1978 Modulus/Alembic Moonstone BasSstar

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by j-raj, Jul 25, 2003.


  1. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I've seen a couple others like that come up for sale. You're aware that Modulus was initially formed by Geoff Gould in partnership with folks Alembic and that the first graphite necks went on Alembic basses right? And that the early Modulus Fender-style necks and basses were labelled "BassStar"? I suspect this bass actually started out with Alembic pickups rather than the Barts that are on there now.

    I have no idea when the Moonstone connection might be...

    Mike
     
  3. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!
    Gosh that is a connection...

    I did see an Alembic (real old Series I) turn up at a used shop in Boston (Cambridge Music, near Berklee) around '97 or so that had a graphite neck on it. Never thought more about it till this afternoon.
     
  4. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    he said that moonstar built the body...

    but then where does alembic come in?

    steve
     
  5. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    right about there:[​IMG]
     
  6. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    In the early days, Alembic and Modulus were "joined at the hip", so to speak, and Rick Turner (when he was at Alembic) actually had the original patent on the graphite neck.

    What I don't get is why, with the Alembic connection, Moonstone was building the bodies. It does look like their style of woods and constuction, though. Maybe the Alembic folks weren't interested in building bolt-on Jazz type bodies?

    Mike