The bass was originally made in 2002 and i've had it for four years and done quite a few gigs with it and it's held up really well. It's been knocked a few times but no signs of damage from those. Reliability is 100% so far.
Whilst the bass is purely active it has been designed to run from an external 36v power supply so the bass is always operating at full design voltage via a 5-pin lead. There is a backup for this with internal batteries allowing the bass to run at 18v from two 9v batteries which apparently will last for about 20 hours of playing.
The sound quality of this bass is nothing short of incredible, it has an almost limitless palate of tones for the owner to create and each one is at the utmost in hifi and noise free due to the filter based electronics, low impedance single coil pickups and an internal hum canceller system.
One of the things that drew me to alembic basses is the fact that they have a wide tonal palate to create sound from and it gives me the ability to create the right sound for the music I play without having to make do with the limited tones available on other basses that I have tried. The workmanship and construction is absolutely superb and I cannot flaw it .
This is a series II bass and is the top model in the Alembic range.
I've used this bass in a number of different genres from Reggae, Jazz funk, Soul, RnB, Rock, and folk and in each genre I've found the bass provides me with the ability to tune my tone to suit each piece of music I've been called upon to play.
The bass has brass hardware for the nut, tailpiece and bridge which is fitted to a heavy bock of brass secured into the body of the bass which keeps much of the string vibrations in the string and dissipates less into the body resulting in a great sustain.
The neck suits me perfectly not baseball like and not too flat. I can get around it quickly and accurately due to the satin finish on the back.
This particular bass has a lot of ebony in its construction and as well as having a thick slab of ebony as a fretboard, the neck itself is made from ebony and maple which makes for an extremely stiff construction. This seems to make the fundamental of any note sound much more up front and clear compared to other alembics I've tried.
If you are not used to filter based bass pre-amps this can be a real uphill battle to get to grips with and a challenge to get repeatable tones accurately every time. Patience is a virtue here and i've worked a method to help me do that.
This body shape, Europa, is the best balancing of the alembics I have used in the past and really stays put once you find where you want to hang it. Some find these basses heavy but so far it's not been a problem for me.
It's an extremely rewarding instrument to play and even on the most basic of songs I play the sound coming back to my ears is magic.
I hope that I'm never in a position where I need to sell this bass. This is a keeper regardless of whether I continue to play bass into the future or not.