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Username: inferno

Post Number: 27
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Saturday, December 06, 2008 - 10:02 am:   Edit Post

There is a big price defferance from a from series 1 and 2 electronics vs. tribute guitar elec. is there that much defferance? if someone could give me the juice thats played both would be awesome i am thinking about series 2 for my next guitar
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 419
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, December 07, 2008 - 12:34 pm:   Edit Post

Hmm, I've never played either, but I have played with a SF-2, which is like having series II electronics in a rack unit, and I have played a Skylark, which has the same pickup controls as a tribute, minus the third pickup and effects loop. I also owned a Orion Baritone, which had a volume, pan, filter, q switch setup, which is similar in some respects to series one electronics, with the exception that this is not stereo, and both pickups share the volume, filter, and the q-switch. Previous to this setup, it had a typical volume, bass, treble, pickup selector setup. So while I cannot really answer your question as posed, I might be able to provide some insight based on my experience with Alembic electronics. In my opinion, the electronics which are based on filters with adjustable q's (most like series I and series II), are more intuitive and expressive than those based on the volume, filter, on/off/bright set up. Even though I've never played a Series Alembic, I think I have come to appreciate why these instruments are the top of their line.

I think you will find that the different electronics serve a different functionality though. Series electronics will achieve just about every tone under the spectrum, if you have the time to work it out. Tribute electronics may be a bit more friendly in a live situation, where you can make use of the effects loop advantages and quick tone change switches. It all really is a matter of preference though.

(Message edited by hydrargyrum on December 07, 2008)

(Message edited by hydrargyrum on December 07, 2008)
Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 63
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 - 9:08 pm:   Edit Post

I have a Series I guitar from 77, and a Rogue bass, which has the newer filter configuration. The filter sweep on the series I has a much more intense impact on the sound, than the filter on my Rogue bass. It could be because one is a guitar, and the other a bass, but I have a feeling you would find the same difference between the Rogue and a Seres I bass.
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 430
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 6:24 am:   Edit Post

Interesting. I wonder what effect the quick tone changes might have upon that, if they have the same frequency ranges, etc.

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