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steavis
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Username: steavis

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 6:19 pm:   Edit Post

Hi,

I am a new member, and I would really appreciate any info folks could give me on how to get a brige and tailpiece similar if not identical to the Alligator strat played by Jerry Garcia circa 1972. Looks like the bridge might be Alembic, and I'm also told the electronics probably include a stratoblaster.

At any rate, this is a real obscure question, and any hel (even just reading this without rolling your eyes) is greatly appreciated.

I was to build a replica of this guitar for my own use :-)

Cheers,


Steve
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6298
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 8:03 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Steve, welcome to the board! It does look like (picture) the bridge and tailpiece were probably made by Alembic. You may want to contact Alembic directly to see if they could make them for you.
steavis
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Username: steavis

Post Number: 2
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 9:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Dave (if I may call you that),

What's the best way to get in contact with them? Just go to alembic.com and look for contact info?
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6304
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 9:10 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, the contact page is here.
steavis
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Username: steavis

Post Number: 3
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 05, 2008 - 10:44 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks...just sent them the note, and als asked about the electronics. Rumor has it that it was standard strat wiring, but with a stratoblaster that was "always on". I found a pcb on line for this device in "stomp box" form, but I'm not sure what you'd do about the potentiometer that controls the gain (the switch I assume you just hard-wire to "on"). At any rate, I asked them about that as well, and any info I get from them I wil;l re-post in this thread for others to share if they wish.

Thanks a bunch!


Steve
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2969
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 7:40 am:   Edit Post

Dave's pic is of "Wolf", the Alembic that Irwin rebranded as his own, and upon which the "Further" is based. Steve asks about Alligator, which is a 1957 Strat given to Jerry by Graham Nash.

Bill, tgo
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1815
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 8:17 am:   Edit Post

Bill, Alligator is pictured on the 4th post on the thread that Dave posted.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2970
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 10:00 am:   Edit Post

Ooops! Too early!

Bill, tgo
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6307
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 06, 2008 - 6:12 pm:   Edit Post

Bill; all I know is that it has really thin strings.
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 218
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 - 12:58 am:   Edit Post

did you see this one ?

...is the wolf bridge from an sg (harmonica bridge)?

I thought about bidding...I think I'll sit this one out ...
steavis
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Username: steavis

Post Number: 4
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Saturday, March 08, 2008 - 3:49 pm:   Edit Post

I am watching that aution now. Thanks for the hads up!
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 222
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 1:23 am:   Edit Post

if you don't get it I'll part with a very similar one I just won...cuz I know it'll be put to good use
cheers
dfung60
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Username: dfung60

Post Number: 310
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, March 09, 2008 - 9:05 am:   Edit Post

That definitely looks like Alembic hardware, not particularly different than what they build now. If this is what you're after, I think you can just have something made now (I'd be curious how frightful the price might be).

These Alembic tune-o-matic style brass bridges are highly customizable. You can specify the width and string spacing. This is used to set the drill pattern on the side rails, so you get exactly what you want when the bridge is assembled.

David Fung
jerryme
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Username: jerryme

Post Number: 50
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 5:19 pm:   Edit Post

If I specified the nut width would Alembic build me a bridge? That would be sweet. Is the nut width the only consideration when looking for a bridge?
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1827
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 2:03 am:   Edit Post

Fingerboard radius!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6342
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 8:37 pm:   Edit Post

Fingerboard taper.
steavis
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Username: steavis

Post Number: 5
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 - 11:11 pm:   Edit Post

Just an update...have called Alembic once and e-mailed them once over the last week with no response. Part of me wonders if someone reads my message and thinks "uh-oh...another Jerry freak" and puts it at the bottom of the pile. It isn't a real big ticket item, either, at least not compared to their instruments...so perhaps it's not worth their time. Or perhaps I am paranoid and they are just busy or out of the office ;)

At any rate, I "pinged" them again via e-mail and telephone. This time I e-mailed the sales department, so maybe that will help. I will let everyone know the outcome of this, so if you don't hear from me it's becasue I don't know anything. Yet :-)
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6350
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 9:51 pm:   Edit Post

It's not you, they're just busy. It's a small shop that gets a ton of email and phone calls.
steavis
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Username: steavis

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post

Hey...an update here. I won the auction that elwoodblue turned me on to (thanks for that). In addition, it turns out that you can get the tailpiece, the pickguard brass piece and the stickers from jackofroses.com. It was buried in the site a bit, but I found the tailpiece. That was really the last thing I needed. I now have a body, neck, tuners, pups would to '57 spces, stratoblaster and the aformentioned items are on order and should show up in a couple weeks.

I am a very happy man...except that now I actually have to DO the work :-)

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