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Username: steve4765630

Post Number: 4
Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 10:07 pm:   Edit Post

I recently got a used Epic 6 string and am amazed at the tone. I couldn't pinpoint it at first, but I think I've come up with the correct word. Pure. The tone is so transparent and focused. It's almost like the other basses I've played we're clouded and not speaking the way they should. I know that the Epic has the simplest electronic layout, but still feel that I can coax many great tones out of it and am amazed how little I even need to touch the EQ. The flat setting always seems to be perfect. I was just wondering if any of you experienced this with your Alembic?
Username: palmann

Post Number: 37
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 4:00 am:   Edit Post

I use all my basses basically in flat setting. If I want an other sound, I try to do it with my fingers first or I try an other instrument. If I need to tweak the tone control, I don't want that sound.

There may be some exceptions to this rule. :o)

Gruesse, Pablo
Username: albrecht

Post Number: 39
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:09 pm:   Edit Post

hi steve! Iīve had the same experince - the people that I play with love when I play my 6str Epic (rather than some of my other very nice basses) just because they can hear what I do so much better. Definition? Sound structure? You name it...itīs the magic of ALEMBIC!
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 136
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2006 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post

It all comes back to the whole original mission of Alembic -to produce/reproduce sound as clearly, completely, and accurately as possible -without comprimise.
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Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 132
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Monday, April 17, 2006 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post

A recent post talks about the inability to "add" to the Signature electronics. What would anyone want to add to a tone a pure as Alembic? When basses are made of resin and composites, yes, I'd want to add to it too since there can't be much to start with. With the tonewoods used by Alembic, I want the wood to do the talking.

I guess that's a problem with Steinways, Martins, and Strad's as well. There's no active mid control.

Just my thoughts,


(Message edited by lidon2001 on April 17, 2006)
Username: strangerones

Post Number: 55
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 6:43 pm:   Edit Post

I believe I understand this "purity" you're talking about. The bass player I play with sometimes complains about my guitar cutting through the mix too well, or being too clean...causing their own tone to sound muddy by comparison.

Now I just tell them to bite the bullet and buy some better equipment. :-)

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