• Alcmene - Electric / Acoustic Archtop


    Alcmene is the full electric version in our Fremediti archtop line.

    Fully handcrafted and featuring many traditional construction elements such as parallel bracing, tap-tuned top and hand-graduated top and back. The use of some modern crafting techniques, allow this guitar to deliver fully electric sounds while maintaining a great part of its acoustic sound properties.

    Alcmene comes equipped with a pair of VF-15 Classic humbucker pickups and a varitone switch, controlling all different full humbucking tones, providing the player with a vast variety of electric sounds. The addition of the standard “Bigsby Β6” classic tremolo gives the guitar the polyvalence to cover almost every kind of the classic electric music genres, from jazz and blues to rock and more.

    A premium instrument with top attention to detail and craftsmanship that offers remarkable versatility and playability.

    Description


    Model Name
    Alcmene
    Guitar Type

    Archtop 17" Carved, hand–graduated and tuned

    Guitar Style
    Electric / Acoustic
  • Body Archtop: 17" lower bout, 3" body depth
    Top

    Carved, hand–graduated and tuned, EU spruce

    Back

    Carved, hand–graduated and tuned, EU flamed maple

    Sides EU Flamed maple
    Bracing Parallel braced, EU spruce
    Neck Three-piece flamed maple
    Fingerboard Ebony, 12” radius with m.o.p. dots inlays / m.o.p. block inlays
    Binding

    Multiples black and white throughout

    Width At Nut 1 ¾", bone
    Scale 25"
    Frets 21 medium jumbo
    Tailpiece

    Bigsby B6 tremolo system*

    Pickups

    VF-15 Classic humbucker set

    Controls

    Pickup selector, volume and tone control for each pickup, varitone switch

    Hardware Gotoh bridge and tuners, included gold hardware choice
    Pickguard Wooden, figured top veneer*
    Finish Gloss poly / gloss acrylic / nitrocellulose lacquer
    Color Natural / transparent / burst
    Strings Thomastik infeld
    Case

    Fremediti hard shell case

    * Headstock, tailpiece and pickguard set made from figured veneers
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  • Hand-graduated and Tap Tuned

    This is the most traditional way for curving the top and back of an archtop.

    Top and back plates are hand carved and very carefully graduated through their surface, using different kind of chisels and techniques. We curve the back and the top plate especially (with the help of its bracing), in such a way, that they transmit vibrations evenly through their entire surface.

    In the final stages of back and top curving, we enter into one of the most crucial procedures that will define the sound qualities of the guitar, the so called “tap tone tuning”. We carefully remove tiny parts of wood adjusting the wood thickness, checking contiguously by taping in specific areas of the back and top plate, until we achieve the “tuning” of both woods in the desired key.

    Using these tuned pieces in the construction, the guitar can produce a louder, more resonant primary tone and rich over tones.

    Varitone

    The varitone circuit is an RLC notch filter that can be added in the guitars main circuit.

    It utilizes a variety of capacitors to achieve a reduction in frequencies at set points within the overall bandwidth. As the varitone is rotated from (position 1) to (position 6), the center frequency (f0) of the filter shifts from higher to lower frequencies.

    The key point in order to get the most effective results of this RLC circuit is the adjustment of its characteristics according to the guitars main circuit specs (pickups, pots, capacitors, cable types).

    Fremediti Deluxe Hard Case

    Our deluxe hard case is handmade from laminated wood and covered with beautiful dark brown leatherette.

    The interior of the case is covered with a quality protective velvet textile that is nitrocellulose lacquer friendly. This case is tailored to the exact size of our archtop models.

    A hygrometer is incorporated so you can control the humidity level inside the case.

    This highly protective deluxe hard-case comes as standard with any of our archtop models.

  • Price €8700 $10148

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