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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4175
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 7:02 pm:   Edit Post

This was the wood you selected for the top of your Further guitar:
top

With the template for size reference:
top

And a closeup of the figure:
top

I understand from Bob that the body should be assembled next week.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4176
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, February 27, 2007 - 7:05 pm:   Edit Post

I also saw the neck in progress this afternoon. There's still a lot of work to go, but it should be ready when the body is completed.

neck
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1060
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 3:11 am:   Edit Post

Wow, that's some beautiful maple. Even rough sawn the figure jumps out.

Graeme
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4196
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007 - 5:15 pm:   Edit Post

After it's sanded, the Maple looses some of it's "oomph," but here is the stack getting ready for body assembly:
body stack
The three dimensional grain will pop out again once the finish hits it.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4336
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 23, 2007 - 6:01 pm:   Edit Post

The body is well under way:
assembly

assembly

The fingerboard is on the neck and the peghead is rough shaped now too:
assembly
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4602
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, May 25, 2007 - 8:25 pm:   Edit Post

I wrote to Mike about this when it happened, and now for the Club update. When carving the neck last month, a big, ugly snot showed up near the 12th fret. This was not something that we could tolerate:
blemish
So we had to chop off the body and get a new neck constructed:
neck

neck

The new neck is ready for veneers and its fingerboard next week, and should get back in carving the first week of June. It's got even heavier figuring than the first one.

Back on track now!
mgreen
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Username: mgreen

Post Number: 5
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Monday, June 04, 2007 - 7:30 am:   Edit Post

Ok, are we all set with the rest of the specifications, regarding inlay, peg head etc?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4626
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, June 07, 2007 - 6:17 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the back of the peghead:
purpleheart
It's Purpleheart like you requested. Don't mind the glue spots, rough shaping and the burn in the Cherry - they are only temporary.

I'll be happy to call you to review the rest of your specifications. Just tell me what time works well for you.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4658
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 - 6:41 pm:   Edit Post

Your guitar is in carving now:
carving

carving

Sorry there's a little motion blur on these photos, but you can still tell that things are movin' right along.
mele_aloha
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Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 167
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Monday, June 18, 2007 - 9:43 am:   Edit Post

Was that snot in the neck due to a cold? LOL
mgreen
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Username: mgreen

Post Number: 6
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Sunday, August 05, 2007 - 11:35 pm:   Edit Post

can i get some feedback please. I am in Europe and would like to know status. Thank you.
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 509
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 - 6:12 am:   Edit Post

Michael,

In case you missed it, Mica just added a baby boy to the family. She's been away from work, but if I read correctly is planning on being around sometime soon.

I know it's an expensive call, but a phone call would probably get you a quick answer.

Hang in there =)

Toby
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4755
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 5:29 pm:   Edit Post

About half-way through finish now:
spray

spray

spray
the_8_string_king
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Username: the_8_string_king

Post Number: 696
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2007 - 8:18 pm:   Edit Post

Pretty. Awesome. Pretty Awesome!
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1297
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 12:47 am:   Edit Post

Just Pretty full stop. I love the further guitar shape and this quilt sets it off perfectly.

Graeme
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2586
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

Lookin' REALLY good!

Bill, tgo
mgreen
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Username: mgreen

Post Number: 7
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 5:37 pm:   Edit Post

I'm real concerned that the "book match" is not close. I assume it will not be too noticibe once the electronics and wolf are added but I have serious reservations.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4777
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 7:13 pm:   Edit Post

The short story is that I don't think you will be disappointed with the grain of your guitar in person, it's an absolute stunner. Here's a longer explanation:

The bookmatch is a regular old bookmatch. The only wood missing is the kerf of the bandsaw blade and the minor sanding to get things flat. Even though a lot can happen grain-wise in that small space, Quilted and Flame Maple don't really ever look bookmatched if you look closely. Here's some more pictures of your guitar.

This one is pretty straight on and with a flash:



If you concentrate on just a small area, you can see the symmetry of the bookmatch:



Enlarged for an even better view:



And again from a slightly different angle:


What shows up with the figured Maples is the grain direction. It's the changes in the direction that make the interesting and shimmery effect we all enjoy. When we slice across a plane, a given area of the left side of the bookmatch has the grain going up, while the same area on the right has the grain going down, but before we cut it, the grain was continuous.

It's sort of hard to visualize, but think of Les Paul guitars you've seen, with the Flame Maple bookmatched to center. On one side, the same shape of figure looks light in color, and on the other side of the bookmatch it's darker. Look at the back of this one on Gibson's website and you'll see what I'm talking about.
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1641
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2007 - 8:52 pm:   Edit Post

is wolf getting a brother? coool!!!!!!!!!!!
lol

it looks fine- its not btc
the symmetry is in the angle of the grain away from the neck not the actual appearance of the figuring
both sides dont match exactly in appearance
but if you look at it- the grain is fine and it evens out perfectly by the brisge pickup
one thing for sure, Bob knows how to lay out wood
he's pretty much taught everyone at alembic.

(Message edited by flaxattack on August 23, 2007)
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1303
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, August 24, 2007 - 1:02 am:   Edit Post

It looks perfect to me. Especially in the last pic. You're going to be very happy when you see it in person Micheal.

graeme
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5448
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2007 - 6:31 pm:   Edit Post

I love that last pic!! Beautiful!
trekster
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Username: trekster

Post Number: 147
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 5:50 am:   Edit Post

I love the explanation.. to me it even becomes more evident when you bookmatch a piece of spalted maple that also has figure.. in some ways mirrored, and yet.. heh.

--T
mgreen
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Username: mgreen

Post Number: 8
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Monday, August 27, 2007 - 7:22 am:   Edit Post

Yes, the new pics are amazing. Thank you for the additional post!! I have seen some funny things with lighting and angle that can really change the way maple can look. Thanks again.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4921
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 - 6:37 pm:   Edit Post

Glue can be alarming at this stage, but thought you'd want to see a pic of the inlay in process:
inlay
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1759
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2007 - 9:52 pm:   Edit Post

my wolf brotha!!!!!!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4943
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 - 6:38 pm:   Edit Post

Peghead inlay:
inlay

Both the cloud in the logo and the lightning bolt are in gold mother of pearl.
mgreen
Junior
Username: mgreen

Post Number: 11
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2007 - 7:07 am:   Edit Post

Looks great Mica! Perfect size.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4966
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, December 07, 2007 - 8:19 pm:   Edit Post

Still a little glue in place, but you get the general idea:
nameplate
We've never carved this many letter in this small a space. It might be hard to tell in the photo, but this is a very nice golden color slab of shell.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 4968
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, December 07, 2007 - 8:29 pm:   Edit Post

Wolf inlay is done as well:
wolf
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1810
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post

what
no drool?
the gentler of the wolf den,...
looks great
mgreen
Junior
Username: mgreen

Post Number: 12
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2007 - 5:16 pm:   Edit Post

Is it too late to add Guitar Hero™ controls?
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5308
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 4:22 pm:   Edit Post

Already safely in Michael's hands, here's the finished shot for the rest of the folks that have been following this guitar:
done
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 1777
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 4:29 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice.
Play it well Micheal.

Graeme
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6567
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 7:29 pm:   Edit Post

Great guitar!
flaxattack
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Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1979
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Friday, May 16, 2008 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post

another member of the wolfpack is born
thats a sweet guitar mike
play it in good health.........
regards
direwolf
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3095
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 17, 2008 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

Suhhhhwwweeeeeettttt! Of course one might suspect that I'm partial to Furthers. This one looks real nice. Enjoy (I'm sure you will!)

Bill, tgo
mgreen
Junior
Username: mgreen

Post Number: 13
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 - 1:34 pm:   Edit Post

In response to the last few post, I must tell you that what really impreses me about this guitar is that it sounds as good if not better than it looks if that is possible. While we all know Alembic products sound amazing, I did loose sight of that during the production process.

I was playing it last night, and it truly inspires creative playing as promised by Sue and Mica. Now that some time has passed from the construction process, I can really just enjoy this guitar. I did make one major mistake. I made the guitar too nice! It was very tempting to get caught up in all of the custom possibilities. I don't even think about taking this masterpiece out of the house. But since I got to have that "sound" when I play out I'm now considering a stock model Tribute.

Perhaps Mica can post a pic of the back of this guitar. The matching flame maple back is quite amazing. A few of the other features that you may not notice, locking gold tuners, purple heart wood on the back of the peg head, and an internal dimming switch for the LED's. Also, the gold mother of pearl throughout is a great unifying touch. If anyone has any questions or needs advise let me know.
californiaman
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Username: californiaman

Post Number: 10
Registered: 6-2008
Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 - 6:16 pm:   Edit Post

Michael,
you are truly blessed.
I'd be inspired too, it I were you.
Todd
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6728
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 28, 2008 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

Michael; if you want, post some pictures in the Showcase section of the board.

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