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Username: lovguitar

Post Number: 1
Registered: 7-2013
Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 - 6:04 pm:   Edit Post

Hi -- I am new to the club and found it because I am helping a good friend get his newly purchased Alembic Distillate bass up and properly running. It is a beautiful instrument and he is very excited about having been able to purchase it. I have played and worked on many guitars and basses but never an Alembic. I am very impressed and more than a little puzzled but that's why I'm here and ready to learn. Thanks for the community and for your willingness to welcome newbies and share. Cheers -- Paul Cassone
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Username: that_sustain

Post Number: 211
Registered: 8-2012
Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 - 10:54 pm:   Edit Post

Greetings and welcome to the Alembic Club.

I'm one of the Distillate guys, here. These models, like all Alembics...are easy to work with and set up. There are tips from club members and moderators(some of them work at the "factory") on how to fix dings and dents, and how to do neck adjustments. My advice for the neck work, is to take it slow.

There is also advice from A-list professional musicians, on occasion.

Wait 'till your friend hears his Distillate thru a direct box at a gig, or recording.

Username: lovguitar

Post Number: 2
Registered: 7-2013
Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 8:27 am:   Edit Post

Daniel - thanks for your response. Yes, I get the idea about doing neck adjustments slowly. This one needs a bit of relief added -- the neck is too straight. Maybe an eigth of a turn loosening each truss rod to start and then watch it over a few days. I have played it through a GK 400RB and an Epifani bottom and it sounds amazing although the wiring needs some attention - A switch was replaced and perhaps some mods made. Looking forward to getting this in primo shape for my buddy Mike.
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3524
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 5:27 pm:   Edit Post

Try going through this, it should help.

Welcome to the club
Username: lovguitar

Post Number: 3
Registered: 7-2013
Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 8:15 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks jazzyvee! Great stuff!
Username: lovguitar

Post Number: 4
Registered: 7-2013
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 8:22 pm:   Edit Post

I've been working on the Distillate bass for my friend Mike. We got the schematics and a new bass boost switch (double pole double throw bass boost switch) which was pre-wired but doesn't match either the schematics or what's inside this bass. Would anyone be kind enough to share either a detailed photo showing the wiring of the treble and bass boost switches or a "layout" drawing? This would be most appreciated!!
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1886
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Can you provide some close up pics of the control cavity? With these someone here should be able to see what you have and be able to provide more information.

Username: lovguitar

Post Number: 8
Registered: 7-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 9:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Keith -- here are some close up pics. I re-wired this much more neatly than it was originally wired and it works, but I'm not sure that the bass boost switch is working properly. Thank you for your help!

Distillate Bass
close up of control cavity -- bass boost and treble boost
Control Cavity
[edit for picture alignment]

(Message edited by adriaan on August 01, 2013)

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