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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lyla1953, Oct 21, 2013.
History is 'spensive but purdy.
Um, if memory serves, this was his main player during the Rumors years?
I always thought it was a Jazz.
It's pretty but I bet it weighs 30 lbs.
He had several, including more than one graphite neck Alembic. I saw FM during Rumors and most of the pics I've seen from that time showed John with a Series one with the bigger, standard Alembic body. Ironically, somebody's selling one from back in the day with that body shape right now - belonged to the bass player from the Isely Bros -- http://www.ebay.com/itm/1976-Alembi...s-/370919857344?pt=Guitar&hash=item565c8bdcc0.
What's interesting is that Stanley Clarke, Phil Lesh, John McVie, John Entwistle, the guy from the Iseley's and even Germaine Jackson were playing Alembics - and the electronics in each were more or less the same, Series One electronics and pickups. But they all sounded distinct and many radically different from one another playing the same bass. Alembics are really, really versatile.
He was playing Fenders up to Rumours, but then I remember seeing pictures with an Alembic right around that time.
This thread has some more information, seems he was in possession of this bass around the time of Fleetwood Mac and Rumours, so it could have seen some studio or stage time during that era. You'd think they might have mentioned this in the auction description.
And thanks bassman for those observations. It's a little piece of pop bass history for sure.
That thar thingy gots more switches and knobs then ma bass amp.
That is a very cool bass. However, if you are going to sell a piece of music history for well over twenty grand, PLEASE use COMPLETE SENTENCES. Or at least have someone PROOFREAD your CRAP!
Probably a great bass.
But, check out the finish on the headstock. 20k$ and the thing needs a refin. Obviously the graphite and the poly did not like each other over time. Probably the smart thing would be to just strip the poly and buff out the graphite. Sheesh.
Was "Rumours" their top seller of all?
Poor rock star -- his royalties are running out after 20 years and now he has to sell off his Alembics...
If I'm not mistaken, "Rumours" is one of the Top 10 best selling albums of all time. (At least it was until recently anyway.)
"Rumours". Please proofread your crap
The album might be in the top 5 best sellers....
Ha! Well played. I fixed it.
According to this Wiki, it is one of only 7 albums to have sold 40 million or more copies.
Back in Black is number 4! That kicks arse.
Note that the seller doesn't say that the authentication letter will be signed by John McVie, only that it was owned by McVie and "will come with a letter stating so."
Do Alembics really cost that much to build today?
Looks like a perfect buy for :-
1) Mick Fleetwood
2) Lindsey Buckingham