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inthelows
Intermediate Member
Username: inthelows

Post Number: 142
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 1:51 pm:   Edit Post

Says Alenbic style body.. check out the controls!
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flaxattack
Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 1285
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 3:41 pm:   Edit Post

sweet
lbesq will love it
jalevinemd
Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 536
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 4:09 pm:   Edit Post

Body is actually nicely contoured, but that has to be the ugliest headstock I've ever seen!
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1826
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 4:23 pm:   Edit Post

Flax:

I'm trying to find reasons not to love it. So far it's the lack of neck lams, the opening price, and I keep telling myself it's probably really heavy. Considering I just bought my Aria Pro II Rev Sound - spent a week in Key West - a wife and 11 year old to buy presents for this month - a big bill in the near future from the luthier who's working on my Martin - and, or course, someday I'll have to pay off my Further - I'm not actively looking for ways to spend $, if you catch my drift. But yea, it's sweet. Oh, and thanks Jonathan for pointing out the hideous peghead. And the truss rod cover looks a little crude, too.

Bill, tgo
jahnahisti
Junior
Username: jahnahisti

Post Number: 40
Registered: 9-2005
Posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006 - 6:20 pm:   Edit Post

Yeah. Had the potential to be really far out but the headstock just dropped the ball all over the place. Neck seems to be carved just a little to the right of center as well. Could be a nice design if it was cleaned up with a big headstock.
kmh364
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2050
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 6:51 am:   Edit Post

Looks like a std. Jackson or Kramer-style inline six peghead that was broken-off then machined to clean-up the edge with the two missing peghead holes redrilled. The string angle between the "B"-string machine and the nut is N/G: it rides on the (high) "E"-string machine spindle.
keith_h
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 623
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 6:56 am:   Edit Post

Hey Kevin haven't seen you around for awhile.

Keith
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1832
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 7:12 am:   Edit Post

The strings ride the posts on my Series I too, but not as radically.



If you look closely at the bottom point of the carved top, (unknown ebay guitar, not my Series), you'll see that the entire top is shifted to the right in relation to the neck. And the fact that the neck appears to be made of a single piece would make me worry about it staying straight. I'm thinking more and more that this is a garage job by a fairly talented builder with little experience. Very interesting, but with only pictures to judge, this guitar is a pig-in-a-poke. As such, the opening bid of nearly a $1000 is too much IMHO.

Bill, tgo
cozmik_cowboy
Junior
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 36
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 7:43 am:   Edit Post

I think it's even scarier than that, Bill. Look at the back shot. It's hard to be sure from the picture, but it looks to me like the neck is 2 or maybe even 3 pieces - THE WRONG WAY! Just north of the body, the wood changes color and the grain switches orientation 90 - looks like a splice transverse to the neck. Then, about halfway from the body to the (dogsh*t ugly) headstock, it seems to change again. A shame - the body is pretty cool.

Peter
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 962
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 9:06 am:   Edit Post

Peter I do beleive you're right. I nevered even noticed that until you poined it out.
kmh364
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 2052
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 10:21 am:   Edit Post

Bill: your strings barely touch the string posts directly underneath...the "B" on this thing WRAPS almost 180 degrees around the underlying machine post and changes direction!

Peter: looks like this thing either got two or more neck joints (it takes quite a lot of wood to make a neck-through) or maybe (part of the) neck was replaced. Maybe he had an old Kramer, Charvel or Gibson Explorer-(or other) clone that became a donor so this thing could have "Neck-through" construction.
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1836
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 11:04 am:   Edit Post

I'm thinking that the neck might be thinner than the body and the back center piece is a cap over the neck piece. Still, it does appear to have the grain running perpendicular to the neck, rather than parallel. Scary stuff indeed on a neck without any laminates. If it was relisted for a couple of hundred bucks it might be interesting to take a flyer on, but not for $1000.

Bill, tgo
sarsicus
Junior
Username: sarsicus

Post Number: 30
Registered: 4-2006
Posted on Friday, December 08, 2006 - 10:07 pm:   Edit Post

I think garage job too.....
Neck angle is all messed up...look how recessed the bridge is even with the body cut out. The string alignment over the pickup pole pieces is atrocious. The saddles on the bridge are cranked all the way back as are the rough adjustment screws for each bridge stud. Actually the string alignment on the neck is awful as well. Nut spacing looks bad too-much bigger gaps between treble strings than bass strings, maybe that's the picture though.

The three piece neck is killin me. I'm so mean. The shape is cool though.
cozmik_cowboy
Junior
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 37
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, December 09, 2006 - 6:49 am:   Edit Post

I dunno, Bill - the front of the neck in the body looks the same as the back, so it would have to be capped on both sides. And if it were a cap, I'd expect it to stop at the joint. I still think splice(s). Not even for a couple hundred.

Peter
keavin
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 997
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2006 - 3:21 am:   Edit Post

cozmik_cowboy
Junior
Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 44
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2006 - 6:17 am:   Edit Post

OK, Keavin, what is it? (Other than cool)

Peter
keavin
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 1000
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2006 - 6:26 am:   Edit Post

It's a "Stambaugh" http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=81832&page=322
inthelows
Advanced Member
Username: inthelows

Post Number: 311
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 4:01 pm:   Edit Post

It's back..round 2. The poor thing is having it's problems..
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alembic_doctor
Intermediate Member
Username: alembic_doctor

Post Number: 136
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

That is what I used to refer to as a "School Guitar".

When I was a slave at Guitar Center Phoenix, we used to get these meth head kids from the luthier school coming in at the end of every semester. They'd bring in their concoction and ask us to buy it for many thousands of dollars because it was "hand-made". Most of looked like it too.

I can tell this one was made by a student luthier because the fantastic finish on the headstock. and judging from all of the wiring that went into it, I'd have to say the creator was probably a tweaker as well.

Another unsolicited $0.02
apdavis
Member
Username: apdavis

Post Number: 69
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 4:19 pm:   Edit Post

"Fantastic finish" Ha ha!

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