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Username: ottotrontor

Post Number: 3
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 5:35 pm:   Edit Post

Iím a new Alembic owner Ė I just picked up an í87 Spoiler (not a Persuader - I can't seem to edit the topic). After spending some time w/ it, Iím not as happy w/ the tonal range as I was expecting Ė Iíve played other Alembics and really dug the Q filter, and was able to easily dial in some ideal tones across a broad range. (My Persuader has a PU selector, volume, filter, and Q switch.) The main sound Iím looking for (admittedly, difficult to describe tone) is a muted almost fretless sound. My Persuader comes close (with the filter dialed between 1/3 and 1/2 of the way between muffled and bright), but itís not quite there. Also, on the Persuader, the muffled isnít as muffled as the other Alembics Iíve heard, and the bright isnít quite as bright.

So Ė Iím wondering if an electronics upgrade would make sense. Iíve read many of the threads in the forum, but havenít really learned enough to make an informed decision. Iíll keep digging through the archives, but any opinions on options would be greatly appreciated.

Peace, and thanks.

(Message edited by ottotrontor on December 09, 2005)
Username: valvil

Post Number: 804
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Friday, December 09, 2005 - 7:45 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Peter,

you might benefit from swapping the selector switch for either a pan or a second volume. That would give you a much wider sonic palette to choose from. That way you can control how much of each pickup you want in your sound.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 2767
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 10, 2005 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post

I like Val's suggestion. In the meantime, you could try changing the gains of the pickups relative to each other by adjusting the trim pots inside the control cavity. Also, changing the pickup heights will change the tone.

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