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albrecht
Junior
Username: albrecht

Post Number: 24
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 8:20 am:   Edit Post

Ive just bought my second Epic (94W8703), a 4str that Im really fond of. Now I can have one with classic Pyramid flatwounds, and my 6str Epic can keep the EBS-roundwounds on...Im a bit curious about the top-wood on my 4str, its very different from the 6strs. If you have some info Id be happy to know. Thanx from frosty Sweden1
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 800
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

My guess would be koa - 'all' my Alembics are koa, as you can see on my profile - and your Epic seem to be a fairly close relative of mine(http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/4519.html?1055019057).

If you change the position of the bass in the light, or even the camera angle, the figuring in the wood can look so different - that's a standard Alembic feature, courtesy of Mother Nature!

You can ask the build details by starting a new thread in the "Owning an Alembic" section, under "Serial Number / History Requests".

I was in Gothenburg two weeks ago - they weren't used to having snow this late in winter? But I guess Uppsala is further up north.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3474
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 9:29 am:   Edit Post

Beautiful top! I think it's a Burl, possibly Madrone.

(Message edited by davehouck on March 15, 2006)
albrecht
Junior
Username: albrecht

Post Number: 25
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 9:39 am:   Edit Post

hi alembicians...my other epic (6str) is not koa. after looking at your nice pix, adriaan, im not sure that its the same...its more "quilted"-like...well see what people come up with? yep, we have the worst winter since 1942 (stalingrad...:-(!).kristjan....burl? madrone? dont know about tehm, either, have to check!
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 3146
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post

Hi Kristjan,

Here's what I found in the instrument file:

top: Koa
accent: Maple pinstripe
body: Mahogany
neck: Maple, 34" scale
fingerboard: Ebony
pickups: MXY
controls: volume, pan, bass, treble
output: mono 1/4" face-mounted
originally mde for: Guitar Center, Hollywood, CA
birthday: not recorded, but I estimate it as mid-November 1994.

There is no other repair or ownership history in the file. You should register your instrument if you haven't already done so.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3485
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 7:08 pm:   Edit Post

Adriaan; I was pretty sure it wasn't Koa. Fortunately, I don't gamble. <g>
albrecht
Junior
Username: albrecht

Post Number: 26
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 10:40 pm:   Edit Post

hi, adriaan! you were right on KOA. congrat! thanx mica, for all other details = impressive.
albrecht
Junior
Username: albrecht

Post Number: 27
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 10:49 pm:   Edit Post

...by the way, the only problem that arises when bringing Alembics to Sweden is the frets - in winter humidity goes down to zero and they come out real sharp and have to be filed (often several times). but its worth the hassle - i love my alembics. the epic is so easy on the shoulder and my F1-X & SF-2 provides the sound i want!

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