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Intermediate Member
Username: tncaveman

Post Number: 153
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 3:32 pm:   Edit Post

Well, I hit the big five-o in 2014. After seeing that some other club guys have done this, I'm thing of getting a super sweet custom (or at least really nice) guitar. Since I already have 3 really nice basses, this one is going to have to be a guitar.

I pretty much can't afford, or at least justify, a new custom Alembic. If I did get an Alembic, it would be like nothing I have yet seen in the showcase sections. I'd love a Spectrum in a similar red (cranberry?) tinted quilted maple like my Elan bass. But, a coco bolo natural finish would be awesome too. So would a quilted or flame maple in natural. Especially with a nice tremolo (Wilkinson or Skyway.


So, I'm looking at options. I really like some of the PRS and Carvin's. The double cut-a-ways with 2 or 3 pickups and tremolo. I played a sweet PRS Special 22 (red wine flame maple top)the other day at a shop here in town. It's been hanging there a while, and I can get a great deal on it.

And have always had a thing for the Gibson ES's. But I don't like the size of some of the semi-hollow bodies (i.e., the 335 and 175). The newer 339 looks pretty sweet. And the new Carvin Frank Gambale semi-hollow body looks pretty awesome.

So, since I have a year to decide, what else is out there that's not too common, in the 2-3K range, and easy on the eyes. And, my eyes are going to stay pealed for a killer used Alembic.

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 5324
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 4:37 pm:   Edit Post


You might want to look for a Daion Power Mark XX. They were built at the Yamaki factory in Japan around 1978-1982. IMHO it is the finest production line guitar I've ever played. Strong Alembic DNA hippie sandwich construction. Sort of a cross between Alembic and PRS. They are hard to find, but tend to show up on eBay a couple of times a year.

Bill, tgo

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