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modulus or alembic???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AaronWarren, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. AaronWarren

    AaronWarren Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Sunny SoCal
    okay guys i need your help... i am contemplating a modulus genesis 4 and a alembic essence 4. i have played the modulus and like the slap tone, does the alembic have good slap tone??? what can it be compared to?? which would you guys go for???
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Get the Moduli!
  3. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    enh, depends.. alembics are GREAT basses.. its all what you want..

    Modulus has a Graphite neck which could totally change the sound

    Both of them are great basses, its basically up to your ear and hands to see which one is good for you :D
  4. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta (Grant Park!)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Bro, get the Modulus!
  5. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Never argue with the mob. :D

    While I LOVE a lot of Alembics, and might possibly own one someday were I to ever come in contact with any money, between the Essence and the Genesis, I'd take the genesis anyday. Just IMO, though.
  6. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA

    I really don't think you can go wrong with either bass. I was confronted with this decision in the 5 string realm about 5 years ago. I went with the Essence, partly because I always wanted to own an Alembic, and because I thought the Alembic tone was much richer than the Modulus.

    The Essence should prove a fine slap bass as the low pass filter will help you dial in a nice tone.

    I think you really need to play each bass side by side and determine which one truly calls your name.

    What a fun dillema.

    Best Wishes,
  7. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Depending on what your budget is, you can have the best of both worlds. There's an Alembic Series I with a graphite neck on eBay. It's hard to find a better bass than an Alembic Series I. Modulus made the necks for Alembics with graphite necks. This was before Modulus started their own line of basses.

    As far as slapping, the bass on eBay might be less than optimal because of the placement of the pick up selector. It can be done, but it takes some getting used to.


    Can't help you with the rest of your question, though. I've never played an Essence. Played almost everything Alembic makes, but none of the "E" basses (Epic, Excel, Essence, Exploiter)

  8. as i nod in agreement with the mob i realize how i am killing myself by my desire for a modulus, get a genesis, i loved the modulus i played with only 1 pickup,(prototype for the flea, was at the namm show some year) the feel of the neck is great, the sound is killer, if you can get all that and another pickup, well damn you for being able to afford it, but do it
  9. I've never played a modulus, so i cant say anything about them. I own an Alembic Rogue 5 string though.

    MY comments are......very versatile bass...resonance is incredibly awesome! Too much sometimes, making it a bit hard to slap if you're not a "tidy" player.

    Depending on the wood of the bass obviously....Alembic would most probably use a mahogany body and whatever top wood you choose...if it is a neck-through or not.

    To simplify the description of the tone would be quoting bassnorthwest...sounds like a 9 foot grand piano. I'm assuming its resonance. My alembic has a very strong Lows and Highs....a bit too much for certain type of songs. SO also depends on your music....play both and decide for yourself.
  10. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Do you want a J-bass or something else? The Genesis would be a good choice if you want the former. Like Arvid says, most Alembics are acoustically pretty resonant and their tone is harder to control. They're good slappers (obviously), but I haven't been able to get a convincing J tone out of them.
  11. Bro,

    I just snagged a Modulus Genesis 5. I've played my share of Alembics, and I thought how could anything be smoother to play than that.
    Then I found out.

  12. Scott Cutrer

    Scott Cutrer Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    Had em both, go with the Modulus. Really!
  13. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    ...lol......if you thought you were confused b4 !!!

    I too have owned both basses mentioned......at the same time .....

    Both are great basses......you gotta try 'em out !