Post Number: 1
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 4:51 pm: |
Hello, fellow alembic lovers!
My Alembic Élan is 20 years on December 5th.
I put the order in with Alembic in August of 1990, and I picked her up from The Bass Centre (L.A.) on December 05, 1990.
Here are some specs:
Maple body core, walnut and quilted maple top
Maple and purple heart 5-piece neck, brass nut, dual truss rods
Macassar ebony fingerboard, oval mother-of-pearl inlays, side LEDs, first fret marker, 26 frets
Stanley Clarke signature electronics, side mount jack, brass sustain block
She's been my main bass at some 200 gigs, and she's one of the best basses I've ever had the privilege of playing. She a solid, reliable workhorse that looks like a beauty queen and sounds like the creation of the universe.
20 years... wow.
Post Number: 9905
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 5:08 pm: |
Hi Esa, welcome to the board; and happy birthday to your beautiful and quite unique Elan! Love the 26 frets, and the signature electronics in the Elan body shape.
Post Number: 1449
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 5:29 pm: |
Nice , Congratulations and Happy Birthday!
I like the Signature electronics idea .
Post Number: 126
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 7:09 pm: |
Happy Birthday is right, fellow Elan owner.
(My Elan: a six string is an `89 that I`ve owned 21 yrs).
Great setup with the quilt, 26 frets and Sig. Electronics package.
Good thinking on the side jack too!
Post Number: 1336
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 7:44 pm: |
What a beauty! Welcome to the forum Esa!
Post Number: 2254
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 11:41 pm: |
Very seriously and excruciatingly awesomely beautiful......... at the risk of saying something out of order can I simply suggest you give me a call if you ever decide that she is not for you.
Man... that is just classy!!!!!
Post Number: 2255
|Posted on Thursday, December 02, 2010 - 11:45 pm: |
Just noticed the neck pickup is close to the bottom of the neck as in some of the older Alembic Series Basses.
Is it a 34" scale bass also?
Still having unsavory thoughts about that bass.
Post Number: 42
|Posted on Friday, December 03, 2010 - 6:29 am: |
The woods blend so well, she sure is beautiful and has many more years of enjoyment I am sure.
Post Number: 1185
|Posted on Friday, December 03, 2010 - 7:51 am: |
Welcome to the club :-)
Jazzy: Did you notice the 26 frets?
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Friday, December 03, 2010 - 9:52 am: |
Thanks for the kind welcome! I'm glad you're all digging the bass; it's always good to get some love on your birthday. :-)
Got any pics of that '89 sixer?
Thanks for mentioning the side jack - I completely for got to post some photos of it (see below).
In the event that she and I ever break up, I'll be sure to contact you - lol
The neck pickup is very close to the fingerboard due to the 26 frets and the 34" scale (as fc_spoiler alluded to) - makes for some great slap (or Entwistle "typewriter-method") tones!
So, here are some pics of the side jack:
As I recall, it was a somewhat unique feature for an Élan... maybe the first one? Maybe Mica knows, but there was something about that part of the order (perhaps the beveled brass plate?) that took a little extra planning. I'm very happy I got it, though.
Thanks again for all the great posts!
(Message edited by mica on December 06, 2010)
Post Number: 16
|Posted on Friday, December 03, 2010 - 11:20 am: |
Stunning in every way. I'm in the Elan club as well but mine is in transit due to arrive today. I won't see it for two weeks unfortunately as I'm on vacation. (tears form in eyes). Anyway, way good on the birthday and I hope I enjoy my '89 for as long as you've had yours!
Post Number: 127
|Posted on Friday, December 03, 2010 - 5:48 pm: |
Very unique design of the beveled brass jack plate. Keeps the core wood intact and adds rigidity to 1/4" jack insertion point.
And yep I`m still working on getting around to post my`89 sixer in the showcase. It`s your normal Maple core with a quilt like Bubinga top, 11 pc. Lam neck and "regular" Elan electronics, (I hope this does not constitute as thread hijacking), which is just why having the Sig Electronic package is SO cool.
By the way great job on the photo taking.
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 3:19 pm: |
Hi, everyone. :-)
My old band just posted a video on YouTube. The bass in this thread is the bass on the track and in the video.
For the audio recording, my Trace Elliot rig was mic'ed, so it's a pretty accurate representation of the tone I was getting back then (early '90s).
Anyway, if any of you would like to see/hear this Élan in action (albeit many moons ago), here's the link:
Play it loud!
Post Number: 249
|Posted on Wednesday, April 03, 2013 - 4:12 pm: |
That S##t was slamming yo! I was digging those groovy tones commin' out of that Elan!!!
That was some seriously groovy stuff!!
I'd love to get my hands on an Elan 5 string series.
I played it loud too!!
From Chalie Holmes
Post Number: 5
|Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 8:15 am: |
I have to admit, that's a pretty slammin' tone!
I'm just glad that some of the old music has finally seen the light of day, and I'm really glad you dug it - thanks, again!
Post Number: 952
|Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 1:57 pm: |
Post Number: 597
|Posted on Thursday, April 04, 2013 - 5:57 pm: |
Very pretty bass! Putting the output jack on the side is a great idea!
Post Number: 6
|Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 1:57 pm: |
Thanks, pauldo and gtrguy!
If anyone is interested, the video for the song has been re-uploaded, so here's the new URL:
Post Number: 7
|Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 1:58 pm: |
(Message edited by esa on April 18, 2013)
Post Number: 177
|Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 7:24 pm: |
Also, the Karma video is pretty cool - also liked the other 2.
Post Number: 8
|Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 - 11:01 am: |
That quilt is beautiful; those folks at Alembic sure do nice work.
...and I'm glad you liked the vids - thanks for watching all of them.