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crgaston
Intermediate Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 107
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 9:32 am:   Edit Post



This has Signature electronics plus the bass/treble switches. I replaced the screws with brass ones because the originals didn't quite have enough length to get the neck pickup where I wanted it.




I think the headstock is bocote, but I'm not sure.




It sounds freakin' sweet!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3375
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 2:27 pm:   Edit Post

Signature plus quick change switches is a great combination!
the_8_string_king
Intermediate Member
Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 102
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 04, 2006 - 10:41 pm:   Edit Post

Indeed! But... I only count 2 extra switches. Are there just 1 set of "master" "quick-tone" "boost/cut" switches?

Gorgeous Rogue!
crgaston
Intermediate Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 114
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 12:41 pm:   Edit Post

There is only one bass and one treble switch, and there are two Q switches. The quick tone switches are closest to the neck, and are easy to access quickly, so having only one set is no big loss. I am quickly discovering that this is an amazingly versatile bass!
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 549
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - 4:31 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful rogue Charles. You're going to have to change the photo on your profile page ;-)

graeme
crgaston
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Username: crgaston

Post Number: 118
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - 4:11 pm:   Edit Post

Done!

kilowatt
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Username: kilowatt

Post Number: 55
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - 5:22 pm:   Edit Post

Charles,
Great find! The bass looks to be in good shape. I'm glad you like it. What is the scale on this bass? If it's a 35" scale, how do you like the neck compared to your Modulus. My Modulus hasn't seen too much action since the Alembic showed up.
Best of luck with the new bass.

Regards,
Pete
crgaston
Intermediate Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 119
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, March 07, 2006 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Pete. It is a 35". The neck is a good bit chunkier than the Modulus, and the string spacing is a tad wider. Switching to the Alembic was no problem, however, and after playing it exclusively and extensively for the past 4 days, the Modulus felt almost petite when I picked it up today. I haven't got the action exactly where I want it quite yet. The combination of going from being a super-low EADGC back to a moderate-relief BEADG and moving from Texas to Georgia seems to have the neck a little confused. It is actually stiffer than the Modulus, though, judging from the amount of force it takes to flex it by hand. I'm sure it'll settle in nicely.

The thing that impresses me most versus the Modulus is the sensitivity of the controls. The blend actually blends over it's entire range rather than the first 1/8th of a turn, and the smallest turn of a filter produces an audible result. Also, the ability to change the character of the blends is amazing. I can get a growly topend from the neck blended with low-mid punch from the bridge, or I can go for whoomp from the neck and sparkle from the bridge. The palette is so much more complex.

FWIW, my custom will have a neck slightly smaller than the Modulus, by about the same degree as this one is larger. Should be amazing!
tbrannon
Intermediate Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 174
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 5:26 pm:   Edit Post

This one is now sitting on my lap. It's been a long time comin' and it's sweet!!

I'm loving it already- still figuring out Q switches and the filters, but it sounds great =)

Many thanks to Charles for the awesome transaction- I'll post some more pictures in the next few days.
tbrannon
Intermediate Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 175
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 28, 2006 - 8:00 pm:   Edit Post

Just a couple pictures in case y'all don't believe me~



Amazing tone coming out of this thing out of my prehistoric rig- loving every second of it. The string spacing is just right for me.

I'll give her a clean up over the next couple of days- polish up the bridge and tailpiece. My wife is already calling the bass, "Your Girlfriend." =)

(Message edited by tbrannon on September 28, 2006)
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 842
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006 - 1:03 am:   Edit Post

Nice score Toby. Don't clean her up too much. No point having a girlfriend if she's not dirty ;-)

Graeme
tbrannon
Intermediate Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 176
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, September 29, 2006 - 2:43 am:   Edit Post

lol- good stuff Graeme =)

The more I play this bass, the more I like it- it's got an absolutely killer sound- DEEP bottom end and sizzling highs at the same time. I'm having fun playing with the filters and the pan. Keep me away from a Series bass for sure.....

Thanks again Charles~
tbrannon
Intermediate Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 179
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

I took this to practice last night and heard it in a band setting for the first time- my goodness- it kills.

*extremely happy camper mode*
crgaston
Advanced Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 307
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Tuesday, October 03, 2006 - 4:15 pm:   Edit Post

There ain't nothin' like the real thing, baby!
olsonsw
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Username: olsonsw

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 6:10 am:   Edit Post

very2 beutiful rogue u've got there, Charles!
Just wondering what Eden amp sounds like.

Olson
tbrannon
Advanced Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 247
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 5:29 pm:   Edit Post

Olson-
Charles sold me this Rogue a few months back-

I'm not sure how often he'll check here. If you're looking for an answer on the Eden question, click on his profile and shoot him off an email- or post it in his FTC thread perhaps....

It is a beautiful Rogue isn't it? =)
olsonsw
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Username: olsonsw

Post Number: 6
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Friday, November 24, 2006 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

OOOPPPSSSS sorry mate!
I just looked at the 1st 4 pic..
and havent read yet what u guys talkin'
Congrats to you...
it's a very beatiful Rogue...
HOAHHHH....very nice indeed!
hehehehe....
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 539
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 6:52 am:   Edit Post

This one has found it's way back home- it spent the last 3 months in a shipping container headed from NZ to Southern California.

Pulled it out of the case and it was in tune and ready to roll. I love this bass!
rraymond
Advanced Member
Username: rraymond

Post Number: 308
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 9:37 am:   Edit Post

Congrats Toby! SoCal must feel like home, now!

I always thought the combination of Signature electronics with quick-tone-change switches would be real handy. Great Rogue!
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 540
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post

Reid,

I've eaten my fair share of Carne Asada since returning. =)

The signature setup + quick tone changes are very very cool. I hardly use the quick tone changes, but I'm glad they're there when I do need them.
bkbass
Intermediate Member
Username: bkbass

Post Number: 153
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post

With the additional switches,how much more low end fatness can you get out of the bass p/u with the filter rolled as low as you can? I know their cut boost switches but is it just adding more volume or does it affect the tone as well. I have several A's with signature electronics and I have played on way too many standard Rogues and a few Distillates so I know what they will do separately. Do you feel the benefits outweigh the cost? Is there a synergy or additive effect fattening the lows in boost position? Does it make the lows sound darker? Thanks in advance for the info.
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 541
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2007 - 10:51 am:   Edit Post

Barry-

To be honest, I've never really paid any attention to what you're asking about. I'll plug in when I get home this afternoon and have a good listen and report back.

Toby

EDIT: After having a listen (through headphones only)- I'd say it doesn't change any of the inherent tone...just boosts the tone that is already present. This took me a while... with the filter dialed all the way down on the neck pickup, the bass sounds so thick anyway- when I hit that +bass switch, it sure sounded thicker and bassier, but I can't say the "tone" was changed.

Another guy who could certainly give you lots of feedback on this would be Mark (8StringKing). He is a huge proponent of the quick change switches and bass/treble controls.

Hope this helps.

(Message edited by tbrannon on September 20, 2007)
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 559
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2007 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Finally pieced together a rig since our arrival back in the States in July. I'm loving the Bag End cabs-

rogue
crgaston
Senior Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 453
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2007 - 6:21 am:   Edit Post

Not one, but TWO cordless drills in the background. YOU da man. :-)

How are you liking the Bag Ends?
I'm ashamed to say I've never played through them. Are those 2 15's?
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 571
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2007 - 7:19 am:   Edit Post

Charles,

I bought the Hitachi one down in NZ- haven't picked up a step down transformer for the charger, so it gave me an excuse to get the other one.... =)

Those are both 15's- funny how the camera makes the bottom one seem smaller. To answer your question- I love 'em. I'm not much for describing tone, but they're very warm and musical to me. Same with the Ashdown head- I played a whole lot of heads and could have spent more money, but I ended up really liking the Ashdown MAG sound (kinda old school thumpy). I think the amp and cabs are a very nice match for the Alembic tone.
lmiwa
Junior
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 26
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

I am now the latest proud owner of this fine instrument!

After 30 years of playing bass, this is my first Alembic - but hopefully not my last!

'99 Alembic Rogue

Sorry for the lousy quality phonecam pic...
artswork99
Advanced Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 395
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations on your first Alembic Loch!
How do you like the large Phil Jones cabinets? I like the Briefcase tone but haven't heard the larger cabs. What are you using to drive those 24-5" Piranha's?
Play it Healthy!
Art

(Message edited by artswork99 on July 21, 2008)
lmiwa
Junior
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 27
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post

Art,

Over the years, I've used a number of different JBL loaded custom cabinets (8's, 10's, 12's, 15's, and 18's), a SWR 2x10 + 2x10 + 1x18 system run bi-amped in stereo, and now these PJB cabs. There is NO comparison! The cone area of these cabinets is the equivalent of a 2x10 plus 4x10, but with the drive/control capacity of 24 drivers. WAY better control of the low end with incredible mid and high end clarity - the perfect compliment for my new Alembic!

I'm using a Crest Audio LT 1000 bridged to drive them (6ohm load). Plenty of power for the church where I usually play.

Thanks,
Loch
artswork99
Advanced Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 398
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:38 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the feedback on those bad boys...
I have enjoyed what just two of the PJB 5" speakers can do so I could only imagine what the larger cabs have to offer.
Enjoy that bass!
Best, Art
basstard
Intermediate Member
Username: basstard

Post Number: 179
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 5:29 am:   Edit Post

Absolutely totally stunningly mind-blowingly jaw-droppingly eye-wateringly BEAUTIFUL!!!

I've been in love with Rogue shape sice the first time I saw it. Probably my favourite Alembic. Congrats!!!

I'm envious... a bit :-P
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6880
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, August 10, 2008 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post

Congrats Loch!!
lmiwa
Junior
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 47
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:32 am:   Edit Post

Some better pics...





basstard
Advanced Member
Username: basstard

Post Number: 231
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2008 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post

This is just awesome. I totally love Rogues (but only as 5 or 6-strings - the shape looks much better with a wider neck). Should you ponder upon selling it one day you know where to find me... ;-) (Not today though - rather next year or a bit later)
bassmanady
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Username: bassmanady

Post Number: 1
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Friday, December 25, 2009 - 4:12 pm:   Edit Post

I am now the latest proud owner of this bass,which now resides in the UK
Alembic Rogue

(Message edited by davehouck on January 02, 2010)
jcdlc72
Junior
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 20
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Friday, December 25, 2009 - 4:34 pm:   Edit Post

Mmm... is there anything wrong with that lovely Rogue? I've counted, judging by the posts, 4 owners already in only 3 and a half years...

I own, of my 12 basses, only one Alembic so far (lovely Epic 96 5er), and up to now I think it will have to be pried out from my stiff, cold dead hands...
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 403
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 12:36 pm:   Edit Post

Shure there is something wrong...

It is not mine!
2400wattman
Senior Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 761
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 9:14 pm:   Edit Post

I know two of the past owners sold it to help fund killer customs and the last owner bought a saawingin' series 2.
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1142
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, December 26, 2009 - 10:07 pm:   Edit Post

I'm one of the former owners. I bought if from club member Charles when he built his killer custom series II. I sold it to Loch to fund the build of my custom Elan and I know Loch sold it when he bought his series II.

This bass is awesome! The signature electronics + the quick change bass and treble switches is a GREAT setup. This is a super versatile bass and a fantastic playing and sounding guitar.
bassmanady
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Username: bassmanady

Post Number: 2
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 8:40 am:   Edit Post

This Rogue is my 49th bass and first Alembic,and i am very pleased with it,the B string is excellent,the balance is great,the neck profile is spot on for me,and it has the full rich sound i was looking for.
I found the electronics quite easy to get on with,after the initial doubt...oh yes,and finally great workmanship.
I like to have 3 basses,and an Alembic will definately be in the stable.
jcdlc72
Junior
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 21
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Sunday, December 27, 2009 - 1:19 pm:   Edit Post

There it is. Farufyno and I have found what's wrong with this bass, in both cases is the same thing. ;)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9103
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 9:11 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats Adrian!!
bassmanady
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Username: bassmanady

Post Number: 3
Registered: 12-2009
Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 3:05 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for your comments guys,i just cant stop playing this bass at every opportunity at the moment!
lmiwa
Advanced Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 283
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 - 7:26 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats, have have an absolutely AWESOME bass!!!

As Toby said, the ONLY reason I got rid of it was because I was able to acquire a Series II 5 string. And while I love the sound of my Series II, I will have to admit that this bass feels a lot "faster" and is much lighter. I could play it for hours...

If I had unlimited resources, I would NEVER have sold it! There's just something about your first Alembic...
bassmanady
New
Username: bassmanady

Post Number: 1
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Hi,I have just noticed the B string tuner is different from the rest,have any previous owners noticed this.I see it was on the bass in 2006 as seen on crgaston pic of the headstock,so i am intrigued,i assume it has been changed along the way for some reason,...now i know its wrong it really annoys me...Adyalembickeys 011.JPG
poor_nigel
Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 71
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 11:27 am:   Edit Post

The B string tuner looks like the new style Gotoh ones, while the rest look like the old style. The new style look more like classic Schallers keys, which I like much better than Gotoh's old style keys. It'll cost ya four new ones or one old one to get a matched set.

I see the brass is finally polished. The bass seems to have found its rightful owner. Nice bass, enjoy!

(Message edited by poor_nigel on February 20, 2010)
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2421
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 11:35 am:   Edit Post

Actually, the E-G tuners are the newer style, the B tuner is the style before that, which started in the early 90s, and which Gotoh discontinued a couple of years ago. Recently, they made a batch with the old ears, just for Alembic.
poor_nigel
Member
Username: poor_nigel

Post Number: 72
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 11:55 am:   Edit Post

Adriaan, are you sure on that? It would not be the first time I got something ass-backwards. I have a 2003 with the thicker keys and a 2006 with the Schaller-like keys. I talked to Mica on the phone a month or two back, and could swear she said the Schaller-like ones were the new ones. This could be bad news for me, if you are correct, as I planned on replacing the tuners on my 2003, as I do not like that style.

A bit off topic - I'm in the wasteland so I have no stores that even sell leather straps, much less have tuners to compare. Gotoh tuners have a larger mounting hole than Schaller M4's use. Does anyone know if Hipshots (Ultralites) have the same sized mounting hole as the Gotoh's? That would solve my 'problem' nicely!
bassmanady
New
Username: bassmanady

Post Number: 2
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 8:09 am:   Edit Post

In a 1997 Bassist review of the Rogue it was fitted with Gotoh tuners,so the B string on mine must be the original.Seems to me someone swapped on a four string.liking the Gotoh's and putting the newer ones on mine.I personally like the newer thicker ones,sos thats what i need.
crgaston
Senior Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 575
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 11:25 am:   Edit Post

Dang, Andy...I did not notice that with the tuner! And as the other previous owners have stated...not a darn thing wrong with 99Q12212! It's solid as a rock and versatile. Records well, too. The only thing I can think of is maybe it's "cursed" to make people buy more Alembics!

We will see...if Andy goes for an upgrade soon, then maybe we should be worried! lol
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 423
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, February 21, 2010 - 4:31 pm:   Edit Post

Its Mojo seems very strong, I'm feeling that I'm cursed too....
lmiwa
Advanced Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 291
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:21 pm:   Edit Post

hmm...

In all the time I played it, I never noticed the tuners being different! And I usually pick up on those type things. Wow!

Must have been too busy playing it! At least that's the excuse I'm going with. :-)
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1155
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 4:35 pm:   Edit Post

Wow- that makes three of us (Charles, Loch and myself) that didn't notice the different tuner. I think we all must have been so enamored with the sound that the tuner never pinged our radar.
lmiwa
Advanced Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 326
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Tuesday, July 03, 2012 - 7:34 pm:   Edit Post

Just curious where this bass is now and how she's faring. Any updates?

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