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Username: mtjam

Post Number: 4
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

I just got my first Alembic last week, an 83 Distillate, and played my first gig with it on Friday night. Looks like I have a new #1 bass! I'm really impressed with the feel and sound of this bass. Although it's a little on the heavy side, it balances pretty well with a wide strap. I still need to look inside at the electronics; maybe a little trim pot adjustment would give it a little more oomph.

Anyway, just here to say that I am extremely happy to be an Alembic owner!
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Username: pauldo

Post Number: 710
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 2:36 pm:   Edit Post

Rob -
That is awesome!
Welcome to the club.
Distillate's are a ton of fun.
Please go here:
and post pictures of your new favorite thang.
Username: redcloud

Post Number: 86
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 3:27 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats on your new bass. Well done! You do know though that frequently one Alembic usually leads to another.
Username: hammer

Post Number: 94
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 9:02 pm:   Edit Post

No question about it, you always fondly remember your first love, and for me it was a Distillate. While I still lust for and someday will eventually find an SC, I don't think I could ever sell my first Alembic (an 86' D).
Intermediate Member
Username: rjmsteel

Post Number: 175
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 9:17 am:   Edit Post

Alumni: `81D.
1st Alembic too, bought it new...
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 2164
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post

81 single pickup here ________love it too !
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10436
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 4:43 pm:   Edit Post

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Username: southpaw

Post Number: 255
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 3:15 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats Rob and welcome to the Distillate club. I have an '86 coco bolo, I love it. Your '83 has a shorter upper horn, the upper horn was lengthened in '85 to help the balance issue. As you discovered, a wide strap will help fix that on the early ones. A little heavy yes, but what a great feel and tone range! Feel free to ask the gang here for help setting up the trim pots/electronics, we have a lots of veterans here who are happy to help. Enjoy!
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 5
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 6:56 pm:   Edit Post

Just got to play my newest bass for an extended period of time again last night, and I continue to be amazed by its sound. I did go inside the electronics cavity, and one of the trim pots is already turned up all the way. I'm not bold enough, nor do I have a steady enough hand, to do the mod to increase the output of the bass, so I guess I'll just need to turn up the volume on my amp! The output is really not all that low, I guess I just expected it would be louder.

Haven't had a chance to take any pics yet (it's hard to get anything done when my 2 year old daughter is so busy!), so here's a link to the bass I bought:


I really think I am now done looking for other basses, unless it's another Alembic!

Great to be a member of the club; enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 1093
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 1:44 pm:   Edit Post

That sure is a pretty example of zebra wood. Enjoy it in good health.
Username: bassthang

Post Number: 33
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 7:34 am:   Edit Post

I'm gad you're enjoying it Rob, and that it's getting the playing time I wasn't going to give it.
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 9
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Tommy! The bass is getting as much play as I can give it, and I am enjoying it a lot. Hope all is well with you.

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