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tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 874
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 8:41 pm:   Edit Post

If only I had the money...

http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f126/1990-alembic-elan-pj-5-a-1005373/

~Taylor
hifiguy
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Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 379
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 9:02 pm:   Edit Post

That is one amazing pristine beauty and I'm not a huge fan of Alembic p/js. Birth certificate and everything. GASsing out my ears here. Lordy Lu, I'd buy that gorgeous girl in a nanosecond if I had disposable income!!
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3566
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 - 1:56 am:   Edit Post

WOW...!!!
hgregs
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Username: hgregs

Post Number: 52
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 - 6:47 am:   Edit Post

i'm looking into this... curious if there are any opinions on the price he's asking? i've never followed the p/j market.
mtjam
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Username: mtjam

Post Number: 70
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Monday, August 12, 2013 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post

The price seems very reasonable to me. I think there is another Elan 5 for sale on Gbase at $2500 which does not appear to be in this excellent condition. I'm sure others will chime in. My opinion: Go for it!
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2016
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:42 am:   Edit Post

This is very similar to my P/J Elan Five.

I would say jump on this. This is essentially the same price as any of the very good Fender clones (Sadowsky, et al). And I would proceed along the lines of that in this sort of bass, the Activators in these shapes are going to make this (especially with the all white woods construction) have that sort of tone. I purposely had mine built as an ultimate Fender-ish project, just so I could say, 'Oh, a Sadoswky, well they're nice I suppose . . . . . '

With agressive stainless strings, this will cut through most any mix. With the white woods and the ebony board, it just has the best low C's and D's I ever heard. And with the Q Filter, you can of course tone it down as required. But it is going to be brighter than darker with that wood recipe, almost the same as a Spector. I have flame tops over Ash, I just wanted that swirly Ash look in back. This may not be a light bass . . . . .

I have the same taper neck: I prefer it as it almost feels straight, as if there were not taper. I'm not a fan of those really wide, flaring fingerboards. In hindsight, I might have preferred the traditional Elan circuit, with one tone/Q running both pickups. Maybe not . . .

Anyway, for me, of the traditional pickups, nothing beats that P/J combination. The P-Activator is LOUD and strong enough to pull satellites out of LEO. The J is a stack, so it's quiet, and on this example, it's not backed up totally to the bridge, a good thing. Want Jamerson? More front pickup, back off the tone. Feed in as much back pickup on top for more modern or more cut.

In any event, this is really reasonable, and IF it is 'as represented' and it suits you, 'ya better git while the gittin's good'.

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J o e y
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2017
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:46 am:   Edit Post

. . . . I have the WORST luck posting pictures . . .



J o e y
fc_spoiler
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Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1477
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 1:37 am:   Edit Post

You missed the \ before popjpeg
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3569
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 3:38 am:   Edit Post

Interesting BigRedBass, you have the order of the P pickups opposite to the one that is subject of the thread and my own elan bass. I guess that's gonna make a big difference to the sound and I presume a punchier sound from your bass due to less emphasis on the lower frequencies that would be available closer to the base of the neck and more in the bottom end in the treble pickup of the two?

Any chance of sending me a big high quality picture of the Green bass for my collection. :-)

Jazzyvee
hgregs
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Username: hgregs

Post Number: 53
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 6:50 am:   Edit Post

thanks guys... i've got an email agreement with the seller... should be official in a week or so.
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2018
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 11:31 am:   Edit Post

JV, this was something that Yamaha did on many of the BB basses, following the lead of Leland Sklar, the LA session bassist, who often worked with Yamaha. He thought he liked the sound better. I suppose the idea was to reverse the usual P-Bass boominess on the E+A, and the relatively thinner sound on the D+G, for exactly the reason you mention: A little more articulation to the lows and warming up the highs.

I'm not totally convinced it really works, but it does tend to tell me who I'm talking to IF it's noticed. I wouldn't say it's a night and day difference, but I suppose it depends on your ears.

Pics en route.

J o e y

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