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SOLD F/S 1992 Alembic Europa 5 String

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by RocketMusic, Apr 11, 2009.


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  1. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    My beloved Alembic Europa hasn't been out of the case in 6 months, so I can't justify hanging onto it. Somebody needs to be playing this fantastic bass!!

    Here's the bass porn:
    ALEMBIC-FRONT.
    ALEMBIC-BACK.
    ALEMBIC-CLOSEUP-FRONT.
    ALEMBIC-CLOSEUP-BACK.
    ALEMBIC-PERSPECTIVE.

    And the gory details:
    1992 Alembic Europa 5-String
    Scale Length: 34"
    Thru body neck: 4 maple + 3 purple heart laminates
    Fingerboard: Ebony
    Nut Width: 1.875"
    24th fret width: 2.930"
    Truss rods: Dual, body adjust
    Body wood: Mahogany w/ Redwood Burl top
    Body depth: 1.50"
    Finish: High gloss polyester (including back of neck)
    Pickups: MXY56
    Controls: vol, pan, low-pass filter w/ Q switch, quick tone change switches (bass and treble cut/boost)
    Tailpiece: Solid brass bird
    Machine heads: Gold Alembic-Gotoh
    100% Made in Santa Rosa, CA

    And my description:
    This was my one and only bass for about 15 years, and it saw a lot of action. That shows on the finish. There's no shortage of dings, and the finish on the back is quite checked. The finish is not worn through anywhere, it's just not pristine.

    The gold tuners and the brass brige hardware are slightly tarnished, as you would expect on a 17-year old bass.

    The electronics and the frets are in excellent shape. I had a pro fret job done two years ago, and the bass has hardly been played since. The action on this guy is the way I like - freaky low. The electronics are 100% original, except for the input jack which I replaced with a genuine Alembic replacement part.

    Tonally, the bass is deep and crisp. Lots of snap for a great slap tone, and there's plenty of low end.

    The bass comes in an Alembic form-fit case. This is case #2 or #3 that I got from Alembic, I wore the first ones out :) One of the latches on this case is busted, so I'd probably be looking to get another case ($150 from Alembic?) if I were actually still taking this bass out.

    I'm asking $2499, but will consider any reasonable offers. Shipping is free in the US, or $150 international.

    Please PM me if you're interested!
     
  2. realbadgroove

    realbadgroove

    Apr 12, 2008
    Kansas
    My god man how could you sell this thing.... I want it.... bad
     
  3. boamedt

    boamedt Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    wow:eek: B-E-A-utiful.
     
  4. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Hah... I know, it really pains me to do it. I've got TONS of great memories with this bass, and it still kicks serious butt... but I've got a custom Roscoe on the way, and I've been playing a tricked out Warwick Thumb NT for the past 2 years. The Alembic just never comes out of the case any more, so it needs a new home!
     
  5. dls59

    dls59 Supporting Member

    :eek:

    That may be, in the 35 years I've played bass, the most beautiful bass I've ever laid eyes on.
     
  6. AlembicBob

    AlembicBob

    Dec 28, 2004
    MA, US
    If it were a 32" bass I'd buy it in a second. I would hold that price for a while before considering offers. $2500 shipped seems a very good deal for that instrument.

    -bob
     
  7. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    PM sent.

    Peace, James
     
  8. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Awesome! My Alembic is headed back to CA to it's new home. Thanks, James!!!
     
  9. atom1962

    atom1962 Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Indianapolis. indiana
    i wish it was 4 string, i d get it...
     
  10. CapnSev

    CapnSev

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    I'm not a big Alembic-style guy, but that thing is fantastic looking!
     
  11. scottm

    scottm Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Awesome bass! :eek:
    I wish I would have seen this before it had sold!!!

    -ScottM
     
  12. Vakmere

    Vakmere

    Sep 6, 2007
    Philly
    Are these photos of how it looks now or when you first got it? I dont see any finish wear as you described.
     
  13. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Those were fresh photos from just a few days ago. The back has the worst of it, it's checked a bit and there are some dings on the back of the neck. The front of the instrument is pretty clean. The usual thumb scratches from slapping under the G string, and one pretty nice ding on the inside of the lower horn.

    My thing is I'd much rather have someone expect the worst but then be pleasantly suprised when the instrument shows up. The reverse situation is no fun for anyone involved, buyer or seller.
     
  14. youngs

    youngs

    Apr 7, 2007
    Boston MA
    Well I thought it was sold , wasn't it? I just bought Smith ,and JO DAMN!!
     
  15. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Is this bass still available?

    thanks.
     
  16. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Sorry it was sold back a few posts in this thread to jbybj... I'll close the thread shortly to avoid any further confusion. Sorry 'bout that!
     

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