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Username: catrunes

Post Number: 4
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 7:56 pm:   Edit Post

i know it isn't an alembic,but i want know what people think about this.

Mahogany J-Bass body with quilted maple top, contoured heel, green dyed top and black back

Maple neck with ebony fingerboard, abalone dots and matching quilted headstock, and nickel nut

Hipshot bass tremolo and ultra-lite tuners

Bartolini 8S P-Bass pickup and MMC musicman pickup with aguilar OBP-3 preamp

all black hardware
oh, and its a 4 string.

i would love to get a mark king deluxe with a balance k omega body and continous wood backplate but i cant afford that right know, being that i'm still in school and dont have much time to work.
thanks for all feddbackthough, max
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 40
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 8:35 pm:   Edit Post


I've looked into Warmoth basses quite a bit and came very close to plunking down some cash for a 5 string body and neck from them.

If you're biding time- waiting to get enough $ to get that MK deluxe, why not look for a used Alembic for now? I know how much the Warmoth's cost once you add all the pieces together. They ain't cheap. I'd be fairly confident in my assumption that you could find a used Alembic for about the same, if not less, than what you're willing to spend on the Warmoth.

Then again, perhaps the Warmoth is really what you're after at this point in time...?

Take all of this with a grain of salt.....I don't have an Alembic in my arsenal (if you could really call it an arsenal!).

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Username: richbass939

Post Number: 479
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Sunday, November 20, 2005 - 9:36 pm:   Edit Post

Max, if you really want to put together a bass you may want to try putting Alembic pickups/electronics in it. You sometimes see them for sale, like right now. There is a PJ set that is on e-bay for another day or so.
Username: studiorecluse

Post Number: 9
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2005 - 5:41 am:   Edit Post

Warmoth makes fantasitc stuff, and I think that what you have described would be a beautiful bass. My fretless is a Warmoth neck on a Fender J body, and it is a stunning neck. If you do go with Warmoth, do take advantage of how custom it can be- you have many options such as choosing the shape of the neck- both front and back.
One thought though, I need to side with Toby, if an Alembic is what you want, you may be better served buying a used one while savivng your pennies for the MK. As wonderful as Warmoths are, they take a huge hit when you try to resell them. Since this is a transitional piece, you might better protect your investment by going with the used Alembic. This will also give you some real quality Alembic time, which may grant some insight when the time comes to step up to the plate.
Good luck either way.
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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1278
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, November 21, 2005 - 5:45 am:   Edit Post

There's nothing wrong with Warmoth. You can get yourself a nice "custom" parts bass anyway you want it for not a lot of money. All you need is an expert luthier to set-it up...fret leveling/dressing, nut/bridge saddle depth, action/intonation, etc. so it plays right.They're certainly no Alembic, but are good bang for the buck.

Having said that, I'd agree with my fellow club members: you should be able to get a decent used Alembic for a decent price. For example, there are always used Epics around for a kilobuck or so, and you can always resell for around the same amount.

Ck out the EBAY threads on the site to see some of the used Alembics that have changed hands recently.

BEWARE: once you play Alembic, you'll be hooked!


Username: catrunes

Post Number: 5
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 - 5:53 pm:   Edit Post

thanks everyone. I have played alembics, a Stanley deluxe and epic fretless, when i went up for a tour and they are the best basses in my mind ever made really and fenders are up at #2 because you just cant go wrong with a good '62 p-bass. but for what i'm doing right now, playing in a local psychedelic ska punk band and in my school's big band and jazz quartet, i wouldn't feel quite alright taking a mk deluxe to a play a punk show and it getting kinda banged up. anyway, it would be $1670.60 for the parts and i wouldnt have to pay to have someone set it up because i know a couple of people who do professionally. i had wanted to switch out the pickups on the bass that i have now, a Fender Aerodyne series Jazz Bass, with alembics but i want to keep it passive. would i be able to put them in passively or not.thanks again, max
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 660
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2005 - 2:30 am:   Edit Post

Nope, Alembic pickups were designed to deliver a uncoloured signal, and laws of physics make it that you must use a built-in preamp to make the signal get out of the instrument. So basically you won't be able to hear much without a built-in preamp.
Username: 4u2nv

Post Number: 75
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Saturday, November 26, 2005 - 6:04 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Cartunes: I just change mi pickups to my beloved Fender P Bass, i install some Villex Pickups, and they sound great, i also was looking for a good passive sound, so try those, good investment.

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