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Username: andy3hal

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2013 - 9:19 pm:   Edit Post

Hi there

To all Alembic members from England.

I have been looking for a Scorpion bass for sooooooo long !

I first really heard the unique Alembic Bass sound back in the early days of Stanley Clarke, just amazing, and then a little later the playing of Mark King made me listen more to that fabulous sound,

One of my favourite bands from way back and still today is Emerson Lake And Palmer, back when I was listening to them I wasn't into playing bass so did not appreciate the sound and that was coming from Greg Lake's Bass, So fastword many years to when I started playing Bass and taking much more interst in the sound and the instrument I researched Greg Lake's Bass and voila an Alembic Scorpion 8 string, been in love with the Scorpion ever since. I have been looking out for a Scorpion for many years and recently I found one at California Vintage Guitar and Amp, Dan over there was very helpful and a few exchange of emails later it was bought, boxed up and shipped, it has been customs clearnce for the last few days and I really hope it will be released tonight and wil arrive with me Tomorrow. I recently got back into playing Bass in a live band and bought a Fender Jazz Bass 5 String Deluxe, it sounds very good with its active pickups, but I know that the Scorpion is going to sound just amazing, My friends in the band are not going to believe what I turn up with this weekend.

I have attached a few pictures that have been trimmed down to suit the thread size, these were sent from Dan at the shop, will post a few more when I have it set up and cleaned.

If any one can help, I am looking for a good high definition Alembic logo, but under 1Mb I want to make a large size poster around 3feet sqyare to put up in our bar on the back wall, do not want to infringe any copy rights though.

All the best

Scorpion 5 string Bass Front

Scorpion 5 string Bass Rear

Scorpion 5 string Bass Body Front

Scorpion 5 string Bass Body Rear

Scorpion 5 string Bass Headstock Front

Scorpion 5 string Bass Headstock Rear

Scorpion 5 string Bass Body Bridge
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 3324
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 4:17 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club from Scotland Andy. That really is a beautiful bass. Hopefully someday I'll get to see it in the flesh.

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Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 214
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 5:06 am:   Edit Post

WOW!! CONGRATS!! Drooling here for such a beauty, makes me want to run, grab a bass and play some ELP ... which I'd do gladly!

Enjoy it in good health!!!
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 930
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, February 06, 2013 - 3:49 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass!
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 774
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, February 08, 2013 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

That is a beautiful bass Andy! I love the Scorpions! If I ever get another Alembic, it will be a Scorpion!
Senior Member
Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 1052
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 9:00 am:   Edit Post

Lovely bass!!!
I've actually played Greg Lake's bass when it went up for sale at the "Bassment" ?? in Romford in Essex. east of London!!
It was HUGE..and weighed a ton.
I own a Series 1, and it was so much lighter than Greg's Scorpion!!
Heaviest ever Alembic to be Mike Pisanek's 6 string Europa..........check out the 2008 site of the Scottish Alembic gathering.
My back has never been the same since!
He is around 6 feet 5" and I'me the small fat ugly gnome with the S1, I'm actually growing, and now have reached 2 feet 4"
Oh the joys of modern day science.


(Message edited by georgie_boy on March 09, 2013)
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 798
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

That's hilarious George! Don't be so hard on gotta be at least 2 foot 6"!! LOL! If you are 2 foot 4" then you have no excuse for not boxing yourself up & shipping yourself to Texas to come visit Lissa & I! I would love a picture of you playing Coco!

I would love even more a picture of me playing Andy's Scorpion! Beautiful bass!!
Advanced Member
Username: oddmetersam

Post Number: 258
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

This is one of those basses where the design elements really add up to something extra special. Knobby headstocks almost seem under-rated, or at least under-represented and go great with the scorpion feature. Really dig the triple pinstripe body laminate visible in the last shot. Is the heart omega in a slightly flatter/wider profile than most (as noticeable to me in the first 2 shots) or is that a question of the perspective of the shots?

In any case, a stunning instrument.
Username: andy3hal

Post Number: 7
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Saturday, March 09, 2013 - 7:01 pm:   Edit Post

Hi guys

Thanks for the kind words, thought I would post a couple of more pics alongside my Fender Jazz Bass to give an idea of the size and differences.
The jazz bass plays well and it does sound very good considering that it is a stock mass produced instrument, at high volume in a relatively small bar the sounds from the active pickups sounds good, so what does the Scorpion sound like compared.................just sublime !! I have read in another blog that the sound of an Alembic is like that of an anvil hitting a piano string it is just so clear, in a busy bar where a lot of people are busy talking away they do not initially notice the Alembic, our opening number is Pink Floyd's - Another Brick In The Wall Part 2, the guitar starts the main chord pattern, then the bass opens with the low D, the bar always then goes quiet, the power and sustain is just incredible, its a great attention getter. So onto the pics, both bases taken side by side and my favorite pic of Greg Lake to finsh them off, sorry just had to include that one.

All the best


[edited for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on March 11, 2013)
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 84
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 - 8:56 am:   Edit Post


A "5 Sting" Scorpion - no pun intended, correct?

Being from the American Southwest (Arizona), I'm quite familiar with the inspiration for the name. Although I've never been stung, I've been told that it is quite painful and can even cause temporary paralysis in the immediate area of the sting (!)

Not to worry - in your case, the only danger from your encounter is potential addiction!

Beautiful specimen, BTW.

Looks like a figured walnut top - ?
Username: andy3hal

Post Number: 9
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Monday, March 11, 2013 - 3:50 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, its a walnut top,

believe its called flamed walnut
Advanced Member
Username: wishbass

Post Number: 325
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 8:13 pm:   Edit Post

My favorite " old school" body shape. Lovely bass.Were I a collector w/limitless funds, I'd have one of these!
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1247
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 10:09 am:   Edit Post

Wow - I don't usually think to look at the introductions thread, but I'm glad I did! That is amazing!

As I keep looking at it, it almost looks like my doubleneck and Stanley Clarke 5-string mated!

Some questions:

What is the scale length? Next to the Fender it looks like it could be the full 34"

What year is it?

What are the electronics? Anniversary? Looks like you might have the mono/stereo switch next to the output jack.

I hope you start a thread in the Showcase section - maybe under the "custom" heading?
Username: andy3hal

Post Number: 17
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 12:52 am:   Edit Post

Hi there

The scale length is the full 34" and the year is 1993. The electronics are the Anniversary and yes the switch is a mono/stereo.

I was looking out for years for a Scorpion base it did seem a bit surreal when I actually found one that was still for sale, so bought it immediately !

It is bit of a beast to play because of the neck size, it was a custom order so I am assuming that the original owner must have had very big hands, the neck widths are so much wider than my Jazz bass, I have never played a six string bass but I am thinking that this neck size is a 6 string size !

The sound though is something else....fabulous.

Attached are a few more photos of the neck size.

All the best


[edited for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on April 11, 2013)
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3422
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 3:50 am:   Edit Post

Hi Andy, good purchase you have there, if you are gigging anywhere in or around the Midlands drop me an email and we will endeavour to come to the gig. It would also be a chance for me to hear an alembic on a gig that is not mine, Stanley's or Jimmy Johnson's.
What kind of music are you playing?

Username: andy3hal

Post Number: 18
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:47 am:   Edit Post

Hi jazzyvee

Sorry but nowhere close to the midlands, at the moment I am in South Korea................waiting to see what happens with a threatened test fire of a missile, but still enjoying the music scene.

The music we play is mainly rock music, appologies to the virtuoso's and proffessional players in the club, but music is music and sounds even better with the Alembic, quite a few glances when the aaLembic is being played, most people think it is a bling bass made in Asia more of a fashion accessory...............until they hear the sound, then they know its something special.

All the best

Username: bonesrad

Post Number: 98
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2013 - 4:02 pm:   Edit Post


That is a very cool bass you have, enjoy it in good health.

One question, how does it balance? I had a Series II years ago that had a problem with neck dive. Your's looks like it might balance in a similar way. I hope you've found a way to make it work for you as I bet it sounds amazing.

Best Wishes,
Username: andy3hal

Post Number: 28
Registered: 2-2013
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 5:39 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Bones

Yes it does neck dive big time, dont have a solution yet just have to keep hold of it !

I did do one thing though and it was kind of cosmetic and part balance, I had already spoken to Mica about the neck dive and she told me that the only real solution was to change the fulcrum point of the strap buttons, I had seen on a few other messages the extended top horn strap button, but have not followed that up yet. The rear cavity plate on my bass from factory was made from sheet plastic, I changed this to a piece of brass plate 3mm thick. There is substantially more weight in this plate and it does help the neck dive a little bit but is not the answer. So for now just have to keep good hold of the "precious"

Sound though is amazing, I am on work assignment overseas and most people that see the Alembic for the first time just pass it off as another type of far east bling bass, that is until they hear it, instead of the dull lifeless thud they are treated to clear ringing sustain...........thats when all the questions start about what type of bass it is, where was it made, who else plays them, feel so priveleged and proud to own it.

Best regards


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