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briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 533
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2011 - 3:53 pm:   Edit Post

I can't even begin to put into words and properly articulate how pleased I am with this bass. At some point I'm going to try to. For now I'll just be dropping off these pictures from its inaugural show last night. There were roughly 300 people on hand to witness the splendor.
The band is Platinum Spandex. Weíre a hair metal tribute band if that isnít painfully obvious from the awful clothing. :-)





briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 534
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2011 - 3:55 pm:   Edit Post

...and a few more







skyboltone
Member
Username: skyboltone

Post Number: 53
Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2011 - 6:57 pm:   Edit Post

Not to be obnoxious (well sort of obnoxious) are the chin whiskers painted on? Lord it is hard to make a living in music eh? Still, looks like fun. I've been taking pictures of guitars for years and I haven't figured out any foolproof way yet. Early morning or evening sunlight is often best for some guitars. Others like full sun. Mica seems to have a knack.
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1408
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, February 06, 2011 - 7:42 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats on the inauguration! Must sound great with those Mesa cabs back there ;)
mario_farufyno
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 588
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 3:34 am:   Edit Post

Glad for you Briant, it looks that you really enjoied it
charles_holmes
Intermediate Member
Username: charles_holmes

Post Number: 113
Registered: 3-2009
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 6:35 am:   Edit Post

I dig the blue dot markers on the neck man!
That rig of yours looks like "The Wall Of Death"
Are they all 15"'s that your using? Please tell me about your rig too!
Groovy dude!
Keep it Low Homie & Rock On....Hard!

Chalie
tmoney61092
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 654
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 6:59 am:   Edit Post

i love that Alembic changed the standard headstock on the Essence. that's a real sweet bass and love the look of the "black quilted maple." keep rockin' her!!!

~Taylor
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 536
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, February 07, 2011 - 7:31 am:   Edit Post

"Not to be obnoxious (well sort of obnoxious) are the chin whiskers painted on?"

Ha! I did a crap job of applying the temporary hair dye is what is happening there. Or it smudged some. My hair color is naturally brown/sandy blonde and sadly more and more gray. I dye my facial hair for gigs so it matches the wig. :-)

Totally agree that the Orion style headstock looks better on the Essence. Truth be told I ordered that option and found out that it wasn't an option anymore - it was standard.

My rig: yes, those are two Mesa Boogie Diesel 2x15 cabs. To share a secret I only plug in one of them. The dummy cab has a blown speaker that I haven't bothered getting reconed yet. One of those things is just absurdly loud. That band is all about over the top. That was kind of the point of that awful hair metal stuff from the 80's. Currently it's being driven by a Stewart World 1.6 power amp and an Aguilar DB680 preamp. It sounds like thunder.
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 541
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 12:38 pm:   Edit Post

I have been making attempts at getting some good shots of this beast. What a pain in the ass! I can't believe how difficult it is to capture how the finish actually looks in person v. how it decides it likes to be photographed. Like most/all Alembic transparent black finishes it looks purple apparently whenever it feels like it.

This has been Photoshopped a bit to try and get the color more "real". This is fairly close but still not perfect.


The rest are unaltered pictures with varying degrees of success






briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 542
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post

How does it play and sound?

Amazing. Incredible. Outstanding. Inconceivable. Unbelievable. More words that are like those.

It sounds exactly as I wanted. If you read back far enough in my FTC thread I mentioned that I got the idea for this bass from my existing Essence. I just wanted to give it a little more flexibility with the bass boost/cut knob. It has a vicious attack when you want it to that can make that Entwistle type of sound just explode out of the speaker cabs. However with the right touch and some adjusting of knobs it can be mellow and easy going as well.

It plays itself. Really. The neck is so comfortable and fast that itís absurd. I immediately noticed that the neck/body joint is shaped different now than it was in 1993. I like the new variation much better. Access to the last 4-5 frets is far easier and just feels smoother.

In the end I couldnít possibly have been more pleased with this bass. It is everything I hoped for and I had very high expectations. I canít thank the wonderful people at Alembic enough for yet another job well done.
artswork99
Moderator
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1413
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post

Brian, That's a really beautiful bass! Glad to hear how pleased you are with it. Play it Healthy! Art
rjmsteel
Intermediate Member
Username: rjmsteel

Post Number: 145
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 12:45 pm:   Edit Post

Brian,
Your Logo looks insane.. so Cool!
As does the (I assume) nearest neighbor backplates. I`m diggin those blue LED`s and that BTC looks great.
Beautiful bass and awesome setup too! Rich
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 545
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2011 - 6:37 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys.

The logo is so amazing. It changes radically depending on the light and angle you are looking at it.

Rich - I'm really looking forward to seeing yours done as well!
bigredbass
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1609
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 12:13 am:   Edit Post

That's easily the very nicest Essence I've ever seen, bar none.

My favorite 'small' Alembic. Doesn't require size 46 reach like a lot of them.

And while I realize I'm treading perilously close to blasphemy, I HATE the 'cone' pegheads !!

Sustain block, LED's, abalone logo, matching covers, just really, really nice. Well Done !

Yeah, I figured 'Platinum Spandex', you know, probably not a country band . . . just beware of the occupational hazards !

J o e y
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 1223
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 1:10 am:   Edit Post

Best Essence ever for sure!

Freakin' awesome and looks like a killer band also!
Such an Alembic through 4 EVM15's, how many casualties you have on average per gig?
briant
Senior Member
Username: briant

Post Number: 557
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 2:01 pm:   Edit Post

After gigging this bad boy for a couple months I figured it was time for a little update.

Oh hey! Guess what? It rules! :-)

It's done every gig, rehearsal, and recording session since it arrived at my door. I could not possbily be happier. I'm quite positive my other Essence is feeling ignored and my Rogue jilted.

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