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Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1799
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 7:53 am:   Edit Post

What is the truth behind this claim by the seller that "This guitar was commisioned by Alembic to the Tokai guitar works in Japan."


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Username: jagerphan84

Post Number: 292
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, December 07, 2009 - 9:17 am:   Edit Post

I think 'commissioned' might be an inaccurate word choice, but I have read of some connections between the guitars built under the El Maya name (and a few other brand names) and Alembic; namely that the Japanese builders visited the mothership and picked up some of the construction techniques characteristic of Alembic instruments. I've got a Misato-Chushin made "Bambu" guitar (one of those 'other brand names') that actually has laminated strips of bamboo in its neck-through construction.

FWIW, the Bambu is one hell of a solid axe, with fantastic action, intonation and playability. I'm not sure about 600 Euros though, I got mine for $500 a few years back, and mine is serial # 10003 - third in the original production run.

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Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4186
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 8:11 am:   Edit Post

I doubt Alembic had anything to do with this guitar. I have an El Maya guitar that is similar to Alembic construction. You can see it here.

Bill, tgo
Username: mica

Post Number: 6477
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 12:32 pm:   Edit Post

There is no truth to the claim, I've contacted the seller to alert them. Hopefully, they will make the correction.
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1801
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post

Somehow I didn't think there was. But it seems the auction is listed as ended, so maybe that's the end of that.


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