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hgregs
Junior
Username: hgregs

Post Number: 17
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post

... my first alembic is on it's way to me (hopefully not longer than a week). it's a 1994 europa 5 string w/ 15.5mm spacing at the bridge, coco bolo top, and red leds!

still would like to get my hands on a 5st series, but this should keep me satisfied for a while.

btw - i'm in CT.

adriaan
Moderator
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2684
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 11:23 am:   Edit Post

Impressive looking beast!
artswork99
Moderator
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1320
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 1:39 pm:   Edit Post

Greg, Congratulations! A very nice bass - great looking top, Play it Healthy! Art
charles_holmes
Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 80
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:10 pm:   Edit Post

Very Nice indeed!
Maybe you could get it converted to a series?
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 7054
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:14 pm:   Edit Post

Three things...

1. Nice lookin' bass!

2. I think it's Bocate, but will have to check the file to confirm.

3. Sorry (chalie), this bass isn't thick enough to convert to Series.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9864
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:22 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful bass! Congrats!
hgregs
Junior
Username: hgregs

Post Number: 18
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

emailed the seller, and in fact it is a bocate top. nice catch. based on a quick search, a lot of people confuse bocate for cocobolo. will post a serial number / build request. separately.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2242
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 8:32 am:   Edit Post

You are gonna enjoy that bass, I have one just the same and it's a great instrument fairly heavy but not uncomfortable and balances perfectly.

I see this is your first Alembic too what a great introduction to the alembic family sound.
Jazzyvee

(Message edited by jazzyvee on November 21, 2010)
dadabass2001
Senior Member
Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1511
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 - 7:43 am:   Edit Post

Hi Greg. Congratulations and welcome to the club. Enjoy your new beauty!
Mike
krystoof
Intermediate Member
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 101
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post

Bonjour, Greg!
Welcome in the Alembicians family!
Greetings from France!..
All the bass't
Xtof
hgregs
Junior
Username: hgregs

Post Number: 20
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 12:33 pm:   Edit Post

thanks all for the warm welcome. i just got my europa yesterday. sounds awesome. one thing i noticed vs other basses i've played is the lack of body vibration. strike a string on another bass, and i can feel the whole body vibrate. the alembic, however, is steady as a rock. i guess that means the energy is kept within the strings and does not dissipate through the body - probably a function of the neck-through design and the strong purpleheart laminates. another thing - it sounded like an alembic before i even plugged it in.
keurosix
Senior Member
Username: keurosix

Post Number: 424
Registered: 10-2005
Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2010 - 10:05 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats Greg on the Europa! I have an '02 6 string with quilt maple top. It has a wide neck with eleven maple purpleheart lams! I can definitely feel the bass through my whole upper body! You will need some time to understand the electronics fully. The Europa has a lot of great sounding combinations, but most powerful are the bass and treble 3 way switches. The middle position is flat, switched up is a cut, and switched down is a boost. I think someone told me it is a 6 db change in each position. You will find out soon enough that thoses two switches can raise the bar on outstanding sounds. Combined with the classic Alembic low-pass filter and pickup blend, you'll be finding new sounds for a long time! Hope you have an extended range cabinet that can handle the low end - it's awesome! I got my Europa at G-Guitars in New Haven, and I too am in CT.
Keurosix
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2259
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, December 05, 2010 - 5:44 am:   Edit Post

It will be good to get your view on it once you have gigged with it.
Contratulations on your new Alembic

Jazzyvee
hgregs
Junior
Username: hgregs

Post Number: 47
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 12:42 pm:   Edit Post

it's been about a year and a half now, and i've got everything dialed in pretty nicely. love the europa at gigs. putting it through a kern preamp, sf2 in the tube f/x loop - here's a recent soundboard recording of my band i wanted to show off. we just got the presonus studiolive.

http://archive.org/download/sb2012-04-20.sbd_flac/sbb_120420_d01t08.mp3
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 553
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 12:46 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Greg, I couldn't get the link to open.
hgregs
Junior
Username: hgregs

Post Number: 48
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 12:59 pm:   Edit Post

hey rusty... not sure why it's not working... it should just download an mp3 from archive.org. but you can go to the player and play "hard to handle" or really any tune from the gig here...

http://archive.org/details/sb2012-04-20.sbd_flac

thanks for listening!!
rustyg61
Senior Member
Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 554
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 1:07 pm:   Edit Post

That one works! Great sound on the Europa! That's a nice arrangement of Hard To Handle too!
hgregs
Junior
Username: hgregs

Post Number: 49
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

thanks rusty... loving the tone. that arrangement is loosely based the dead's early 70s (pigpen) versions.

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