It almost seems there is another set of eyes on this instrument. Why
shouldn't the back be as pretty as the front?
Court's update from early December, 2003:
It was nice to hear from you today. Actually I have been meaning to drop
you all an email to let you know I am more pysched about this wonderful
instrument everyday. Would have done so sooner, but have been working
like crazy lately (and when not working its hard to put her down for
very long). Truthfully I somewhat miss the construction process; the
calls and emails, detail and decisions (or often in my case
indecisions). I am however just overwhelmed by my guitar and thought I
would give you a brief update on what's it been like getting to know
her. I am continually surprised and delighted by the new sounds I'm
finding. I usually use a small number of effects (3 or 4), but despite
the ease and practicality of the built in effects loop I have hardly
used them in the last couple weeks. I am still discovering what this
guitar can do on its own. I think I mentioned before, upon arrival, I
sat down and played without any amplification at all for several hours.
So sweet is the natural tone of this guitar. In addition to the
mellifluous warmth and charm this guitar has brought to the house the
last few weeks it remains quite a feast for the eyes as well. As varied
as the myriad tones are the intricacies of detail of the wood grain and
the inlays' iridescent abalone and mother of pearl. I really am stunned
at how well you all interpreted the sometimes ambiguous and ephemeral
ideas I had for the tailpiece inlay into reality. So in short the
process of getting to know this art/instrument will be a long and joyful
journey that has had an auspicious start.
I will continue from time to time to drop you all a "postcard" from this
Once again my thanks to one and all at Alembic. In this ever
increasingly more mass produced McCulture it is always a rare and great
treat to find true artisans.
Our deepest thanks to you, Court. It has been a true pleasure working with you
to make this guitar come to life.