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look at this ruined alembic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WarriorJoe7, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. WarriorJoe7

    WarriorJoe7 Banned

    Mar 12, 2004
    Syracuse, NY
  2. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    I wouldn't have done that routing. Otherwise that's one badasss bass.
  3. Arnie


    May 14, 2005
    Kingston, NY
    Thats a shame... Im surprised how lacklustre the finish/wood is/was..
  4. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo

    BTW, what the heck is "Flame Maple Paint" anyway? :p
  5. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    easily worth 500, but not what he's asking for it. at 500 you've lost the signature electronics but you still have a solid bass, and EMGs ain't bad (although I think those are 35DCs not 45DCs)
  6. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    My first thought was "what kind of a doltish hack did this? Then in the description I found my answer -

    "I am the original owner of this bass"

    What a boob.
  7. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    If it was local I would pay 5 beans. But it's not and they won't.
  8. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    How many Fenders got their very own BAB back in the 80s?

    There's a thread about drug testing in the work place. Can we link these two?
  9. Pfft, starting bid of 1025 $! Insane.
  10. REMBO


    Jul 26, 2011
    i agree with you!
  11. howdoyoudo


    Jan 11, 2014
    Seems pretty cool.
  12. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    You have to wonder if, at any point with router in hand, he asked himself the question "Is this a good idea?"
  13. What are y'all complaining about? I thought modding basses that don't need it was the national pastime here on TB.
  14. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Seen it before. He wants $900 cash for a local deal. If he is the original owner it begs the question where did the original pickups go? I would be all over it if he had the original pickups and it was less money. Sell of the EMG's and restore the bass, but he probably has some story about throwing the pickups away..........it sounds like these pickups were put in last year.

  15. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    Those electronics get better with age, and he yanked it all out. Man oh man.
  16. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    It's not a clean job but it obviously works.
    EMGs are fine, although not Alembic.
    It's exactly the kind of instrument I like to buy.
  17. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    yeah, that's true enough. at least for me.
  18. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I don't care for what was done to this bass. Find a new passtime
  19. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I'd agree it's not worth what he's asking with the EMGs in it. Before I go calling him names, I would be curious what happened to the original electronics. Maybe they got damaged or died on him and he had to replace them, who knows what the story is? But I agree, a set of garden-variety EMGs is no substitute for the original electronics, and the value is way down for that.
  20. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Okay, I won't call him names but can we at least all admit he is delusional at best?

    The replacement costs for Alembic pups / elex are prohibitive and the botched mods make restoration to the original state a no-win situation for the new owner. The best I could do would be to offer ~$300 (the neck & body are worth that) and then slap on a custom wood veneer pickguard (to disguise the routs). I would also use the opportunity to "clean up" the new EMG's (centering, spacing, orientation) knowing the the mods would be camouflaged.