Post Number: 1
|Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 11:05 am: |
I am new here. Firstly I wish to congratulate everyone for your great forum. I am a 47 year old bass player and have been playing the instrument since I was 16 yrs old. I currently own about 10 basses including vintage fender jazz, rickenbacker,gibson EB3, musicman, Wal and Yamaha. If I knew how good Alembics are I would have only aquired Wal and Alembic basses throughout my career as a musician.Well I owned my gorgeous Alembic Series II custom for about 2 years now.It is almost the perfect bass. Perfect in a way disimilar to most modern active basses like let say a warwick. It has a character and feel all of its own. I own half a dozen amps from Ampeg SVT to SWR and GK but unfortunately I only had time to play the alembic in mono tru a GK micro combo which I use for practice and in the studio swaping with an SWR Redhead at times.
My effects rack includes Furman, tc electronic, BBE, rane,rocktron, dbx and ashley equipement. I also use monster cables and EV speakers. Sorry to bore you with all this stuff but us bass players are usually equipement addicts so I thought I include some of my equipement. I never gigged with the Alembic it sounds so good I am almost terified to gig with it but I usually take my Wal Mk II for jazz or fusion gigs. Anyway I wish to thank Mica and Susan and all the guys at alembic for their help and support and also Beaver Felton at the Bass Central (awesome bass player).
Post Number: 841
|Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 11:10 am: |
I'd love to see some pictures of your series II,
...and look forward to seeing you around.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 11:18 am: |
Thanks for the warm welcome . I will be posting some pictures soon.
Post Number: 8703
|Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 11:25 am: |
Welcome to the board!
Post Number: 1649
|Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 11:50 am: |
Yeah some pics would be great. It's almost a rite of passage to provide pictures for us to enjoy.
Welcome and I hope you enjoy the friendly and informative nature of the forum.
Post Number: 831
|Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 12:49 pm: |
Welcome Saviour! Play em Healthy!
Post Number: 265
|Posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 5:19 pm: |
Saviour - welcome aboard.
Yes pictures,,, don't forget about the backside!
Post Number: 2409
|Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 4:31 am: |
Welcome to the club Saviour. Like everyone else, I can't wait to see pictures.
Post Number: 937
|Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 7:38 am: |
We're all waiting!!
Post Number: 1268
|Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 4:52 pm: |
Paul likes backsides
I prefer front, neck and head shots. Show us everything.
And welcome aboard, as others have already said...
Hope you stay and enjoy our little crowd a long time. We're here to celebrate music and communication.
(Message edited by dadabass2001 on September 09, 2009)
Post Number: 268
|Posted on Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 7:31 pm: |
I do Mike - there is something about it.
You know - the front is all business, hardware, controls, figured woods, strings, frets, inlays . . . the back is stripped down plain old function, it supports the front, a behind the scenes view of the raw instrument and there is something really (dare I say) sexy about that!!!
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 3:52 am: |
Thanks guys for the warm welcome . I will be posting some pics soon. I have to take some cool pictures of my alembic, wouldn`t want to disapoint you.
Post Number: 202
|Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 9:35 am: |
If it's not too much trouble, I'd like to see your Wal, too...
Oh, and welcome!
Post Number: 471
|Posted on Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 4:53 pm: |
Welcome to the club! I'll look at anything you wish to show us!
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 5:39 pm: |
Ok Eligilam I will post some pics of my Wal too. For the moment all I could tell you is that it is one of the first Mk II ever built. It has wenge facings and the pickups are a little closer to the bridge slightly closer. I opted for an ebony fretboard but steve at electricwood declined as he said the neck will warp as it was too stiff . He basically took my idea and built the red Wal for geddy Lee for the Roll The Bones tour a year or so later. He later told me that he replaced the hornbeam in the neck with a softer wood in geddy`s WAL . Anyway I am glad he opted for a rosewood fingerboard at the time cause my Wal sounds great.
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 - 5:51 pm: |
Wal basses are great eh. The closest thing you can get to an Alembic. They used to be called the poor man`s Alembic.In my opinion they are a different beast.The lower mids are so prenounced and stable they make a bass player drool if you know what I mean just great. Very difficult to amplify live though.They sound great with GK amps but seem to match best directly through a great PA boosted at 1.3K. At least that is what I found best from my humble experience.