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Username: room037

Post Number: 369
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 6:54 am:   Edit Post


This magazine book "Guitar around the 80's" is all about "neo" vintage guitars at this time.
The editor asked our Alembic Fan Club about Alembic instruments.
I provided my instruments, aftorward they asked these discription.

Now, the book.

Title is "Alembic Revolution"
Alembic page
SSB(75'-145), Distillate-Bass(81'-130), LSB-5st(77'-763) are mine, and SSG is owned famous japanese musician "Kazumi Watanabe".

There are employee's work.
My turner Model 2 bass and Hyak guitar.

All descriptions in 4 pages were written by me.
This work was my pleasure with my instruments.
I reviewed about Alembic.

It is another my article.
This is a few of my other(guitar) side.
The Les Paul


(Message edited by room037 on January 16, 2011)
Senior Member
Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1169
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 7:33 am:   Edit Post

Fantastic, looks great !
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1542
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 8:52 am:   Edit Post

It looks awesome. Congratulations having bin given such an opportunity.
Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1593
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post


Besides your Alembic collection, I was taken back by your 'The Les Paul', surely one of the most ornate production Pauls ever made in the pre-Nashville Gibson era.

As a boy, I'd often look in the window of my local music store in Texas. They had one of these in a prominent (and locked ) display case, and I never forgot it. For those who've never seen one, this was a very special edition of I believe 100 pieces. The body was a stained flame maple front and back, all of the hardware save for the tuners and bridge/tailpiece were rosewood (the p/u surrounds, knobs, the N/R switch surround, pocket covers) and even had purpleheart striped in the fingerboard. I've never forgot the impression it made on me.

So, is this one of those, or one more of the reissues that Gibson seems to make only for the Japanese market?

Congratulations on the book. It's amazing the impact that Alembic had on Japan.

J o e y
Advanced Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 370
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 3:14 pm:   Edit Post

Hi elwoodblue, sonicus,
Thank you for your words.

Hi Joey,
Yes "IT" is.
I got my "The Les Paul" at 1981 in Japan.
It was made 1976, but hung over the center of showcase with other special instruments.
I was also very impressed.
At 1981, I passed medical department of university (after several try).
The guitar was memorial reword for myself.

The Les Paul were very limited only 77 made (18 in wine red) at 1976 to 79.
But later version are not full spec.
Luthire Mr. Schnider prepared all special rosewood parts, but there were not enough to all.
It will be never reissue, because it's very special.

The book will be memorial for 30th anniversary of my Alembic life and my The Les Paul.

Username: artswork99

Post Number: 1377
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 4:43 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations Eiji !!
Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 874
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 4:54 pm:   Edit Post

That book looks really cool! Congratulations! Japanese books and magazines have such high quality photos. If I ever make it back to Japan I will try and pick up a copy - is it out yet?
Advanced Member
Username: room037

Post Number: 371
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 8:55 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Art,
I think this book is first article about Hyak.
I found only few Hyak article as "unknown old Alembic" or "Alembic TYPE".

Hi Harry,
Yes, The book is now on the market.(published last Autumn)
All photo were taken by professional photographer.
They recollected almost Guitars and Basses (mid 70's to late 80's made) at present time.
It's incredible work !

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 10046
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, January 17, 2011 - 5:41 pm:   Edit Post

The book appears to be a bit hard to find, but there are currently two for sale on Ebay.

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