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Intermediate Member
Username: thumbsup

Post Number: 129
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 4:13 pm:   Edit Post

Approx how much is a 97 Epic 5 string in good condition w/case worth or would be considered a good deal if a buyer?

Thanks for input.
Intermediate Member
Username: rockbassist

Post Number: 192
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 6:16 pm:   Edit Post

I bought mine a few years ago for $1,100, actually, I traded a Music Man Stingray and $300 at of all places, Guitar Center. They were asking $1,200. A year later I bought another from a private seller for $950. I recently traded one of them for an Epic 4 string. I have seen 5 string Epics on ebay with starting prices between $1,200 and $2,000. Most usually end up selling in the $1,500 to $1,800 range. The people who ask more than that rarely get any bids.
Intermediate Member
Username: thumbsup

Post Number: 130
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 8:20 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks I was looking at the one listed on e bay but its already up to $1475.
It looks really nice but not sure I want to jump in and bid.
Intermediate Member
Username: thumbsup

Post Number: 131
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

The Epics have a set neck.
Whats the difference between a set neck and bolt on?
Any truss rod adjustment issues?
The Epic appears to have only 4 knobs.
Is the eletronics more user friendly so to speak than say a Rouge.
Does an Epic have a Q knob?

(Message edited by thumbsup on September 18, 2010)
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 511
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

the epic's controls are volume, pan, bass, and treble, so no fliters or Q's. can't say much on the set neck vs bolt ons because i've only played bolt ons and neck thru but there are several threads you can find by doing a quick search

Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2597
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 12:47 pm:   Edit Post

A set neck is a glued-in neck, the old and proved method of attaching necks to bodies on stringed instruments. Set-neck versus bolt-on - well, in guitar terms that would be Les Paul versus Stratocaster. Alembic do set-necks and neck-throughs, and they build all the parts themselves (except the tuners).

The more affordable models like the Epic are built to the very same standards as the high-end models, the lower price reflects the use of less extravagant materials.

You needn't worry about truss rod adjustment issues, unless perhaps you use extremely light strings - even then, in most cases it can be helped with a heat treatment (or some time spent with a couple of phone books under the strings). The instruments are built to be adjustable, and many of the board members have found Joey's Post on Setting Up Your Bass an excellent guide to do your own setup.

Like Taylor says, the standard Epic controls are vol, pan, bass and treble, so that should be a pretty familiar setup for most people who have played active instruments.

The signature Alembic controls include a low-pass filter with a Q switch, and no bass or treble controls. The filter offers a different approach to tone shaping, and requires some getting used to - but you will find tones that you cannot mimick with other instruments.

The Q switch is part of the low-pass filter, so if you find an Epic with a Q switch it was either ordered with a different electronics package, or a previous owner had replaced (upgraded) the electronics.

The Rogue controls include a filter and Q, plus quick-change toggles for treble and bass, which some might say is the best of both worlds.

Happy hunting!
Username: murray

Post Number: 16
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:21 am:   Edit Post

My Orion 4 is set-neck and just the 4 controls. Couldn't be better or simpler. Good mid-punch for fingerstyle and all the other sounds as well. I bought it new in UK June 2000 for about 1000. Had side Simms LEDs fitted. Got it insured at 3600 (new for old). Glynn

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