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(x) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« on: February 12, 2018, 11:34:41 AM »
Greetings,

I had a Fender posted to the local classifieds and got a trade offer this weekend: An Alembic from a guy half a mile from my home! Obviously this was a no-brainer for me, and I'm now the proud new owner of this Epic. I'm scratching my head over the top wood - is it Walnut? Zebra Wood? It's a satin finish and the color is a very pale brown - almost with a hint of grey to it. It weighs just under 9.5 lbs and is a joy to play!
« Last Edit: April 27, 2018, 12:08:04 PM by mica »
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Re: New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018, 10:38:49 AM »
Kinda looks like some straight grain Zebra, but I am no expert. Very pretty!
Congrats!

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Re: New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2018, 09:50:06 AM »
OK this is weird. The file for 11675 says Vermilion top, which this really doesn't look anything like. I'm going to see if there is a duplicate serial number and report back. Meanwhile, can you email me a larger image so I can get a good peek at the top wood?

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Re: (?) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2018, 12:03:41 PM »
Sure thing - thanks Mica!
1996 Elan 5 (Signature Elec)
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mica

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Re: (?) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2018, 01:21:40 PM »
Also, are you certain about the number?

Twocan

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Re: (?) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2018, 07:58:48 PM »
Yes - 98W11675 - I just looked again, took photos of the bass and emailed them to you. Please let me know if you don’t get them!
1996 Elan 5 (Signature Elec)
1996 Essence 5 (Rogue Elec + LED)
1995 Essence 5 Fretless
1998 Epic 4

mica

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Re: (?) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2018, 10:53:53 AM »
Well, if the photos were black and white, I'd swear this was Vermilion. Can you check under the (probably) neck pickup and see if there is a 5 digit number handwritten there? That might help clear this mystery up.

Also, I can't see that there was a duplicate of this serial number.

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Re: (?) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2018, 03:50:50 PM »
OK, I will remove the pickup tonight and take a look. Very odd to be as there is not even a hint of red in this wood grain. It’s almost like a light brown with a touch of gray.
1996 Elan 5 (Signature Elec)
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1995 Essence 5 Fretless
1998 Epic 4

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Re: (?) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2018, 07:19:43 PM »
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1996 Elan 5 (Signature Elec)
1996 Essence 5 (Rogue Elec + LED)
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1998 Epic 4

mica

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Re: (?) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2018, 12:07:51 PM »
Well sir, I don't know what happened to your Vermilion, but all the details check out. It should have a deeper tone than other Epics as a result of that top wood.

top: Vermilion
accent: Maple
body: Mahogany
neck: 3-piece Maple with Walnut pinstripes
scale: 34" long
fingerboard: Ebony
inlays: none
pickups: MXY4
controls: "Epic" volume, pan, bass, treble, mono output
originally made for: Guitar Center
birthday: August 7, 1998

I've made a note in the file that despite it's sort of bleached appearance, the top is Vermilion.

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Re: (x) New to me: 1998 Epic 98W11675
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2018, 12:41:18 PM »
Thanks for looking into it! It’s very pretty, despite the color!
1996 Elan 5 (Signature Elec)
1996 Essence 5 (Rogue Elec + LED)
1995 Essence 5 Fretless
1998 Epic 4