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Paul Schmitz (pas)
Username: pas

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 8:18 am:   Edit Post

Hmmm...let's see if I can actually get this thing posted & uploaded...spoiler
Paul Schmitz (pas)
Username: pas

Post Number: 2
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2003 - 8:30 am:   Edit Post

and a body shot...spoiler
Jonathan Johnstone (stoney)
Intermediate Member
Username: stoney

Post Number: 122
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2003 - 5:24 am:   Edit Post

Hey Paul, REALLY NICE. Not many Spoiler postings. I'm surprised.
Valentino Villevieille (valvil)
Username: valvil

Post Number: 111
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 - 10:08 am:   Edit Post

Very nice spoiler Paul,

beautiful coco bolo top. I'm curious about a couple of things, did you have it converted to a fretless yourself? I'm asking because I see that you have the oval inlays on the fretboard, which leads me to believe that this baby was not born a fretless. When I inquired about turning one my basses into a fretless, Mica pointed out to me that sliding over the inlays would produce a different sound from the ebony wood, so I guess my other question to you would be : how does it sound when you slide on the inlays?


(Message edited by valvil on March 26, 2003)
Paul Schmitz (pas)
Username: pas

Post Number: 9
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2003 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post


I actually ordered it as you see it. Sliding across the inlays wasn't really a problem. There were a couple of notes though where when the string was "fretted", so to speak, that the string made contact with the inlays BEHIND the note and created a very slight buzz...wasn't a problem playing in a blues/rock type context, although I can see where if it were applied to a quieter, perhaps jazz type context, someone may not have been happy with it.

As I later discovered, I'm not a great fretless player and the active electronics were very revealing as far as intonation goes. I sold this bass last year...tax man & divorce lawyers sort of gave me the double whammy.

Fear not though, I still have my '85 fretted Spoiler, which I tend to use for acoustic gigs & my '01 MK Standard...coco bolo...that I use for electric shows. There are a couple of pics of my MK in the signature gallery.
Username: bucky

Post Number: 62
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Sunday, July 20, 2003 - 7:28 pm:   Edit Post

Paul. . LOVE the wood. . Oh My gosh. breathtaking. .Gorgeous!

Username: pas

Post Number: 64
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2006 - 10:58 am:   Edit Post

Ya know, I sure would love to have this bass back & put a fretted fingerboard on it, sigh...

Oh well, it's tax time again & that means that Alembics will be changing hands at a dizzying pace. Those expecting to owe will sell & those expecting a refund-(me)-will be in the market. Should be interesting...
Advanced Member
Username: wishbass

Post Number: 313
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Monday, January 07, 2013 - 6:57 pm:   Edit Post

Advanced Member
Username: enzo

Post Number: 347
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Saturday, February 08, 2014 - 7:10 am:   Edit Post

Don't mess with Cocobolo! the prettiest wood!

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