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Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 23
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post

After years of dreaming, I got my first Alembic in mid-June... a 5-string quilted maple topped Persuader with a 3 purpleheart laminate neck, with matched headstock. It started off as an ebay deal gone terribly wrong, my own ignorance combined with a dishonest seller, scored me a beautiful bass... only to find her original electronics had been stripped long ago, and replaced with aftermarket Bartolini equipment. I gave serious thought to demanding a refund... the ad was misleading at best, and downright fraudulent at worst. But the bass was solid, and at least it was playable. I'd just paid what would've been a fair price for a correct bass.

In the days that followed, after I'd had a couple phone conversations with Mica, and received some sage advice from the Alembic Club and other Alembic players, I decided rather than bail out and start over, to restore this bass instead. This would mean *all* the electronics would be new replacements, and the control cavity would have to be repaired as well, where it had been modified to accept the Bart parts. Not an unexpensive endeavor, but not the end of the world either.

A couple months have passed, and after some careful reconstructive work, 89P5559USA is back in-service, and quickly becoming my main bass.

The entire story is here, with detailed pictures from the project:

I'll update with some better glam shots soon, but here she is posed in the backyard, under Southwest Virginia's golden sun.
Senior Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 909
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post

Great looking bass.

How does it balance?

Username: growlypants

Post Number: 98
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 2:32 pm:   Edit Post

Fantastic determination!! Best of luck, too... I'm sure you're the best thing that's ever happened to this bass!
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Username: mtjam

Post Number: 182
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 5:10 am:   Edit Post

Looks great! Enjoy playing your Persuader; you did an outstanding job of rectifying those abominations that it suffered over the years. Play on!
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 25
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 6:30 am:   Edit Post

I took it out for the first full slate of gigs with the new activators just this past weekend. Friday night it saw a medium-sized bar/restaurant gig, then had 2 sets at a music festival on Saturday afternoon with a big stage for about 1000 people, then a more intimate setting that same evening with an acoustic duo. In each venue, it was very easy to dial in the tone I prefer with the filter at about 45% open, and Q-switch in the middle or bottom position alternately.

Ummm... balance is fine for me, but I can see how it would be a little awkward for some, as it is a little neck-heavy. Even playing for 3 hours a day, it's required no more than a strap adjustment for me, so I have just designated a good heavy leather one specific to this bass.

This Persuader is quickly becoming my go-to bass... (or at least one of them) as I expected it would. Most often, I play a Turner Electroline 535 PMM, or Renaissance 5's. (piezo briges) It's not a better/worse thing, or even a decision... it's just that this bass has a totally different voice altogether. I always carry two basses anyway, and the distant cousin Turner bass seems to get along well. =)

And yes, the experience of restoring this bass, though costly, was both rewarding and educational. Like they say though, it was totally worth it!
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 6
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 1:07 pm:   Edit Post

Took some new pictures the other night...

...I love this bass more all the time.
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2331
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 - 9:42 pm:   Edit Post

Gregory, ya did a great job restoring this bass. And it's a great recipe for a first Alembic: Maple over mahogany is a really good 'all rounder', as the mahogany tends to keep all that zing from the maple and ebony fingerboard from running away with it all. And it's hard to go wrong with the P/J setup, my favorite, and so useful for a quick range of tones.

So are you running the 12 or 15 Walkabout bins, and what do you think about that rig? It's amp time for me again, and I'm fishing . . . .

Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 8
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 5:03 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Joey. I've been thinking a lot lately about the recipe for the next one. =)

I use both Scout 12's and a 15 on occasion. I'll send you a few thoughts I posted elsewhere on Mesa/Alembic combinations.
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 10
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 6:36 am:   Edit Post

One more picture... I just got a brass backplate from the Mothership to replace the original black plastic one. It was salvageable, though a couple of the screw holes were starting to break out. After the WOW factor of the new brass one sunk in, I just put the old one away for safe keeping. Here 'tis:

Senior Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 432
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

Looks great and it might even help with the neck dive.

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