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ALEMBIC Orion Fretless 4 (Essence electronics)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Joebone, Mar 31, 2014.


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  1. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

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    I'm selling a fine Alembic Orion Fretless 4-string.

    For pictures:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/120702829@N03/13532208034/in/photostream/

    As with all of the Orion basses, it features set-neck construction, but also has an upgrade to the electronics found on Alembic's Essence line of basses. This is not a trivial difference, as it means you have the fabulous Q-filter that is big element of the true Alembic sound. And this feature is great on fretless - I've read that this filter was designed to help emulate the attack and decay of acoustic instruments, and I believe it - there are a lot of great tones on this bass. I'd be keeping it, but I pretty much play 5-string, and can't have this much value tied up in a 4-string fretless. In fact, I meant to sell it months ago, but have been incapable of pulling the trigger.

    Body is mahogany, and I think the top is walnut. Maple neck with walnut stringers, and a fabulous chunk of ebony for the fingerboard. 34", 24 "frets," 1.625" at the brass nut. Condition is very good - the photos show a wear spot along side the E string where a former owner anchored his right thumb, but otherwise minimal play wear, with a few scratches clustered around the bottom of the axe. Comes with a decent semi-hard case.

    Alembic's current list price on the Orion is $6300. This one is yours for $1600.00, shipped and insured CONUS.

    No trade offers, please - I'm launching a sell-off of several axes over the next 4-6 weeks.
  2. justjake

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    bump for a fellow orion owner. GLWTS !
  3. Marial

    Marial Proud Papa Supporting Member

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    Photos appear to require a login. Can you post some here?
  4. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

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    Huh…seem to be able to access the photo link from a variety of sources without any password.…burned time last night trying to upload to TB, with no success.

    Anyhow, bump.
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    How is this still here at this price?
  8. warrior5st

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    I had one and wish I had never sold it. Great acoustic sounding bass.
  9. Joebone

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    thanks for posting the photo - I could not get it to work...
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    bumpsville
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    saturday bump
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    the "if you change you're mind about trades let me know" bump
  15. swpyne

    swpyne Basses R Loaded! Gold Supporting Member

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    Bump for a beautiful bass (that I wish I could afford) and a great TB'er. Joebone is a class guy with great taste in basses!
  16. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

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    Thanks, Spencer…nice to get bumped by a great TB'er who knows from fine fretless!
  17. Joebone

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    arcing upward…boink!
  18. dustdbass6

    dustdbass6 Alembic User Supporting Member

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    Here's a bump for fellow Orion owner and super sexy bass! If it was a 5er I'd seriously think about making room for this thing!
  19. Joebone

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    Thanks. Last bump before leaving the country for a few weeks...
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    Thread closed for holiday - will re-open in late April.

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