Click to enlargeEssence 4

The Essence may be our smallest bass, but there's nothing small about the tone. All the important stuff like a neck through body, massive brass bridge and classic Alembic low-pass filter are an all-access pass to Alembic tone. Bubinga top adds a touch of brightness without being brittle.

We haven't been using Bubinga too much lately, so when we ran across this handsome wood, we decided to make a couple for our showroom. Bubinga is one of those subtle woods, no loud alternating colors, no crazy grain, just sublime color and simple structure. The overall color is sort of a honey brown with dark violet-brown veins. These colors optically mix so from a distance, the wood has a rosy-brown tone.

We've added side LEDs and a Q switch so even this "little guy" has some custom touches.

  • Bubinga, Purpleheart accent laminate, Maple pinstripe, Mahogany body
  • 3-piece Maple neck with 2 Walnut pinstripes, Orion peghead shape
  • High gloss polyester finish, satin neck feel
  • 34" long scale, Ebony fingerboard
  • Pickups: Alembic MXY
  • Controls: volume, pan, filter, Q switch, on/off for LEDs, mono output
  • Side LEDs in red
  • Weight: about 9 pounds

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