These images are two of six I received while attending the Furthur concert in Brooklyn this past Friday. As you can see, the guitar is basically done – pickups have been installed, the solid brass hardware has been mounted, and yes – we have strings! There will be some small changes, though… Alembic installed pickup casings that have gold ‘ALEMBIC’ lettering on them, and I am swapping them out for black, unmarked casings. Also, the black plastic pickup selector toggle cap will be replaced by a hand-cut piece of Ebony.
The only components that are missing outright are the Alembic electronics. As of Friday night, Mica informed me that “Dad is still working away with the switching for the pickups, he’s trying to avoid adding another buffer to pull it off. He took a break this afternoon and will return to his bench this evening.” I’ll be checking in with her later today to find out the status. Either way, I think the electronics will be transplanted from the bench to the guitar sometime today. Once that happens, the knobs, buttons, and switches will fill the holes on the front, and the guitar will be visually complete!