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Username: 4u2nv

Post Number: 65
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 07, 2005 - 11:53 pm:   Edit Post

Hopefully will be an amazing 16 string bass, with ebony laminates, Aniversary electronics, plus leds, or maybe a sub contra bass, tunes (low to high) C#, F#, B, E, A, D, G, C, F , That would be awsome.

Any ideas of this June Special?
Senior Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 490
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 8:51 am:   Edit Post

I'm hoping for 'Adam's Custom with EVH body'

Username: mica

Post Number: 2495
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 3:03 pm:   Edit Post

It's aliiiiiive.
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 490
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 4:11 pm:   Edit Post

Congrats, Jonathan!

Beautiful guitar and very deserving. We've now had guitars for four of the last six COTMs. Do I detect a high frequency trend?

Bill, tgo
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 1891
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 5:04 pm:   Edit Post

What a great guitar!!
Intermediate Member
Username: tom_z

Post Number: 144
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 5:39 pm:   Edit Post

Beautiful guitar! Beautiful design!
Congratulations Jonathan!
Intermediate Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 173
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 6:11 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, guys!
Username: sfnic

Post Number: 68
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 7:43 pm:   Edit Post

Bill -

Could be. So far, I've come across 12 instruments born in 2005:

4 Brown Basses
3 Tributes
2 Skylarks
1 Further
1 SC Deluxe
1 S2 Custom

so, 6 guitars and 6 basses.

Out of 61 2004s I've ID'd, 18 are guitars. So, based on a _very_ small sampling, over the past two years about 1/3 are guitars. If we look at only the past 12 months or so, it's almost 1/2.

Historically, based on a sample of 618 instruments:

303 49% 4-string basses
135 22% 5-string basses
30 5% 6-string basses
69 11% "other" or "unknown" type basses*

80 13% 6-string guitars
1 0% 12-string guitar

(* "other" includes 1 doubleneck and 1 8-string bass; "unknown" means it's a bass, but I don't know what the string configuration is)

From this, we can _very generally_ say that Alembic has, in its history and NOT counting instruments not included in the main S/N sequence (like anniversary instruments and some exports), built approximately the following number of guitars and basses:

6594 4-string basses
2938 5-string basses
653 6-string basses
1502 "unknown" or "other" type basses

1741 6-string guitars
22 12-string guitars

Again, this is all based on a very small sample of Alembic's total production, and so may be off by 5-10% on any given instrument type.

But it does give an indication of the historical breakdown, and confirms that Alembic is building as higher percentage of 6-string guitars now than they generally have in the past. Guitars really started to take off in 2002, when the Tribute and Skylark models were introduced. A lot of that can be attributed to the price point: compare Alembic's pricing to Fender and Gibson "custom shop" clones, or the pricier boutique makers.

And, based on the Little Bear prototype, I expect the new Darling style to be a BIG hit. The photo showing it next to the Les Paul really shows the small Balance K body to be a "lean, mean, playin' machine." Total sonic versatility that weighs 2-3 lbs less than a Les Paul, and looks like a trillion dollars? Hard to beat that. Let's see how long it takes Mica to add it to the product pages and price list. :-)

Advanced Member
Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 224
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 08, 2005 - 9:35 pm:   Edit Post

I too expect the Darling line to take off also.I just had to comment on the June custom feature.What a beautiful guitar.I must get some of the guitar players I work with to take a look at this creation.It's fantastic.I wish that I could hear it.
Advanced Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 221
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 1:21 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations Jonathon, she's a fantasic looking guitar, almost makes me want to move into the upper register (but not quite). And what an honour to have a new model based on her, and with your initials in the serial number - jealous? moi?

Username: fmm

Post Number: 89
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 5:50 am:   Edit Post

It's a beautiful instrument, deserving the designation of Featured Custom.

But I must protest. No more guitars as featured customs this year. They have already had 4. Just basses for the rest of the year. Really. Please.

(Message edited by fmm on June 09, 2005)
Username: byoung

Post Number: 74
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 7:42 am:   Edit Post

Bill and Nic,

Alembic sells as many guitars as basses now (this certainly wasn't always the case).

I think that showing the custom guitars is a method of drawing attention to the fact that they make some really great guitars.

Either that, or the low frequency crowd is losing its creativity, and there just aren't enough instruments that warrant COTM status...

That was a little goad, since I like to see those sick, over-the-top custom basses. Keep 'em coming. =)

Jonathan, congratulations on a beautiful guitar, and the real "Little Bear". There's something very special about fathers and daughters-- wishing you all the best.

Intermediate Member
Username: kevin_k

Post Number: 110
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 10:04 am:   Edit Post

This looks like a balance K body. Is it?
Intermediate Member
Username: kevin_k

Post Number: 111
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 10:06 am:   Edit Post

By the way it is a beautiful guitar.

Kevin K
Username: 4u2nv

Post Number: 66
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

Great Guitar, Congratulations !!!!!
Intermediate Member
Username: kevin_k

Post Number: 112
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 09, 2005 - 12:27 pm:   Edit Post

I read the factory to customer post and found the answer. Again, that is one beautiful guitar, especially the wood.

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