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Intermediate Member
Username: crgaston

Post Number: 200
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 10:41 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations, Tom, on Pele being the May COTM!!!

That is an amazing guitar, and you're having a bass built with this wood also!?! Some guys have all the fun!

Absoloutely fantastic!

Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 410
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 03, 2006 - 11:41 pm:   Edit Post

I agree a great looking guitar.
One minor question though?
Are the strings red or is it just a trick of the light?
Username: foth

Post Number: 97
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 3:07 am:   Edit Post

I think they are really red, Jazzyvee.

That 'heaping scoop o' mojo' is a priceless option!
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 422
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 5:45 am:   Edit Post

Congrats on the COTM. It is a beautiful instrument.

Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1876
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 6:03 am:   Edit Post

Congrats, Tom!


Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1261
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post


Cool! And well deserved! Once again, I LOVE this wood. One question: did you pay full price for the "heaping scoop o' mojo" or was it part of a monthly special? LOL

Bill, tgo
Advanced Member
Username: tom_z

Post Number: 376
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 7:08 am:   Edit Post

Congrats Tom! What a great guitar. Enjoy!

Intermediate Member
Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 145
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 8:29 am:   Edit Post

Thanks everyone! I'm overjoyed with both the guitar and selection for this month's custom.

Jazzy, the strings are DR Extra Life Coated. They come in black, blue and red. I just used them for the photo ops at Alembic, but now that I've played them I do like them. I usually play D'Addario XL's, but these seem to keep their tone longer. I'm going to restring with the XL's in a day or two and see what it sounds like.

The mojo was a surprise option. Bill, were you there when the mojo was installed? Or is it some long lost elven ritual performed under the full moon? We'll have to see if the option makes its way to the quote generator.

Charles, the new bass is done (that was FAST) and Mary said she'll be getting it out very soon. Of course, pics to follow in the showcase. If the fine people at Alembic didn't make it so much fun, I could probably restrain myself. But then they go and say things like "snakewood fingerboard" in a recent monthly special, and my mind starts to wander... ;)

Thanks again,

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 3766
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 5:52 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats!! Great guitar!!
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 419
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Thursday, May 04, 2006 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

Amazing! Like it was chiseled from stone! Congrats on a much deserved COTm.


Intermediate Member
Username: jseitang

Post Number: 153
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2006 - 11:08 am:   Edit Post

the burl on that piece of wood is RIDICULOUS. mother nature at her finest. i wonder how a series II bass would look like with that kind of wood!
Intermediate Member
Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 147
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2006 - 11:24 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Dave, Jonathan, and Jimmy!

Yeah, the wood is just crazy. I struggled with that, forego the guitar and get the maxed out bass, but I wanted to experience a custom Alembic guitar, so I had to do it. Here's what we started with:




Username: jaysimon

Post Number: 11
Registered: 1-2006
Posted on Friday, May 05, 2006 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post

Gorgeous guitar. The wood looks awesome and the control knobs are a wonderful touch.

Congrats on the COTM as well as owning that instrument!

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