Who else builds like Alembic without the huge price tag? Explorer content

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  1. samdjr74

    samdjr74 Silver Supporting Member

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    Hi All,

    I'm looking for another explorer but I want to go with an Alembic style "hippie sandwich" construction. Who besides Alembic would do a build like this? I can't justify the price of an Alembic and to be honest with you, their version of the explorer isn't exactly what I'm after. I'm looking for a Gibson size/shape explorer.

    Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks,
    Sam
     
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    an old Moonstone exploder?
     
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    Chris Stambaugh
     
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    I do, but you can't afford me either.
     
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    samdjr74 Silver Supporting Member

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    That's even harder to find
     
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    I'm on his website now, very interesting, I'm assuming you have a guitar he built?
     
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    So I take it you're north of $3k?
     
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    Yes both guitars in my avatar are his. The single cut was stolen a ways back from my brother but Ive had two of his guitars and still have one and really liked both of them.
     
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    Good to know, thanks for the info
     
  12. Chris Pile

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    For something equivalent to an Alembic in electronics, yes - but not much.
    Also, I'm booked up for a couple years.
     
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    I don't want the Alembic electronics, only the construction type of the multiple pieces of wood sandwiched together. Electronics would be fairly simple, LP style most likely
     
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    Phiga guitars maybe? Rusch guitars, post guitars.
     
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    I have a Stambaugh as well.. Chris built me a neck through Slide electric 15 years ago.. Incredible instrument.... I adjust the neck about once every 5 years....
     
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    Troy Post does the sandwich thing well. http://www.postguitars.com/ Here's one that sold recently in your price range: http://www.rukind.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=334&t=17757&p=151320&hilit=Troy+Post#p151320 I lost an ebay auction for a similar guitar that sold cheaper than this one. He posts new ones on Ebay periodically as well.
    Edit to add: http://www.iocustomguitars.com/ another who does the sandwich style. He also makes his own hardware and from what I've seen it is beautiful. When I eventually commission a build I hope to use him. I think I've seen him post here? He posts alot on www.rukind.com which is a good place to look for these types of guitars.
     
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    Well, if price is your main issue, you could aways embrace the hondo:
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    Otherwise, asking for a guitar shape that isn't super popular right now combined with a build style that isn't very popular right now is probably going to be expensive... good luck in your search!

    Oh, also, Gibson did make a variant of the 'hippy sandwich" type Explorer with it's E2 series... the body is laminated and so is the neck:
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    I would agree that Stambaugh would be a good option for something Explorer shaped with a multi-lam neck. His prices are good, although he's not the fastest builder. In his defense, most of his builds are one-off builds, often with insane construciton, electronics, and/or inlays. I have 2 with a 3rd on order. Fine if you're patient. Not so good if you want something RIGHT NOW.

    Mike Shiskhov seems to be doing alright with his Hamer-esque explorers. ;)
     
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    Don't forget that most Alembic "sandwich" instruments are semi-hollow.... They made "chambered" guitars before the word was invented.
     
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    I spoke with Phil from Phiga a couple years ago about this but it never took off. I might try him again.
     

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