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Username: greg_lake_fan

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post


Can anyone give me any information on the number of and details about the Alembic bassís that Greg Lake played in the 70ís?
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 152
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

Here's some home-work on the group@:
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 1473
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 4:39 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Tony, welcome to the group.

In a previous thread, Oliver (senmen) mentioned that "to my knowledge Greg Lake had two Alembic eight strings with a very similar design. The first one, built around 1976, was in longer possession of Greg Lake and is currently on display at the London Hard Rock Cafe. This particular one is shown in the Bass Book of Tony Bacon on page 41." Oliver goes on to say that the second one Lake sold to John Entwistle and "was of a very similar design and this particular one had pirate motifs on the fingerboard." Oliver posted a picture here.
Username: valvil

Post Number: 657
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 5:14 pm:   Edit Post

Mica told me that Alembic built about 6 instruments for Greg Lake. One was a series guitar, small standard, which I've had the pleasure to play here at Alembic, with cool inlays; it does not belong to Mr.Lake anymore.

Checking some records I came up with the numbers for 3 basses (all series, of course).

First one I found was 77-687. Long scale 4 string
Zebrawood top & back
cherry core
maple/purpleheart neck
purplehart fretboard
Mother of pearl oval inlays

Second one: 78-984

No file on this one, the original work board lists it as 'special custom' & that's all I have other than it was a long scale.

The third is the one Entwistle ended up with:
Long scale 8 string bass
Scorpion body shape
Zebrawood top & back
mahogany core
graphite neck
pirate inlays
completed 7/24/79

That's all I could find

Username: greg_lake_fan

Post Number: 2
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 4:05 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks so much Dave and Valvil for the info and photos.

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