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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3233
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2006 - 4:15 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the piece we selected for the core:
core


And a closeup of the same:
core up close


We'll be reviewing a new shipment of Maple cores by Friday. These dried billets are apparently some of the best he's prepared for us, so we're holding off the glue-up until we see what shows up.
esk
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Username: esk

Post Number: 9
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2006 - 8:33 am:   Edit Post

Mica,
Any update on the new shipment of maple cores and/or progress report?
Thank you,
Erik
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3358
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 5:37 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a closeup of the neck pair:
neck pair

And another of the neck laminates all gluey:
gluey
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3394
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 1:17 pm:   Edit Post

Some more work on the neck:
neck

On the back with rough bandsaw cuts:
neck

What will be under the nut and fingerboard:
neck

Where the bookmatch to center is fitted:
neck

And the plate cutouts - truss rod cover, humcanceller cover, battery backplate, preamp backplate, harness backplate:
platestack

Also the top bookmatch to center coming together:
btc detail
esk
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Username: esk

Post Number: 10
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 2:40 pm:   Edit Post

looks encouraging, thank you!
bob
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Username: bob

Post Number: 671
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006 - 10:25 pm:   Edit Post

... and the lollipop, would that be cherry?

We need to see more of that top, soon - looks very special.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4027
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, July 02, 2006 - 3:35 pm:   Edit Post

The plates look pretty cool too!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3409
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, July 07, 2006 - 3:57 pm:   Edit Post

Just entered the carving department:
carving

carving

carving

carving
esk
Junior
Username: esk

Post Number: 11
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 08, 2006 - 7:59 pm:   Edit Post

awesome!!!

i assume the plate cutouts picture above is a good representation for the ultimate color?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3457
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 5:20 pm:   Edit Post

Routed, carved and heading for spray:

spray me!

When I'm back from vacation the week of August 7th, I'll add some more pictures of what happened while I was gone, which will be some sealer coats of spray. There's no way all the finish will be in place before I get back. So if you feel after seeing it you want a slight tint, there will be plenty of time to add that.
applejuice
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Username: applejuice

Post Number: 57
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Thursday, July 27, 2006 - 9:36 pm:   Edit Post

Sweet guitar!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3458
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

I was delighted that your guitar got the first sealer coat last night so I could show you a photo right away:

sealed- not delivered

sealed- not delivered

It's not quite as dark as the backplates with stabilizer, but it sure is darker than raw. Let Valentino know if you want to add an all-over cognac tint.
bassjigga
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Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 32
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

Man that is awesome!
crgaston
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Username: crgaston

Post Number: 238
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 9:40 pm:   Edit Post

Erik,
Wow. That is just absoloutely amazing! Is that walnut in the neck?

I was admiring that back piece for a while in the wood bank, and actually called Val to see if I could have it for my top, but you had already snagged it. I'm glad to see it has found such a stunningly beautiful place to live!
paulman
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Username: paulman

Post Number: 57
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 6:06 am:   Edit Post

That's weird. The top seems to have darkened nicely, and the back seems to have lightened nicely after first coat.

This wood is so attractive, I never thought I'd consider anything but quilted maple but this has me wondering. You lucky guy you!
jalevinemd
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Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 487
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

Love that neck! Great wood combinations.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1512
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 12:10 pm:   Edit Post

This one is sweet! The way the finish makes the figuring in the wood pop out is nothing short of spectacular. And it's neat how the bookmatched back makes this neck-thru look like a set neck .. a wolf in sheep's clothing, so to speak.

Bill, tgo
pace
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Username: pace

Post Number: 247
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, August 07, 2006 - 7:18 pm:   Edit Post

Is that back from the same lot as Charles Dragonfly?!?

I love it...... lots of great inspiration in the FTC threads lately.

Congrats Erik, there's lots of good vibes in this one for sure!
guitarbeau
Junior
Username: guitarbeau

Post Number: 25
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2006 - 6:37 am:   Edit Post

Very tasteful use of Flame Maple. Bravo! Congrats.
esk
Junior
Username: esk

Post Number: 12
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 08, 2006 - 6:56 am:   Edit Post

thanks for all of the kind words...very excited to play the work of art
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3473
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 - 5:34 pm:   Edit Post

Partially fretted, black Tahitian MOP ovals in place:

half fretted
Bill took this shot after speaking with you today. What do you think about the color? Is it looking dark enough?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3632
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, October 04, 2006 - 10:51 pm:   Edit Post

The side jacks getting fitted to the edge contour:

custom jacks
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 3703
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 4:58 pm:   Edit Post

James is presetting for the plated hardware. Here's the tailpiece, ready to get buffed out:

buff me
esk
Junior
Username: esk

Post Number: 14
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 - 8:40 pm:   Edit Post

mica, my tribute plate is flush, is that ebony underneath the plate - i like it!
speicky
Intermediate Member
Username: speicky

Post Number: 193
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 1:59 am:   Edit Post

nominated March COTM... congratulations ! A stunning piece of art you have there.

Christian
mondo
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Username: mondo

Post Number: 7
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2011 - 9:19 pm:   Edit Post

Are there pictures of this guitar completed? This is amazing!!!
tmoney61092
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Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 632
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2011 - 10:16 pm:   Edit Post

here's the custom of the month description and pictures

http://www.alembic.com/info/fc_spaltedbliss.html

~Taylor
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2294
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 09, 2011 - 11:08 pm:   Edit Post

This is one of my favourite alembic guitars. It looks great I bet it sounds amazing.


Jazzyvee

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