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Jason's Alembics (Justice - The Black Album)

Jason's Alembics

"I always thought [the Alembics] were incredible. As soon as I could afford one, I tried it--and that was it. Their factory is in Santa Rosa, so I can always go there and deal with them face to face, right down to the guy who helps me choose the wood."

"I pick the wood and everything. I also design the pickup configuration. Alembic has built my last 10 basses from my specs. Even if I go for an already existing shape, I'll modify the body contour so my arm comes down comfortably for picking. I had them put LED's on the side of the neck--different little things like that. I also have things coated on brass and gold."

Jason played Alembics as his main live basses throughout the Justice and Black album tours but decided to stop playing them live for two main reasons:  1. They are very heavy basses: "all those years of playing solid-maple Alembics for two and a half hours a night did its damage. When I saw doc­tors about it, they said, 'You pretty much give yourself whiplash every night.'"    and 2.  (refering to the sadowsky's tone as compared to the Alembic's) "It's radically different, which I discovered as I listened to bass players on soul records. You've got to have that pumpin' low end rather than a lead bass sound."

 

I have for a long time wondered what the Alembic logo represented and this site does a great job of explaining it, piece by piece: http://www.edromanguitars.com/guitar/alembic/about_ale.htm

 

 


Alembic Spoiler #1

Used on the Jusice tours. You can see the wood's color best in this first pic on the right.

  • Zebrawood top
  • Spoiler body shape
  • 4 strings
  • 24 frets
  • 32" scale length
  • Alembic JZ pickups (2x)
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Cone peghead
  • Pearl oval inlays
  • Neck-through design

 

 

 

 

 


Alembic Spoiler #2

Used on the Black Album tours

  • Solid Maple body
  • Black body
  • Alembic spoiler body shape (might be modified slightly by Jason: see above quote)
  • Side LED's in red
  • 4 strings
  • 24 frets
  • Black tahitian Mother of Pearl oval inlays
  • Long scale (34 inches)
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Alembic cone headstock (tuners: 2+2)
  • Transparent gloss color finish
  • Gold plated hardware
  • Converted to "Series II" electronics

 

 

 

Note: I'm pretty sure this is the same bass, It's so hard to tell  : )

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alembic Spoiler #3

Used on the Black Album tours

This bass is basically the same as the above spoiler except for a few small differences: 1. The tailpiece is much closer to the end of the body and 2. the body contour is a bit different: the back of this body is much flatter than the above bass which is more rounded (this goes back to what Jason was saying about modifying the body contour for comfort with his picking style).

  • Solid Maple body
  • Alembic spoiler body style (modified by Jason a bit)
  • Black body
  • Side LED's in red
  • 4 strings
  • 24 frets
  • Black tahitian Mother of Pearl oval inlays
  • Long scale (34 inches)
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Alembic cone headstock (tuners: 2+2)
  • Transparent gloss color finish
  • Gold plated hardware
  • Converted to "Series II" electronics

 

 

This picture shows the bass with one of those Graffix/Jester stickers (seen better on the next bass' description) which was either added on at a later time or this is a different bass, I don't know for sure. Jason has a lot of alembics. At least 10 as stated in the quotes at the beginning of this section and this could very well be another bass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alembic Europa #1

This 6 string bass was used by Jason on the Black album tours to play "Sad but True".

  • 6 strings
  • Maple body
  • Europa body shape
  • Black tahitian mother of pearl inlays
  • Alembic bar tailpiece
  • Upgraded to "Series II" electronics
  • Cone peghead (tuners: 3 + 3)
  • Maple neck with 5 deluxe purpleheart laminates
  • Graffix--Jester sticker. (this sticker, seen better below, appears on many of Jason's Alembics)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alembic Europa #2

I know this isn't the best picture of this bass but I wanted to share it anyway because it's a cool pic (Thirsty Jason?). Better pic below.

  • Solid maple body
  • 5 strings
  • Black tahitian mother of pearl oval inlays
  • Long scale (34 inches)
  • Maple neck with 3 Deluxe purpleheart neck laminates
  • Alembic europa peghead (tuners: 4+1)
  • Gold plated logo and hardware
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Transparent gloss color finish
  • 24 frets
  • Converted to Series II electronics
  • Side led's in red
  • Graffix / Jester sticker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alembic Europa #3

This bass seems to be basically the same as the above Alembic but notice that the Alembic logo on this one is centered over the nut whereas the logo on the above bass is in the middle of the headstock. Also, the end of the headstock look to be a little more angled / curved on this one. The body contour might also be a bit different but I don't know for sure.

  • Solid maple body
  • 5 strings
  • Black tahitian mother of pearl oval inlays
  • Long scale (34 inches)
  • Maple neck with 3 Deluxe purpleheart neck laminates
  • Alembic europa peghead (tuners: 4+1)
  • Gold plated logo and hardware
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • Transparent gloss color finish
  • 24 frets
  • Converted to Series II electronics
  • Side led's in red

    Graffix / Jester sticker

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Alembic Elan

    Used on the Justice tours

    • 5 strings
    • Oval inlays
    • Maple body with a flame maple top, painted black
    • Ebony fingerboard
    • Maple neck with 3 deluxe purpleheart laminates
    • 24 frets
    • Alembic elan peghead (tuners: 4+1)
    • Electronics converted to Series II
    • 2 Alembic P pickups (middle) and 2 Alembic JZ pickups (bridge and neck)
    • Gold Hardware
    • Brass truss rod cover
    • Solid 14 K gold Alembic logo 
    • I have been informed that the sticker under the controlls on this bass does not say UNCUT as I had previously thought but "UKCUF" which is ______ spelled backwards (you can figure it out :)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • You can see the pickups best here

     




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