Alembic Preamps - Tone Tools for Bassists
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What do you hear when you're dreaming of tone? Rolling
thunder...punch and growl...melodic mids...clean and clear highs? Do you
feel the earth shake or the warmth of glowing tubes? Do you see yourself
dialing in every subtle nuance of your instrument's character? Do you
want to own that dream tone now? Alembic bass preamps are the ultimate
total tone control reality.
The Links of the Chain
Every component of your musical system has something to say about tone:
the instrument, strings, preamp, power amp, and speaker cabinet
holistically define your sound. But no link is designed to shape tone
more than the preamp, and no company makes better sounding, higher
quality preamps than Alembic.
All this talk about great tone is, well...great, but will these units
really last? In all aspects, yes. Our preamps have withstood the test of
time. Not only for ruggedness, but also for musicality. The first F-2B
units shipped in 1969!
Alembic preamps sound as real and uncompromising today as they did all
those years ago, and most units we built then are still in use today, many
by the original owners. When ZZ Top's equipment was stolen, the first
thing they replaced was their F-2B. Once you get a hold of tone like this,
you don't let go easily.
Serious About Quality
Alembic products are built for extreme durability. We make our preamps,
like all of our products, right the first time. We only use the highest
quality components and meticulous assembly techniques to insure a durable
and rugged unit you'll be proud to hear working in your rack any time and
every time. The chassis are made from sixteenth inch thick powder coated
steel. All cable assemblies are tie-wrapped and routed for minimum
electronic and microphonic noise. All tubes are rigorously, sonicly
checked so that no impurity or dull tone leaves the test bench. Every unit
goes through a 35 point checkout before it is given a serial number and
called an Alembic. To say we are serious about quality is an
The Models The F-1X and F-2B tube preamps give you everything you would
expect from Alembic. The vintage tube warmth, intuitive bass-mid-treble
controls, super-low noise floor, and precision engineering make these the
finest preamps in the world.
The SF-2 can either be used as a preamp or as a stand-alone tone
processor. The dual-channel Superfilter allows incredible, detailed
control of the filtered signal as well the wet/dry signal blend. There is
no other preamp, graphic EQ, parametric EQ, or filter unit anywhere from
anyone that can shape tone like the Alembic SF-2.