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adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 3130
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 4:05 pm:   Edit Post

It will not come as a surprise to those who like to browse the Factory To Customer threads here at the Club that this particular build will be a Featured Custom at the Alembic home page. No sirree! Lots of gorgeous wood on display, an iconic shape and a great story to boot.

Club members get a sneak preview here before it's posted to the main Alembic site.

Congrats John!
jon_jackson
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Username: jon_jackson

Post Number: 209
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 4:34 pm:   Edit Post

Very cool! The combination of concept, thought and details make this an incredible instrument.
Jon
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 2001
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 5:31 pm:   Edit Post

What a beautiful guitar John! The wood choice and features are stupendous and so well executed ;) Congratulations, Enjoy, and Play it Healthy!
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11461
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 7:19 pm:   Edit Post

I love this guitar! So much off the scale cool stuff, yet it all works together beautifully.
dead_head
Junior
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 41
Registered: 5-2014
Posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 8:41 pm:   Edit Post

WOW! That is exquisite! The woods are absolutely gorgeous! Enjoy in good health, John.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4186
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 1:10 am:   Edit Post

What Dave said..... Stunningly beautiful.
I do like that body style more on guitar than bass I have to say.
zomnius
Junior
Username: zomnius

Post Number: 19
Registered: 9-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 2:43 am:   Edit Post

stunning looks!!!
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 2239
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 3:04 am:   Edit Post

As usual, an incredible guitar, enjoy it John
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 3564
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 5:17 am:   Edit Post

Congrats John. I've followed your build since I saw it 'in the flesh' and just knew it would be CotM.

Graeme
jzstephan
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Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 268
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:20 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks everyone: I am truly honored and humbled.

I know everyone likes pics; so here's some more!

Ebony and purpleheart knobs - fluted just like stock knobs.


keith_h
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 2059
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 7:44 pm:   Edit Post

Who did the knobs? What size are they (top hat or collet knob size)? I like what I see and would consider getting a set for my Series and maybe fretless.

Keith
jzstephan
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Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 269
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:49 pm:   Edit Post

David King, top hat.
edwin
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 1816
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 10:43 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, what a stunning instrument. So many cool details (for a minute I thought to myself "hey, this is a Series II, where's the humcanceller and then realized it had a piece of the book matched wood!). Love the logo, too. And the wood, well, I'm speechless at its beauty.
funkyjazzjunky
Senior Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 908
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:20 pm:   Edit Post

Great looking guitar
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3577
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

Excellent in every way ! Congratulations !
smuprof
Advanced Member
Username: smuprof

Post Number: 239
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Friday, August 22, 2014 - 5:22 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the pictures of the knobs - love the purpleheart indicators! Congratulations on a spectacular instrument, John.
pauldo
Senior Member
Username: pauldo

Post Number: 1240
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 9:48 am:   Edit Post

Very nice.
The burl, the modified logo and those knobs!

Winner!
:-D
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 347
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 12:17 pm:   Edit Post

Fabulous, simply fabulous.

+1 on all of the comments above - plus the Skyway trem looks like it was made just for it.

Is it performing as expected?
jzstephan
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Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 273
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 2:24 pm:   Edit Post

Is it performing as expected? No, it's not. It has surpassed my expectations in every regard. I expected it to be like my series I from the late '70s. As nice as that guitar was, EVERYTHING is way better. The quality of the luthiery is really amazing, the electronics sound better than my fond memories, touching it is sensual, and it seems to know what I want musically. And, to answer your specific question about the trem: I've had everything (except a Floyd, I don't do dive bombs) and it responds as an integral part of my musical concept. I've had really expensive trems that felt 'disconnected' and non-musical; not the Skyway, it's my all time favorite.
5a_quilt_top
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 353
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 3:36 pm:   Edit Post

Kewl.

+1 on current Alembic build quality and electronics performance exceeding expectations.

And your endorsement of the Skyway is the final "push over the cliff" for my decision to use one on my next Alembic guitar project.
jzstephan
Advanced Member
Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 275
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:22 pm:   Edit Post

davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 11510
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 7:45 pm:   Edit Post

Cool picture!
jzstephan
Advanced Member
Username: jzstephan

Post Number: 276
Registered: 1-2012
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 7:13 pm:   Edit Post

dead_head
Junior
Username: dead_head

Post Number: 44
Registered: 5-2014
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 8:24 pm:   Edit Post

Awesome!!!
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 4218
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 - 5:44 am:   Edit Post

Those are inspiring pictures jzstephan. I may have a go myself at some dramatic photography with my Series I dragon.
tncaveman
Advanced Member
Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 238
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 5:04 am:   Edit Post

All I can say is WOW. That is such a cool guitar. And I'm a big fan of Stellaluna too. It was a favorite bedtime book for my kids. We have several bats hanging around the house. But a bat in burl buckeye is too cool!

Stephen
tncaveman
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Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 239
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 4:51 am:   Edit Post

All I can say is WOW. That is such a cool guitar. And I'm a big fan of Stellaluna too. It was a favorite bedtime book for my kids. We have several bats hanging around the house. But a bat in burl buckeye is too cool!

Stephen

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