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garth4664
Intermediate Member
Username: garth4664

Post Number: 142
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 9:39 am:   Edit Post

This is my second "dreaming of for now" thread after buying a really beautiful custom series 2 (76AC070) instead of building the last one (Dreamcatcher).

A strange thing has happened since then. I have two alembic dream basses, 32" scale 4 string cocobolo S1 and 76AC070 but I always end up playing my custom Warwick 6 instead of either of them. The reasons are: The 6 string has more range, it is lighter (slightly), the neck on the Warwick is impossibly stable and there is no need to do the whole power supply thing.

I think that I need a 6 in my band so I'm starting to dream of an Alembic 6 Series 1.

Some things I would like are:
-33" scale
-very stiff neck
-Light"ish" weight 4 to 4.5kg
-Very hard, thin outer laminate on body(to resist dings)
-Series 1 electronics with an extra special low frequency cut switch on the treble pickup so I can run that pickup through a distortion pedal into a guitar amp without damaging it.

Basically I play a lot of gigs here in Beijing where the backline is provided by the venue. I have no guitarist anymore in my band (it's great) so I often double up through effects and multiple amps.

Type in Beijing Love's Tourettes into youtube for a few clips (try Yu Gong Yi Shan "I love Nelly")

Has anyone else tried such a mod to the electronics?

Advice on wood/construction would be appreciated for a clear tone and light weight?

Also, which body shape is the lightest?
hieronymous
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 927
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 2:36 pm:   Edit Post

I always thought it would be need to have a high-pass filter on the bridge pickup instead of low-pass.

Sounds like a neat instrument!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2461
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 5:05 pm:   Edit Post

I had a mod done to my Europa bass and it has a high pass filter with gain gain on each pickup and a low pass filter with CVQ on each pickup with pan and master volume. It sounds amazing although I find it hard to think of a scenario when I'd need that much top end on a bass line as I don't tend to do much soloing or chord work on bass.

Jazzyvee
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7365
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 9:08 am:   Edit Post

Would you say you are looking for a tone closer to your Series I or closer to your Series II? That will help in coming up with the right wood recipe, of course considering what trade-offs might need to be balanced with the weight.

Stiffer necks tend to be more dense, and that means the weight will be concentrated there. If you can stand a narrower fingerboard width, that can go a long way in reducing the weight.
garth4664
Intermediate Member
Username: garth4664

Post Number: 143
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 5:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mica, thanks for the post. Looking for a tone closer to my series 1, it's clearer. this has the classic maple and purple-heart neck recipe. The series 2 neck is purple-heart and walnut I think.

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/73637.jpg

To be honest I wouldn't mind either sound - I have yet to find a series 1 or 2 that I didn't like the sound of.

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