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Alembic Elan (or Not)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by M5Yates, Mar 20, 2005.

  1. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Is this plank really an Alembic:

  2. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
  3. alembicfive


    Jan 17, 2003
    Yuk......A way BIG NO!
  4. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I remember this scam, been done over and over.

    Isn't this a Washburn?
  5. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    GOSH NO!!That is the P.O.S. stage 4 special, a $75 affair, on a good day!!
  6. Sergio


    Apr 7, 2004
    Lafitte, LA
    It looks like one of those kits that Washburn makes.

    Grossaroni. :spit:
  7. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    That is the most BORING bass I have ever seen
  8. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Thank you. I made it in shop class.

  9. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    COME ON!!
    dude, just check out location of the Pick-up(S), and all those knobs, the exotic wood selections, just imagine the tonal possibilities!!!!!
  10. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
  11. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Scam. Should be reported, eh?

    IIRC, there was a huge number of "Alembic Elan's" on eBay this past year.
  12. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I emailed the seller it was a fake. Doubt he knew (now lets see if he cares).
  13. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    com e on its the pros choice, such as metallica!!!!!

    :D :D :D :D :D
  14. 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.
  15. lowrez

    lowrez no.

    Nov 27, 2004
    New Englandish
    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.
  16. M5Yates


    Feb 7, 2005
    Austin, TX
    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.

    Thank you,
  17. FaBu-


    Jan 16, 2004
    That's a positive surprise! :eek:
  18. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    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.
  19. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    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. :D :D :D