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Username: spacebass

Post Number: 9
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 9:14 am:   Edit Post

At a recent gig my Alembic picked up a country radio station which wasn't exactly the music that I was hoping to make. The close I got to my amp, the louder it became. Is this a common problem? Also my Spoiler tends to be on the treble side, I am having a hard time dialing in the low (feel it rather than hear it) sound. Any advice on how to make this thing thump?
Username: mica

Post Number: 2415
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 10:40 am:   Edit Post

Check and see if your pickup wires are feed throuhg a rather large grey cyllinder. Please email your shipping address if you don't have one and it should take care of it.

If you do have the cyllinder (a ferrite bead), then you'll need to send your electronics in for an upgrade.

To reduce the highs, turn the low-pass filter frequency knob (tone control) down. The range is from 350Hz - 6KHz, so if you turn it down, you will eliminate unwanted highs. Also, you might try using only the neck pickup.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 1690
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 10, 2005 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

On the treble question, in addition to what Mica said, inside the cavity you can adjust the trim pots to get more of the neck pickup and less of the bridge pickup.
Username: dmldds

Post Number: 32
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2005 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post

What Mica is talking about is something called a "ferrule". It shields your wiring from RF interference and you'll often see them on computers, scanners etc.

Understanding that parting with your Alembic can be traumatic, the other thing you can do is add a ferrule to your cord (guitar to amp). It helps alot. You can pick one up from Radioshack for about $5.00.

Username: sfnic

Post Number: 27
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, May 13, 2005 - 5:30 pm:   Edit Post

(Actually, a "ferrule" is an end-cap for a piece of threaded stock. A "ferrite bead" is an RF shield element.)


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