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The Alembic thread reminded me that I'm a lazy bastard... big surprise... and I never took or posted pictures of Ye Olde JPJ bass. So, here they are. Took these this morning. To save load times on this thread, I'm putting a link to a page off my site with the rest of the pictures. Thank you, drive through.

 

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http://www.briantimpe.com/images/Alembic/Body_black.jpg

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It's pointy :eek: , it's pricey :cry: , and it sure does look mighty purty :love: !
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So bump, how bout a little 411?

What's the best trait of the bass; and for the sake of contrast, what's your least favorite feature. And you had to be expecting this last one, how does the neck on that beast compare to the famed "neck of lull"...the necks on your mike lull basses.

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Well, im guessing that it's because you only have to give up one limb or extremity to claim ownership of a mike lull bass. Whereas, with an alembic....well....some extreme sacrifices must be made.
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Originally posted by musicfiend:

So bump, how bout a little 411?

What's the best trait of the bass; and for the sake of contrast, what's your least favorite feature. And you had to be expecting this last one, how does the neck on that beast compare to the famed "neck of lull"...the necks on your mike lull basses.

I have to lump my two favorite traits into one, which is how I give my opinion of all basses: sound and playability. The tone of this bass is outstanding and very, well, Alembic. There isn't another bass that I have played that sounds like this one does and it plays and feels amazing in my hands. This gets to your question about the neck. The neck of this particular Alembic doesn't feel like any other Alembic I've ever played. Maybe it's because it's the neck that JPJ ordered and they don't just "make 'em like that" normally; or maybe it's a neck design that they stopped making back in the 70's sometime. I dunno. I just know that this one feels really good. It's fast, sleek, and extremely comfortable; like all my Lull basses. Now, to draw more about my Lull basses and what I like about them, they all have jazz bass necks, even the P bass. The first time I played what is now my Lull M5 I absolutely fell in love with the neck and how good it felt. It's like the bass plays itself. In my hands, Mike's jazz bass necks are the best ever. Period. The tone that his basses produce is also just god-like, but I'm just trying to address the neck here.

 

My least favorite thing? Probably the Q Switch filters. While they do allow for ridiculous tonal options, abour 40-50% of the sweep in that option range is pretty dull and worthless to me. It's a really nit-picky thing, but that tone filter has a lot of 'yuck' at certain points.

 

Originally posted by Davo-London:

I see you are a Mike Lull fan. Clearly you prefer these to Alembics. What makes Lulls so good?

What makes Mike Lull basses so good? Play one. They are simply the best damn basses I've ever had my hands on, and I've played a lot of the high end custom instruments that people like to rant and rave about. Mike's basses are really just hot-rodded Fender copies, but he just does everything right. Everything is quality on the instrument. You will not want to change anything to make it better once you've purchased it. The necks feel amazing in your hands and the tone is just to die for. With instruments like this, a lot of it comes down to your personal preference and what you are looking for as a musician. For me, his basses are what I am looking for.

 

The Alembic was just something to add to the collection, something to have when I wanted that unique tone that only those basses have. It's the same reason I have a Hamer 12-string bass and a Musicman Sterling. Nothing sounds like either of those basses. My Lull basses are my work horses, the other basses are for a particular sound that is unique to only those instruments.

 

I'm not a rich man, not hardly. I just like to have tools to make music that are pleasing to me. My job and my music gigs have allowed me to purchase all my basses and for that I am extremly grateful. The instruments that I currently have all make me happy and ultimately that's what really matters. Someone else might be completely happy with a $200 made in Mexico Fender or a $10000 super custom Carl Thompson. Great! It's not about what other people think about your instrument(s), it's what YOU think.

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Originally posted by Dr. Sweet Willie:

What do the nifty knobs and toggle switches do?

 

Can I use it to open a beer bottle?

 

So many questions, so little time...

 

Peace.

--Doctor Luv

Hopefully a picture answers the questions!

 

And yes, you could probably use it to open a beer bottle as well. :)

 

http://www.briantimpe.com/images/Alembic/diagram.jpg

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The filters are low pass filters, no?

 

The Q switch affects the freq, and the Q knob the degree of filtering?

 

Please explain. I am a neophyte w/ the magic that is the Alembic electronics package.

 

Also, where's JPJ's fingerprint on the damn bass?!

 

Peace.

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