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Username: tomhug

Post Number: 26
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 8:50 pm:   Edit Post

Alembic Guitar pickguard staight out of the 70's

Although it was the 70's . . .
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 560
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 10:50 pm:   Edit Post

I found this-
(sounds like a reasonable story):

"Pan was a company that was distributed by L.D. Heater. The same folks that distributed Alembic back in 1973 and 74 before Rothchild stepped in. A Pan/Alembic is a Pan instrument that was modified by Alembic on a production line basis. At least that is what the Pan brochure says that I am taking this from. The Pan/Alembic instruments featured Alembic ceramic magnet hot-rod modification and some Alembic shielding. There was also some Alembic low end boost and low end cut switches. So....a Pan was a Pan, and a Pan/Alembic was just a knockoff with some uprated electronics.

I think that they simply took PAN guitars and added some ALembic parts but they never were at the Alembic shop. The connection with LD Heater was that they distributed Alembic for a short time and the Pan line was thiers. "
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1125
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 5:39 am:   Edit Post

More on this from Mica about a year and a half ago.

"The Pan company sent us a guitar about 30 years ago and asked us what we would do to improve it. We sent it back to them with a list of points to improve. They incorporated some of the suggestions, and decided to market it with our name, much to our surprise. These guitars don't have anything do with Alembic, other than the hopeful use of our trademark."


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