Alembic "Big Red" 6 String Guitar
The original "Big Red" was built by an Alembic employee as a personal instrument in
early 1976. It was accidentally sold to a customer and disappeared for a number of years.
This instrument, "Big Red II" was built by the same Alembic employee as a replacement to
#1. When #1 resurfaced in the late 1980s I bought this one as the builder did not feel he
Yes, it's an unusual "innie."
This instrument was appraised at $10,000 back in 1990. I'm asking an extremely reasonable
$5,000. Buyer pays half of shipping and insurance from Santa Rosa California.
Although I enjoy this axe and even though you can easily reach and play C# Major and
Pentatonic scales at the 22nd fret, it is way too "clean" for my playing style.
This axe plays well and is in excellent condition with no finish flaws. Although heavier than most
guitars, it is balanced and comfortable to play either standing or sitting.
It doesn't come out of climate controlled storage very often so don't ask to see it unless you are
most serious. I do not suffer tire kickers well!
I had been considering putting a set of ZBS80 pickups in it and gutting the electronics but decided
to offer it up for sale as an intact original instead.
The Serial Number
June, 1976, the second and last of the series.
The Case & Goodies
"Big Red" Back View