Alembic Style Basses

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  1. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    California luthiers Bruce BecVar and Doug Irwin both used to be with Alembic. Some other American brands that more or less emulated the aesthetic were Hyak, Oasis and Toucan.

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  2. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Nor their Activator pickups. Those in combination with their LPF centric tonestack design create an unbeatable combination.
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  3. Beej


    Feb 10, 2007
    Vancouver Island
    I don't mean to derail, but I've owned and worked on several Vantage guitars and basses over the years and all of them had pickups with "Dimarzio" stamped on the bottom (guitar and bass). I always assumed they were the real deal, not clones. These were early days for Dimarzio... :)
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Oh come on, that's a passive Precision with a glued up body. Proves my point.
  5. wmhill


    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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  6. CTBassGuy


    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    You could very well be correct; I haven’t taken mine apart to look.
    When I got this one, Baa (who has 6 VP-710B’s) mentioned that he thought they were clones. Either way, they sound great to me.
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    MTMTEX Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    austin tx.
    I’ve got a couple of Alembic style basses and must say I’m pretty impressed with the Kawai. However the bass on the right most closely captures that Alembic vibe and sound. 66403E31-9752-4303-B279-85D78728F634.jpeg
  8. Pandastylebass

    Pandastylebass The Moon Machine

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
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    I love a the look as well, have been collecting "Alembic Style" basses for a while. I recently finally got a real one!
  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Thread drift: unless Bruce built more than one bass that looked exactly like that, I’ve played the Becvar pictured on the far left. It was in a music shop on Boylston Street in Boston called Petillo Frets circa 1978. Fabulous instrument; obviously left an impression on me.

    And yeah, except for the electronics it was identical to an Alembic.
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  10. FunkyFever


    Jan 26, 2020
    If you look on reverb you can find some Alembic like Aria basses for not that much. however S.D Curlee and Kawaii basses are both excellent choices
  11. Pandastylebass

    Pandastylebass The Moon Machine

    May 6, 2013
    Brooklyn, NY
    Also, Fernandes made straight copies that can still be found
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  12. FunkyFever


    Jan 26, 2020
    ah thats sick.
  13. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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    And these days sell for what a low-end Alembic sells for used...
  14. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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    Can't see the basses for the trees!
  15. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    GREAT thread!
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  16. FunkyFever


    Jan 26, 2020
  17. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Well,Let’s not forget about the “East Coast Alembic”.......Viellette-Citron.
    They had 2 lines, the upper end models were very Alembic-looking with the multi wood laminates,
    and active electronics. I preferred the more basic ones, still with 3-piece laminate neck through construction, and great sounding passive pickups. I love the one i acquired last year....
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  18. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    Two days ago I bought this Ibanez MC924LE (Limited Edition). Let me say this, I'm a huge Stanley Clarke fan but I can't afford an Alembic, this Ibanez though does come very, very close to Stanley's trade mark sound from the 70's. I bet most people won't hear the difference when blind folded. Also, the construction and wood are top notch.
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  19. Arjank


    Oct 9, 2007
    Above Amsterdam
    It seems to be a MC9240 instead of a MC924 which makes it even more rare....I think I'm a lucky guy
  20. Dan B

    Dan B

    Oct 19, 2008
    Amherst, MA
    I mistook a single pickup Alembic Persuader for an Aria SB1000 so that would be the most obvious answer.

    I would argue the early BC Rich Eagles to be very Alembic like, what with the fancy woods and extensive electronics (though Alembic and BC Rich did go two different directions with their electronics, granted).
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