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paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 1
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 8:08 pm:   Edit Post

Just purchased this guitar and am curious to know the history. Also, based on the serial number, I know it's the 55th instrument made, but I wonder what number guitar this is? 10, 20, 30? In other words, of the 54 instruments made before this one, how many were guitars? It's also got a unique headstock I haven't seen on another Alembic. Beautiful instrument.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3561
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 1:58 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club Eric, can you post a picture in here as I for one would love to see the guitar. We do like to see pics of the vintage alembics here as well as the newer ones.

Jazzyvee
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5502
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club, Eris. We've been watching the auction on that guitar - a stunning beauty. 74-53 had a similar headstock. You can see it in this link. Also, IIRC, David Bowie's guitarist, Carlos Alomar, had a similar guitar that came up for auction a couple of years ago.

Bill, the guitar one
paexplorer
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 5:38 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the welcome. That's a great link to 74-53. I'll post some pics when I have a few minutes over the weekend. If there are any other links to early 74s, I'd love to see them.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5509
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post

Not a '74, but here's a link to 72-10, the earliest guitar currently accounted for within the club (it proudly sits in my studio). For other early Alembics, try cruising through the "Series 1 basses and guitars" section of "Showcase".

Bill, tgo
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 4
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 7:40 am:   Edit Post

Wow, What A specimen
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 7
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 7:28 am:   Edit Post

Getting her ready for a restring and setup, but wanted to post a few pics.




cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1549
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Now that is just yummy!
(But the gig bag makes me nervous; put that poor thing in a case before I have a heart attack!)

Peter
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 8
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:28 pm:   Edit Post

Haha, it's not going to leave the house much, so don't be nervous
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1888
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6:03 pm:   Edit Post

That's beautiful!
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 14
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, I'll post more pics when she's back from the shop.
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 18
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

Here's another link...

http://www.musurgia.com/products.asp?ProductID=5283

I've done a lot of research and I can only find "internet" evidence of 4 of these style guitars. Mine, Carlos Alomar's, the one linked a few posts above and the one in this link. Can anyone else add to the search?

As far as condition, I have to say that mine is the hands down winner. Carlos' has a ton of play wear, the one linked above was unfortunately modded to fit a synth, and the one in this link has had a headstock repair.

Mine is still in the shop, but she is basically aces. Could possibly be in need of a re-fret, but won't know for sure until she's re-strung and adjusted.
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1555
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

John "Maramaduke" Dawson had one in that style.

Peter
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1556
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

John "Maramaduke" Dawson had one in that style.

Peter
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 20
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

Sure enough... Different body style, but similar headstock. Link....
http://www.bromptons.co/reference-library/articles/article-3870-alembic-history.html
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1499
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 1:34 am:   Edit Post

Here's another early "six on a side" Alembic guitar:

73-28
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5515
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

I don't believe the Bromptons article referenced two posts up is accurate. I doubt Marmaduke's guitar was built in 1971, (which would have made it the first Alembic, before Jack Cassidy's), and IIRC, there were no Series II instruments made in 1972.

Bill, tgo
room037
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Username: room037

Post Number: 497
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:55 pm:   Edit Post

I'm also thinking about Marmaduke's guitar.
It has PF-5 circuit with extra SW (mellow SW ?) that I think.
So the guitar was made at 1973.
May be some update was done. (humcancel PU, bridge are changed.)

Next guitar (series 2 1972) is looks like newer because refurbish work.
I can touch only the narrower humcancel PU and mustache tail.
The narrower humcancel PU was featured at 1974 to early 1976 (around SN 300).
I think the guitar was made at 1975 with series 2 upgraded lately.

Eiji
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 12
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 - 8:52 am:   Edit Post

And Another

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/10029.html?1084501381

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