Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by NortyFiner, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    FOR SALE: My EBMM Big Al 4 SSS bass guitar. He's been great, but my musical needs and financial situation are both changing, so it's time for him to find a new home.

    - Mahogany body, maple neck and fretboard.
    - 3TS finish with black pickguard.
    -18v active preamp with master volume, four band EQ, active/passive button, separate passive tone control, and three individually selectable single coil pickups with neo magnets for a huge variety of options. P, J, Ric, Jack Bruce, and many other tones hiding in this one bass. A true Swiss army knife of an instrument.
    - 34" scale and 1.5" nut width, similar to a Fender Jazz or EBMM Sterling.
    - Hardware is all original, with the addition of Ernie Ball straplocks. Original strap buttons included.
    - Weighs about 9 pounds on the bathroom scale.
    - Strung and set up with EB Cobalt flats.

    Comes with:
    - Original hardshell case and case candy.
    - A spare tort pickguard.
    - Two extra sets of Ernie Ball Cobalt strings, one 4 and one 5; I was going to experiment with BEAD tuning but never got around to it, so I'll toss in the strings if you want to try.
    - Ernie Ball "Big Gay Al" rainbow strap. South Park fans will understand.

    This bass is in near-mint condition and has been kept carefully in a smoke free home.

    This bass came to me via Talkbass several years ago for $1400, though I can't seem to find the original thread. I have kept it well and am adding some goodies as noted above, so I am asking $1200 shipped in the continental USA; I take Paypal. The bass will be shipped in its case and original box via Fed Ex or USPS, with strings loosened and without batteries.

    Here are two quick images from my computer; I will get more detailed pics up later.

    16651768_10154189790400936_1565574979_n.jpg Big Al.jpg

    Thanks for reading. :)
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2017
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  2. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    Pics, as promised! Sorry about the lighting; I suck at photography. Every selfie I take looks just like me, unfortunately. Anyway, the bass:

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  3. tat2clod


    Nov 19, 2011
    Bloomington IN
    Your killing me here.
  4. muggsy

    muggsy Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2000
    Alexandria, VA
    Big Als rock. If I didn't already own one I'd be all over this. Somebody needs to grab it.

    And since the OP didn't mention it, I will - these basses have been out of production for a couple of years now and are pretty hard to find. Can go active or passive with a total of 16 different pickup combinations, and the smallish mahogany body is really easy to play.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2017
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  5. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    Bump, and in answer to several messages: I'm sorry, but no trades. Would if I could, but the money is kinda needed. :(
  6. Benko


    Dec 16, 2014
    Tokyo, Japan
    Unfortunately I have the same model (with the modern tuning peg) but it makes me very sad that this is still there.

    Awesome instrument!
  7. WR Jacobs

    WR Jacobs

    Oct 15, 2015
    Wondering what the story is behind the much does it was?
  8. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    The Big Al was discontinued because they didn't sell well, due to the ugly fact that EBMM sucks at marketing. They push the Stingray at every price level -- entry level SUB, mid-level SBMM, pro EBMM -- but the rest of EBMM's basses are just left to tag along. "Oh yeah, and we sell these other basses too." The Big Al was a victim of that.
  9. pardouba


    Mar 6, 2006
    Amazing bass and an excellent price! These will be highly sort after in years to come. Sad that not many people know of this incredible bass. Anyone who plays in a function band or plays a varied diet of styles NEEDS this bass. Can't believe it's not gone.
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  10. Benko


    Dec 16, 2014
    Tokyo, Japan
    Here is not the thread but I think it was a bit more challenging than not willing to support the big al product line.

    Just see how Fender is/was struggling at expanding into EBMM territory (Dimension line) or something slightly more different (Roscoe Beck or even the Am Std Jaguar that is not a commercial success).

    People goes for the classic and the big al was already and odd one.

    Now that I think of it I think it should have been a signature model for a more established bass player, similar to the "St Vincent" model
  11. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    The Big Al was actually a bass version of the EBMM Albert Lee signature model guitar. Hence the name "Big Al". Unfortunately, Albert Lee is a name that doesn't mean much to the majority of musicians in this century, and he wasn't a bass player, so the association didn't help.
  12. Benko


    Dec 16, 2014
    Tokyo, Japan
    Yes that was my point, honestly I only know the name Albert Lee because I love my Big Al, but I don't listen to him and as a bassist it's not relevant, it's a really odd name to support a bass model

    Oh well
  13. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    The AL guitar is a great one and Albert himself is a great player, one of the legends.
    Having knowledge of the guy (and guitars with his name on) can only enrich you.
  14. Ethcol


    Oct 17, 2015
    Will you ship to Denmark (Europe)?
    Best regards
  15. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    No, sticking with North America.
  16. knigel


    Apr 20, 2009
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    If my usa Deluxe dimension sells I'm all over this. I've always wanted to try one. I love that finish!
  17. WR Jacobs

    WR Jacobs

    Oct 15, 2015
    Still available GLWTS...Double Humbuckers 5 way switch...Stingray 4HH STEALTH
  18. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    More pics. Hopefully these will help push someone over the edge.

    You can see the bass in the case, both with and without the original plastic wrap. The included strings are tucked under the headstock and the extra tort pickguard is under the body. All the original candy and everything.

    You can see views both up and down the neck; the frets are nicely level and even, and there's no twisting or anything. I also took pics of the neck joint and back of headstock. Like most MM basses, the neck is bare smooth wood, and there are no dings or cracks.

    Finally, I took pictures of the action and relief at the nut and the 12th fret, with the bass in tune EADG. I tried to get a full length picture of the relief but I don't think it came out very well. Suffice to say the action is reasonably low with no buzz and it plays well.

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  20. Holdsg

    Holdsg Talkbass > Work Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Alta Loma, CA
    there was a time when I would have been on this like a dog in heat.