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mcdonger
Junior
Username: mcdonger

Post Number: 31
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

I just bought this bass today. I'm wondering if any club members can give me some insight into this bass. I never knew Alembic made a SC five string.



(Message edited by davehouck on March 24, 2008)
pierreyves
Advanced Member
Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 262
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 1:58 pm:   Edit Post

huh .. look at the tailpiece ... always out of center ....
byoung
Senior Member
Username: byoung

Post Number: 997
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 7:41 pm:   Edit Post

They have made five-, and even six- string Stanley models.

I met a guy in Melbourne, Australia that was busking in a "pedestrian block". It was a little weird for me to run into someone playing an Alembic on the street; it was a very distinctive experience (he played with a looper, and a battery+inverter powered amp).

Anyhow, he had a Stanley 5-string.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1135
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 3:03 am:   Edit Post

I've seen a 5 string stanley around on ebay in the past but it was string with a high C, which I more likely how I would string it personally.
My concern would be how the B-string would feel under my fingers. I assume quite loose. Also these basses are not the best at balancing with neck dive a reality so I would imagine with that extra weight in the headstock it would dive a bit more.

That said it is a heck of a bass you have there.
Supid question but , How does it sound? :-)

Jazzyvee
keurosix
Advanced Member
Username: keurosix

Post Number: 269
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 4:14 am:   Edit Post

That's a beauty, Congrats! All Alembics are made to order so whoever originally bought the guitar wanted 5 strings, even though it's a specific model. You still can have things your way, weather you specify one thing custom or a bunch, sky's the limit. Pierre, look at the end of the fingerboard: the strings balance really well across the width of the board, giving more room for the lower and thicker strings. The tailpiece goes where it has to as a compromise so that the strings go straight off the bridge. A minor cosmetic issue.
Kris
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6369
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 9:02 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats Donald! I love that grain pattern!
mcdonger
Junior
Username: mcdonger

Post Number: 32
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 6:38 pm:   Edit Post

The tail piece being not exactly in the center is not a big deal for me at all. I'm a little off center myself anyway.
hieronymous
Advanced Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 358
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 11:00 am:   Edit Post

Hey, I have a similar Stanley Clarke five-string, except - no signature! How did you get yours signed?
dannobasso
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 812
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

Its a decal.
hieronymous
Advanced Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 359
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 1:40 pm:   Edit Post

Good to know - thanks! I was considering taking mine to the SMV show in San Francisco...
rami
Senior Member
Username: rami

Post Number: 836
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 6:35 pm:   Edit Post

I don't really understand the origin of the SC signature model. He plays a Series I 4 string. If I were to order A SC replica, it wouldn't be the "Signature" model. Although as all Alembics go, that's a real beauty.

Enjoy,

:-)
hieronymous
Advanced Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 360
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 - 7:46 pm:   Edit Post

I don't get it either rami, but I'm in love with mine! It's pretty much what I was plugging into the quote generator on my own, minus Series I electronics. I'll post pics in a new thread.

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