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An Alembic Funk Workout!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis

    I think this is an Alembic Distillate. It's owner has got it sounding really funky! This makes me miss my old Alembics from the early 1990s.:):bassist::)
  2. odineye


    Dec 29, 2011
    Bear DE
    Great tone, great playing. I've always been amazed at how versatile a bass an Alembic can be.

    But OMG!!! I found the OCD part of me dying to reach through the monitor with a pair of cutters... :eek:
  3. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    Nice bass and playing! It does have the dummy 3rd pickup for hum cancelling, so that's likely a Series I. The Distillates have two pickups and no dummy coil. He's got some cool lines on his Youtube channel.
    Here's a Distillate with the 2 pickups:
    Here's a Series 1 beside it. Note dummy coil 3rd pickup which acts as the second coil in a humbucking series:

    Attached Files:

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  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Thanks for the info Roy.
  5. Bquan


    Jun 2, 2013
    That was too funky...like literally the rhythm was messing with my head. Awesome!
  6. bassman10096


    Jul 30, 2004
    Really nice. Interesting to hear all fingerstyle funk w/o a slap or pop. Alembic tone is so strong and even, making the notes clear, but without distracting frequency humps. I don't consider myself any kind of serious funk player, but that ability to penetrate without overwhelming always grabs me when I pick up my Alembic.
  7. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer (local only)
    That is totally Funked Up!
  8. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Cool! Totally different style then how I play!
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This clip really shows how versatile Alembic electronics can be. This guy gets great old school sound, but he could go ultra hi fi if he wanted to.
  10. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Most likely a 30.75" short scale as well; that's what it looks like and is typical for the small bodied Series I's.

  11. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    Outstanding player! Horrible string installer!
  12. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Pretty imprressive!
    I don't think I could keep up that level of a groove going all night.
  13. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Man, I just watched a few more of his vids - talk about GAS inducing. I'm remembering a guitar show in Long Island in the 90's where I found a Stanley Clarke Signature model (basically same as this). I must've spent at least two hours at that booth just wailing on the thing; it practically played itself.

  14. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Okay, here's the kicker. Not an Alembic in those vids at all. It's a Fernandes FAB 170. Holy Moly!

  15. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    They bassist says it's an Alembic copy, by Fernandes?

    Sweet finger style too!
  16. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    My opinion of Fernandes (which was reasonably high) just went up several notches.

    And I am DEFINITELY stealing that groove.
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  17. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Fernandes? I've never heard if that model. It's even a better looking Alembic copy than those Kawais.
  19. SlingBass4


    Feb 28, 2009
    Kansas City
  20. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    I watch that guy's vids all the time. His left hand is righteous. Go ramon!