Fair Price for Alembic Europa Custom 6?
I`m thinking of putting my 1998 Alembic Europa Custom 6 string for sale. Just wondering what a fair price would be.
I is a figured walnut top, 36" Scale, 5 piece maple neck, ebony board with laser LED inlays, and Signature Electronics.
Are you sure that's a Europa? Usually they come standard with the 11 piece maple/purpleheart neck. Maybe it's a Rogue? Or Orion?
Sweet bass, either way. With the Leds and Signature Electronics, that definitely brings up the value. I'd guess $3500 might be a fair price. Depends also on what you paid for it, and how badly you want to not sell it...
You sure you wanna sell that? You'll never get what it's really worth..regardless of "blue book" value. If you bought it new..you're gonna take at least a five thou loss. Really, you should be happy that you own such a bass.
The Orion is a set neck, and the rogue has a longer top horn.
The bass is a beaut! To look at and to play. I'm in no hurry to get rid of it. But if the right price comes around, or the right trade, I would be willing to part with it.
I bought the bass used, but there is very little signs that it was played by the previous owner. If I try to build it on alembic's site, the new price is around 16k!
It's $14K in the quote generator, start with Rogue as base model (-$1200 if it doesn't have side leds)
That would be about $12K street price (- monthly special, - dealer discount, + tax)
If you put it on ebay it will most likely sell between $2500 and $3500
Best is to keep it, looks stunning!
My take at the Quote generator:
6 string 9800.00
Extra long scale 36 inches 0.00
Maple neck w/walnut pinstripes 0.00
Ebony fingerboard 0.00
Comfort fingerboard taper (wide bridge) 0.00
Mother of pearl ovals 200.00
Front Laser LEDs (red, green, amber) 1600.00
Side LEDs in red 1200.00
Cone peghead 0.00
No peghead bevel 0.00
Flame walnut top 800.00
Bookmatched top 0.00
Mahogany body 0.00
No back laminate 0.00
Polyester clear gloss finish 0.00
Europa body shape 0.00
Tummy and elbow contour 0.00
Bronze logo and script 0.00
Bridge block 0.00
Bar tailpiece 0.00
Brass truss rod cover 0.00
Plastic backplate(s) 0.00
Polished brass hardware 0.00
Gold Alembic Gotoh machine heads 0.00
Gold strap locks 0.00
Signature electronics 400.00
Rogue Quotation 14000.00
IMO, it's obscene what Alembic charges for their instruments. You can purchase a hand-carved archtop jazz box by Mark Campellone and pay many thousands less than that.
I'd be ashamed of myself & embarrassed quoting a customer such a number.
There just isn't enough that goes into making one to justify a price like that.
On the secondary market, good sense prevails & they sell for a figure more in line with what their worth.
I'd say keep it!
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