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2400wattman
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Post Number: 269
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 7:29 pm:   Edit Post

It seems ther are no pics of John Mc Vie, I sure can't find any. I was reminded of this as I watched my first installation of DVD's from the Midnight Special. Fleetwood Mac was on this one performing "Rhiannon" and I noticed John was playing an early Series-1 ,the p/ups mounted with two screws and the bridge not quite as refined as the one we know and love so well. Still a beautiful bass but I don't think the sound man got the tone of the bass happening. It sounded like a P bass w/flats, arrrgh the soundman. However Lindsay's tone was fantastic and remarkably clean & transparent for using a Les Paul Custom. The overall performance was great(nobody was bad) as was the other performances of the other artists. The Midnight Special review will be for another thread, especially if there are more Alembics to be seen. Don't want to take away from this being a John Mc Vie thread, where's those pics!!
keavin
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Post Number: 1007
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 6:30 am:   Edit Post

scroll to the bottom of this page & there's john with alembic#27!.http://www.fleetwoodmac.net/penguin/john.htm
fretted4
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Post Number: 61
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2007 - 1:19 pm:   Edit Post

Does anybody have any details on john's basses? Does he still have this bass? Ive been trying to find out some info on the particular bass pictured in the link for quite sometime, thanks!
fretted4
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Post Number: 62
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post

Here are a few pics that I FINALLY was able to locate, the first one appears to be an early model series1, I would love to know more about this bass, the second picture appears to be the same bass mentioned in the alembic "long version" history with the stainless fingerboard...

first 1

the stainless series 2?

(Message edited by mica on June 15, 2009)
2400wattman
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Post Number: 385
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

Ah, very nice indeed.
extraterrestrial
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=john+mcvie&sp=1&fr2=sp-top&fr=yfp-t-501&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&ei=UTF-8&SpellState=n-98690814_q-7XijnJ/hqpc0Er5yL.77OAAAAA@@
bigbadbill
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Post Number: 331
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 - 5:42 am:   Edit Post

Judging from most of the interviews with John I've read, a "P-Bass with flats" would seem to be pretty close to how he wants his bass to sound; he's remarked previously that a P Bass is the benchmark by which all other basses are measured.

He's one of my favourite bassists, BTW.
keavin
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Post Number: 1277
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, September 04, 2007 - 10:01 am:   Edit Post

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qHXUQR-e2cE&mode=related&search=
jacko
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Post Number: 1324
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 06, 2007 - 4:41 am:   Edit Post

There's not enough bass in that clip keavin. John doesn't appear until 1'22;-( too much stevie nicks if you ask me.

Graeme
chuck
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Post Number: 204
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 06, 2007 - 9:02 am:   Edit Post

Of course Stevie gets most of the face time.As she is A lot better looking than John(my hero).As for his current basses he mostly uses Rick Turners products but always has a P Bass laying around .Flats have always been his strings of choice.I have read somewhere that he lost his older Basses when he went bankrupt but that could be just rumor, He has also had some stolen.

Chuck
bracheen
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Post Number: 1265
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, September 07, 2007 - 8:50 am:   Edit Post

I saw a Fleetwood Mac documentary on VH1 Classic that had a lot of John/Alembic footage. Not as much as Stevie but more than I would have thought. Several of the people in the show were very complimentary towards John's playing. Mick called him a monster IIRC. I think it was part of their Classic Albums series that featured Rumours.

Sam
bigbadbill
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Posted on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

John was the first guy that turned me on to Alembic (well, JPJ was prior with his 8, but as his was a Becvar I'm not sure if it counts). I remember seeing the pics on FM Live and freaking out over his fretless (shown above).
fretted4
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Post Number: 68
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2009 - 9:28 pm:   Edit Post

Here is another great pic of McVie with his series 1 with the stainless steel fingerboard!mcviestainless
fretted4
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Post Number: 70
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

Hello there again folks, stumbled across a few more rare mcvie-alembic photos.... This bass however kinda stumbles me, as far as i know, john only had 3 alembis, the early series 1, the stainless fingerboard fretless, and the first graphite alembic. Anyways, this one resembles the early series 1, but the pickups are black, and the master volume is gone. What do yall think?unknown alembic
fretted4
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Post Number: 71
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

And found another pic, this is a good one and shows the details of number 27!

early1

(Message edited by mica on June 15, 2009)
pauldo
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Post Number: 165
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 3:40 pm:   Edit Post

Stainless steel fretless eh?
I would be interested in hearing an isolated bass track of that! Or any track - what albums did he use it on?

Was that an Alembic modification or did it happen 'after market'?
fretted4
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Post Number: 72
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 4:38 pm:   Edit Post

Here is john in action with the stainless steel fingerboard alembic, the bass track is not isolated, but in the middle of the song, he perfoms his famous chain bass solo, it shows some excellent close-ups and decent sound quality. enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T0Dq_SXaWc
serialnumber12
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Post Number: 468
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 8:06 pm:   Edit Post

Antique alembics...............Yessssss!!!!!!.....
peoplechipper
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Post Number: 114
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Monday, June 15, 2009 - 11:32 pm:   Edit Post

McVie with the infamous Acoustic 4x15" folded horn cab; blasting if you can get 30' away from it...and so darn big!
bass player in my old band had one; got rid of it when bandleader got a minivan as it was almost as big as the van...Tony
pauldo
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Post Number: 166
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 6:12 pm:   Edit Post

Tracey - thanks for the video link, gotta love the Gypsy!!!
Wouldn't the stainless steel fretboard add a lot of weight? Any specs on the instrument? Fretboard thickness? It doesn't seem to have a real powerful "mwahh" factor to it...

I'm not trying to be difficult just VERY intrigued by the idea of a stainless steel fretboard.
fretted4
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Post Number: 73
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 10:40 pm:   Edit Post

Hey there, I believe he ordered this custom instrument around late 1977 according to the alembic history and probably didnt recieve it till 79, due to the fact that I cannot find any other videos before or after that year featuring this bass. I also believe it was used for the tusk album. What stumps me is that I cannot find out what happened to this and his original alembic-he switched to a red and black hamer cruise bass around 1980 and the alembics were never seen again....anybody have any clues?
dluxe
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Post Number: 82
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Monday, March 15, 2010 - 2:51 pm:   Edit Post

fretted4
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Post Number: 76
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Friday, March 19, 2010 - 4:32 pm:   Edit Post

Well after some searching on youtube, it seems that around 1975 John had sent in his series 1 for some modifications. The changes being a master volume control, a change in the tailpiece, and at the time, updated the pickups from the black ones to the tan pickups. I wonder if Alembic has any info on these....
dluxe
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Post Number: 88
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post

Good eye there! I can see a difference between the tailpieces. I would have thought that the tan pickups predated the black ones though. Maybe Alembic had some old stock pickups left and fitted them in his bass. Very cool info.
jseitang
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Post Number: 291
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 22, 2010 - 3:40 pm:   Edit Post

anyone know what the scale length of his bass are?
adriaan
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Post Number: 2710
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, December 06, 2010 - 11:51 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a pretty early clip of "Over My Head" with the early Series bass - nice quality audio and video. (Some comments suggest there are some overdubs.)
sonicus
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Post Number: 1462
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 12:17 am:   Edit Post

The Bass cuts through the mix well just listening with my Sennheiser headphones at the moment. Nice EQ.
Good tune. Thanks for posting .
fretted4
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Post Number: 80
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 1:22 pm:   Edit Post

Just keepin this thread alive, anybody know how I could get more info on his alembic 73-27? thanks
jseitang
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Post Number: 308
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2011 - 8:11 am:   Edit Post

jpeg
whats the gear john's using on the right?
it looks like two power supplies, and what looks like an alembic input module with a graphic eq enclosed in a head??
sonicus
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Post Number: 1983
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2011 - 10:35 am:   Edit Post

A metal rack cabinet within are from top to bottom an Alembic IN-2 / A single rack space device unknown , (perhaps custom made) / a (looks like perhaps 2/3 octave) graphic EQ , perhaps UREI or maybe Klark-Teknik DN27A or ????_______DN27A
fretted4
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Post Number: 82
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2013 - 5:12 pm:   Edit Post

Hello folks! Here is John again and is that Lindsey B on an Alembic guitar?!?!?!John and Lindsey
jseitang
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Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 7:22 am:   Edit Post

wow!
jazzyvee
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Post Number: 3456
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Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 8:43 am:   Edit Post

The fretted bass has a similar shape to #12

Jazzyvee
jazzyvee
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Posted on Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 8:43 am:   Edit Post

The fretted bass has a similar shape to #12

Jazzyvee
adriaan
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Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 11:58 pm:   Edit Post

This compilation was releasd in 1992 ...
fretted4
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Post Number: 83
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Monday, September 23, 2013 - 4:52 pm:   Edit Post

Im gettin curious again, I wonder if Alembic has the build sheet or info on the Stainless steel fingerboard alembic?? Mica??
mario_farufyno
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Post Number: 1010
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:52 pm:   Edit Post

Does someone know one music recorded with this SS fingerboard? I would love to hear how it sounds like...

(Message edited by mario farufyno on September 25, 2013)
davehouck
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Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 3:58 pm:   Edit Post

Mario; as mentioned further upthread, it's probably the bass in this video.
mario_farufyno
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Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:06 pm:   Edit Post

thanks, Dave
fretted4
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Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 4:34 pm:   Edit Post

Hello again folks, seems like John's original graphite necked alembic thats been missing all this time has popped up on ebay!!! Could this be the very first graphite necked Alembic?? Check it out! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alembic-Series-one-bass-1973-John-McVie-Fleetwood-Mac-/171145471120?pt=Guitar&hash=item27d910a490#ht_253wt_1141
davehouck
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Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:32 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for posting; very cool bass!
malthumb
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Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 3:53 pm:   Edit Post

Anybody else notice that the J McV pix posted by fretted4 and dluxe are nearly identical except for the outfit? Very consistent posture.
moonliner
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Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 - 6:27 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, I've noticed that. Fingers or picking, gaze down and to the right :-)
jacko
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Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 - 4:55 am:   Edit Post

reports on the BBCthat fleetwood Mac have cancelled the rest of their tour as John is being treated for cancer. My thoughts are with him and his family

Graeme
edwardofhuncote
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Posted on Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

I'm actually surprised there's that many pictures of John McVie... given his infamously camera-shy nature.

I think maybe the quality I admire most about the guy, right after his inimitable playing style (which is another post altogether) is the quiet, supporting role he's played in Fleetwood-Mac all these years.

I hear reliable reports he's made a recovery from cancer, laid down bass tracks with Mick this past Spring on the new Fleetwood Mac album, and is in rehearsal for another World Tour beginning next month, this time with Christine McVie back on board.

Haven't seen him with any of the Alembics lately, but during the 2013 Tour, I got to meet his bass tech, who let me check out his road rack... there is one very interesting Turner Electroline in there that bears an uncanny resemblance to a quilted maple Alembic we used to see him play... I'm hesitant to post that here, but here's another I haven't seen on this thread:


jseitang
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Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 8:28 am:   Edit Post

funny you say, im actually getting a bass made that is inspired by the one above..its gonna have the same scale and body shape.
mtjam
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Posted on Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 10:15 am:   Edit Post

Cool bass! That will look and sound great!

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