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Alembic Essence Exploiter Value?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bob Growler, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. I have been offered a 1996 Alembic Essence Exploiter by a good friend. I am evaluating it now and it plays and sounds fantastic and is in excellent condition. $2,500

    My wife will make it my anniversary present IF I AGREE to a 5 year Hiatus from buying/trading/thinking-about another Bass.
    I have 2 German Warwicks (fretless nt thumb & 5 String bo $$ vette) and a 96 MIA Jazz, but won't be scratching that "I want a Modulus" Jones anytime soon if I do this.

  2. jphilauren


    Nov 8, 2007
    Very nice bass I've never seen an Exploiter with Essence pickups and electronics. I think anywhere in the $2000 to $2600 range is fair, especially since this is unusual.
    Essence basses usually range about $1800 to $2000
    You may want to post a thread on the Alembic Forum for more info
  3. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Looks like a fine bass and the price isn't horrible (though not a steal by any means). You don't see many Exploiters with Essence electronics, so that is a plus.

    I think the tough thing is the 5 year hiatus. You very well might catch the Alembic bug and need to move around their different models. Maybe you can modify the agreement to only owning one Alembic at a time.

    Have fun.
  4. Thanks Bones, I appreciate the advice. The bass has been babied and has the Original warranty/Instrument Wood Card- yet to be registered. I do not mind giving a friend top dollar for a premium instrument.

    I am, however, concerned about the Alembic Bug.
    (My $$ will probably go towards a SC Sig to keep the Spyder Ltd & Series 1 Company) Spread the Disease?
  5. I posted this in April. Fantastic Bass. I bought a NS CR4M instead. PM me if you are interested as my friend just bought a Stanley Clarke and was threading to sell it again.

    Bob Growler
  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Bob, PM sent!
  7. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    That's alotta bass for $2,500.
  8. peabody

    peabody Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2002
    La Crosse, WI
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Five years is a long time. Just lay off the bean burritos so you don't develop GAS.
  10. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Bajo Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    No deal if it were me.