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Senior Member
Username: glocke

Post Number: 511
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 3:29 am:   Edit Post

Just curious as to what other people have....and how often they get played...

Here are mine in order of how often they get played.

Series I LS
72 jazz (all original with lots of lovin showing)
64 jazz (paint refin, but otherwise original)

Alembic Skylark
taylor acoustic (forget which one).

Out of all of those expensive instruments the Alembics (except for the skylark), are the only ones that get any real playing/gig time.

If I sold everything elsebut the SCSD and SI, I could more than likely pay for the custom series II Ive always wanted (which prior to the stock market crash was going to be paid for with a loan from my 401k), but I know Id regret selling them...
Intermediate Member
Username: harald_rost

Post Number: 159
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 5:38 am:   Edit Post

That's a good topic at the end of the year. Time for inventory. I have 5 basses:

Warwick Thumb from 1987 (a very early one)
Warwick Thumb Jack Bruce sign. 1990
Fender Precision 1966
Framus Caravelle 1969
Alembic Series I 1976

... and 1 Chapman Stick.

I mainly play the Warwick Thumb. I think the reason therfore is that I play this Bass for so many years so we are best familiarized.

Advanced Member
Username: fmm

Post Number: 240
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 5:46 am:   Edit Post

Here’s my list:

Alembic Series I, my main 4 string
Yamaha BX-1, backup 4 string
Kramer 450 B, defretted
Stagg EUB
Samick 6 string
No name acoustic bass guitar

(Message edited by fmm on December 16, 2008)
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2268
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 5:57 am:   Edit Post

Here goes nuthin':


Heritage Golden Eagle ('02, blonde, upgraded wood package, modded, custom THG knobs, custom electrics w/Lindy Fralin SC floater)
Guild Artist Award ('78, blonde, d'Armond floater)
Fender '62 VRI Stratocaster (Smith, 3-color SB, ca. '83-'84)
Gibson CS Les Paul Elegant (AAA flametop, chambered body, abalone inlays)
Fender Custom-Color Stratocaster (Smith, pewter, tremolo, chrome h/w, Rosewood f/b, white p/g, '82)
Guild F-212 Black (lacquer, 12str. acoustic '81)
Guild D-5M (Mahogany, 6str. acoustic ca, '87)
Charvel/Jackson Model 4 (Blue Metallic, Active Jacskon S/S/H electronics, Jackson/Floyd w/locking whammy, shark-tooth inlays, ca. '88)
Charvel Jackson Model 4 (Pearl White now yellow , Active Jacskon S/S/H electronics, Jackson/Floyd w/locking whammy, shark-tooth inlays, ca '88)


Alembic Orion LS iV (Troy's Custom Orion '05)
Alembic Series I LS iV (THG custom knobs, '05)
Alembic Orion iV (K(evi)n's Custom Orion '04)

All were bought new (exc. the Heritage GE, Guild AA, Fender VRI, and Troy's CO)

I mostly play the Heritage jazz box...been studying Jazz guitar with a master for the last five of thiry years playing. The Guild AA is expensive and I use it as a back-up.

I double on bass (second instrument) and mostly use the Troy's Custom Orion as it's the cheaperst, most durable one. The SI is heavy, ridiculously long-scaled (played standing w/strap, 1st position is a stretch-and-a-half....and I'm a six-footer!) not to mention more delicate, more expensive and more finicky...series electrics w/outboard PS...then add F-2B and SF-2, LOL!. My Custom Orion has the breathe-on-it-and-it-scratches 22k gold plating on the hardware and all plates, so it gets played the least. The gold looks nice, but it was a mistake...TOOOO delicate.

Good thing I bought a house this year, becasue I'd probably have bought's a sickness. I can't play all the instruments I have and just maintaining them is an expensive and time-consuming store. I could and probably should sell most of 'em, but can't bring myself to part with any of 'em. Any half-way decent guitar I've ever owned in thirty years I still have.


Senior Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 503
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 6:00 am:   Edit Post

I've got my custom Series (The Dragonfly), an older Modulus Quantum 5, a D'Armond Starfire with Dark Star pickups, Alembic-style bridge and tailpiece, and Pyramid flats, and a G&L SB-2 that I rewired to stereo.

The Dragonfly gets played the most, now. I've gigged with the Modulus a few times since D-fly showed up, and I've recorded with the goes on tape REALLY well (I guess it isn't tape anymore, though), especially through a tube amp.
Senior Member
Username: glocke

Post Number: 512
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 6:03 am:   Edit Post

"The SI is heavy, ridiculously long-scaled"

I feel the same way about mine...Sounds great though, but IF I ever get my custom series II made, it will be a medium scale, if not a short scale...
Intermediate Member
Username: 3rd_ray

Post Number: 155
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 6:32 am:   Edit Post

Here's what I have in order of how often they get played...

MKSD 4 (just got it)
Fretless Excel 4
Tie - Essence 4, Surine Esprit 4
Carvin CL450 (classical/electric)
Carvin 4 (LB70P)
Carvin 6 (LB76W)
Carvin guitar (DC400)
Fender Geddy Lee JB
Contreras classical guitar
Vose baby grand piano

The first 3 or 4 on the list get played just about everyday. The ones on the bottom hardly ever get played. I've been working on a master's degree for the past 3-1/2 years and that's been taking all of my time. I'll be done this summer. At that time I'd like to get back on the piano more... and I'll start jamming with my friends again... and I'd like to get my car back on the track... and then I'll be back to not having any time again! But it will be more fun.

Here's my current wish list...
Fretless 5
Fretted 5
Short-scale fretless
Thin neck 6-string bass

And a better amp/preamp/cab!

Advanced Member
Username: lowlife

Post Number: 358
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 6:38 am:   Edit Post

Alembic Excel 5
Fender Jazz Bass American Standard V

Fender '62 Reissue Jazzmaster

The Excel gets played more than anything else but there's nothing like the thump of a passive Jazz bass.

Ellery (Lowlife)
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 1531
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 7:04 am:   Edit Post

1972 alembic seriesI w/seriesII electronics-a custom jazz bass with barts/bartolini 18 volt preamp package -a 1972 fender musicmaster with a custom humbucker Pick-up....a 5 string De armond pilot - & a schecter diamond series 5 string w/EMG's.......amps include a GK backline 600 amp (300 watt rms) & a Carvin pro-bassII (400 watts rms),,,,Speakers include two bag-end bass cabs equipped with a JBL 15 inch drivers in each.............My 1972 alembic is the only bass goe's on stage with me.

(Message edited by keavin on December 16, 2008)
Intermediate Member
Username: bigyouth

Post Number: 141
Registered: 7-2006
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 7:10 am:   Edit Post

my list;
Alembic Serie1 long scale lefthanded
Alembic Signature standart lefthanded
Steinberger XL2 lefthanded
Alembic FX1 preamp
Marshall Amps DBS7400 4x10&2X15
Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 655
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 7:14 am:   Edit Post

You people have either have
1) Too much money
2) An understanding wife
3) Both the above points
4) You are single
Anyway here is my short list
Alembic MK Signature Standard
1983 Squier Precision modified with Alembic Activators and BADASS II bridge
Squier Strat modified with TBX and multiple switch options
Morris Dreadnought style acoustic guitar
Username: dlbydgtl

Post Number: 45
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 7:22 am:   Edit Post

M.K. S.D. 2008 Alembic 5 string
Europa 2008 Alembic fretless 5 string
(under Christmas tree)
Rickenbacker 4001 1979
Carvin LB75
Carvin LB76
BSX Allegra
Intermediate Member
Username: eligilam

Post Number: 141
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 7:33 am:   Edit Post

SCSD 2004
Rick 4003 1991...white
Rick 4003
Bee Worker 7-string 2006
Fender Jazz 1974
Ibanez SR400 Fretless 1992
Memphis 1985 "barn bass"
Ibanez Artist 1980
Daion Gazelle 1981

Aside: 3rd ray, how's that Surine? I've thought about getting one of those...
Username: bassman68

Post Number: 69
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post

My list:

Alembic Rogue V ('03)
Warwick Thumb V ('96)
Warwick Corvette proline V ('93)
Warwick Streamer SS1 IV ('93)
Musicman Stingray IV ('87)
Status 3000 IV ('88)customised SII circuit
Fender jazz V f/less (m.i.m '98)
Crafter acoustic V ('01)

Yamaha Pacifica Guitar (forget the model # but has an unusual maple neck & fingerboard)

The Alembic & Warwicks are my main gigging basses, with the Alembic being my #1 choice for function work because of its versatility but for my Rockband i use the Warwick V's.
The Status got an airing the other weekend because the function band wanted to resurect a couple of old Level 42 numbers. The MM is pretty 'beat' but that just adds 'mojo' when i fancy a change of tone.
Senior Member
Username: ajdover

Post Number: 677
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:05 am:   Edit Post

Here's my stable:

'04 Dragon's Wing
'91 Essence
'06 SC Sig Std
'03 Europa
'08 (I hope) Series II Entwistle Replica (on the way)


'76 Fender Precision
'73 Fender Jazz with a J-Retro Pre and Badass II, Seymour Duncan Pickups
'99 MIA Jazz Bass Deluxe Fretless with HG Thor Epoxy Board


'81 Victory Artist
'77 RD Artist
'74 Ripper
'87 Thunderbird


'76 4001 in Autumnglo
'77 4001 in Jetglo


'79 Sabre
'79 Stingray
'02 Bongo

Pedulla: MVP 4

Lakland: 4-94

Sadowsky: Vintage 4

Ovation: CC074 A/E

Martin: BC-15E A/E

Guild: two B-301s

Godin: A4 A/E

Parker: Fly 4

I may have missed a couple, but I'm pretty sure this is what I have - haven't been home in a while (at cooking school in VT).

Senior Member
Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 407
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 9:03 am:   Edit Post

My dirty dozen +1 in no particular order:

98 Alembic Rogue 5 string
85 Alembic Persuader
83 Alembic Spoiler Exploiter
88 Alembic Spoiler 8 string
82 Fender Precision fretless
80ish St. Blues Jazz bass
Washburn xb-5 5 string
98 Martin D-35
early 80's Seagull acoustic
80's Ibanez Artist series Les Paul
Fender taco Strat
newish Fender USA Tele
Unknown make 6 string electric that looks like a Hofner and has a tremolo bar that looks like it was made from early Volkswagen parts. My first guitar acquired in '74!

Oh yeah and a kit harpsichord I acquired from my ex father in law....

I think I have a tambourine and a few other percussion items lying about somewhere!


(Message edited by jet_powers on December 16, 2008)
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 774
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

Alembic Spoiler '83
Alembic Spoiler '87
Alembic Elan '90
Fender Prodigy '91
Aria Pro II SB Black 'n gold I '84
Squier Affinity Strat '98
R. Sanchis Carpio '77
Hofner 50's jazz guitar, broken neck :-(

All can be seen on :-)
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2033
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 9:13 am:   Edit Post

Five at home, and two still at my parents' house.

Well, you did ask how many.
Username: jedisan

Post Number: 35
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 9:34 am:   Edit Post

Well can never have to much money, my wife is way understanding, and I don't have children- not by choice... that's the real biggie, in my humble opinion. So here goes:

Sig Std 5 w/upgrades
Sig Std short scale w/upgrades
Custom 4
Fender American Deluxe Jazz 4
Fender American Deluxe Jazz 5
Fender CS Jaco Tribute
Fender CS 55 P relic
Fender CS 59 P custom
Fender Stu Hamm Urge I
Ibanez Muscian fretless
Ibanez Bean Bass
Lakland US Joe Osborn
Sadowsky Standard 5 w/Cocobolo top
Spector NS2 w/spalted maple top
Tobias Classic 5
Fodera VW 4, on order
Sadowsky Vintage J, on order

Brian Moore C90P
Brian Moore C90P.13
Brian Moore C90TP.13
Fender CS Strat
Fender CS Relic Strat
Fender CS Relic Tele
Gibson Johnny A
Gibson CS LP Jr.
Gibson CS LP R9
Ibanez 2681 Bob Weir model
Ovation Al Dimeola acoustic
PRS Custom 22
Washburn CS Jennifer Batten JB100
Yamaha Pacifica MS1511

I think that's it, except for a couple of Warmoth bass and guitars I have put together.
Right now, I go back and forth between the Sig 5 and the Sadowsky 5. Both just awesome instruments.

And yes, it is a sickness...

(Message edited by jedisan on December 16, 2008)
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 495
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post

Let's see, I think I'll just list the ones I have here with me in CA:

Alembic '75 Series I doubleneck
Alembic '03 Stanley Clarke Signature Standard 5-string
Fender Japan Bass VI reissue
Gibson early-'70s Les Paul Triumph Bass
GIbson '68 Melody Maker Bass Pelham Blue
Guild '67 Starfire I Bass
Ibanez SR506 6-string
Rickenbacker '76 4001 Autumnglo
Rickenbacker '82 4008 Fireglo 8-string

Fender Japan '70s Stratocaster reissue

It's kind of a lot, but they aren't too redundant. I'm going to be moving soon, and if we get the house that we are trying to buy then we will have less space than I currently have. There are only a couple of basses on the wish list:

I want a fretless, either an Alembic or a Ric though I'm open to something else if it's interesting
I would love a small body, short scale, '70s Alembic
An 8-string Alembic

But for the time being I'm content! When space and money become an issue it becomes easier to get over GAS. What do you folks with 10+ guitars do with the ones you're not using?
Username: daveski

Post Number: 68
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

Not many compared to you guys!

Mayones Custom Pi
Bravewood '62 jazz Jaco copy
Musicman Sterling
Alembic Custom (should be done soon!)

I used to have a few more but now only keep gear i actually use regularly
Advanced Member
Username: kenbass4

Post Number: 312
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 11:46 am:   Edit Post

Here's my list:
'06 Alembic Series II
'76 Alembic Series I Fretless
'04 Alembic Rogue
'04 Alembic Excel
'73 Rickenbacker 4001
'93 Ibanez Soundgear
'98 Ibanez GSR (Guitar)
'03 Ovation Acoustic

Korg TR-61
Korg Prophecy
Korg Wavestation SR
Alesis QSR
Roland XV 3080
Akai Z-4
Studiologic MP-117

I have a VERY understanding wife.

Ken (TEO)
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 1128
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 11:58 am:   Edit Post

Alembic Series II 6-string bass in cocobolo
Ribbecke Halfling Bobby Vega 4-string.

I'm leaning towards looking at baritone guitars right now. And maybe an upright.

Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 76
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post

Twelve basses, six guitars, one electronic piano (that I don't know how to play). And that's only because I sold and donated a few this past year...
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3428
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post

A few of my more interesting axes:

Custom Further (Woody)
'76 Series I MSG
'77 Series I LSG 12 String
'00 Orion Baritone
Alembic Employee "shopnight" Strat
Fernandes Masterhand w/ Alembic guts and RMC piezos (synth access)
Irwin(?) Daliesque Strat
Bond Electraglide
Bond Electraglide prototype
Daions: Power Mark XX; Power Mark X; Headhunter; Savage; Barbarian; Caribou
El Maya
'61 Strat
Fender Performer
'70 ES335
'53 Martin D28
early 90's Taylor 810
Baby Taylor
1920? Eugene Howard Parlor Guitar
Hagstrom I
Lindert "Thumbs Up" Les Paul shape
Fretlight Tele (w/ Alembic guts)
Casio PG-310 Synth Guitar
Ibanez "Bob Weir" model (no tree of life)
Electra 335 w/snap-in effects modules & tree of life
Hofner "Shorty" (original German made)
Hofner Verithin J. Stowell

Bill, tgo
Intermediate Member
Username: 3rd_ray

Post Number: 156
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 2:38 pm:   Edit Post

Will, the Surine is a great bass. I'll probably get another one some day. For overall sound and quality I'd put it between Carvin and Alembic. It's pretty versatile, I can get a lot of sounds out of it. But I wish the Bartolini's were hard-mounted like the Alembic pickups. It's Amboyna Burl with Mahogany.




(Message edited by 3rd_ray on December 16, 2008)
Intermediate Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 127
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 4:12 pm:   Edit Post

Have had a bunch over the years, but here's what I've kept, in order of purchase:

1979 John Gray custom 4 natural Bubinga - my first custom, it still sounds great, I mostly use it for recording, but play it occasionally

1992 Peavey DynaBass 5 gray - my first 5str, bought to see if I liked 5's, it's my "emergency bass" staying at church, played rarely

1993 Tobias Standard 5F natural maple - a nice fretless with an acrylic fretboard, played occasionally for fun

1975 Fender Precision natural ash - the maple fretboard with original flatwound Fender strings give this a really punchy sound, my wife (the piano player) loves the sound of this one

1992 Modulus Quantum 6 natural maple - until the recent Alembics this was the bass I played most often, but now it gets played only in "questionable situations" where I won't risk the Alembics

2003 Fender Custom Shop '59 Precision Sunburst - love that classic P-bass sound, it still gets quite a bit of use

2006 NS Design CR5M upright - broke both wrists and couldn't play bass guitar so I got an upright (finally had a good excuse!), this one's fun to play and sounds great, used frequently

1999 John Gray custom 5 natural Bubinga - original/previous owner was Gary Strater of Starcastle, I got this just before my Alembics, looks way cool and sounds great, haven't played it recently

1999 Alembic Rogue 5 wenge top - my first Alembic, I prefer the sound of this one to the 6str, so I swap between them for most of my playing

1998 Alembic Rogue 6 walnut top - my second (but not last!) Alembic, I like having that 6th string, but wish it had the same build (scale, electronics, top) as my 5str

So I'm still on my quest for the "perfect bass" but getting closer. It's a 6str Series II, 35" scale, ebony neck lams, ...
Intermediate Member
Username: mike1762

Post Number: 199
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 5:53 pm:   Edit Post

Pre-EB MM Stingray
Pre-EB MM Cutlass I
EB MM Stingray
Fender Jazz
Fender Mustang
Fender Tele
Alembic SI
Alembic Spoiler (starting to play this more)
Alembic SC
Schecter Diamond Fretless
Carvin LB76

Fender Strat
Fender Telecaster
Gibson LP
LP style guitar I assembled out of pieces parts
Ibanez Artcore
Schecter C1 Classic
Jackson Dinky

Pearl 5 piece
Yamaha DTXtreme electronic kit

Yamaha stage piano
? Midi controller
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 926
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 6:38 pm:   Edit Post

After the selling this last year, this is what I have left: $ denotes - built for me BN=bought new
01. 83 Koa Spoiler 4 32” black refinish BN
02. 87 Spoiler 6 DLX 32” quilt maple top MOP Dragon Inlay - $
03. 89 Distillate 5 32” flame walnut (refinish from Alembic)
04. 93 Spoiler 6 DLX 32” Flame Koa - $
05. 97 Essence 5 31” Flame Maple black refinish w/leds
06. 00 Spoiler 7 DLX 32” lined fretless cocobolo - $
07. 02 Spoiler 6 DLX 32” Figured Walnut - $
08. 02 Excel 5 34” dual fatboy flame maple top almost black - $
09. 04 Excel 5 34” Mahog body Spoiler guts “Kay” inlay “DT” inlay leds black - $
10. 04 Excel 5 34” Mahog body Flame Maple top Rogue guts “DT” inlay leds black - $
11. 08 Excel 5 34” Alder body Flame Maple top Rogue guts Lined fretless leds black - $
12. 05 Skylark 6 Guitar Flame Maple top leds red sperzels BN
13. Warwick Dolphin Pro 8 34” Deep Purple Metallic amber leds
14. Stambaugh 4 32” Spalt top Signature guts dual dragon inlay double whammy
15. Hamer 12 Chaparelle (K) black
16. Ravenwest 8 34” Alder vine inlay
17. Ovation Prototype 4 34” Elec/Acoust Almost Black metallic
18. 70’s Gibson Ripper 4 34”
19. Gibson LP Classic 3 pup w/emgs sperzels black BN
20. ESP EC1000 DLX emgs sperzels, tonepro bridge compensated nut black BN
21. MM Petrucci 7 trem piezo JP inlay pearl red BN
22. 84 BC Rich Mockingbird flame maple wings Kahler L500 pups w/taps BN
23. Fender American DLX Strat emgs sperzels stock trem metallic burgundy
24. Fender Strat (J) Floyd type Kahler Fernandes Sustainer metallic black BN
25. Fender Esquire Scorpion (K) emg black

Custom Excel 10 on order! (I am single, no kids, no pets!)
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3430
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 6:43 pm:   Edit Post

Oh yea, as of tomorrow (when UPS is scheduled to deliver it), I'll have a Veillette Gryphon High-D 12 string. An AMAZING instrument. Think mandolin on steroids!

Bill, tgo
Advanced Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 380
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 7:34 pm:   Edit Post

Hey, Loch, is that John Gray the guy from Champaign?

Senior Member
Username: rami

Post Number: 870
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:03 pm:   Edit Post

I'm thinking about holding a BIG sale. I try to play them all in a gradual turnover but find myself sticking with just a couple.

Buying all those Basses.....what the heck was I thinking?!

It's time to give up the single life.

(Message edited by rami on December 17, 2008)
Senior Member
Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 1177
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post

Alembic Brown Bass
Guild M-85
Guild JS2 (Oak leaf & acorn)
Epi Allen Woody
Warmoth PJ

Seems like I had a few more around here...
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 951
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:25 pm:   Edit Post


I'm interested in which one's you keep going back to.

Also interested to see the list of what may be going when the time comes.....

Username: bluplirst

Post Number: 39
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post

Alembic: Plum Pudding, Skylark w/ Leds

Gibson: '74 SG standard, '92 les paul classic

Music Man: '87 silhouette,'97 silhouette,'07 Axis

PRS '95 standard 24

Washburn custom shop RR450

Mean Street Intruder

Alvarez Yairi DY 77

Looks like I need a bass. Can anybody recommend a good maker? ha ha
Username: svlilioukalani

Post Number: 40
Registered: 6-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 2:04 am:   Edit Post

1) Alembic Essence 5

2) Alembic Persuader Vector 4

3) Alembic Epic 4

4) Alembic Epic 4 frettless

5) Tune Kingbass 5

6) Warwick Corvette

7) Warwick Corvette frettless

8) 1986 Spector Bass

9) 1976 Frender Music Master, Short scale

The others are too old and blown out to talk about.
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2035
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 4:49 am:   Edit Post

here's mine..

'96 epic 5. gets used alot for practising
'05 rogue 5 fretless -
'07 MK dx 5 with the rogue are my two gigging basses.

'79 fender precision with Rickenbacker pups etc. Just been resurrected with new pots.
kelly Dragonfly 5 fretless - main living room bass.
homemade ('77) fretless.

nondescript yamaha classical
Early 60's Hofner President, very like this on except it is a dark sunburst and has a Bigsby tremolo. Currently on loan to my eldest brother in Aukland so I don't suppose I'll see it again.

other stuff.
A boosey and Hawkes Clarinet I've had since my early teens.
Yamaha electric Keyboard.
various recorders (i was really into woodwind at school)

Intermediate Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 128
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 4:56 am:   Edit Post

"Hey, Loch, is that John Gray the guy from Champaign?"


Yes, he was in Champaign, IL for most of his bass building career. He's now in Washburn, WI. Not sure if he's still building basses, but he recently did some minor finish work on the 5st pictured below.


(Message edited by lmiwa on December 17, 2008)
Intermediate Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 129
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 5:03 am:   Edit Post

Sorry wrong pic, here's the right one!

Advanced Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 381
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 6:09 am:   Edit Post

I'd be interested in a picture and/or review of the Gray, Loch - he once did some modifications for a friend of mine & the results were, shall we say, less than spectacular, but I've never come across an example of his own stuff. If this is too far off subject, feel free to send it to my e-mail.

Advanced Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 250
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

I own 13 Basses and 9 Guitars.

01: Alembic 76' Series1 MSB 5 strings
02: Alembic 77' Series1 LSB 5 strings
03: Alembic 82' Series1 MSB 5 strings
04: Alembic 83' Series1 MGB 5 strings (Graphite)
05: Alembic 81' Distillate MSB 4 strings (My first bass)
06: Alembic 88' J.J. Signature LSB 5 strings
07: ARIA SWB-1 Electric Upright Bass
08: Hamer B12S Short scale 12 strings bass
09: Paul Reed Smith Curly Bass 4 Fretless
10: P-Project AI-B Short Scale Fretless 6 strings (E to F)
11: Tune TB-06-WJ 6 strings
12: Tune TB-06-PJ 6 strings
13: Turner 80' Model 2 bass

G1: B.C.Rich 70's Mockingbird
G2: Fender 70's Stratocaster (My first guitar)
G3: Gibson The Les Paul WineRed (Only 18 in this color / Total 88 with natural color)
G4: Gibson L5-S
G5: G&L G-100
G6: Hyak guitar
G7: Morris Electric Acoustic Double neck (6 and 12 strings)
G8: Ovation Glen Campbell model
G9: Yamaha SA-2000

I got these Basses and Guitars from 1980, and I have never sold any instruments except 20th Anniversary bass for trade.


(Message edited by room037 on December 17, 2008)
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 952
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post

1. Alembic Elan
2. Ibanez RD707 fretless

That's it.
Intermediate Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 131
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 12:58 pm:   Edit Post


That would be one REALLY NICE Alembic Elan! :-)

Intermediate Member
Username: jbybj

Post Number: 191
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 2:07 pm:   Edit Post

In order of acquisition.

1) 69 Jazz Bass in sunburst. My one and only instrument from 1976 til 2004(?)

2) Wishbass Scroll 4 string fretless made for me.

3) Wishbass Standard Spaulted Holly top 4 string fretless new off ebay.

4) MIM Tele, year unknown.

5) Frankenstrat, Fender body, Fernandes neck, with Alembic pups and electronics.

6) 96 Epic 4 string, well played by the previous owner, and absolutely spectacular.

7) Line 6 variax 4 string bass

8) Hohner BBass V. I have since modified it with active EMG's, a bone nut, and a Schaller bridge to take the string spacing from 16mm to 17mm. It has turned into a very nice player, and my only 5 string.

9) Custom Viola 4 string bass, body by Unorthodox Guitars and neck by USA Custom Guitars, with EMG electronics.

10) Wishbass Purpleheart Scarab 4 string fretless made for me.

11) Wishbass Cherry Peanut 4 string fretless, ser #88, used of ebay.

12) Wishbass Purpleheart Hyper 4 string fretless, new off ebay.

Yes I like Wishbasses. Except for the guitars and the Line 6, I play them all, equally, ALL the time. The Line 6 is actually lots of fun to play, it's just a little heavy for jams.

I am turning 50 next February, and I recently have become enamored with the Music Man Stingray that is one of the Ball family reserve, with a flame redwood top. Georgeous. But I have never played a stingray, and at $2600, I could get a pretty nice Alembic. Hmmmmmmmm.


(Message edited by jbybj on December 17, 2008)
Intermediate Member
Username: karl

Post Number: 144
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 4:18 am:   Edit Post

Right now, I'm down to four - I trimmed the collection down to just the basses I use. While the others were beautiful to own, I couldn't justify them sitting around not getting played.

So, in order of acquisition, and I've asterisked the ones I still have (the dates are the birthdates of the basses, where known):

Aria Cat Pro II (1988) (* Well, you never get rid of your first ever bass, do you? Also, I 'did a Jaco' on this and ripped out the frets and it makes a very nice fretless now)
Washburn Status
Westone Thunder 5 string (bleuch! horrible bass!)
Jaydee GA24 (1987) (I really miss this one, but the neck was just too whippy - just getting it from the car to the venue for a show would mess with my action so bad that the truss rod would need some adjustment)
MIM Fender Jazz Deluxe 5 string (nice bass, but this is the one that convinced me I wasn't a 5 string player - or a Fender player, for that matter!)
Alembic Mark King Sig Standard (2001) (beautiful, but HUGE!)
Alembic Stanley Clarke Deluxe (1993) (* my main stage bass - I can't see me ever getting rid of this!)
EBMM Stingray (1987) (* an ebay bargain from when the pound was strong and my main studio bass - just plug and play - you just can't get a bad sound out of this!)
EBMM Stingray 20th Anniversary (gorgeous quilted maple top, but just didn't sound as good as my old Stingray, so it never got used)
Status Graphite Kingbass Artist (2003) (* my backup stage bass, and the one I travel with - small enough to sling in an overhead locker)
Steinberger L2 (I already regret letting this go)

Despite my regrest, I can pretty much say I'm GAS-free, as far as basses go - I can't find anything I enjoy playing as much as my SC and my Kingbass. My GAS has moved over to amps, now . . .

Intermediate Member
Username: hankster

Post Number: 186
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post

Here are mine:

1970 Gibson Les Paul
1979 MM Stingray
Squier P-bass knockoff
2004 Alembic SJ standard
Ernst Heinrich Roth upright
NS Designs CR-4

1980 Martin M-36
1988 Marc Beneteau
Fender Tele with 1973 neck and electronics, Shark ash body (don't ask)
1970s Gibson LG-0 12 string
Spanish classical - unknown maker

Roland FP-4, Roland FP-5

Eagle 5-string banjo
Washburn mandolin
King 2-B trombone

Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 974
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 - 8:26 am:   Edit Post

Just four for me:
1973 Guild Starfire II with frets removed in '97 (factory custom stereo)
1997 Epic fretted (walnut purchased new)
1998 Epic fretless (purchased off Ebay in 2001)
1981 Distillate (Koa over mahogany, purchased used at GC)

Since I'm just playing local bars, i only take two to each show.

Senior Member
Username: malthumb

Post Number: 449
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

Well, I have 6 basses, 7 if you count my kid's Fernandes "Elephant Bass".

They are:
* Alembic Series I (1987 purchased used. Least played. Partly 'cause it's a 4 string and partly 'cause it rarely leaves the house.)
* Alembic Mark King Dlx / Series II 5 string (custom ordered in 2000. My main bass)
* Marchlewski custom 5 string (2003, custom order. Tied with Roscoe for 3rd/4th in playing time)
* Roscoe LG-3005 fretless (2007 custom order. Tied with Marchlewski for 3rd/4th playing time)
* Fender Jazz (Total mutt. Assembled from parts of 3 different basses plus Audere preamp. Gets played when I just feel like clowning around or just to get back to my 4-string roots.)
* Devon Diamond J5 (bought used in 2008. Currently gets 2nd most playing time)

Pics of the whole herd can be found in this thread:


Advanced Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 252
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2008 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post

I'll play.


Alembic JPJ custom
Alembic Rogue 5 (basically a custom instrument, only thing that makes it a Rogue still is the body shape)
Modulus Q4 - heavily modified over the years, with second generation 2Tek bridge, EMG HZ pickups, Aguilar OBP3 preamp, brass nut.
Musicman Stingray 5
Mike Lull M4V fretless
Rogue 8-string (surprisingly good tone from such a POS)
brandless P bass clone that I built


Aria 12-string acoustic
Jackson Dinky
Washburn 7-string
Advanced Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 382
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 7:26 am:   Edit Post

"Fender Tele with 1973 neck and electronics, Shark ash body (don't ask) "

Oh, I must - I must!
Just what is a shark ash body? A subspecies of ash? A carving? Do tell (and, of course a picture)!


PS - I'm sitting here coveting your M-36 - nicest thing Martin ever made, IMHO.
Intermediate Member
Username: bkbass

Post Number: 193
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 9:57 am:   Edit Post

Rami, all I have to say is NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Just lay low, the fever will pass. Just don't purchase anymore.....for awhile. Your bass purchases reflect a part of you. Whomever your going to spend the rest of your life with should be able to accept you for who you are. As far as "What was I thinking" It's what we are all thinking. We are simply reaching out, sonically, emotionally and musically. Your purchases are part of the process. Your one of the few that inspires the club.
Senior Member
Username: rami

Post Number: 873
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post

Gee, thanks for the kind words Barry. A couple of times I tried to sell what I thought would be an easy Bass to part with:

I took it to my dealer for consignment. Each time I got a terrible case of separation anxiety. I RAN back, grabbed it and took it home again. I'd spend a week or so apologizing to it. I'd make amends with a fresh set of strings and a good polishing and cleaning. There's something about an Alembic that makes it so hard to part with.

- :-)

(Message edited by rami on December 21, 2008)
Intermediate Member
Username: muller1007

Post Number: 176
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 3:17 pm:   Edit Post


1978 4-string custom Alembic Series 1
2001 Ken Smith BSR-5
1997 Peavey B-Quad 4
2007 fretless Fender Jazz

Ovation acoustic guitar
Intermediate Member
Username: hankster

Post Number: 187
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 6:00 pm:   Edit Post

Cozmik Cowboy,

the Tele (don't have a picture, but I will work on it) was owned by someone who decided that the original body should be carved out at the back like a strat body. Made a royal mess of it. A friend of mine bought it and put an Ash body on it, made by a company called Shark, one of the early replacement-part/do-it-yourself guitar part purveyors. He then put it on sale on a consignment basis at a store in Ottawa. Another friend of mine saw it, bought it, and showed up at my apartment offering a straight trade for the Tele against my hard-tail 1980 sunburst strat. I took the trade. A good trade, and a good story too.

the Martin is indeed lovely - I just had the neck reset and some other work done on it, and it is truly a lovely guitar - best sound ever. I note that Martin is making them again, and no wonder.

I will try to get a picture of the tele happening.


Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 1013
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 - 9:05 pm:   Edit Post

Richbass collection
Richbass collection
Senior Member
Username: richbass939

Post Number: 1014
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 - 9:09 pm:   Edit Post

Our collection of instruments includes:

Electric basses
95 Epic 4
98 Epic 5
2000 Tacoma Thunderchief AEB Guitar
Peavey P/J copy

Bass violin – c. 1910 German

1 cello
1 viola (Tony Balleck)

20 violins:
8 Tony Balleck violins (1960 – 1997)
John Juzek (19-teens)
Laurentius Storioni (1770)
August Glass (1836)
Francois Lupot (1750) Unfortunately this violin was broken apart in a car wreck. The top was shattered beyond repair. My father-in-law bought it for $2000, made a new top, patched together the rest, and ended up with a really nice fiddle, although the value is nowhere near that of an all original Lupot.
Hopf (date unknown)
7 other violins

2 banjos
Vega Senator 5 string – late 1940s
Vega Pete Seeger 5 string – early 1960s

3 trumpets including my 1970 Bach Strad from H.S.

2 Selmer clarinets (could only find 1 for the pic)
1 Selmer Bari Sax

2 upright acoustic pianos
1 electronic keyboard

Total = 38

Advanced Member
Username: dubalbal

Post Number: 237
Registered: 10-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 4:37 am:   Edit Post

Hello Friends ,

Well , i'm impressed by how many instruments members have " in stock " , that's great !

So here's my own inventory : 2 basses , 1 custom series 2 Alembic and a brand new Status Graphite , the new Mark king model that sounds really fantastic !


Status ( last one of the page : quilt maple with blue led's )

Username: rowka

Post Number: 7
Registered: 8-2008
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 8:18 am:   Edit Post

Ooohh, I wanna play!

In no particular order:

Gear I have:
Bass Cabinets:
1. Carvin 2x15
2. Avatar 2x10
3. Home Made 1x12

Bass Combo Amps:
1. 30 watt 1x10 Crate B-1
2. 350 watt 2x10 SWR Super Redhead
3. MarkBass CMD12

Bass Heads:
1. Genz-Benz GBE600 (600 watt)
2. Carvin Pro-Bass 300 (300 watt)
3. Traynor YBA-3

Bass Preamps:
1. Tech 21 RBI
2. Roland V-Bass (also effect processor)

Many and varied, including overdrives, chorus, EQ, Wah, octave, etc…
Direct box

1. Alembic Distillate (4 string)
2. Knucke Guitar Works Quake (5 string)
3. Rickenbacker 4003 (4 string)
4. Yamaha Attitude (4 string)
5. Yamaha BB3000S (4 string)
6. MTD Kingston (5 string)
7. Epiphone LP Standard 5 (5 string)
8. Conklin GT7 (7 string)
9. Warwick Corvette (4 string)
10. Pedulla MVP (4 string)
11. Pedulla Buzz (4 string)
12. B.C. Rich Warlock (4 string, trem)
13. Warmoth jazz (4 string)
14. SX/Warmoth Rowkastein (4 string)
15. Kramer DMZ-6000B (4 string)
16. G&L SB-2 (4 string)
17. Takamine EG512CG
18. Ibanez ATK-300

Acoustic upright
1. Romanian Carved top, flat back.

Electric upright
1. NS Designs CR-4M

6 guitars
1. Tackamine EG45C acoustic 6 string
2. Yamaha acoustic 12 string
3. Ovation Thunderhead (ES 335 clone)
4. Starfire Altair
5. Heritage H-150CM LP
6. Martin Backpacker

1. Rover, F style
2. Mid Mo teardrop
3. Epiphone Mandobird VIII

1. First act from Wal-Mart

1. Roland XP-80

Percussion (electronic)
1. Roland electric drum set (brain, 8 dual-zone pads, kick drum pad, high-hat controller, cage rack)
2. Boss DR. 5 rhythm machine.
3. Casio RZ1 drum machine

1. Beuscher Aristocrat (alto)
2. King (alto)
3. King bari
4. Buffet-Crampon Bari
5. AquilaSax Tenor
6. Beuscher C-Melody

Electric wind instrument
1. Yamaha WX5 wind controller and VL70m tone generator

1 accordion

1 baroque recorder

1 violin
Username: smokinbear

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hey all i'm sittin next to my sweethearts and they are as follows:
1965 starfire1 ser. # ba116
1966 starfire1
1970 starfire2
1971 starfire1 (freekinstein bass)
1998 starfire2 re-issue (westerly R.I.)
1988 walnut persuader p/j
possibly another starfire 1968 sf1 en-route
1989 distillate 5 walnut(thanks danno!)
1962 fender p-bass deluxe re-issue
200? fender jazz
epiphone allen woody rumblekat
1963-64? gibson es-335
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7381
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2009 - 9:11 am:   Edit Post

Hi Bear, welcome to the board!

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