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Fodera vs Alembic

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tube, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. Tube


    Oct 9, 2009
    I would like to buy a bass with the best playability, comfortable, strings low action. I'm undecided between two models, Fodera Monarch Victor Wooten Classic 83 Deluxe and Alembic Stanley Clarke Deluxe
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  2. nonohmic

    nonohmic Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    ABQ, NM.
    You'd think if you were gonna spend that kind of coin you'd know what scale you wanted first.
  3. Tube


    Oct 9, 2009
    I don't have the chance to play in person. I have no idea what a short 30 inch (762) mm scale could look like. all my instruments are 34 inch (762) mm scale.
  4. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    You’re gonna spend thousands of Euros on a bass without playing it?
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  5. Tube


    Oct 9, 2009
    I'm forced
  6. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Are you? That sucks. I have no idea what buying basses is like in Italy. Have you ever played a Fodera or Alembic? They tend to be good but it would be a shame if you’re stuck with a very expensive bass you don’t love.
    Coleman, Gearhead17, bdplaid and 7 others like this.
  7. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    It took me going through 3 used Alembics before I knew exactly what I wanted in a custom Alembic. I would start by buying a used one, either Fodera or Alembic. Then if it doesn't work out, you should be able to sell it for a similar amount to what you paid for it.

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  8. Tube


    Oct 9, 2009
    thanks for your advice. yes, I'll take a used Bass. but I would like to have advice
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  9. kesslari

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

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Say more about the kinds of music you play, what kinds of gigs you do, and what you have liked and disliked in the basses you have.
    As it is, your question is a bit like asking "should I buy a Rolls Royce or a Ferrari?"
    The answer depends in part on how you like to drive, whether you need to drive with family members, take luggage, or mostly drive by yourself and like to drive very fast etc.
  10. Have you considered Ritter?
    bnlwells, Sixgunn, HolmeBass and 3 others like this.
  11. buldog5151bass

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

    Oct 22, 2003
    No way in @[email protected] I would spend that key nd of money without playing it first
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  12. joel406


    Dec 27, 2013
    Ever heard of Mike Lull?
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  13. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Fender makes a pretty good bass.
    Ric Vice, Mili, dzcandemir and 13 others like this.
  14. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Because of the small body, these will sit much further to the left than any bass where the upper horn comes somewhere near the 12th fret. I've owned one and 3 Series with the same shape/size body.
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  15. Tube


    Oct 9, 2009
    I have always owned vintage basses, Fender jazz1961/ Precision1958/ Precision1963 and Rickenbacker 4001, I do small and large live concerts of music, classical, jazz / swing and blues.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2021
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  16. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I'm scratching my head as to how you settled on these two candidates. Don't get me wrong...they're both excellent choices but fall into two different realms IMO. Given your criteria, neither makes my top 5.

  17. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    I own a VW Classic since 2001.
    It’s an extremely versatile great sounding bass that is perfect from top to bottom. It has EMG P/J pickups.
    There plenty of sound samples online. Build quality is top notch and the detail work is beautiful. If you can locate a used version you can save time and a few dollars. I use this bass on many different types of shows and I can quickly dial in my desired sound.
    I’m 5’8” and ergonomically speaking it’s a very comfortable 34” scale. I think it’s safe to say that the current pricing - 8K - keeps this model out of many players hands which is too bad since it’s such a great instrument.
    I have no experience with Alembic Basses so I can’t speak to this.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2021
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  18. Eric Swaim

    Eric Swaim GOD, U.S. MIlitary, Country Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2004
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I have owned 3 Fodera Monarch basses and 12 Alembic basses mostly Series I, Distallette, Elan, Europa, and one Epic fretless 5.

    You also have to decide if 17 mm string spacing is good for you (Alembic) or if 19 mm spacing is good (Fodera). Lot to consider.

    Personally I probably will not own either in the future. Although I do believe both builders are fantastic, but I am more partial to the Alembic. Nothing Sounds like an Alembic, many things sound like a Fodera.
  19. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Exactly. If someone is asking that question they haven't thought about what they need and want enough to make an intelligent choice. They are not interchangeable.
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  20. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Sponsored by Hipshot
    Neither manufacturers here...get a US MTD. Mike's basses have action that can basically be on the frets, and have zero buzz. I honestly don't know how he does it. I tried his stuff at NAMM years ago, was completely blown away, and have never played anything better, including Alembic and Fodera.
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