Re: Bad time GAS attack!/ Alembic

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Posted by james verhoef on August 05, 2002 at 13:58:42:

In Reply to: Re: Bad time GAS attack!/ Alembic posted by JP on May 28, 2001 at 22:35:32:

: : : I am pleased to announce thatlast Saturday, I made the purchase of a 1977 Alembic "Series 1" ser. #7761.

: : : This bass has all the beauty that you would expect from an Alembic. Excellent craftsmanship, and also the natural "Gothic" look.
: : : the body is made of:

: : : Top: Schedua
: : : Back: Schedua
: : : Core: Cherry
: : : Neck: Maple/Amaranth/Beech
: : : Fingerboard: Partridgewood
: : : Veneers: Zebrawood

: : : This is a complete package, and I got ALL the stuff!

: : : Origional power box an cords.
: : : Tuners: Shaller
: : : Inlays: Mother of Pearl
: : : Scale Length: 32"
: : : Alembic Electronics:
: : : PF6101 #666 (I HATE that number!)
: : : PF 6102 #628
: : : DS 5 # 641

: : : All written on a spec. sheet signed by:

: : : Rick Turner, Voldemars Redins, James Verhoef,
: : : Ron Wickersham, Mark Johnson, Chet Connick,
: : : Frank Fuller, Larry Robinson,Michael Dolan,
: : : Hobart Jacopeti,

: : : March 23, 1977

: : : What a day!!!

I just happened to come across this, and I doubt it is still much of an "active" thread, but since my name was signed on the "spec sheet," I thot I'd say hello. Truth be told, the Alembic bass was definitely the leader in the field at the time this one was made, and people like stanley clarke and john entwhistle (among many others) played the @%$# out of them. Since then, others have picked-up the ball and run with it. As for the gent who had one that sounded "muddy" and had a too-long scale for his body -- The most frequent "complaint" we used to get was from Fender players saying the Alembic bass sounded "like a piano-bass" and they missed that "Fender thud." No idea why yours was "muddy." Alembic basses were/are also available in medium and short scale versions. I have not been associated with Alembic for many years now, though I continued making instruments at Stars Guitars in San Francisco up intil 1983 or so. Michael Dolan (also a spec sheet signer listed above) is still in the custom-bass and guitar business in the Santa Rosa, CA area, and his adverts can be found in Bass Player Magazine. He's a good man and a fine craftsman, should anyone need such services. Your bass, with a 32" scale, was considered by Alembic to be a "medium" scale length. Personally, my only complaint with the basses was I found the fingerboard a bit narrow, so when I made them to suit myself, I widened the bottom of the neck to "fender" size. These days, I mostly use Bartolini electronics -- the Alembic stuff was quite clean and in most ways user-friendly, but way too expensive for independent purchase by small-time luthiers. ;-)

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