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Username: palomorado

Post Number: 8
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 11:40 pm:   Edit Post

i am shopping for fuzzes and have my eyes on some top pf the line boxes but i find that the great fuzzes only work well with passive basses.

i'm assuming that this has to do with an impendence issue.

so does my Essence send a high or low impedence signal out?
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Username: kungfusheriff

Post Number: 287
Registered: 8-2003
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 12:05 am:   Edit Post

Try the boxes, and listen. Every Alembic I've had (Spoilers and Series) has put out low, or line-level, impedence, which means I could jack the bass straight into a power amp or mixing console and get a "flat EQ" sound without issues.
If your Alembic's signal is too much for your favored fuzz, try cutting the volume control to taste, or adjust the trimpots that adjust the bass' output, which accomplishes largely the same effect but is harder to accomplish on the fly.
The best dirty tone I ever got on tape (with a non-Alembic bass) was through a Bellari tube mic pre into an ADAT. I imagine one of those would work well, considering they have input gain controls to match the signal, or you could go hog-wild and use a Z. Vex Fuzz Factory or Woolly Mammoth, which have the power to level small cities and/or spur psychedelic flashbacks.
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 159
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 4:01 am:   Edit Post

alembic pick-ups are all low impedence.
Username: palomorado

Post Number: 9
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post

well I'm looking at the Wooly Mammoth.
i have the Machine which is insane but doesn't quite go as crazy with the alembic as it does with my passive basses. still killer though!

i'll try it out today.
Username: jseitang

Post Number: 53
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 10:40 am:   Edit Post

hey try death by audio interstellar overdrive.....

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