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Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 778
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 3:03 pm:   Edit Post

This one really makes me want to play guitar. Beautiful instrument! Decent price too. Bill, buy this one before I do something crazy.

Username: smichaels

Post Number: 74
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 6:02 am:   Edit Post

looks like it might have mellow filters too! nice one.
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 779
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 6:22 am:   Edit Post

I thought that too at first. But after looking at it carefully, it is just the standard PF-5 electronics with the trim pots on the front. Just as cool though!

Michael Delacerda
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 2193
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 1:32 pm:   Edit Post


It's all yours. It does look cool, but it is, after all, an employee project, not an official Alembic. Also, the plate between the pickups has me scrathing my head. Is it original? The listing says there is a battery in there (just one, not two?). Is there also a humcanceller? And, while it is admittedly not clear from the photos, it appears there is no "sandwich" in the construction, just solid body wings. If that's the case, I have to wonder how much this beast weighs. Given all that, I think the price is a little high.

Bill, tgo
Username: mica

Post Number: 4305
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2007 - 1:56 pm:   Edit Post

The battery plate would be between the pickups, but I don't think that material is original.

It looks like there is a sandwich, just a 3-piece one. The core might be oak or a similarly light colored wood, but there seems to be a seam there.

I don't know who they talked to here, but it wasn't me or mom. Employee projects don't get logos or serial numbers, and this one's got a logo - mysterious. Of course they get finish! This one looks like an oil finish.

I'd make sure they checked the end of the peghead for a serial number. I don't see the #30 on the plate they refer to, maybe it's inside? Also, getting the number handritten on the circuit board or one of the pots, which will start with 73, might help identify this guy.

Michael's right, these are PF-5 electronics. The humcanceller is usually under the tailpiece in these instruments.
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 780
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 6:32 am:   Edit Post

It shouldn't be serial number 30 because I have a bass with that same number from 73. Notice that there is no brass plate under the pickup selector. I suspect that the serial number is under 30, if it really had a number. Being that it is this early, I suspect that it is not an employee project. Just my opinion though.

I wish it were a bass.

Mica - I think the battery cover looks like regualr pick guard material. It is easy to loose that plate!
Username: mica

Post Number: 4312
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, March 16, 2007 - 7:27 am:   Edit Post

It's also my opinion it's under thirty (unless it's the first dup serial) and not likely an employee project, since shop night hadn't been invented yet.
Intermediate Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 155
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Thursday, March 22, 2007 - 6:55 am:   Edit Post

I found these photo in my archives.
These are yellowish.

head back
whole back


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