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fmm
Junior
Username: fmm

Post Number: 17
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 6:05 am:   Edit Post

My first Alembic. Picked it up on Saturday:
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(Message edited by fmm on September 15, 2003)
fmm
Junior
Username: fmm

Post Number: 18
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 6:15 am:   Edit Post

Perhaps more pics later...
body
elzie
Advanced Member
Username: elzie

Post Number: 208
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 1:24 pm:   Edit Post

Oooh! That is nice! Those two little burls on either side of the neck pickup look like eyes....

You must be very happy!


Paul TGO
mattheus
Junior
Username: mattheus

Post Number: 48
Registered: 5-2003
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 2:09 pm:   Edit Post

Just wondering:
Why call this a 'spoiler'..

Great bass, I enjoy my Spoiler every day.

Mattheus tDo
stoney
Advanced Member
Username: stoney

Post Number: 211
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 4:40 pm:   Edit Post

You're gonna love that bass and the endless tone possibilities she will present. Congrats.

Stoney
fmm
Junior
Username: fmm

Post Number: 19
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2003 - 5:24 pm:   Edit Post

So far it's been great. I brought it home Saturday. It had been hanging in a store in Golden Valley MN for over a year. I went in to look at it at least twice a month. The store dropped the price, and I got a raise at work, so I decided to take the plunge.

I teach bass out of my home, and all of my students want a chance to play it. I think this weeks lessons will be on the construction details of superior basses.

I think its time to retire the Yamaha BX-1.
jet_powers
Member
Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 65
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 6:23 am:   Edit Post

Congrats on your pick up! It's a beauty.

I think it's called a Spoiler because once you've played it it spoils your appetite for any other manufacturer's basses!

BTW, my Persuader has the same body and neck. Can anyone tell me what differentiates a Spoiler from a Persuader? Is it the electronics?

John Paul
valvil
Moderator
Username: valvil

Post Number: 176
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 2:30 am:   Edit Post

You got it. The difference is in the electronics, Spoilers like yours, have two soapbar pickups, Persuaders sport a jazz/pbass style pickup combination. The controls are a bit different too, I believe the Persuader has volume, filter & pan, the Spoiler has volume, filter w /q switch, and pickup selector. Both are generally medium scale.

Valentino
davehouck
Intermediate Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 145
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 7:22 am:   Edit Post

Val and John Paul, yesterday I was wondering about Persuader controls and ran a search finding the following thread.

http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/1126.html

In the thread Mica describes a Persuader as:
"essentially Spoilers with our Activator electronics. Most of the Persuaders we made did not have the Q switch. There were one and two pickup versions, some with AXYs, others with P or JZ pickups."

The thread is quite interesting. The bass that is the subject of the thread has the P and JZ pickups and the controls are volume, volume, and filter. Mica says of this setup:
"The P pickup is one of our loudest pickups, and the JZ is one of the softest. Add that to the positioning with the poor skinny JZ pickup back where the string doesn't move much, and without a separate preamp for each pickup, there will always be a volume difference between the two."

In the thread Mica makes some suggestions for hot-rodding Persuader electronics. Interesting read.

stoney
Advanced Member
Username: stoney

Post Number: 214
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

Here's a nice example of a Persuader.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2557609570&category=4713
jet_powers
Member
Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 66
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 12:37 pm:   Edit Post

Guys, thanks for the responses...

That is a nice example of a Persuader. Mine's nicer though, it has strings!

I'll try to get some pics posted in the not too distant future.

JP
palembic
Senior Member
Username: palembic

Post Number: 606
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 2:41 pm:   Edit Post

What all reminds me that I still have an Alembic PB/JB PU combination somewhere in a drawer!!! It came with volume, pan, filter and Q switch. My friend Koen once build it in his Fender "light" fretless ...o-oh!!!

Anyway ...I have plans with those kids ...you'll see! Maybe next year I'll be pregnant too from myself (huh ...euh ....bf ...that doesn't sound right but anayway ...you'll be surprised!

Paul the bad one
valvil
Moderator
Username: valvil

Post Number: 177
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 3:25 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the correction Dave, I had one of the volumes on the Persuader confused with a pan.

Valentino
fmm
Junior
Username: fmm

Post Number: 20
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 - 4:13 pm:   Edit Post

By golly, it is medium scale. I would never have known if I didn't measure it.
fmm
Intermediate Member
Username: fmm

Post Number: 115
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 9:06 am:   Edit Post

oops

(Message edited by fmm on January 17, 2006)
fmm
Intermediate Member
Username: fmm

Post Number: 116
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - 9:13 am:   Edit Post

I'll be selling the Spoiler to help finance this: 1985 Alembic Series I
fmm
Intermediate Member
Username: fmm

Post Number: 117
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 1:21 pm:   Edit Post

It's on the way!
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 522
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - 1:30 pm:   Edit Post

Congtraulations Michael,
Going from one maple beauty to another - very cool. I keep waiting for a lotto winner (or at least a raise) to make my move to Series brotherhood.
Mike
fmm
Intermediate Member
Username: fmm

Post Number: 119
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 10:31 am:   Edit Post

it's here. holy crap! more later.
jlpicard
Advanced Member
Username: jlpicard

Post Number: 341
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - 11:16 am:   Edit Post

Enjoy! You'll be in hibernation for quite some time with your new baby I'd imagine!
fmm
Advanced Member
Username: fmm

Post Number: 253
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 5:28 am:   Edit Post

Happy Birthday! My bass turns 24 today.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7461
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 6:25 pm:   Edit Post

Nice to revisit this thread and these pics!
crobbins
Advanced Member
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 216
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, February 02, 2009 - 6:06 pm:   Edit Post

Nice geetar. Enjoy.....
edwardofhuncote
Intermediate Member
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 156
Registered: 6-2014
Posted on Sunday, January 04, 2015 - 7:25 am:   Edit Post

Wondering where this Spoiler 89S5560USA is now?

After tracking down this old serial number request thread,

http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/4692.html

I believe she is the "twin sister" to my Persuader 89P5559USA. And in looking closely at the figuring in the quilted top, I think they may even have been cut from the same board. Those same little "eyes" also appear on mine, but in a flip matched position. I won't hijack the thread, but here is the thread where I was restoring her, in case someone's looking.

http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/193837.html?1410204563

(Message edited by edwardofhuncote on January 04, 2015)

(Message edited by edwardofhuncote on January 04, 2015)

(Message edited by edwardofhuncote on January 04, 2015)
spumoni
New
Username: spumoni

Post Number: 1
Registered: 1-2015
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 10:37 am:   Edit Post

No way! Hey fmm and edwardofhuncote!

For some reason, I had the urge today to do some research on my 1989 Spoiler. I googled the serial number which led me to this thread; that's the pic of it! When I got to the end, boom!, there was your msg edward with the serial number! So you decide to post a note on a thread from 6 yrs ago, then I randomly decide to do some research 3 weeks later. How weird is that?

Anyway, yep, I have your bass's "sister" here near Chicago. So how did I get it? It was a gift for my 50th birthday back in 2011! My family (about 20 people) all kicked in to buy this bass that my brother found online. Totally stunned. Needless to say, the best present ever. :-)

I signed up for this forum today just to respond because it was so coincidental. Ha, ha! Happy playing!
slawie
Senior Member
Username: slawie

Post Number: 727
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 1:33 pm:   Edit Post

Wow the universe aligns itself to produce a episode of Kismet

slawie
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1420
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Joe,
If we ever pull together another Chicago Alembic Gathering you are most certainly invited. Maybe the kismet here will create superficiality momentum to make a second Chicago Gathering happen.

Here's a link to the last one we had (pics are far down the page) - it was an epic event!
http://alembic.com/club/messages/65124/38384.html?1317081984
edwardofhuncote
New
Username: edwardofhuncote

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2015
Posted on Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 9:42 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the forum Joe, pleased to meet you!

What a very cool coincidence you found my post in such a timely way, but if you hang around here a while, you'll see things like that happen a lot.

I'm glad to see my Persuader's "sister" went to a good home where she's getting played. We should get them together for a photo-op one day.

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