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jahnahisti
Junior
Username: jahnahisti

Post Number: 47
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2007 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post

the dark spalts look really nice!
jorge_s
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 134
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 5:38 am:   Edit Post

Thanks a lot guys. I can't believe how quickly the good folks at Alembic went from gluing the body laminates to having the carving done! Thanks again for the updates Mica.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 4291
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 4:34 pm:   Edit Post

Sealed up:
sealed
Lots more coats to go, but you can get a good idea of the colors in the wood now.
jorge_s
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 139
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 5:50 am:   Edit Post

Wow Mica! The sealer really brought out the character of the wood. I am seeing yellow, amber, orange, and even some purple. I think it would be a shame to mask these colors. I think that the overall appearance is yellowish enough to keep with my 3 color theme (purple, green, and gold). So therefore no tint. Thank you Mica.
bassjigga
Intermediate Member
Username: bassjigga

Post Number: 156
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 9:06 am:   Edit Post

Yeah spalted maple always has a lot of nice colors. Not as white as flame or quilt. Lookin good!
edwin
Advanced Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 221
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 10:41 pm:   Edit Post

Is that quilted and spalted? Squilted? Qualted? Or just flamed?

In any case, it's amazing!

Edwin
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1493
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, May 24, 2009 - 12:59 am:   Edit Post

Whatever happened to this Series Guitar?
Jazzyvee
jorge_s
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 178
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 12:55 pm:   Edit Post

I need to check with Mica but I believe Ron is working on the electronics.
-Jorge
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1498
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 2:30 pm:   Edit Post

wow you must be very patient since this has been in construction since 2006.

Jazzyvee
ajdover
Senior Member
Username: ajdover

Post Number: 715
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 6:12 pm:   Edit Post

As I have been too - ordered on 3 December 2005, in construction since October 2006. Getting real close, though, from what I know.

Alan
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1500
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 11:02 pm:   Edit Post

Is that the normal turnaround time for an instrument?
Jazzyvee
tbrannon
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1040
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 5:49 am:   Edit Post

Jazzy,

I ordered my Elan in March and received it in November. I'm pretty sure the long wait times on instruments come when there are extensive inlays, custom electronics, a custom body shape or a combo of the factors I listed.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3868
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 6:41 am:   Edit Post

My custom Further, Woody, was ordered in December of 2004. I took delivery in June of 2007. Much of the wait was due to the inlays, particularly the writing surrounding the peace sign medallion. Alembic tried several methods before they figured out how to do it as no one had done something like this before. I can tell you this: since I got it, the wait hasn't bothered me at all! lol

Bill, tgo
jorge_s
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 179
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 8:42 am:   Edit Post

I'm with Bill. I think when I finally get it I'll completely forget about the wait. I am patient. I did request and inlay and some non-standard electronics.
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 774
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2009 - 8:45 pm:   Edit Post

Bill and I had similar timelines. I placed the order for Stubby in October 2004 (asked that the build not start until my son was born, which was January 2005). We did a custom body shape which always adds time. I finally received it in June 2007. Yes, the waits are long, but the time fades as soon as you open the case.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1506
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 1:06 am:   Edit Post

Well although I didn't have a personal custom made guitar, I had the next best thing. Someone else's custom (Dragon Magic) that was so close to what I wanted I may as well consider the originator, ( with respect), as the middle man between me and Alembic. It was finished in 2002 and I got it last Friday so that is about a 7 year wait. I'm still trying to get to grips with the tonal spectrum.
Jazzyvee
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1507
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 1:08 am:   Edit Post



(Message edited by jazzyvee on May 28, 2009)
jorge_s
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 180
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2009 - 7:00 am:   Edit Post

Wow! You have Dragon Magic? That was the inspiration for my guitar. You have a beautiful instrument.
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 6145
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 7:45 pm:   Edit Post

Nearing the end:
setup

My dad needs to talk to you about some particulars in the electronics wiring, but other than that, you can see pretty much everything else is done. Everyone that has seen this guitar LOVES it. In person, you will not believe how gorgeous the wood is.
jorge_s
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 182
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, June 05, 2009 - 7:20 am:   Edit Post

Wow Mica that is awesome!!! When I spoke to Valentino he had said we may need to leave out the 1/4 jack so this is a nice surprise! Let me know when it is a good time to talk to your dad. -Jorge
mica
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 6523
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 1:55 pm:   Edit Post

Jorge already has this guitar, but it's only fair to post a completed picture:
done!
I so love this guitar!
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 625
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 3:22 pm:   Edit Post

Nice!
hydrargyrum
Senior Member
Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 737
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 6:52 am:   Edit Post

That's a real beauty. Spalted maple always seems to make nice guitars.
artswork99
Senior Member
Username: artswork99

Post Number: 943
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 7:33 am:   Edit Post

Wow! A fine instrument indeed.
Jorge, Congrats and Play it Healthy!
Art
mike1762
Senior Member
Username: mike1762

Post Number: 420
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 4:12 pm:   Edit Post

Whatever happened with this guitar? The last I heard, it was for sale.
cozmik_cowboy
Senior Member
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 622
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 6:01 pm:   Edit Post

Is that a fleur-de-lis on the headstock?

Peter
andbassforall
Member
Username: andbassforall

Post Number: 82
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, January 01, 2010 - 2:21 pm:   Edit Post

More Alembic couch porn! Sexy.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9101
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, January 02, 2010 - 8:50 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely wonderful guitar!
jorge_s
Intermediate Member
Username: jorge_s

Post Number: 190
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Monday, January 04, 2010 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

Thank you all for the kind comments. I just want to thank all of you that worked on this instrument. I know that I echo all the comments that others say when they receive an instrument from Alembic but this guitar truly surpassed all of my expectations.
I don't know if anyone else has had the experience of getting an instrument that feels "right". I have been to music stores and played a lot of guitars that look exactly the same as each other but when you play them you can tell a lot of difference. Some feel way off and some just feel very good. Although I can't explain exactly what it is I believe that it goes way beyond just a good setup. It is the spirit of an instrument that was well built by people who love what they do. I am truly honored to have this guitar.
It is true that I had to put it up for sale. Sometimes life slaps you in the face a little. As I told Mica, I will do all I can to be able to keep it. I hope 2010 is a great year for all of us here. -Jorge

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