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Username: mike1762

Post Number: 53
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2008 - 6:59 am:   Edit Post

You guys may have seen this before (it's Rory's old bass). Pictures really do not do the Birdseye Maple justice. Rory had it refinished, the PUP selector switch moved, and the neck shaved a few years ago. Despite being 31 yrs old, it looks like it's off the showroom floor!!!
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 88
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2008 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post

Very elegant bass.

I have never played a Maple topped Alembic. Does it sound cold?
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1011
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2008 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

I would not say the maple sounds cold. I have both listened to and played moderator Dave's maple top and walnut topped Series 1's. To my ears the maple has a brighter tone but is still very smooth. The difference in tone, to me, is as pronounced as that between ash and mahogany bodies on a setneck.

Username: mike1762

Post Number: 55
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2008 - 3:27 pm:   Edit Post

The bass is actually very warm but with crisp highs. With my other (non-Alembic) basses, I play with an exagerrated midrange tone that I'm really not able to coax out of either of my maple-top Alembics. That has to do with the neck-through design if I understood correctly Mica's post on the subject.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6535
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 08, 2008 - 6:51 pm:   Edit Post

Great pics Mike!!

As Keith mentioned, my bass is very similar; and I absolutely love the tone!
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Username: mike1762

Post Number: 378
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

77-920 LSB

top: Maple
body: Mahogany
back: Maple
through body neck: Maple and Purpleheart, 34" long scale
fingerboard: Ebony with mother of pearl inlays
peghead veneers: Walnut and Avodire
birthday December 13, 1977
originally made for: Rothschild

There was one previous registered owners in TN.
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Username: mike1762

Post Number: 864
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2011 - 5:26 am:   Edit Post

SOLD!!! As much as I wanted to love this bass (and I did love the looks and tone), I just could not play it. The ergonomics of the Standard Point body are... challenging (at least for me).
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 956
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 04, 2011 - 12:37 pm:   Edit Post

Mike, I have to agree with you. I loved my '78 SI long scale, but it was an ergonomic catastrophe for me, sending me to physical therapy with all kinds of problems. Luckily it was able to find a home where it is well played and loved.

However, the short scale works a charm!

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