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swrmalkin
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Username: swrmalkin

Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2013
Posted on Friday, October 04, 2013 - 5:52 am:   Edit Post

Baught this around 1995.
I Play loads of other Basses but allways end up coming back to the Alembic
growlypants
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Post Number: 59
Registered: 3-2011
Posted on Friday, October 04, 2013 - 7:20 am:   Edit Post

Wow! Staring at that unusual LED arrangement, I realize how much sense it makes!!
swrmalkin
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Registered: 10-2013
Posted on Saturday, October 05, 2013 - 1:05 am:   Edit Post

I read somewhere that Sims LEDís when he started in 1994 bought a couple of Alembics to fit and show his LEDís,
So donít know this might be one of those Alembics.
Itís also got different actives to a normal Essence, Bass, Treble, Pan & Volume.
cje
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Username: cje

Post Number: 143
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, October 05, 2013 - 8:13 am:   Edit Post

Wow, that's like the LED version of Diamond-Eyed Jack's fingerboard. Love it! And is it any surprise that you keep coming back to this bass??
swrmalkin
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Posted on Tuesday, October 08, 2013 - 6:17 am:   Edit Post

found the receipt today I actually got the bass in 1998.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3440
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 1:14 am:   Edit Post

Love the sims Andrew. Welcome to the club. if you're ever playing north of the border let me know.

Graeme
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3668
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 5:27 am:   Edit Post

I'm in the midlands so please post any of your gigs in the gig section and I'll try to get along.

Jazzyvee
swrmalkin
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Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 - 11:58 pm:   Edit Post

just fitted Flatwound strings, loving the bottom end and Punch. Not fighting with the Guitars in the mix anymore.
swrmalkin
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Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 2:07 am:   Edit Post

Gigs now posted.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3672
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 9:10 am:   Edit Post

Watch out for the drooling alembic fan. It will be good to hear an alembic from the crowd for a change.

Jazzyvee
swrmalkin
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Posted on Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

I'll keep a look out. Just hope the flatwounds sound as good live as they did at rehearsal.
mike13
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Username: mike13

Post Number: 130
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 5:09 am:   Edit Post

They will had on them a S2 & Essence for 20 years
lembic76450
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Username: lembic76450

Post Number: 340
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 2:07 pm:   Edit Post

Well, you have all inspired me. I have been wanting to try the Thomastik Jazz Flats for a long time and ordered a 5 string set for my Essence this morning. Should be in for my gig this weekend. It is a leap of faith with a hefty price tag. The rest of the world can't be wrong, right?
mtjam
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Username: mtjam

Post Number: 94
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 - 4:18 pm:   Edit Post

I think you'll like the TI flats. They were on the first Alembic I bought, and I have since put them on every other Alembic I have.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3444
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 1:01 am:   Edit Post

Kenn. Just wondering if you already use flats of somoe sort? If not, I'd wait till after your gig to change. I changed from roundwound to flats on my rogue fretless the day before a gig and almost ruined the night. The feel was so different I had no idea where my fingers were and they didn't move the same as with roundwounds. Took me a week or so of constant practice to get used to them.

Graeme
lembic76450
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Post Number: 341
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 9:14 am:   Edit Post

Graeme, Thanks for the heads-up. I have tried Chromes a few times, but, I don't care for the feel/tension. I will let you know, sorry for the hi-jack, Andrew.
swrmalkin
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Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 - 2:26 am:   Edit Post

No Prob's.
Played with them on Saturday at a pub we regularly play, and they sounded great!
All the people said that it was the clearest they have ever heard us, we allways got comments before 0n how good the sound was, so apparently it just got even better, and we only use a vocal pa. And the wife said some of the really low notes you could feel them in your chest "nice".
The flats take me out of the guitars eq, so we are not all fighting for the same frequencies so we all have more space in the mix.
I'm using Picato 40-125s at the moment they have no ring just nice and smooth, don't do the slap bass like I used to.
I tried a set of Fender flats they sounded nice but the taper wound B was really bad it just kept buzzing on the bridge, so I fitted it to my Overwater and Peavey Cirrus same result, contacted Fender they say the core is most probably thinner than most taper wound strings so I'll need to have all my saddles reset, makes them a really expensive set of strings!
Never had that trouble with any other taper wound string, so I fitted the other 4 strings to my Tobias and it sounds nice.
So if using a 5 string avoid Fender Taper wounds,the B might not work with your bridge.

Andy.

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