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paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 39
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 7:03 pm:   Edit Post

Hi all. Bought this on Ebay a little while ago with the intention to do some electronics upgrades and other stuff. Decided to focus on another project so selling for what I paid. Link to original Ebay listing below. If no sale here in a week, I'll list back on Ebay.

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=261324120663
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 907
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 9:41 am:   Edit Post

Nice guitar.

(Message edited by jalevinemd on December 31, 2013)
paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 40
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 11:06 am:   Edit Post

Thanks. I like it a lot, but took the stash of Alembic electronincs I had set aside for this project and decided to use them on another project. This guitar looks and sounds great, but I'm not a big fan of the thinner, single coil sound. I was hoping to convert to a fat sounding monster, but like I said, i had another project pop up that I thought was a better fit for the electroninc I wanted to use. Just looking to recoup my money. I bought at a great price too.
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 908
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 10:29 am:   Edit Post

Based on the electronics, I think this guitar is actually en Electrum with a CS body. Check the serial number. Does it have an E or CS?
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 909
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 10:33 am:   Edit Post

The Steve Miller guitar has the CS in the SN.

jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 910
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 10:39 am:   Edit Post

But, then, there's this CS in Europe. So who knows?
paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 42
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 11:51 am:   Edit Post

no CS In The Serial Number. There Is An E Though.
tmoney61092
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 902
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 12:12 pm:   Edit Post

Well the only difference is the Electrum uses the 5 way switch and the CS uses 3 on/off

~Taylor
paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 43
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

All the Electrums I've seen definitely have a different body style from the CS.
tmoney61092
Senior Member
Username: tmoney61092

Post Number: 903
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 12:33 pm:   Edit Post

I meant as far as electronics, Electrums are shaped like the Spoiler bass, this is simply a custom Electrum with a CS body

~Taylor
paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 44
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 - 2:55 pm:   Edit Post

Got It. Good Info. Thanks.
paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 45
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 8:41 am:   Edit Post

Looks Closer To The Vector Body Than The CS body.
bsee
Senior Member
Username: bsee

Post Number: 2662
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 11:44 am:   Edit Post

Alembic, based on the serial number they gave it, considered your guitar to be an Electrum when it left the factory. I don't know the guitars as well as the basses, so I couldn't tell you what the differences are. If it's just the switching, that's pretty minor.

Also, as of right now, the California Special isn't listed on Alembic's serial number chart in the reference pages.

In any case, those of us with familiarity with the brand know that the name applied to the instrument doesn't always tell you what the features will be or determine the value.
tncaveman
Advanced Member
Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 218
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Sunday, January 12, 2014 - 4:04 pm:   Edit Post

Just Curious - How Much???

This of course doesn't count to the cost of a divorce. LOL (sort of)

Stephen
paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 46
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 6:23 am:   Edit Post

Just Sold On ebay.
jcdlc72
Advanced Member
Username: jcdlc72

Post Number: 292
Registered: 11-2009
Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014 - 7:46 am:   Edit Post

So the only difference between Electrum and CS is the 5-way switch Vs. the three toggle switches?. Then my much dreamed CD must be also a combination of both, since IŽd rather go with the 5-way (maybe some push/pull knobs if needed be) than the 3 toggles (had a guitar like that once, and quite frequently found myself in "Off/No sound" mode after hitting them the wrong way... in the middle of a song.

Although not double locking (which would be my choice, Floyd-Rose double locking style), those Kahlers used to be quite good. I have a black one, the same exact model, on a Jackson Fusion EX (which was modded before I got it) and it was a matter of time before I got accustomed to it, and its setup, but it behaves nicely!
paexplorer
Junior
Username: paexplorer

Post Number: 47
Registered: 8-2013
Posted on Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 12:00 pm:   Edit Post

The research I've done and the information provided by other forum members on this guitar make it a custom electrum. The body is similar to a CS but it's not quite the same. This body is most similar to a Vector bass body. However, it has the electrum electronics package.

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