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synthanalog
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Username: synthanalog

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Registered: 5-2010
Posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 1:28 pm:   Edit Post

Hello All,

I recently bought a 1978 Alembic Guitar at a yard sale. Absolutely gorgeous guitar! The serial Number is 78 1215A. It's missing basically all of the hardware except the body/ neck and tuners. I think it's a series I or II. If you can tell more about it from the pictures, please let me know. I'm currently trying to decide if I should restore it or sell it. Thanks a lot!
-Josh






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(Message edited by artswork99 on May 08, 2010)
artswork99
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Post Number: 1112
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 1:54 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Joshua and welcome to the forum. Nice find at a yard sale. Beautiful top! Looks like you will have some work to get this Series guitar back to playable but it will be worth it for sure. I did a search on the serial number and didn't see any prior requests. May I suggest that you place a request here for any information that may be on file. Enjoy the forum full of all things Alembic and a great community of users! Art

(Message edited by artswork99 on May 08, 2010)
lbpesq
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Post Number: 4409
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 1:59 pm:   Edit Post

Joshua:

Welcome to the club. A yard sale???!!! Wow! This one certainly looks like it's been through the wars! I'm not sure if Alembic was making a Series II back in '78. Nevertheless, it appears there are 8 holes which would be consistent with either a Series II (vol, filter & CVQ for each of two pickups + pickup selector + master vol) or a Series I with either an LED control, an aftermarket master vol., or a pickup selector moved from the horn to the control cluster to explain the extra hole for a Series I. It looks like the only thing remaining of the original electronics is the hum canceler. If you decide to restore it, I STRONGLY recommend that you use Alembic electronics. It won't be cheap, but dropping Dimarzios or any other standard type pickup and electronics into it would be akin to stumbling upon a Ferrari Dino in someone's barn, and then dropping a Chevy engine into it. If you're interested in selling, I'd certainly be interested in buying.

Bill, the guitar one.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 910
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 3:03 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations on the swell find and welcome .

I would agree that all Alembic replacement parts should be used. perhaps a complete refurb by Alembic including re- finish and fret & finger board work if needed.

Sonic Regards _________
mike1762
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Username: mike1762

Post Number: 530
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 - 4:50 pm:   Edit Post

A YARD SALE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
synthanalog
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Posted on Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 11:07 am:   Edit Post

Thanks for all the info and interest!

Regarding fixing it up with real Alembic hardware, I entirely agree. In fact, when I bought it, it had a washburn wonder bar tremolo system installed and cheap passive pick ups. It looked so junky that I almost passed the guitar up! Needless to say, I'm delighted I didn't. I can not express how relieved I was when I removed the bridge and found that the wood underneath was still intact.

In terms of restoring the guitar, I think I'll leave the project up to someone who can better appreciate it. I'll post the guitar on the for sale section of the Alembic Fan page with more pictures and details. I'm hoping to sell it for around $1000. Please feel free to let me know if this is way to high or way too low. Thanks!
synthanalog
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Registered: 5-2010
Posted on Sunday, May 09, 2010 - 12:00 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the link to the sale:

http://alembic.com/club/messages/395/79763.html?1273431480
sjhoffma
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Username: sjhoffma

Post Number: 145
Registered: 5-2008
Posted on Monday, May 10, 2010 - 12:45 am:   Edit Post

I would have came in my jeans if I saw that at a yard sale!!! Jesus christ I envy you!
jseitang
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Post Number: 284
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 1:42 pm:   Edit Post

hey josh,
is this guitar still up for grabs?
otis
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Username: otis

Post Number: 187
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post

Jimy,

The guitar is currently in my possession. I received it, today. It is a Series II with side LEDs (5 piece body, not sure of all the woods yet, but it looks like walnut, mahogany, maple, and purpleheart... there's 2 lams in the body that are rather dark, but I only glanced at it after taking it out of the box) and needs tons of work- going to be a long road, but I'm a patient man. It took me 15+ years to find my S2 Six String Bass, so I'm in no rush. I'll be starting a new thread about it, probably next week sometime...

Peace;)

Frank
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 958
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 6:30 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations on your new project!

I am sure that restoring it will be a fun endeavour .
Sonic Regards ______
otis
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Username: otis

Post Number: 190
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:54 pm:   Edit Post

Wolf! Thanks for the kind words.

Yes, it will be fun. Not sure which direction I'm going to go (it started life as a guitar, but it might end up a piccolo bass... heh, heh, heh) It measures 1 & 5/8, give or take a millimeter or 2, and looks like a 26" scale, so it would be an Ultra Short Scale as a bass, but I'm liking the idea, the more I think about it...

We'll see what the kind folks at Alembic have to say- I spoke to Mica, yesterday, and she brainstormed some and said she was going to run it by her Mom, so we'll see what they come up with.

I'm not sure how Mary will take the guitar to bass (piccolo bass) transformation idea, but we'll see...

Peace;)

Frank
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 961
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 9:11 pm:   Edit Post

Frank ,
when I first saw it I entertained the piccolo bass concept as well !
I am looking forward to watch for updates on what is decided and progress of the work and any major changes .

Sonic Regards ____
otis
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Username: otis

Post Number: 191
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2010 - 10:18 pm:   Edit Post

Wolf,

You know what they say- "Great minds think alike." I'm going to take a few pics, this weekend and post them, of the perspective between the guitar and my S2 Six String Bass. That should be pretty funny. It looks like Papa Bear and Baby Bear, for sure, LMAO.

Talk To You Soon;)

Frank
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4425
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 7:57 am:   Edit Post

Frank:

The big body translates to a long scale guitar. This means it was built to a 25 1/2" scale, like a Fender. The smaller body guitars, like this one are 24 3/4" scale, like a Gibson. Having recently restored a very neglected Epic 5 fretless (though not nearly as rough as this one), I can tell you that it is a fun and worthwhile endeavor to "bring her back". Of course, as a guitar player, I'd vote for "original", but I'm sure she'd make a great piccolo bass too. I almost jumped on this one, but I already have my hands full with projects. Whichever way you go, enjoy and play in good health.

Bill, tgo
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1955
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 12:14 pm:   Edit Post

Bill i notice mention small body alembic guitars being 24 3/4" scale. I checked my paper work on my small body series guitar and it is a long scale guitar. Maybe as it was a custom build the original buyer specified a long scale guitar.
Before I finally let my baritone guitar go I did consider a possible conversion to piccolo bass but like you I had too many other things going on to give it attention or money.

This one should be a really interesting to see once it is scrubbed up nicely.
Jazzyvee
yormajesty
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Registered: 4-2012
Posted on Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 9:11 pm:   Edit Post

Do you still have the project Alembic?

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