With its graceful sweeping curves, the Orion calls to be played. Answer it,
and your musical life will never be the same. Youíll find a comfortable friend
in the Orionís handcarved body with your choice of seven different woods for the
Active electronics bring true Alembic tone to the Orion. You wonít believe how
effortlessly the Orion responds to your touch, easily reproducing even the most
subtle fingering techniques. The Orion can help you achieve tones you only
dreamed were possible.
Even though the Orion is among our more affordable offerings, it still has the
same ebony fingerboard, solid brass machined hardware, and adjustable nut found
on our most expensive custom instruments. Like all Alembics, the Orion is
completely hand built start to finish in our factory in Santa Rosa, California.
Our design goal for the Orion was to create a set-neck version of our popular
Europa bass. While affordability is a consideration, there are no shortcuts here
and the Orion is every bit as overbuilt as the rest of our basses.
Set neck construction gives the Orion warm, well-defined midrange response.
The cross-grained maple neck is supported by two dual truss rods that adjust at
the body. Topped off with a durable ebony fingerboard, the neck has a comfortable
shape and complete access to upper frets.
Polyurethane makes the Orion shine. It looks like fine hand-rubbed oil, yet has
none of the care problems associated with oil finishes. We keep it thin enough
for you to enjoy the tactile pleasure of each different species of wood.
The electronics cavity is shielded with a silver conductive paint that lasts the
life of the bass without flaking or breakdown. Pickups and electronics modules
hook up with solderless friction-locked connectors.
The construction, control, and sheer playability of the Orion combine to create
an instrument that responds instantly to its player.