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bass88
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Username: bass88

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011 - 10:36 pm:   Edit Post

Hello! what can you tell me about this six string Epic ? I recently bought it.
bass88
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

Here is a pic!
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 88
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:13 pm:   Edit Post

That's a gorgeous instrument! The 1st 2 numbers in the serial number are the year it was built, so yours was built in 1994. Maybe Mica can look up the build sheet for you & tell you more about it. Congratulations & welcome to the club!
bass88
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 11:19 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the welcome rusty, I'm still working through some bugs and setup issues. I play both lightly and heavily and everything in between but I think either the last owner was a light touch kind of player or the climate change between California and Vancouver Island Canada has adjusted the neck for me and there is a great deal of fret noise but beautifully low action. The bass still feels good in the hands! First Alembic, first six string...life is good!
rustyg61
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 90
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 11:42 pm:   Edit Post

I just got my Stanley Clarke Signature Deluxe in February. When I took it out of the box, the action was so low it buzzed on almost every note. I read Joey's post on setting up Alembics & got it much better! http://alembic.com/club/messages/16271/16318.html?1107545766 I still have some buzz I'm trying to work out, but have no doubt that it can be done. Alembics are AMAZING instruments & very adjustable to suit your style of playing. I tend to play pretty hard too, but I don't want my strings 1/4" off the neck to keep them from buzzing! I don't hear the buzz with my band, just when I play alone at home, but it still bugs me! I'm hoping that since it's brand new that it still has some settling to do & eventually I can get it set exactly how I want it. Mica has a saying that "It takes the wood a little while to realize that it's not a tree anymore!"
bass88
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Username: bass88

Post Number: 8
Registered: 4-2011
Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 - 9:48 am:   Edit Post

Hi I'm just following up on this has anyone at alembic been able to find the history on my bass yet?
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2804
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 21, 2011 - 12:02 am:   Edit Post

Hi Dieter, these lookups are done when time permits, and it's a busy little factory so the wait time can often be a few months, rather than weeks. Meanwhile, make some music! That's what these creatures were made for.

Have you had more success with your setup?
bass88
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Post Number: 9
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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 1:09 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Adrian, I just read this and I have not been on the forum for a while. Coincidentally, I've been doing exactly what you said (making music). I took the bass to a local luthier and he did a brilliant setup after which I promptly decided to have him remove the frets. This bass is now a lined fretless and it sounds really sweet, fat and warm. My problems with the a string sounding muddy on the attack are gone, the electronics problems I solved by tightening the pots as recommended. It would be nice to have as much info as possible but I'm enjoying the instrument anyway.

:-)
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2822
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

No problem, Dieter. My Epic got defretted too - like minds ... :-)

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