings me back. I believe you're right it was Ron. All I remember is I drove him crazy calling all the time asking about the progress as this bass was being made. I was such a jerk!
Is Ron still around Alembic? I doubt he'd remember me but he was a great guy to deal with. I think of him fondly every time I look at the engraved battery plate on the back of my bass. For some reason that was a big deal back then. Not Sure about the who got what when not that it matters much at this point but Ron may have said that just to shut me up and quit bothering him.
I'll get some better photos and send them your way
Thanks Mica
enzo
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Username: enzo

Post Number: 265
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post

Mica, why did Alembic stopped the production of graphite neck instruments? From the beginning of the '80s graphite neck basses were such a hit, I'm thinking to Status or Steinberger as example.
Sorry, I don't mean to hijack the thread.
to_81_0190
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Username: to_81_0190

Post Number: 147
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 8:10 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Larry,

Beautiful bass! The bass seems to have 3extra knobs than usual SeriesáT circuit. One would be a master vol like SeriesáU and what are other 2knobs?

Toshiaki
lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 6
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 9:10 pm:   Edit Post

You must be referring to the two small things close to the tone knobs and below the Frequency switch. Those are Dual color LEDs they glow red when a pickup is not selected and green when it is. Kind of a unique feature isn't it.
I haven't seen it on any other Alembics myself either.
jack
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Username: jack

Post Number: 255
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post

Larry, since no one else is chiming in with estimated value, I'd recommend you do a search here on the For Sale board for some combination of Series 1 Short Scale Small Body. Series 1s of this vintage seem to go for about 3K to 3.5K, depending on condition. For a short scale small body I think you can safely add 500 bucks or more. I think that the graphite neck and other unusual features (LEDs, tailpiece, etc.) should add more value. I think 4K to 4.5K is reasonable, but I'm neither buyer nor seller, and it's tough to estimate what a unique (or at least very unusual) Alembic is worth (to both buyer and seller). Perhaps someone else will chime in if I'm way off base.
jack
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Username: jack

Post Number: 256
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 9:04 am:   Edit Post

Double post, but allow me to add one more question that others may have, which is whether the instrument suffers from electronic interference from things such as neon lights, etc. Some (not all, from what I understand) of older electronics run into interference problems with various things and need to be updated. This is more from the evolution of radio frequencies in our environment than any inherent problem with the electronics.

(Message edited by jack on December 10, 2010)
lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 7
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 9:38 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the post Jack,
All I can say is when I was using this bass gigging every night (or so it seemed) I never had any RF issue with it. That was well over 10 years ago and this bass hasn't seen a band stage since.
mike1762
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Username: mike1762

Post Number: 700
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Friday, December 10, 2010 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

The neck damage probably negates any value the graphite neck would have added. I'm always surprised that these old Series instruments don't sell for more than they do. My SI is, by far, my best sounding instrument. However, I'm considering letting it go as well: I just can't get comfortable with the ergonomics.
lstock
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Username: lstock

Post Number: 8
Registered: 12-2010
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 6:34 am:   Edit Post

Alembic {SOLD} Thanks to all for your input
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2817
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 6:57 am:   Edit Post

larry. "is ron still around Alembic?" Seeing as no-one else has chimed in yet, I think it's safe to say Ron IS Alembic! there's a decent history of the company here and a selection of the craftsmen amd women responsible for making our instruments here

Graeme
llobsterbass
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Username: llobsterbass

Post Number: 83
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 8:39 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Larry for being such a helpful seller. I'm thrilled that this spectactular bass will be coming to join me for years of jams. It will not be sitting in a glass case! Steve

(Message edited by llobsterbass on December 14, 2010)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9955
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 6:50 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats!!

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