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Username: stanpz

Post Number: 1
Registered: 5-2010
Posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 - 10:08 pm:   Edit Post

I've played guitar since high school ( I'm 58 now ), but I would consider myself a ameteur who just enjoys playing at home. I have always loved the Grateful Dead and I can now afford an Alembic. I am having trouble deciding between Further and Tribute. I'm eliminating the stage versions of each. I don't have large paws, so neck size may be a factor. I like to play traditional rock, blues, Dead, no metal. There are no dealers near me. Can anyone give me a quick thought on the two models. This is my first post on this forum. I am new to Alembic guitars. I own PRS, Strats, Teles, Suhr etc. I just love guitars and have too many, as others here may also. Thanks for any thoughts you have. I have located potential guitars on Guitar Rez in Austin and Will Gunn Guitars. Any other dealers to check out ?
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Username: crobbins

Post Number: 628
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 6:47 am:   Edit Post

The neck on my Tribute has the best feel, and action of any guitar I have ever owned. I've never played a Further, although I do want one. Tributes are set-neck, and furthurs are neck-through. The electronics are quite sensitive. I have looked at those guitars at GuitarRez. as well...
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Username: hydrargyrum

Post Number: 802
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 9:23 am:   Edit Post

As Craig points out, Furthers are neck through, and Tributes are set neck. Usually a neck through guitar is said to have more sustain, and the tone is primarily determined by the woods used in the neck. A set neck guitar is said to be more punchy, and the body woods have a greater contribution to the tone. The electronics and scale length are identical on the standard models, so primarily you will be looking at the differences in the neck through/set neck wood combination.
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Username: pace

Post Number: 554
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 9:35 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the board, Stan!

Weight may also be a factor. Due to the size & thickness, a Tribute will be slightly heavier, yet that's a relative thing.... the Trib has a maple core, and the Further has a Purpleheart core, both of which are dense compared to say mahogany, ash or alder.
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4448
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post


Welcome to the club. If you're planning on buying a new instrument, you have the option to have the neck shaped any way you want. For example, when my custom Further was being built, I brought my old Strat up to the factory and they copied the neck. As for the woods used, you can change the recipe too. On my Further I have Vermilion core and neck laminates instead of the purpleheart. Either one, Further or Tribute, you can't go wrong.

Bill, the guitar one
Username: jx2638

Post Number: 83
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Friday, June 04, 2010 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

I played '79 strats for 20+ years and never thought I'd switch or say this...the neck on the Futher and Trib is absolutely the sweetest feel ever. I'll never go back. I will say that having been accustomed to the strat body made the Further body type feel like home. If a custom isn't necessary, check out the Further on ebay right now....ends tomorrow I believe. No LED's but at $5K it could be a sweet deal. Whatever you choose and at whatever price point, you won't be disappointed.

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