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Username: axeman

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 2:04 pm:   Edit Post

I recently saw an Alembic for sale at George Gruhn's store. I am new to the Alembic world, but I have never seen one like this before. What model is it? What woods were used in it? And how much would it cost to make a replica?
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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 674
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 2:09 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Steve, welcome to the club!

I too am totally in love with this guitar. I looked at it in the Gruhn inventory archive several times and I believe it sold for about $25,000 several (if not many) years ago. (I have read some comments from some folks who did not especially like this guitar. I like it plenty.) I think it has some of the hardware plated in Sterling Silver!

Best of my knowledge it is a very old one, perhaps one of the first guitars. Someone will likely check in and help us out.
Username: axeman

Post Number: 2
Registered: 6-2007
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 2:47 pm:   Edit Post

Cool. I'm a sucker for wacky and strange looking guitars, and when top quality is involved, I can't resist. I really like this axe too, and am hoping, once I get some info and a quote, that Alembic will make me a similar guitar!
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Username: byoung

Post Number: 701
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2007 - 8:30 pm:   Edit Post

I like it, I'd love to see the bass version.

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Username: foth

Post Number: 144
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 4:23 am:   Edit Post

This guitar was built by Rick Turner. The neck inlays are based on some of Johnny's tatoos. It's my favorite Alembic!
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5150
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - 10:17 am:   Edit Post

Hi Steve; welcome to the board!

The model is a Series I; but it's a highly custom, one of a kind Series I. If you are seriously interested in having a replica of this guitar built and would like a quote, then you need to call Mica or Susan on the phone. You will also need to go through an Alembic dealer to place the order. As a starting point, the list price as shown on the Alembic site for a Series I guitar is $12,900. That's before the custom hand cut inlays, body carving, and tailpiece, which will of course add significantly to the price. Personally, I think it's a wonderful looking guitar. This guitar has been mentioned in a number of previous threads. You might want to run a search on "Johnny Winter" if you are interested. This would be an amazing project; and if it were posted to the Factory To Customer section of the board we would all be following it closely. There have been very few Alembics with this level of carving detail in the body.

(Message edited by davehouck on June 23, 2007)
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Username: mele_aloha

Post Number: 174
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 - 2:10 pm:   Edit Post

I'm just wondering what the build date is on this beauty because I am also wondering if he had this one when I saw him at the Bodega in Campbell or Winterland aproximately 30-35 years ago. God, seems like only yesterday.

BTW, He played here in Hilo, Hawaii 2 weeks ago. I missed it.


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