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Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 955
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 5:22 pm:   Edit Post

Recently we have had lively discussions about the merit of new versus old instruments. We have talked about the Jaco Pastorius fretless 1962 Fender Jazz. Other famous non-Alembic instruments are discussed regularly.

What would be considered to be famous Alembic instruments? I am not asking for the most famous or the most desirable; but, what are some y’all consider to be famous, infamous, desirable? I have a few to start off the discussion: how about Carlos Alomar's Alembic Guitar? It is an original 1975 standard point Alembic guitar once owned and regularly played by Alomar, David Bowie’ s guitarist/bandleader/songwriting partner. (It has been up for auction in recent years at prices in excess of $15,000, if my memory serves me correctly. It also has distinctive and prominent playing scars.) It was played on some of Bowie’s most distinctive songs.

Another: I am always awed when pics of Keavin’s 1972 serial #12 Series bass are posted. What an iconic instrument!
Then there is the Johnny Winter Alembic guitar.
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 1679
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 6:18 pm:   Edit Post

David Hood's Series I long scale point.
Senior Member
Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 1217
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 7:33 pm:   Edit Post

Jack's #1 and Phil Lesh's Osage Orange bodied Alembic. Plus, for each (if you were to count Alembic mods), several Alembic-modified Starfires plus an Alembicized EBO for Phil. I'd also rank Stanley's original Brown Bass high on the list.
Intermediate Member
Username: gregduboc

Post Number: 157
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:12 pm:   Edit Post

I guess Greg Lake's 8 String Scorpion is worth mentioning...

Greg (not Lake....)
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3879
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:32 pm:   Edit Post

Phil's Godfather.

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 909
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 8:58 pm:   Edit Post

Jason Newsted: Click here

Cliff Burton: Click here

(Message edited by fc_spoiler on May 29, 2009)
Senior Member
Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 411
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 9:11 pm:   Edit Post

Quick look through the Artist's and their Alembics in the Showcase section should give you the best answers.

Chuck Panozzo's Scorpion with Gaboon Ebony top always caught my attention. Stanley, of course, along with John McVie, John Judge and the RotoSound ad, JE's Spyders come to mind.

Not famous, but a bassist for a local Milwaukee bar band that always used to pack them in back in the day, Arroyo, played one and the bass always caught my eye. You can catch a glimpse of it at the beginning and near the end of this video.

(Message edited by lidon2001 on May 28, 2009)
Senior Member
Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 435
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2009 - 10:50 am:   Edit Post

this is my favorite!
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1150
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2009 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post

:-) mine too
Advanced Member
Username: precarius

Post Number: 287
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, May 29, 2009 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

How about John Paul Jones Triple Omega?
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2263
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, June 01, 2009 - 7:16 am:   Edit Post

JPJ's triple'O' isn't an Alembic but was made by an Alembic employee, Bruce Becvar. Have a read through the showcase thread and the threads dave Houck links to from there for more info.

Username: musashi

Post Number: 29
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post

Check out Robbie Gordon's LSB:


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