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long
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Username: long

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, July 26, 2008 - 1:41 pm:   Edit Post

Hello,I purchased this bass 3 weeks ago in France for 1700. It is my first Alembic. I am happy with it but I find out somthing strange on the electronics : 3 ways tone controls (bass/mid/treble) + vol and Pan. Have you got some information about that ? Thanks. 91K6948
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6870
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, August 08, 2008 - 8:17 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Phil; looking at the picture, and given your description, my guess is that the electronics have been replaced with non-Alembic controls.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5710
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 - 3:14 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Phil,

Here's what I found in the file:

BUILD RECORD
top: Flame Maple
accent: Walnut pinstripe
body: Maple
through body neck: 3-piece Maple, 34" long scale
fingerboard: Ebony
pickups: 2 Alembic MXY
controls: Essence (volume, pan, filter, mono output)
originally made for: Bass Centre, Los Angeles
birthday: December 20, 1991

It was returned to us in 1993 by an owner that lived in California. His note to us states: "midrange/slap ability. Needs new pickups?" We show return shipping, a week later, but I'm sorry that there's no detail of modifications.

If you post a picture of the inside of the electronics cavity, I can let you know if the electronics were made by us, or if any of the original circuit is intact.

As an all-Maple neck-through bass, the tone should be clean, clear, and quite bright. Even without amplification, the bass will not naturally produce much midrange due to construction (neck-through) and material (all Maple).
long
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Username: long

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, November 28, 2008 - 3:17 am:   Edit Post

Hi Mica.
Thank you so much.
I had a look inside:not very clean: there is a black little round box named " fooltone 3 bands preamp". The balance pot is still alembic but not the others (MEC). The output level is a low but there is no noise nor hum and the trebles are very clear, the bass deeps and very powerful. I like the sounds of it maybe some day I'll try to give it back Alembic circuitry. You are right about the midrange, no need to cut them and the slap is wonderful on it.

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