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1996 Alembic Epic 4-String Bass w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1996 Alembic Epic bass in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. With a roster including The Who, The Grateful Dead, and Stanley Clark, Alembic quickly established themselves as one of the pioneering voices in bass guitar artistry in the 1970s, known for their exceptional craftsmanship and premium tonewoods/componentry.

This USA-made, first-year Epic features a mahogany body, bocote top, maple neck, and thick slab 24-fret ebony fingerboard. The original pair of Alembic MXY4 wide aperture pickups feature ceramic magnet construction, and these pickups are rich and powerful, delivering lots of upper midrange grind and punchiness. The lows are muscular and aggressive, particularly with the Bass Boost/Cut knob dialed up, and the trebles are crips and articulate. This Epic bass weighs 10lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-100 roundwound strings, easy-playing action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Medium C, full shoulders, measuring .845” 1st fret, .960” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Ebony, 24-fret, 12” radius
-Frets: Medium jumbo, light wear on frets 1-8
-Scale Length: 34”
-Nut: 1 5/8”, brass, adjustable
-Tuners: Alembic-branded, gold-plated
-Serialization: 96-prefix, USA-suffix
-Joint: Contoured “wedge” heel

Body Specs:

-Wood: Mahogany, bocote (catalog: bocate) top
-Pickups: Alembic MXY4 x2
-Controls: Volume, Pickup Pan (center detent), active Treble and Bass Boost/Cut (center detent)
-Hardware: Brass bridge/tailpiece

The satin finish has an open-grain feel, highlighting the construction and tonewoods, and cosmetic wear includes light buckle wear on the back, modest scuffing along the pick path, and a few minor nicks along the lower bout perimeter. The neck profile also has a smooth satin finish.

A molded hardshell case is included.