One of my(?) old basses is being sold for 5 digits!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by malthumb, Jan 22, 2019.

  1. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    The reason I put the “?” After the word “my” is because there is a slight chance that it is a doppelgänger. When I owned it I had to rub a pencil on tissue paper to get an imprint of the serial number and that led me to believe it was a 1979. In the sale posting they have a closeup of the serial number area and it looks like 80. I’ll let you all judge for yourselves.

    Anyway, it is an Alembic 32” scale Series II with flatsawn Zebrawood top and back. Unless Alembic was able to cut two sets of veneers with exactly the same grain positioning, a year apart, this is my old bass. And it’s listed for well over $13k. I guarantee I didn’t score anywhere near that when I sold it in 2000.

    Here’s the link to the sale (I am not affiliated nor am I recommending it to anyone)
    1980 Alembic Series II SSB Short Scale Bass the Ultimate Stanley Bass !!! | eBay

    And here’s a link to my Alembic Club posting of the bass when I still owned it

    1979 Flatsawn Zebrawood short scale

    Whaddaya think....same bass? Is he gonna get that price (or even 2/3 of it)?
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2019
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  2. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    You get my vote.
  3. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Go Sabres!! Born and raised in Buffalo.
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  4. seilerbird


    Apr 12, 2012
  5. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Central Ohio
    Yup, James. At least, the picture shows the same bass. What will the seller get? Who knows. $6k or so seems more current market value.
  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Malthumb, that’s the way of the world. For certain basses, you take a hit after 10 or 15 years. If you can wait 30 or 40, you cash in!:D

    Unless I am blessed with a very long life, I won’t get to cash in like that.:rollno:
  7. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
  8. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    No doubt about it, wild grain don't lie.
  9. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    I looked at all the grain markings and they sure look the same. Unless they are “photoflame” ha! Remember those? I had one with a dark section on the neck that looked somewhat like the mcdonalds hamburglar. I saw someone elses, and they had the exact same markings, hamburglar and all.
  10. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    I don't know if it will sell for the asking price, but I DO know that if you were to price a new replacement . . . . . that's cheap.
  11. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    TGhe thing about this is, it wasn’t until AFTER I sold it that I figured out just how much of a unicorn it is. A 32” scale small body Series II. Very, very rare. Most small bodies are 30.75” scale. Only reason I sold it was because it was missing a string, so I ordered a 5-string Series II and sold it to offset the price (and keep the wife from completely losing it).
  12. That's definitely the same bass.
  13. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    New England
    Looks like the same bass to me!

    Add me to Buffalo club.... Orchard Park kid here. :)