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frosty
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Username: frosty

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 11:19 pm:   Edit Post




[moderator's edit for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on October 31, 2010)
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1125
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 11:50 pm:   Edit Post

Wow...that just makes me smile,

Welcome frosty, do you gig with #43 ?
...she's gorgeous!
bigyouth
Intermediate Member
Username: bigyouth

Post Number: 185
Registered: 7-2006
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 12:41 am:   Edit Post

Very niše bass
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2648
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 3:14 am:   Edit Post

A feast for the eyes!
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1363
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 4:06 am:   Edit Post

This is indeed a Bass to be proud of. I really love it too !
Awesome !
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1310
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 7:50 am:   Edit Post

Ohhhh yesssss!

Welcome to the Alembic Forum Jim! Beautiful bass, Play it Healthy!
frosty
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Username: frosty

Post Number: 2
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 9:27 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Guys ya this has been my main axe for many years, I am the 2nd owner. A friend bought it new in Seatle in 73, my power supply is # 17 that came with it.
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 790
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 31, 2010 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post

That is beautiful. I love the caramel colored pickups.

What are the neck woods? Scale length? I am assuming that the extra knob is a master volume. I know, we're just full of questions around here!
frosty
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Username: frosty

Post Number: 3
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 3:17 am:   Edit Post

The neck I think has walnut, maple, purple heart,mahogony. Just a guess alembic never kept good records in the early days so they tell me.
The scale is 34 and the extra knob is a master volume possibly one of the first ones with the master volume. This bass has incredible tone.
serialnumber12
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 840
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 5:13 am:   Edit Post

Cool bass frosty, i own #12 and been gigging with it for 30 yrs now.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9785
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

Great example of an early Alembic!!
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 861
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Monday, November 01, 2010 - 7:46 am:   Edit Post

Wow! Beautiful instrument.
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 633
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

The Alembic Logo on the headstock looks unique
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4630
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 8:41 am:   Edit Post

That style has shown up on a few early Alembics, including Old #10 and this peanut guitar.

Bill, tgo
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 573
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 4:33 am:   Edit Post

These early Alembics are sooo beautifull, I'm spechless!
funkyjazzjunky
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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 634
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 10:49 am:   Edit Post

Why did the dummy humcancelling center pickup have a removable plate on the older models?
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2655
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post

IIRC on the oldest Series instruments that's actually the battery compartment. The humcancelling coil is in the regular back cavity.
moonliner
Junior
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 28
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 2:41 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club Frosty! That is a beautiful bass. 'tis very special indeed.

(serialnumber12, I know you are proud to have serialnumber12, and while having serialnumber12 is very nice, I know you wouldn't want to intentionally usurp someone's special introductory moment by announcing you have serialnumber12, for seemingly no other reason than to say you have serialnumber 12)
frosty
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Username: frosty

Post Number: 4
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 3:55 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the welcome man,Nice to talk with those that love these beautiful old basses. I have many basses but nothing plays like this, the long neck isn't for everyone but for me its never been a problem just give yourself lots of room..lol
musashi
Intermediate Member
Username: musashi

Post Number: 109
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 4:41 am:   Edit Post

Can we hear it?
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4633
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 7:12 am:   Edit Post

Keith:

Keavin (Serial #12) wasn't making an announcement. He is very well known around these parts as one of the most active members. We all already know he has #12. His pics are sort of like his logo, like mine is "tgo" for "the guitar one". Wait until you see the one he posts from time to time with the headstock broken off. I still cringe thinking about it!

But, more importantly, very sweet old bass, Frosty. I love the old ones!

Bill, tgo
pace
Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 644
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 4:49 pm:   Edit Post

Wow Frosty!!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!!

#43 seems to have a really nice set of features... I'm not certain, but this has to be one of the first "standard points" w/ a shorter bottom horn.
moonliner
Junior
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 29
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 8:14 pm:   Edit Post

I really need to stay away from the computer when I'm on sleep aids.
frosty
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Username: frosty

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:17 am:   Edit Post

Flashbacks Moonliner? pleasant dreams...lol
count
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Username: count

Post Number: 79
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 8:10 am:   Edit Post

Old thread, but cool! Pretty sure this is my SI's closest sibling. ;)
It has alot of the same features.
Exact same body shape
Tailpiece (my ABSOLUTE favourite)
Logo (Allthough yours seems like it's sitting on some black stuff)
PU's
Nut (has the little "valleys" between the slots for the strings)
Even the backlid looks the same!

But, what is that extra control knob? Mastervolume?
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5299
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post

Do I detect some "Wolf" DNA in those horns?

Bill, tgo
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 7886
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 2:06 pm:   Edit Post

Looks like a typical 73 horn arrangement to me.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5300
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 11:59 pm:   Edit Post

Maybe it's the angle of the photo, but the upper horn looks a little more stubby, like the Wolf guitar, than on my '77 Series guitar.

Bill, tgo
pace
Senior Member
Username: pace

Post Number: 908
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Saturday, December 29, 2012 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post

Regarding the lower horn~ what I meant was how 72-1, John McVie's first, #12, and the Jerry guitar that Matt Kelly auctioned are all standard points with asymmetrical horns. #43 is a relatively low number, and when some of the other body shapes are factored in, there cant be too too many other standard points before this one with a shorter lower horn... maybe a handful, i dunno....
moonliner
Intermediate Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 108
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:22 pm:   Edit Post

This is late in coming and a bit embarrassing but I feel I need to apologize for my comment to serialnumber12. It was snarky and uncalled for. It's old news, but it's bugged me ever since it happened. I had a follow up comment about needing to stay away from the computer while on sleep aides. A rather vague and incomplete comment..... while I can't totally shift the blame for being a jack*ss back then the truth is I was on ambien that night and don't remember making the original comment. I'm not normally a negative person, and it's not the kind of forum member I want to be.
There it is... Embarrassing, but I wanted to get that off my chest. Sorry serialnumber12.
edwin
Senior Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 1480
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm:   Edit Post

Well, going back to those old posts, I learned something. I thought that TGO stood for The Good One, as opposed to The Bad One, as in one who reigns in supreme badness.

Regardless, I love this bass!
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5382
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 8:00 pm:   Edit Post

"tgo" was certainly inspired by our dear late friend, Paul, tbo. IIRC, around the time I started hanging out around here nine years ago, there was already a "Bill" who was a bass player. (Imagine one of those around here!). Hence "the guitar one"

Bill, tgo
frosty
New
Username: frosty

Post Number: 7
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for the feedback guys, I have'nt been on this site for a while. Nice to see some like this great bass. Yes to the one thread that is a master volume, pretty rare at that time according to Mr. Wickersham when we spoke years ago. I might consider selling this baby if there is interest? frostsafety@gmail.com to inquire
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1608
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 - 8:44 pm:   Edit Post

Aw, man, don't say stuff like that when I'm unemployed! The only bass in the house technically belongs to my son, and yours is, well, perfect!
Had I but funds, you could consider it sold.......

Peter
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1775
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 9:38 am:   Edit Post

And if I hit the Lottery (in my dreams) Peter, we would be in a bidding war...
:-)

It's a beautiful fine old lady - (Grand Dame?)
Mike

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