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Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:04 pm:   Edit Post


As of yesterday morning, I acquired my first Alembic - a Stanley Clarke Signature Deluxe with quilted maple top & back - so I thought it would be appropriate to share my good fortune with all of you here.

I started pursuing this goal about 35 years ago after seeing Phil Lesh, Jack Casady and Stanley playing Alembics in the mid-70's and it feels amazing to finally have one of my own.

I celebrated by playing it for the first time last night. The experience was a revelation of sorts as it has caused me to re-think all aspects of my playing from technique to how I approach tone.

I play fingerstyle and have used everything from Fender to Rickenbaker to Music Man to PRS. The Alembic is like nothing else I've ever played before - more responsive, more articulate and capable of greater nuance - VERY touch-sensitive.

It made me feel simultaneously like a beginner and a player with far greater experience than I currently possess - if that makes any sense.

I look forward to corresponding with you and sharing the joy that this amazing instrument has given me.
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2970
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome David, my first Alembic was a Stanley Clarke Signature Deluxe bass too and that was a revelation in sound and playability.
I think you have made a great choice on your alembic entry. Two filters make some great sonic possibilities.

We love photo's of new alembics so can I be the first to request/suggest that you , Check out the Showcase - Signature bass section and post some photo's when you get a chance.

Intermediate Member
Username: hammer

Post Number: 159
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:21 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club David! If you are like most of the fine people here, your SC will be your first but not your last Almebic.
Advanced Member
Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 347
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post

I know what you mean about the touch-sensitive quality of Alembics, David. It took me about a year to get over the "Fender fingers" I acquired in years of playing Jazzes to get the fingering precision needed on an Alembic. You simply cannot hide anything on an Alembic!
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 2
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

hifi - "Fender fingers" - that's a great description and exactly how it felt. Prior to getting the SC, I'd been "working out" fairly regularly on a '57 Precision reissue with a huge neck. Lotsa room to hide in all that maple.

jazzy - pix coming soon. I thought a long time before making the choice and last night confirmed that it was the right one!

hammer - your prediction is accurate. It may take awhile, but there will be a companion to the SC.
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 1128
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 4:12 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations! I began my Alembic journey 10 years ago this year, I also have a Stanley Clarke. Enjoy!

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