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kitworld
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Username: kitworld

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 1:45 am:   Edit Post

Hi guys & gals. Itís my first time posting, so I hope I am putting this in the right category. The below project could not have been completed without thanking all the fine folks at Alembic for helping us figure out the wiring on the pickups and selling us a bridge, and Mike Lull in Seattle for the general build and Plek to the neck. They all helped make this dream come true.

For your comments, The Stralembic.

Body: Figured Alder. Paint by Wilkins Guitars
Neck: Made in Japan 62 reissue with matching blue headstock
Bridge: Alembic Brass
Pickups: Alembic
Electronics: Stratoblaster Installed. Active Alembic electronics. Battery compartment on the back of the guitar.
Tailpiece: Alembic Brass
Other Brass Parts: Rear Brass control plate. Brass Dunlop straplocks. Brass neck plate. Brass toggle and switch surround. Brass Vintage schecter Nut.

MORE DETAILED PICTURES AT http://www.bandpasses.com/AlembicWEb7.jpg

The Stralembic
bluplirst
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Username: bluplirst

Post Number: 89
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 2:35 am:   Edit Post

Comment:

I want it.
slawie
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Username: slawie

Post Number: 217
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 2:51 am:   Edit Post

How does it sound? Because it looks sweet!
Congratulations on getting it finished so quickly.

slawie
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1973
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 5:39 am:   Edit Post

A very interesting project. The bridge and tailpiece seem to go nicely with the deep blue colour.
Am i reading this correct, you have alembic electronics... and a stratoblaster as well?

You are making me lovesick for my alembicised stratocaster which is being refurbished by Jaydee and all being well should be finished within the next couple of months.

Play it heartily alembic activators in strats sound fantastic.

Jazzyvee
terryc
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 1246
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 6:00 am:   Edit Post

I bet that blows a few Standards into the weeds!!
Get a EH Big Muff and Small Stone on it, Hendrix/Ernie Isley eat your heart out.

(Message edited by TerryC on June 08, 2010)

(Message edited by TerryC on June 08, 2010)
ojo
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Username: ojo

Post Number: 31
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

That is super cool, and love the color scheme. So, what do the knobs do?

Reminds me that I should post pics of my Walembic (or is it Warmblic?) when I get it back from the shop.

Joe
kitworld
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Username: kitworld

Post Number: 2
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for all the input and comments. I got excited about the way it turned out, and stoked to see others are into projects like this as well. Please post pictures of your Frank (insteins) as well. Would love to see other weirdness. :-)

It ended up sounding very Alembic. Really clear bell-like tones. Obviously no noise or hum. Quiet as a mouse. The guitar overdrives nicely with a Fulltone OCD, and even with the built in effects of a line 6 Amp I have, but it really excels and you can tell the difference in tone when playing clean. Not sure that I appreciated the TONE of Alembic pickups before completing this guitar.

The first pot is master volume. The 2nd pot is master tone and is so Active and has such a wide range of tone that you can emulate a nice wha-wha sound. The first toggle switch is
Up: neck and center pickup
Center: all three pickups
Down: bridge pickup

The 2nd toggle switch is a 2-way switch for in and out of phase.

The Active electronics and the stratoblaster give it a ton of tonal variations, but I am using the blaster mostly for a 6 DB boost for soloing.

(Message edited by Kitworld on June 08, 2010)
hieronymous
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Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 785
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 11:54 am:   Edit Post

Looks like it would get along great with my Telembic! Looks great with the Alembic bridge and tailpiece.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4461
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 1:17 pm:   Edit Post

Very cool guitar! Is there a way you can play with just the neck pickup? Is the tone control an Alembic low-pass filter? Here's my Ferlembic. I also have a Fretlight Tele with Alembic guts.

Bill, the guitar one
mario_farufyno
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 451
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 1:37 pm:   Edit Post

That Gold-against-Blue is simply gorgeous!
eligilam
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Username: eligilam

Post Number: 264
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 2:54 pm:   Edit Post

That's awesome. All the cool Alembic parts on the front really class up the look.

[@ojo: Walembic? Warmoth, Washburn, Wal, or Wishbass? Do tell, perhaps in a new thread...]
ojo
Junior
Username: ojo

Post Number: 32
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 3:13 pm:   Edit Post

Mwa ha ha ha ha ha . . .

I'm going to leave you in suspense until I get it back. I've had the bass for about a year, and finally decided to have some work done on the neck now that I'm using it in one of my bands.

Next week I'll start a new thread with all the gory details.

Joe
slawie
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Username: slawie

Post Number: 218
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 4:02 pm:   Edit Post

Here is a picture of my Jalembic.
1977 Jazz bass with Hipshot d-tuner and Badass bridge
with - of course - Alembic pickups

Jazzbass

slawie
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1976
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 4:57 pm:   Edit Post

Here is what's happening to my stralembic.
http://web.mac.com/jazzyvee/iWeb/Delano%20Mills/Wailers%20Tribute%20Guitar.html


Jazzyvee
kitworld
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Username: kitworld

Post Number: 3
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 12:00 am:   Edit Post

Wow. The tele bass is rad. Like that you kept the Fender engraved logo pickup on it. Those Fernandesís gave me an appreciation of how good the Japanese guitars can be. The Marley tribute looks like it will turn out nice as well. As I am sure others will tell meÖnothing can beat a complete hand built guitar that is ALL alembic, but so cool to see other peopleís customs and variations.

There is a new-ish magazine called Guitar Aficionado that has a picture of David Crosbyís Gibson 335 that has been modified with a special brass tailpiece and electronics that was done by Alembic. Absolutely stunning. I would post a pic, but canít fine one online at all. I guess that was the first guitar ever with LEDs installed, or so says the article. Ron designed an onboard stereo preamp for it as well.
keith_h
Moderator
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1631
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 5:04 am:   Edit Post

Kit,
We have a Showcase section for Artists and their Alembics. This is where you can find and post information about famous folks and their Alembic instruments. While I couldn't find anything on David's 335 I did find this.

Keith
kitworld
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Username: kitworld

Post Number: 4
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 11:37 am:   Edit Post

That's the one!

You guys are doing nothing but being enabelers for my G.A.S. :-)
pace
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Username: pace

Post Number: 564
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 1:43 pm:   Edit Post

That's a nice strat Kit. It kind of reminded me of this one:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/15620.html?1104779237

If you're thinking about throwing Alembic guts in a 335, I suggest either a studio model or a Lucielle, as the backplate on these models makes swapping the electronics less stressful!
kitworld
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Username: kitworld

Post Number: 5
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 3:15 pm:   Edit Post

At some point, after my Alembic custom build, I woulen't mind moding a Les Paul, but I don't think an Alembic Bridge/tailpeice will work on a caved top?

Bruce is an amazing player.
crobbins
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Username: crobbins

Post Number: 634
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 6:41 am:   Edit Post

Tributes have a carved top.
crobbins
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Username: crobbins

Post Number: 636
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Friday, June 11, 2010 - 6:52 pm:   Edit Post

I had this custom Strat built in 1982. My friend Greg Cobb worked at Moonstone Guitars in Arcata CA. We had a reggae band called "The Vipers" so this was the "Viper Strat". It dosent have Alembic electronics yet, but one of these days it will, when I can afford it..





(Message edited by CRobbins on June 11, 2010)

[moderator's edit: stacked pictures]

(Message edited by davehouck on June 12, 2010)
kitworld
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Username: kitworld

Post Number: 6
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 - 12:13 pm:   Edit Post

That is a nice strat. Always liked some of the wood binding that Moonstone has done on their acoustics.

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