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 Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! 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 EBMM Nut

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Barbara, CA
    No deal if it were me.