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Alembic basses
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hi guys,
Here is a pic of my 1981 alembic bass serie II, wood work is incredible and I don't know if you can see, but there is red leds on the edge of the neck, of course it's an active bass and it goes with the little blue box at the bottom of the pix, you can also set it in stereo mode (1 PU per side) that's why at alembic forum they appreciate B500b, because this amp is stereo. I use it this way, stereo out : neck PU to first MB1, bridge PU to second MB1. MB1a to left in amp, MB1b to right right in amp. amp out A to 1x15 cab ada bassline, amp out B to 2x10 cab ada bassline.

It is a very specific way to set up gear. I would NOT recommend that to someone who's looking for a good standard bass tone : onboard preamp looks like a 747 dashboard (get lost sometime)

If I can recommend a "Bob's your uncle bass" for you Richard, it would be ;
-normal scale (easy to find strings)
-passive("F@@€€K ! I forgot to replace battery, and it was dead last time !")
-Good classic bass (precision/Jazz Bass... ) because easy to find replacing part (PU, fretless neck if you want to try...) In a lot of diferents brands Seymour Duncan, Bartolini, EMG, Di marzio.............................................etc

And it's just easy to set up in active

Jazz Bass has real thin neck, while precision's is thicker

If you're afraid with string tension, you take lighter strings ; easier to play and when you got Lou Ferrigno's hand, get bigger !

Check squire, as you're happy with your strat, you won't regret a squire Jazz Bass :thumb-up:
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Re: Alembic basses
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the bassist in the band I play in has a Squier jaguar bass.  It's good quality but I f**king loath the shape of the thing.

He never plays it since I told him it sucked hahahaha

He using a Peavey Zodiac and a Rockinbetter 4001.  Both good basses.

This has led to a bass discussion, perhaps this can be transferred to a new thread moderators?
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Re: Alembic basses
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That's a gorgeous bass Tomy, really like it.

Guy's use this thread to talk about basses, more in relation to Richard looking for a new one.
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Re: Alembic basses
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I do have a soft spot for Alembics, I played a few way back when, they were always very nice. Unfortunately quite expensive; but exceptional instruments.

Hey Tomy, I like Jazz necks, the bass I built years ago was a Maton EB4 (also very nice bass) body shape with Jazz neck dimensions and IIRC 33" scale. Very nice to play. So the B500b isn't quite the same as stereo, it has 2 separate channels but they have different output power, so as you run it, one channel for the top end and one for the bottom end, perfect for bass.

Hey RG, Yeah I'm not thrilled with the look of the Jaguars either, but they are quite good for the money. Up side is generally our bass players musicman sub lives at my place  :thumb-up:
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Re: Alembic basses
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the bassist in the band I play in has a Squier jaguar bass.  It's good quality but I f**king loath the shape of the thing.

He never plays it since I told him it sucked hahahaha


I really wonder why  ;D

How sweet you are !
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now that's just my opinion but the shape is god awful, he played it live once I think  I told him to sell it lol

Tomy gonna PM you about a bass I need to sell.  Inherited it by accident lol  5 string (which is the devils work in my opinion  :lol:)  will PM you
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Re: Alembic basses
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Nice bass p*rn  >:D

I've got two MB-1's too, but I split them for the live and studio rigs not for neck & bridge pickup  :thumb-up:
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hey Peter,  Sorry ; I missed your thread, but anyway thank you. I hope we will meet on talking bass and MB1 :thumb-up:
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hey Peter,  Sorry ; I missed your thread, but anyway thank you. I hope we will meet on talking bass and MB1 :thumb-up:
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Well I found the bass I want, now how to afford the $12k  :facepalm: (http://www.basscentral.com/blowupsALEMBICSCBROWN4498.shtml)
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12k  :o
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Hey Richard,

    That is a nice looking bass guitar, pretty standard for Alembic. What would make it worth 12K? Did it belong to John Entwistle?

    Harley :???:
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Hey Harley, the retail price is (in AUD) $19013, the site price (they call adjusted retail) $15192 and their sale price is $11378. And as Alembics go it's a cheap(er) one. Check the USD price of some of the more exotic ones (http://www.basscentral.com/alembicbass/stanley.shtml).  Alembics are very expensive  :facepalm: but very nice instruments. I recall a story where they said Alembic put all the wood for each guitar in a cupboard (or some such) for a year so all the bits of wood could get to know one another..  Makes some sense I spose if you want to build the best instrument you can.. I assume it would be climate controlled ??  The 2nd hand ones are a bit cheaper but they are still very expensive

That said, a Gibson LP can easily cost that sort of money (depending..).

I suspect if it had belonged to John Entwistle it would be worth alot more that 12k LoL
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Now,  you understand why I only have one !

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Hey Tomy, absolutely understand. So after some credit card juggling to get the 0% interest where I could, it's on its way to me  :whoohoo!: Now I just have to pay it off.. :facepalm:
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