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Explosion on My Exploiter

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


  1. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    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. eBay generates ridiculous numbers sometimes.
     
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  4. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    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.
     
  5. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    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...
     
  6. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    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

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    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. 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. Check out my "Essence Exploiter Value" post from April. I just gave it a bump.
     
  10. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    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

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    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

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    ...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. Cheer up. My buddy still has his....... PM sent.
     
  14. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
  15. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
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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

    wilfred

    Jun 17, 2012
    Thats really cool lookin!:D
     
  17. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    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

    BassManPatsFan Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    San Francisco
    Sweet! Post pictures when she's in your hands.
     
  19. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    FANTASTIC! Can't wait for the pics. Be sure to join the Alembic club when you get it.:hyper:
     
  20. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
    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

    Aussie Player

    Apr 20, 2011
    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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