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paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 1
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 8:08 pm:   Edit Post

Just purchased this guitar and am curious to know the history. Also, based on the serial number, I know it's the 55th instrument made, but I wonder what number guitar this is? 10, 20, 30? In other words, of the 54 instruments made before this one, how many were guitars? It's also got a unique headstock I haven't seen on another Alembic. Beautiful instrument.
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 3561
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 1:58 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club Eric, can you post a picture in here as I for one would love to see the guitar. We do like to see pics of the vintage alembics here as well as the newer ones.

Jazzyvee
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5502
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

Welcome to the club, Eris. We've been watching the auction on that guitar - a stunning beauty. 74-53 had a similar headstock. You can see it in this link. Also, IIRC, David Bowie's guitarist, Carlos Alomar, had a similar guitar that came up for auction a couple of years ago.

Bill, the guitar one
paexplorer
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Post Number: 2
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Friday, August 09, 2013 - 5:38 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the welcome. That's a great link to 74-53. I'll post some pics when I have a few minutes over the weekend. If there are any other links to early 74s, I'd love to see them.
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5509
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 9:20 am:   Edit Post

Not a '74, but here's a link to 72-10, the earliest guitar currently accounted for within the club (it proudly sits in my studio). For other early Alembics, try cruising through the "Series 1 basses and guitars" section of "Showcase".

Bill, tgo
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 4
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 7:40 am:   Edit Post

Wow, What A specimen
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 7
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 7:28 am:   Edit Post

Getting her ready for a restring and setup, but wanted to post a few pics.




cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1549
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 11:13 am:   Edit Post

Now that is just yummy!
(But the gig bag makes me nervous; put that poor thing in a case before I have a heart attack!)

Peter
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 8
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 1:28 pm:   Edit Post

Haha, it's not going to leave the house much, so don't be nervous
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1888
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6:03 pm:   Edit Post

That's beautiful!
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 14
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, I'll post more pics when she's back from the shop.
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 18
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 6:43 am:   Edit Post

Here's another link...

http://www.musurgia.com/products.asp?ProductID=5283

I've done a lot of research and I can only find "internet" evidence of 4 of these style guitars. Mine, Carlos Alomar's, the one linked a few posts above and the one in this link. Can anyone else add to the search?

As far as condition, I have to say that mine is the hands down winner. Carlos' has a ton of play wear, the one linked above was unfortunately modded to fit a synth, and the one in this link has had a headstock repair.

Mine is still in the shop, but she is basically aces. Could possibly be in need of a re-fret, but won't know for sure until she's re-strung and adjusted.
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1555
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

John "Maramaduke" Dawson had one in that style.

Peter
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1556
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 8:44 am:   Edit Post

John "Maramaduke" Dawson had one in that style.

Peter
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 20
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 9:19 am:   Edit Post

Sure enough... Different body style, but similar headstock. Link....
http://www.bromptons.co/reference-library/articles/article-3870-alembic-history.html
elwoodblue
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1499
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 1:34 am:   Edit Post

Here's another early "six on a side" Alembic guitar:

73-28
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5515
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 12:35 pm:   Edit Post

I don't believe the Bromptons article referenced two posts up is accurate. I doubt Marmaduke's guitar was built in 1971, (which would have made it the first Alembic, before Jack Cassidy's), and IIRC, there were no Series II instruments made in 1972.

Bill, tgo
room037
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Username: room037

Post Number: 497
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 10:55 pm:   Edit Post

I'm also thinking about Marmaduke's guitar.
It has PF-5 circuit with extra SW (mellow SW ?) that I think.
So the guitar was made at 1973.
May be some update was done. (humcancel PU, bridge are changed.)

Next guitar (series 2 1972) is looks like newer because refurbish work.
I can touch only the narrower humcancel PU and mustache tail.
The narrower humcancel PU was featured at 1974 to early 1976 (around SN 300).
I think the guitar was made at 1975 with series 2 upgraded lately.

Eiji
paexplorer
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Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 12
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Monday, September 02, 2013 - 8:52 am:   Edit Post

And Another

http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/10029.html?1084501381
bazzer
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Username: bazzer

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2014
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 4:37 pm:   Edit Post

Well bust my buttons. Didnt think that Id ever see this beauty again. As paexplorer requested in his original post, heres a wee bit of odd history regarding 74-55.

I owned this guitar for a few years in the early 1980s. At the time I was building and repairing instruments in New York City, and one of my customers, Scott Hamilton, a fine young jazz player needed to sell it as he had just arranged to purchase a new guitar from Jimmy DAquisto. Though my main focus was on building flat top steel string guitars, Id have been extremely foolish to ignore the electric guitar market if I wanted to stay in business, so took the opportunity to purchase 74-55, and for a few years I had the pleasure of playing and examining her, and using what I learned when I began building solid body instruments. In fact, the first bass that I made had woodwork that was directly inspired by this guitar, but I used Bartolini electronics in lieu of Alembic Series 1 parts.

While I was confident in asking for good money for my building and repair services, Ive never felt that my playing was ever worth paying to hear. Thusly, when Id gleaned what lessons that 74-55 had to offer me, I sold her to another, more worthy musician. At that time, she was the only Alembic that Id ever seen with 6 tuners on a side, and I never thought that Id see one with an identical phallus shaped headstock. Then, a few months after I sold 74-55, Carlos Alomar called me to inquire as to wether I could refret his Alembic guitar, and repair his blue box. I was more than a bit surprised to open his case and see a virtual twin to the lovely instrument that Id previously owned and appreciated so well. If I get the time, perhaps Ill go rooting around and see if I cant uncover my copy of his receipt from about 30 years ago, and try and find that guitars serial number.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3328
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 5:37 pm:   Edit Post

Hello Barry,
Welcome to our spot on the WEB ! Your first post is EPIC and I can feel empathy of your experience as your words carve your recollections for us to relate . Very Kool !
artswork99
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Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1978
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 6:39 pm:   Edit Post

Barry, thanks for sharing such a grand story. It's got to be nice to see this old friend. Welcome to the forum! Art

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