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Username: jas

Post Number: 5
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 3:20 am:   Edit Post

Here's mine! I've been concentrating on 6 strings for a while but before that I was a bassist. Never dreamed I'd actually own an Alembic, such is their almost mythical quality - and I am impressed, REALLY impressed!
These are the pics from eBay. I will take more but these are pretty good. Big thank you to Richard F, the seller. What do you think the body is made of?
Happy playing, all!

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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1741
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:36 am:   Edit Post

Nice bass John. The body is almost certainly mahogany. I'd say the top is a very dark piece of coco-bolo. You'll probably find there's an extemely thin walnut veneer between the fingerboard and the neck which used to be installed to aid fingerboard replacement. In case you hadn't seen it, there's a page on the main website dedicated to the company's history.

Username: eflat

Post Number: 19
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 6:21 am:   Edit Post

Very nice, looks like my 86 Persuader...


You will love it, enjoy!

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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 727
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 6:32 am:   Edit Post

Very nice- I'd say Graeme is spot on with his guess of Mahogany and Coco Bolo. I really like the top wood right on the body wood without the pinstripe laminate.
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1863
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 - 3:35 am:   Edit Post

Given the amount of darkening, and the fairly straight grain, I'd guess it's a vermillion top. Nice one, whatever the top wood!
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Username: white_cloud

Post Number: 345
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 3:04 am:   Edit Post

Hi Jas,

Congratulations with the Persuader - very clean! Looks almost identical to my 87 Persuader (check it out here in the showcase!)so I would hazard a guess that the top is in fact Bocate just like mine!

Best wishes:-),
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Username: keurosix

Post Number: 289
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 8:12 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Jas,
Welcome to the club! Nice Bass. The top looks like CocoBolo to me. I have a similar dark coco top on my Modulus Graphite bass. You can determine exactly what it is by posting the serial number in
"Owning an Alembic / Serial number Requests"
here in the club!
Happy playing!
Username: jas

Post Number: 10
Registered: 4-2008
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2008 - 1:50 pm:   Edit Post

John, Kris,
Many thanks! John's Persuader does look gorgeous, but I think my wood top is darker. Hard to tell.
Kris, I've posted a request for data in the serial section.
This is a bit like genealogy. However, as you both know, playing it is the greatest pleasure...


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