The Alembic Guitar Company started in 1969 making the finest bass guitars. These bass guitars are works of art; they are made from the finest pieces of wood. While known best for their bass guitars they also make guitars, preamps, and pick-ups. Alembic started the era of fine custom-made bass guitars. They pioneered active electronics (the guitars have a preamp and battery built in). Having a preamp built into your bass guitar gives you a wide choice of sounds and rich full tones. Alembic Guitar Company invented a lot of advanced circuitry for the bass guitar including phase cancellation. They engineered their phase cancellation by putting a pick-up deep in the body of the guitar. This is used to pick up the overtones that the strings produce in the wood and cancel out those tones or “phases”.