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Explosion on My Exploiter

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by peabody, Nov 12, 2012.


  1. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

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    I have been searching for a few years for a mid 80's Alembic Exploiter.....the Entwistle look. They come up for sale every once in a while, but they always seem to elude me.

    A little over a week ago one came up on eBay. It looked like it was in pretty good shape, so I decided to make a play for it. I figure I'd go as high as $2700 because it was in such good shape.

    The auction ended last night and the winning bid was over $3900....ouch.

    They are cool basses, but there is no way I'm paying that much for one. I guess this means an Exploiter will be coming off my GAS list.....unless of course my Powerball numbers come through.
     
  2. bassteban

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    eBay generates ridiculous numbers sometimes.
     
  3. GBassNorth

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    I'd keep your eyes peeled for a re-listing of that one. IMHO the buyer over bid, it was a $3500 bass tops. He might have buyers remorse and bail on the sale. eBay is so much fun (not). Good luck in your hunt.
    I just got a mint 2005 Alembic Dragons Wing (see post #67)
    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/alembic-gas-898154/index4.html#post13430291
    I've looked at many Exploiters in the past, great basses in the $3000 to $3500 range maybe more if celeb owned. Dont give up.
     
  4. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

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    One just hit eBay with a BIN of $3550...and this is different from the one that sold last night. Still out of my price range...so I guess we'll see if someone takes it.

    I know you have to take what you find in the Vintage Guitar Price Guide with a grain of salt (and the last issue I purchased was the 2010 guide), but their pricing on these was around $1800-$2200 if I recall correctly.

    I can understand the high price demanded for a Spyder, or even a Series II Exploiter, but the Series I's, while unusual, aren't that rare. Crazy...
     
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  6. GBassNorth

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    eBay is nutz sometimes. I often wonder how many of their sales are shills and just used to drive the price up on some gear. Here's a couple of year old link to a lesser Exploiter (but with celeb history) that really makes you wonder what's going on at eBay. http://springfield-illinois.olx.com...exploiter-explorer-bass-mint-koa-iid-92572059
    I'm always looking, if I see anything interesting I'll fwd to you. Good luck.
     
  7. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the link. To be honest, I tried to buy that Exploiter back in June of 2010, but the ad was a total scam.

    The seller tried to convince me that we could work the deal through eBay...without an actual auction. He said I would get an e-mail from eBay with instructions on how to pay...and since it was through eBay, I was "protected." It was a total scam. The e-mail had misspelled words, grammatical errors, bad graphics, etc...and my payment had to be sent by MoneyGram.

    I was really bummed at the time because I thought I had finally found an Exploiter at a reasonable price. As they say, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is....
     
  8. Instagator

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    Yep...it was on my watch list as well..ended at $3946..man!! :rolleyes:

    Or you could build a Warmoth...I'm happy with mine.Body and neck were purchaced right here on TB.

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    Cheers.
     
  9. Bob Growler

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    Check out my "Essence Exploiter Value" post from April. I just gave it a bump.
     
  10. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

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    Pretty cool...even the headstock looks like an Alembic.

    In addition to the normal Explorer-type basses out there (Gibson, Epi, etc.), I also came across a Moonstone Exploder that was kind of cool too.

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    If nothing else, it sure is fun to look....
     
  11. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

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    Thanks for bumping this. I did come across your thread in a search I did.

    That's kind of where I was at with price....and where I thought they should be. That's why when this one sold for $3946, it blew me away.

    I'll find one someday....
     
  12. peabody

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    ...and to put an end to a perfect day, someone just hit the BIN of $3550 on the Exploiter that was listed today. Crazy....
     
  13. Bob Growler

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    Cheer up. My buddy still has his....... PM sent.
     
  14. GBassNorth

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    I've seen items on ebay that have had bids higher than you could pay for new. Sometimes I wonder what people are thinking when they bid. I have had found some good deals on Amazon. Last year I bought an American built SVT6PRO, new in the original unopened box for $600.

    Try Alembic's website. There is a section with for sale ads. You might be able to find one there.
     
  16. wilfred

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    Thats really cool lookin!:D
     
  17. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

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    Thanks to BG (and his buddy Mike), I got an Exploiter heading my way. I can't wait. Now if I could just sell my '73 Precision, I could pay back the money I borrowed out my savings account before my wife finds out....
     
  18. BassManPatsFan

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    Sweet! Post pictures when she's in your hands.
     
  19. GBassNorth

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    FANTASTIC! Can't wait for the pics. Be sure to join the Alembic club when you get it.:hyper:
     
  20. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

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    Here are the "pre" pics...taken by the current owner. I'll post some more of my own when it arrives. It looks like a beauty....

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  21. Aussie Player

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    I had one in the late 80's for a few years. Swapped a Spoiler for it as it had the Distillate electronics. When I sold it, I was scratching to get $1700 for it.
     

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