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Username: sinador

Post Number: 7
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 5:11 pm:   Edit Post

I recently purchased an absolutely beautiful Alembic Essence bass with Europa electronics. However, after trying it out on my rigs, I am not happy with the tone. Granted, the Q-switch and filtering are new concepts for me, but I have spent the past few days experimenting with the tones and I am not satisfied. I have an Epic bass that sounds great and I was hoping to continue my quest for the "best" tone by upgrading to a higher-end Alembic bass.

This bass is in mint condition and you can see some additional photos of it at

Red L.E.D. fret markers on the neck side.
Polished brass hardware
MXY pickups
mono 1/4" output
master volume
filter frequency control

Top Laminate: Macassar Ebony
Accent Wood: Maple, Purple Heart
Body Wood: Ash
Neck Woods: Maple, Purple Heart, Ebony
Fingerboard: Ebony

Also comes with a black tolex rectangle case.

Anyway, I am testing the waters to see if anyone is interested in buying this bass. If so, please email you offers and I will consider them. I am still evaluating this bass and still might consider keeping it.

Essence 1
Essence 2
Essence 3
Essence 4
Essence 5

(Message edited by davehouck on March 15, 2009)
Username: markstanley

Post Number: 3
Registered: 6-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 4:28 am:   Edit Post

Lovely bass,too many strings for me though. Good luck with the sale!
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Username: bsee

Post Number: 2229
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 4:41 pm:   Edit Post

That is a beauty. If I am remembering correctly, it was on eBay recently and offered as near new condition by someone who was using it in a recording studio.

Is there anything we can do to talk about tones and settings with you and see if you can get some ideas to put you closer to what you're looking for? I have to say that is an unusual wood combination to mix all that ebony with an ash core, and I'm sure that factors into the tonal palette.

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Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 987
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 5:24 pm:   Edit Post

If I didn't have one in the oven, I'd be all over this. Good luck with the sale.
Username: sinador

Post Number: 8
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 6:46 pm:   Edit Post

Well, I think I am making some progress. I spoke to an individual named John, who recommended that I take off the back cover and look at the two pot's. So, I got a screwdriver and tweaked around with the pot's for several minutes and the bass now sounds 100 percent better (thanks John).

And yes, this was the bass that was recently on eBay. This bass is an absolutely beautiful bass and I am now worried about playing it a gigs. If I decided to keep it, maybe I will just use it for home studio work (all I need now is a home studio).
Username: rodneyat

Post Number: 5
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Sunday, March 15, 2009 - 6:51 pm:   Edit Post

So, what did you do with the pots? Inquiring minds want to know. ;)
Username: scotty1

Post Number: 11
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 1:56 am:   Edit Post

Great-looking bass!

Have you a ballpark figure in mind for selling?

I have an Epic 5, which is great, but would like to "move up."
Username: jphilauren

Post Number: 46
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 3:42 am:   Edit Post

Steve glad that info helped on tweaking the sound. Best thing to do is to try to bring the electronics, pickup height etc to factory specs and then go from there. It's amazing how often a previous owner will screw around with their bass to make it sound like something else and totally screw up a great bass. Good luck, that bass looks great! John
Username: mica

Post Number: 5951
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 10:35 am:   Edit Post

Also - don't underestimate the power of strings as a tone control. You can really change the tone dramatically depending on the material, construction and manufacturer of strings.
Username: sinador

Post Number: 9
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2009 - 12:19 pm:   Edit Post

I am considering keeping the bass; so I have not really thought of a selling price. However, if you are interested in buying this bass, you can email me an offer at
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 428
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 6:50 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah, Steve, that'll do it - I've always found that messing with the pot makes any instrument sound better!


What's that? You said "pots"? Oh, OK - that, too.
Username: sinador

Post Number: 10
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 6:07 am:   Edit Post

I appreciate the interest in this bass and apologize for making it difficult for bidders to make offers on it considering that it is a very unique bass.

Thus, if you are interested in purchasing this bass, I would be willing to sell it for $4,200.00 + $60.00 shipping. I will only ship within the continental US and accept Paypal as payment.

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