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how was the Alembic basses in your opinion???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by b.a.s.s, Dec 8, 2004.

  1. b.a.s.s


    Dec 7, 2004
    please say your oinion about Alembic basses.
  2. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Whaddya wanna know?

    I love my S1 and SC but for different reasons and if I could afford it, I'd order a new custom with all the specific details I want. None the less, I'm very happy with both and have never played a significantly better bass. Tone, feel, quality and playability are all excellent. But, they're not for everyone; people either love them or hate them, and if you're considering one, I'd suggest spending an hour or two with it first to decide if it's what you're looking for, suits your playing style and musical preferences. They're all different, depending on model and options as there's really no such thing as a 'standard' Alembic, they're all effectively customs.
  3. Finger Blister

    Finger Blister

    Jul 8, 2003
    how are Alembic basses in your opinion???
  4. AlembicPlayer

    AlembicPlayer Im not wearing shorts

    Aug 15, 2004
    Pacific Northwet, USA
    very nice. Once you play a Series bass, it's hard to play anything else....for some of us anyway :)
  5. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    The original question is so broad that I thought there might be something specific that b.a.s.s. wanted to know which might help by narrowing down the response, but I added some generalities from my experience anyway.
  6. hands5


    Jan 15, 2003
    good 'ol USA/Tampa fla.
    I like some of them,but they are a lot more than I'm willing to spend on a bass
  7. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    They are nice, but not exactly what I like. And VERY expensive too. But hey, different strokes for different bass players.
  8. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    no no, he said in your Onion....................

    anyhow, i've liked all of the 4-strings that i've played. except the epic. The essence is really nice on the low end of the price scale. I really don't like their 5 string and 6 string basses. They just aren't comfortable to me.
  9. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    I've played an Alembic for about 8 years now and they are my favorite bass. Currently, I own, in addition to my Alembic, a Sadowsky Metro, a Lakland Skyline JO5, and a Stingray 5 fretless. When it came to my band's CD project, I thought I would use each of my basses. However, once I got my Alembic into the studio, there was no reason to use anything else. The Series I electronics really came through aces.

    If this is your first Alembic, I'd give a try to an Essence. This bass has the low pass filter that is the heart of the Alembic sound. In the used arena, they can be had for a very reasonable price.

    Best Wishes,
  10. I dont own a Alembic but i tried two Alembic orions in the bass centre in London and i didnt like them at all. I found that there was not enough space between the string and the body i found it very hard to slap on. Maybe it was just how the action was set. I was expecting to love them but i was surprised how much i didnt like them. It didnt feel comfortable to play at all. Thats only in my opinion. :)
  11. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Your question is very general, so I'll just point you to a couple threads where you might find some of what you're looking for....

    If you do a search on "Alembic", you'll get 34 pages of threads. It wouldn't make sense to try to go through them all until you've narrowed down your question.

    Try this thread Alembic Thread or this thread Another Alembic Thread

    and also try The Alembic Club


  12. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    IMHO Alembics (I've tried a few used Series-I's, and I own the lower-priced 'Europa' model) are the most responsive basses I've personally tried. They have a really playable neck, and thier quality is among the best I've seen.

    They're a small family-owned company, so their customer service is great.

    Their sound is really pure, you'll certainly want to try one for yourself (of course).

    They aren't cheap, I'd like to own a Series-II one day, but I'll most likely buy a used one to save some dough.

  13. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    This is CLEARLY a poster with a non-english first language. Who the hell are you to mock them, in bold, italics and underline.

    How many languages can you speak... perfectly? :mad:
  14. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    I have owned an Epic 5 string, I have an Exploiter style Spoiler, and I have played a Series I. They all had exceptional workmanship and attention to detail. The neck on the Epic was too wide to be comfortable for me, I have small hands and like close string spacing and small necks, I do not slap and I like very low action. The Spoiler sounds awesome, simple controls but they are very versatile. The neck is a little fatter than I like, and the action on it cannot be set as low as on my old Epic, but the sound it has is worth it. The Series I played was not as good as I had expected. Many controls, more than I wanted to deal with. I couldn't get it to sound as good as my Spoiler. Maybe if I had more time to experiment with the controls I could have. I would love to custom order one with a neck more like a Fender Jazz, but I doubt I will ever be able to afford it. They can be found used for reasonable prices, but new they are much more than I could afford.
  15. chunky


    Nov 3, 2004
    Portland Oregon
    You beat me to it.