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Username: enzo

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2009 - 6:01 pm:   Edit Post

Hi everybody, I've been reading for a few days all kinds of post on this board and I find them really interesting. I've been dreaming an Alembic for many years but now maybe it's time to look into it seriously, although the budget doesn't allow me a new one ! I like Spoiler and Distillate, I think one of this 2 will be mine. Btw my name is Enzo and I live in Chicago.
Username: peoplechipper

Post Number: 73
Registered: 2-2009
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 1:25 am:   Edit Post

Enzo, BUY ONE!!!! I love my Distillate SOO much!! I guess ya gotta decide what scale you like - I like 32" scale...

Seriously, everyone who's played my bass has wanted it and hopes I'll sell it...not bloody likely! They'll have to find their own...

Really...BUY ONE!!! they are the nicest basses you will likely ever play! Tony
Username: gregduboc

Post Number: 54
Registered: 11-2008
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 9:08 am:   Edit Post

Hey there Enzo...
Well, I have a Distillate as well. And guess what? You have to get one!!! While Tony's is a medium scale, mine is short. You should try around, to see what suits you best...
But indeed, you came to a place where absolutely everyone is going to tell you: BUY ONE!!!
Hope to see it in the showcase thread soon!

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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 624
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 9:11 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the forum. You will not be sorry with an Alembic!
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1076
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 9:16 am:   Edit Post

Hi Enzo,
Welcome to the club from a west suburban neighbor. Whatever you decide, your first Alembic will be a lifetime memory.
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7859
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 9:21 am:   Edit Post

Hi Enzo, welcome to the board!
Username: enzo

Post Number: 3
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2009 - 10:52 pm:   Edit Post

Hey ! Thanks everybody for the warm welcome. Looking forward to post a new thread in the showcase !
Username: goop

Post Number: 41
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 6:57 am:   Edit Post

Enzo, welcome! After I decided what Alembic I wanted, an early Distillate, it took a lot of searching. They are all unique, so the more specific you get in your search will make it that much more difficult to find. There are so many beautiful Alembics. I am most impressed with the way it plays effortlessly and the tones. It is so easy to sound good. The medium scale helps me. I might even like a short scale. Whatever you decide, you can't go wrong. Check out the EVH body, but good luck trying to find one.

Username: enzo

Post Number: 7
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:58 pm:   Edit Post

Colin, I went for a Spoiler and I'm really happy for the choice. I'm stunned of the way it sounds, the growl is breathtaking and like you say, it plays effortlessly. Also is very easy to get the sound you want, that tone knob is magic ! I can only imagine how a Series can sound ! I saw the EVH body and I like it a lot. Mmmm, need to talk to my banker :-)
PS: There are a couple of pics in the Showcase.

(Message edited by enzo on April 20, 2009)
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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 871
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 1:57 pm:   Edit Post

Welcome, and have fun with your Alembic.
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 18
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 6:40 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Enzo,
I bet you can't take your hands off of that bass!
I own a short scale series I Distillate and I have to play it at least 2hrs daily!
Welcome to the party baby! Keep it groovin low and in the pocket!

Chalie Holmes
Username: enzo

Post Number: 9
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 8:42 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Chalie,
thank you so much for the welcome ! I'm really happy to be part of the Alembic family.
You're totally right, I can't put it down, my wife says that when I play it I look hypnotized haha !
I'm already looking for another one, this time will be a Distillate ( can't afford a Series, yet ! ). I'm trying to understand the differences, I've posted this question on your thread also.
Username: goop

Post Number: 47
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 5:51 am:   Edit Post


Congrats! That is a sweet looking Spoiler. I hope you get your Distillate as well, so you can explain the differences in feel and sound to me. I cant stop playing either.

I would like to check out a short scale with the thinnest neck available. If I could change anything on my bass it would be the neck thickness. My Distillate has is the thickest neck I have played on any 4 string.

Guys, what is the thinnest Alembic neck and would a thinner neck change the tone at all? How can I tell what neck thickness my bass has?

Username: enzo

Post Number: 12
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 9:30 pm:   Edit Post

thank you. I'm sure that if you liked the 32" scale, you'll like the short scale too which is only an inch and 1/4 shorter. I never tryed a short scale either but I feel I would like it. It's all down to personal taste though, it's hard to say. Soundwise, I'm not sure if there would be any difference.
I think there will be an Alembic meeting 30 miles away from me the end of May. Can't miss it, it'll be a great chance to learn. I'll bring lots of paper towel to try to stop the drools.
I just hope it's confirmed !

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