Alembic Series 1 Bass 1977 w/ Case and Original Power Supply


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This is a really sweet, vintage 1977 Alembic Series I electric four string bass in an oil finish. We have been reluctant to sell it by its time to go and its in great shape! The sound is absolutely fantastic! the neck is as straight as they come and it plays with ease.
The bass includes its original blue hard case and the power/breakout box. The 5 pin cable is a brand new high quality 15 footer. The headstock veneer is Koa and the body wings are Purple heart. The body and neck are a really nice soft Satin finish. It was originally gloss like the headstock, but these generally exhibited a lot of finish checking and someone chose to finish it in Satin. The satin finish feels great and was very well done. Looks like the bridge adjustment screws have been replaced.

The scale length is 34" with an overall weight of 9 lbs 14 oz.

There are signs of use but no issues. All electronics appear original.

This is how the output section works:
Plugged in to the Blue Power Box:
Going from the Mono/Bass Output with a mono cable, you get the full function of the 4 way switch into one input of an ampn(1.Off, 2. Treble, 3. Both, 4. Bass). This is the standard operation that is like most non Alembic instruments.
Plugging in a mono cable to each output, you get (1. Off, 2. Treble through the Treble Output only, 3. Treble through the Treble/Bass through the Bass output, 4. Bass through the Bass output only

Using the Output Jack on the Bass itself you get:
Mono Cable(1. Off 2. Off 3. Bass 4. Bass)
With a Stereo Splitter cable you can get Split signals with Bass to one input and Treble to another.
If you Sum the stereo cable to mono, you get both pickups on, no switching between them except using the volume to fade in and out.

The bass plays sweet and sounds exactly as it should! It should outlast all of us!

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From Alembic: 
We've been making Series I basses longer than any other model in our catalog. In fact, we were making them before we even had model names or a catalog. The Series I is as much of a powerhouse today as it was back in 1972 and nothing short of a Series II even comes close.
The heart of the Series I bass is the pickups and electronics. We don't think of them as separate entities, the pickups and electronics work together as a system, a complete thought. The basis is faithful electronics reproduction of the mechanical string motion. The combination of single coil pickups and low-pass filter tone controls offer flexibilty, control and responsibility for your own tone.
Series I basses have been played by such varied musicians as Stanley Clarke, John McVie, and John Entwistle and you couldn't ever mistake's one's tone for another, as the Series I gives a natural sound that is truly a reflection of the emotion the player puts in to the music. You hear the player, not the bass.
Alembic wouldn't be Alembic without the beautiful woods. While they are pleasing to the eye, keep in mind that different combinations will shape the way the string behaves, thus influencing the tone. The neck woods are most dominant in the sound. We can help you choose the right woods for your custom bass.
There are a variety of body shapes for the Series I bass. Some are related to scale length, others to tradition, and others to personal taste. We have chosen to keep our model names tied to the electronics rather than the shape or scale length, so you will see short scale Series I basses with the default Small Standard shape and some with the Standard Omega shape. Long scale versions are found in Standard Point and Balance K Omega shapes. Still other variations exist and are yet to be created, but they are all still Series I basses.

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