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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by M5Yates, Mar 20, 2005.
Is this plank really an Alembic:
Yuk......A way BIG NO!
I remember this scam, been done over and over.
Isn't this a Washburn?
GOSH NO!!That is the P.O.S. stage 4 special, a $75 affair, on a good day!!
It looks like one of those kits that Washburn makes.
That is the most BORING bass I have ever seen
Thank you. I made it in shop class.
dude, just check out location of the Pick-up(S), and all those knobs, the exotic wood selections, just imagine the tonal possibilities!!!!!
Opening bid only $500:
IMO That bass was made to deceive, I would not pay $100 for it, seriously!!!!It is a POS!!!!
Scam. Should be reported, eh?
IIRC, there was a huge number of "Alembic Elan's" on eBay this past year.
I emailed the seller it was a fake. Doubt he knew (now lets see if he cares).
com e on its the pros choice, such as metallica!!!!!
The seller probably knows it's a scam. These kinds of fake Alembics all seem to originate somewhere in the south(usually Texas-area). The people at the Alembic club are usually quick to alert one of the alembic folks which leads to the auction getting cancelled pretty fast. Usually.
The seller pulled the auction. I am guessing someone is putting these together from garbage instruments, slapping the name on the top and pawning them hoping the pawn shop doesn't know any better.
Here is the email I got from the seller:
"Thank you very much for bringing this to my attention !! Item will be pulled until it can be examined further.
That's a positive surprise!
Actually, yeah, it is.
But, that's the scam. So few people know what an Alembic looks like, or heck, what an Alembic is. The scame is to put Alembic Elan or Rogue or something on the headstock, take it into a pawn shop, and say you need to pawn it. They look at the Blue Book (usually bereft of pictures) and see that the "Alembic" you have is worth XXXX. They give you the money, you walk out with a lot of money.
Of course, with the Internet making such things much more easily looked at, the scam doesn't really work out so much any more.
Yes, that is in fact an Alembic. What many people don't realize is that Alembic has found a way to utilize trees that are still living and growing. You spec out the bass to how you want it to look when it matures and Alembic will harvest a sapling and create your dreambass. When you get it, it'll look something like this......
Then, after a year or two of watering and faithful restringing (start with 30" scale strings and watch it grow to a full 35" scale!!)
You'll wind up with something like ......
This one is 5 years old. You can tell by counting the purpleheart stripes.