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Username: alembicman

Post Number: 2
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:44 pm:   Edit Post

These are a few pics of my 1982 Alembic Series II, short scale four string.

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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 849
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:53 pm:   Edit Post

yeah !!! she is the sister of mine, same wood, same year :-) tailpiece ? could be better...master volume ? it could be somewhere else ... who had been drinking that day? :-)
Congrat, its a very fine combination of woods.
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1856
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 6:56 pm:   Edit Post

Sweet Bass, Congratulations !
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Username: mike1762

Post Number: 844
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 7:49 pm:   Edit Post

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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 850
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 8:17 pm:   Edit Post

quoi ? koa oui !
Username: alembicman

Post Number: 3
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 9:39 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys. She is koa. I forgot to add the serial number with the pics, had a little difficulty sizing the pics. Serial number is 822040.
I had put my order in and a few days Susan called me and said they had just got in some incredible flame koa and theu wanted to use some for my bass. Ofcourse I said yes mam thank you. It's hard to tell from these pics but when you look at her in person it's like your looking deep down below thw surface into the grain. I've always told people I don't own any paintings, but I do have an exquisite piece of fine art from the celebrated artist Ron Wickersham and his associates at Alembic Gallery.
MAster volume knob use to be a problem as well as the pickup selector. I kept hitting them both when gettig into the pop and slap stuff. I put a piece of felt under the volume knob so it's not as easy to turn, and turned the selector switch around so that the point faces the opposite direction. Worked like a charm.
Again thanks for your nice comments.
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Username: skyboltone

Post Number: 124
Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 11:33 pm:   Edit Post

Oh yes. Beautiful. May I enquire her weight?

Username: alembicman

Post Number: 4
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 6:57 pm:   Edit Post

She weighs in at pretty much an even 10 lbs. There have been nights when my back was giving me trouble that it seemed more like 20 lbs. But usually if the band is really togeather and the audience is into it, it's almost like it's not a bass but an extension of my heart and soul.I owned four other basses before 1982 and I never had that feeling with any of them.

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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1722
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Monday, July 11, 2011 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, one learns to always say "Yes 'mam" when Susan suggests something: She'll always steer you right.

I am just a fool for flame koa, and this one should require NHRA fireproff gloves. Just fabulous. I always seem to see those all-Koa Taylors, and I just melt . . . .

J o e y
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10283
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass! The Flame Koa is very nice!
Username: hammer

Post Number: 61
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 - 11:23 am:   Edit Post

Love the Koa. As a matter of fact I love it so much that when we recently replaced all of the floors in our house we put guessed it... Koa. Obviously not as gorgeous as your flame Koa, but now I have another excuse to use with my wife when I start talking about getting a bass built, "My current walnut Distillate just doesn't go with the floors. Think how beautiful a flame Koa short scale would look!
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Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 1280
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 9:28 pm:   Edit Post

As to the weight issue (Alembics suffer in this regard), I've always used a 4" wide strap. Distributing the weight takes away all the pressure on my shoulder. You can get Alembic-branded straps from the Alembic Store or you can get very high quality (belt leather) 4" straps for an incredibly low price from Italia Straps at:
With Italia, delivery may be somewhat longer, but the price makes the wait worthwhile (Definitely take advantage of the 2 for 1 offer!). I've bought at least 6 of them and use them on everything I play. They are incredibly rich quality leather and indestructible.

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