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Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 479
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

I just did two gigs Fri and Sat at a local downtown festival. We opened up for another band both nights, so I used their bass rig (Eden pre amp and Carvin power amp with two 12" cabs and one 18").

The first night I played my Fender Precision Deluxe but it was a little rumbly through their bass rig. Sat night I brought my old Series one short scale and it sounded great.

However, they are pretty far apart in terms of playability! The Fender has the fat chunky neck and the Series has the slim short scale neck. I had to adjust my playing quite a bit to do it. It was like the difference between driving a truck and driving a sports car on the fretboard. Both of them usually have great tone.

Style wise, the Fender usually fits pretty well with R n B and Motown stuff we do when I use my own rig. However, the Alembic really did a fine job and I got complemented on my tone (and even my playing).

Maybe I should just settle on one instrument to gig with and get used to it?

Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3069
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:38 am:   Edit Post

I've just recently done my first gig with my Series Bass and was very happy with it. I look forward to doing a gig with it using my own bass rig. At least I know I'll be more likely get the sound I want.

It's good that you have the choice though. Just play whatever the mood takes you to play and as long as you like the sound you are getting then it's all good.

Intermediate Member
Username: yogalembic

Post Number: 128
Registered: 5-2012
Posted on Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

Sometimes only a truck will do. When that is only you can decide, my friend.
Just sayin'....
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 484
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 11:09 am:   Edit Post

I know, I don't knock the Fender, its the industry standard for a reason. I grew up playing a BC Rich Mockingbird with a very comfortable neck, which made it harder to switch to other basses.
Advanced Member
Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 352
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2012 - 11:21 am:   Edit Post

gtrguy, why not have more than one bass? Other instrumentalists do (guitarists ad nauseum in particular). A Motown sound is quite different from the Alembic or Rick or even BC Rich. Trust me I have them all. I love the feel and tonal flexibility of my Alembics most, especially their clean tone. Keep in mind the "solid" bass tone John McVie was able to get with Fleetwood Mac, before his financial fortunes turned south. Alembics certainly can sound like Stanley or Mark King, or give you more "bass" like the Fender classics, with all of that soul. It is not the destination but the journey grasshopper!!!
Senior Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 486
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - 10:27 am:   Edit Post

I agree with you. I do find it a challenge to go back and forth between some of them, though.

Post #486, coming up on 500!!!

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