Alembic price list: HOLY $#%*!!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chatdawg, Feb 24, 2013.

  1. Chatdawg


    Jan 26, 2013
    Just visited the Alembic site online out of curiosity. Took one look at the bass price list and immediately wished I hadn't. I knew they were expensive, but GOOD LORD.
  2. FourtyOneHz


    Dec 16, 2012
    When you want 'the best' you have to be prepared to pay for it.
  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS!! Supporting Member

    Their list prices are not even close to reality.

    Alembics sell new for 30-40% off list.

    Still very expensive though.
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  5. PWRL


    Sep 15, 2006
    I agree they're expensive, but on the other hand, I build and restore stained glass windows, and I can tell you from my own experience in custom labor that what they're asking is not unreasonable. The Activator pickup I had in my fretless alone was far and away the best pickup I have ever heard. In the end I did have to trade it to get an instrument that better suited my needs, but I would never doubt the quality of their product.
  6. Chatdawg


    Jan 26, 2013
    Don't get me wrong. I understand the craftsmanship that goes into these instruments. And I realise they have to make a profit. But 19 GRAND for a Series I 5 string?
  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS!! Supporting Member

    Fodera and Ritter can get up that high as well.

    I agree, that is A LOT of $$$ for a guitar.
  8. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That's what she said!!!
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    The high prices help keep the low life's like me away.
  10. Chatdawg


    Jan 26, 2013
    Actually, I used to know a guy who owned several, and never had a gig in his life.
  11. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

    May 9, 2011
    Los Angeles, Ca
    Haha, you can buy a new car or a bass.
  12. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
    I remember Jeff Berlin posting that paying more than $500 on a bass guitar is wasting your money. Which I suppose is true from the perspective that a bass guitar a tool and not artwork. But the high end stuff is still pretty.
  13. emf818


    Dec 27, 2012
    You're better off trying to get big and get an endorsement deal with them LOL.
  14. They do not endorse anyone. Not even Stanley Clarke or Mark King and they both have signature models.
  15. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    I saw a few under ten thousand.
  16. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
    To the OP:
    You mean you weren't aware of the price(s) of an Alembic?

    Along with Fodera, "big bucks" is synonymous with these brands!

    Both builders (and Ritter, Pavel, etc.) make some extremely GAS-Inducing basses, and both have been around for awhile too.
    There's a demand, so much so that their stock inventory sells quickly and players wait a good while to get their choice of specs built!

    Now don't get me wrong! When I see a 5-figure + price-tag on a bass, I certainly have reservations about paying that kind of $$, for me 3K is about my limit.
    ...And I know to many, that would be exorbitant as well.

    Can't say I'd mind playing an Alembic bass at all though!
  17. Chatdawg


    Jan 26, 2013
    I have ALWAYS known they're expensive, but as you yourself said, five figures is a lot for bass.
  18. I got one up to about $27,000 on the quote form. Quite fun if you ask me. It was like building the old Dell laptops on their customizing form years and years ago. Just see how expensive you can get it for the hell of it. ;D

    Funny, the side LED option costs the same amount that I paid for my whole guitar. :(
  19. Yeah, you could buy a new car for the price.
  20. Konquest


    Aug 26, 2003
    A pretty nice new car at that...
    Alembics and some of the really wild Ritters seem more like collectibles than working pro instruments. An analogy would be like a rich guy who has a Lamborghini that he only drives on sunny summer afternoons and keeps it as the centerpiece of his garage the rest of the year...