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mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5549
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 6:07 pm:   Edit Post

Found your body at the assembly station the other day:
assembly

So I asked it to pose for a picture:
assembly

And then the neck got jealous, so it joined in, so to speak:
assembly
jalevinemd
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Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 674
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post

Nice...been a long time since we've seen one of these babies roll of the line. Can't wait to see it finished.
davehouck
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Post Number: 7027
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, September 12, 2008 - 8:39 pm:   Edit Post

Cool!! I agree with Jonathan; it's nice to see a California Special in the FTC.
mica
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Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2008 - 12:09 pm:   Edit Post

Now with more glue!
assembly

assembly
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1943
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - 4:36 am:   Edit Post

Cool. I'm looking forward to seeing this quilt under some finish.

Graeme
xray1960
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Post Number: 1
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 5:45 pm:   Edit Post

Hi,

Mike from NJ here. These are my new guitar's baby pictures. I'm going for an ocean burst with emphasis on the emerald center, going to the auqa/teal edge.

This guitar represents a middle aged crisis wish fulfillment of a man who spent too much time away from music.

Hope I can be worthy of it when it comes home to me.

Actually, it is only the noon of life, and this drop dead gorgeous lady will get me back on the path.

Good wishes to all!
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 490
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 7:50 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Mike,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on a great choice to get you back on track.

Best,

Art
hydrargyrum
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 374
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:21 am:   Edit Post

Hey Mike, I hope to have a mid-life crisis someday too. Congratulations on your return to music.
xray1960
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:46 am:   Edit Post

Open question to all in forum:

Look at the front of the guitar, near the tail, especially on the lower body half. Does anyone else see a "waterstained" appearance to the grain?

Does this give the appearance of a fault (blemish) in the grain that will detract from appearance later?
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1960
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:51 am:   Edit Post

Are you talking about the dark shaping marks around the edges which will obviously be sanded out during final shaping? otherwise all I see is a nicely figured slice of quilt maple - the dark lines indicate to me that you'll be getting a very deep quilt effect similar to woody.

Graeme
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 912
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 7:01 am:   Edit Post

I agree with Graeme- really deep quilt, which should look great when the finish hits.
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1975
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 7:15 am:   Edit Post

No reason to panick - if there's anything really wrong with the wood I'm sure they'd rather not put their name to it.

There's another FTC thread here for a Further, where they found a nasty spot in the neck after they started to shape it, which was even after the neck was glued to the body wings. They took the whole instrument apart and built a completely new neck.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3320
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 12:25 pm:   Edit Post

Michael:

No need to worry. Once the finish hits it, you will be blown away! People who see Woody for the first time invariably reach out to touch it because they can't believe the surface is really flat. The 3-D quality of quilted maple under finish is my all time favorite guitar top. Swirly cocobolo is a close second, which is why I chose it for Woody's back. Alembic don't do no water stains!

Bill, tgo
xray1960
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Post Number: 3
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 1:37 pm:   Edit Post

OK. Thanks for the encouraging feedback.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5647
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:29 pm:   Edit Post

Quilted Maple is so hard to judge from photos. Now that we're sanding the guitar, the amount of figure appears to wane, so it will be especially rewarding when the finish hits it.

The blue arrows are all pointing to the same type of feature:

It's not a stain, but rather part of the structure and natural beauty of the wood. It's just where this piece was cut revealed it this way.

The routing is completed now:
carving

carving

So in a couple of weeks, we'll have sealer coats and the first shots of color. Once you see that, I know your mind can be at ease. This is going to be a stunning guitar.
lmiwa
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Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 67
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 6:55 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah, that is going to look SOOOO nice!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5669
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 6:32 pm:   Edit Post

SOOOO nice is right:

spray

spray

That little water stain worry should fade away now.
hydrargyrum
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Post Number: 377
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2008 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

Absolutely beautiful. More guitars need water spots ;)
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 1966
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 5:56 am:   Edit Post

WOW! Sorry Bill, I think I might have a new favourite maple guitar!

Graeme
paulman
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Username: paulman

Post Number: 334
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 9:52 am:   Edit Post

I can't wait to see the color on this baby! I LOVE Alembic's quilted maple choices.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3335
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, October 25, 2008 - 9:54 am:   Edit Post

No problem, Graeme. I may have to get one of these myself! This is turning out to be a stunning instrument in an iconic shape. You are indeed a lucky man, Michael.

Bill, tgo
xray1960
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 7:36 pm:   Edit Post

To All:

I am a believer! In fact,I am already getting a Woodrow looking at it.

Best,

Michael
xray1960
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Post Number: 5
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2008 - 7:39 pm:   Edit Post

The stain that I am aspiring to can be found on this website under Products/Skylark/Staining options. Light emerald in the middle, with wash to teal at edges
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7193
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 7:38 pm:   Edit Post

Great quilt!!!
jalevinemd
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Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 694
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 8:01 pm:   Edit Post

I know your going for a certain color, but this thing just looks so beautiful as it is. I'd put in the electronics, slap on the hardware and call it a day!

Either way, it's going to be spectacular.
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5730
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 - 5:21 pm:   Edit Post

As usual, it looks sooooo much better in person:

ready to rub

It's in the final curing stage, so it's at least a week away from any more work while the finish finishes hardening. But now you can enjoy that intense color.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7268
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

Very nice!!
robinc
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Username: robinc

Post Number: 109
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2008 - 8:30 pm:   Edit Post

i never thought I would enjoy green so much! (well, except for certain situations... ;-) ) Congrats!
xray1960
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Posted on Monday, December 29, 2008 - 8:57 am:   Edit Post

Yea Baby!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5770
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 8:17 pm:   Edit Post

Rubout and buffing success story, now just getting loaded and drilled:
setup

Nut blank installed:
setup

Looking good!
davehouck
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Posted on Friday, January 16, 2009 - 8:53 pm:   Edit Post

Looking good indeed!
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3484
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 17, 2009 - 10:02 am:   Edit Post

Michael:

Believe it of not, I saw another green California Special last weekend at the World Guitar Show in San Rafael. It is being sold by Guitar Showcase in San Jose on consignment from Steve Miller. (GSC had a booth at the show). It's a '93. IIRC the green stain is over flame maple and there is no burst. IMHO yours is far more attractive. That's a VERY nice piece of quilt you have there. And the subtle burst is sweet, especially the matching burst peghead. Congrats on another great Alembic guitar.

Bill, tgo
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5773
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009 - 6:26 pm:   Edit Post

Here's some photos of the abalone inlays:

inlays

inlay

inlays
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2070
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 12:51 am:   Edit Post

Love those inlays. The third fret inlay looks like something crazy going on on Jupiter's surface.

Graeme
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5827
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 4:27 pm:   Edit Post

Here's a picture of the finished guitar:
michaelk_done1.jpg
Sorry about the flash blowing out the tailpiece, but you can still tell it looks awesome. Once it's all polished up and ready to slip in the case, I'll take some more pictures and share.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7458
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 5:39 pm:   Edit Post

Great guitar!! Beautiful finish!
andbassforall
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Username: andbassforall

Post Number: 39
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 9:01 pm:   Edit Post

Not only is the green finish awesome, the gold hardware makes it even more awesome.
bassfingers
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Username: bassfingers

Post Number: 169
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 5:08 pm:   Edit Post

Sweet!.
jalevinemd
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Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 708
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, January 30, 2009 - 5:31 pm:   Edit Post

I cringed when I saw that this spectacular top was getting tinted. But I gotta say...very nice!
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3504
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 9:21 am:   Edit Post

Mike:

I happened to stop by Alembic yesterday to have a quick upgrade done to Woody, my custom Further. I got to check out your guitar. It is stunning. The abalone ovals are spectacular, especially how they flash and change as the viewing angle changes. As for the tint, I'm with Jonathan - I usually not a fan of anything other than subtle amber tints on quilted maple, but your green burst really works! Congrats on a beautiful guitar.

Bill, tgo
xray1960
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Username: xray1960

Post Number: 7
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 - 2:11 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Everybody,

Thanks for the support and useful feedback for this guitar. Mica may post more pictures. The most recent finished product pic is not available for some reason.

IŽll look forward to your future projects, and will follow them with interest. I think that this may not be my last Alembic.

MK
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 7514
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 08, 2009 - 3:56 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats Michael!
mica
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Username: mica

Post Number: 5851
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 - 12:11 pm:   Edit Post

The picture nibbling gremlin has struck again. Here's the same picture as before, only less missing:

done!

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