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Alembic 1974 Series I Four String Bass

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Builder: Alembic.
Model: Series I.
Serial Number: 7459.
Original hardshell case. Black tolex exterior with form cut padded interior. The handle is currently missing and the left latch does not work properly.

Scale Length: 34 inches.
Neck Shape: Oval.
Width at Nut: 1-3/4 inches.
String Width at Bridge: 2-1/16 inches.
Overall Length: 48-1/2 inches.
Widest: 15 inches.
Weight: 9.6 pounds.

Neck: Five piece walnut/maple, angled headstock, original Alembic silver insignia on the headstock face.
Fingerboard: Rosewood, twenty four frets, oval abalone inlays, small cream color dots on the top edge, brass nut.
Body: Oak core, teak top and back.
Finish: Transparent lacquer, gloss.

Bridge: Alembic"bird" tailpiece, one-half pound sustain block with individual saddles, bridge adjustable for height, saddles adjustable for intonation, solid brass finish.
Schaller, gold finish.
Strap buttons: Alembic, chrome, surface mounted, non locking.
Outputs: 1/4" mono, five pin XLR for use with the external power supply (included), chrome finish.

Pickups: Two PF-5 type with hum canceling center (dummy) pickup, black plastic pickup covers.
Two volumes, one "teardrop" pickup selector switch, two variable active low pass filters with three position Q selector toggle switches for each pickup.
Preamp: Alembic, 18 volt power supply.

Fret wear: A new professional fret job has recently been performed as well as a fingerboard leveling.
Superficial wear: There are some small dings on a few areas of the bass, but in all honesty, this instrument is in unbelievably good condition considering it is thirty years old. There are no real eyesores on the instrument finish that
in any way detract from it's appearance.
Deep wear: None.

Other: There is some whitish discoloration of the rosewood fretboard, a fading of the original color.
Hardware wear: Heavy tarnishing of the bridge and saddles, some pitting on the gold tailpiece top, light tarnishing on all of the tuning keys, loss of the plating in two areas of the control cavity cover plate, some pitting and tarnishing on the pickup selector switch cover plate, the exposed truss rod also shows signs of tarnishing.
Pickups wear: The rear pickups cover shows four discolored areas which have now turned to a light gray shading on the top and around the sides, a scratch about one-quarter inch long is noticeable on the "dummy" center pickup cover, fingernail scuffing on the front pickup cover.
Overall Condition: Excellent.

Purchasing information.
Asking price: $4,500.
Consignment: Yes.
Trades Considered? No.
Offers Considered? Yes.
Location (contact): BunnyBass-NC (Jimmy or Kim) 1-877-437-1597 (Jimmy) 1-866-227-7436 (Kim).

     There have been quite a few Alembic Series I basses on the site over the years, but as far as we can tell, this is the earliest model we have had the pleasure of displaying on our pages. This particular bass is a bit unusual in the choice of body and top woods. According to the folks at Alembic, there weren't too many constructed of oak cores with teak tops and backs. The bass has that unmistakable Alembic sound, great playability and best of all-it's not heavy! It has been very well maintained through the years and looks far younger than it's now thirty four years of age. This bass captures the spirit of Alembic when the company was still in it's early stages of operation. The Alembic philosophy still remains the same to this day that the product is what keeps the customer satisfied and not the hype and glitz. The Series I bass, first offered to the bass playing community in 1971, has been and will continue to be a fine example of that philosophy.

This instrument is documented in the BunnyBass Musical Instrument Archive.


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