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Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1604
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:01 pm:   Edit Post

I've been without an Alembic for a couple years now- owned a Rogue previously (http://alembic.com/club/messages/411/25827.html?1341369299) that I sold to fund the custom build of this lovely Elan (http://alembic.com/club/messages/631/52764.html?1227396051). I sold that bass to fund medical treatment of a close friend- that was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

I'm getting the itch for the next one. I'm not in any position to fund it currently, but I'm thinking I should be good in about 12 months if things stay on track here.

I'd love to build another Elan with signature electronics (no PJ this time). I'd probably ask for a slab body, but would take advice from Susan/Mica on a laminate top if they suggested. Maple and purpleheart neck combination, Elan peghed, 32" scale and..... an opaque paint job. Either tangerine orange or daphne blue. Toss in some cream colored pickups, a maple fretboard and a matching headstock.

It's just a dream, but the last one came to fruition... hopefully this one does too.
Advanced Member
Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 240
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 3:05 pm:   Edit Post

Speaking from recent experience - the maple fingerboard will be an interesting experience unto itself.

There are some finish considerations that can potentially impact the finish options for the entire neck - Susan or Mica will be able to explain the details better than I could.

In my case, it was resolved flawlessly on "Royale", but you'll need to be aware of your options and the potential compromises that you might have to make.

For me, it just had to be bird's eye maple for this project and the result is breathtaking and more than worth all of the extra effort required to get it "just exactly perfect".
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1605
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 7:14 pm:   Edit Post

good point on the maple- and it was a great choice on yours. It is a stunner.

The more I consider it, I'm convinced it will have to be tangerine orange with the cream pickups and maple board. Who doesn't like a good Creamsicle??!
Username: mica

Post Number: 8106
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 - 8:07 pm:   Edit Post

With a Creamsicle inlay at the 12th fret of course! In orange spiny oyster recon stone.
Senior Member
Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1606
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 6:00 am:   Edit Post

Hahaha!! not sure on the creamsicle inlay, but I am gonna have to google orange spiny oyster recon stone now!!!

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