Preowned Michael Spalt Apex Q601

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Here is a slightly preowned Michael Spalt Hybrid Apex Q601 features a figured Yellowwood body with Wenge accents, a Birdseye Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard, 25” scale, Floyd Rose bridge, Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates & Alnico II Pro pickups. Controls are; master volume & tonestyler with 5-way switch. Excellent condition, one owner, plays and sounds great. Built when Michael still had his shop in CA. Include hardshell case, strap locks, trembar, tools and custom guitar stand.

Spalt Hybrid
Hybrid guitars employ an aluminum skeletal structure with wooden wings and wood necks. These instruments embody Spalt’s sculptural approach to guitar/bass building; they are stripped-down to the essentials. The wood neck dials in the tonal color and is comfortable to play. The aluminum imparts a warm tone and clarity to the sound. All metal and wood work is done by hand.

In Michael Spalt’s words:
“The hybrid concept arose from a desire to reduce the guitar to its essentials and to create a modular system which would allow the easy exchange of all parts. This would enable the musician to tailor-make an instrument and to easily reconfigure it. I also wanted to take advantage of aluminum as material (stability, tonal clarity and sustain). Aluminum as neck material has proven to be problematic, and I felt it was important to retain the comfort and feel of a wooden neck. This led to the design based around the central mounting plate (“body”), to which all the other parts are bolted. I started to make a few guitars, experimenting with various parameters. The low end on these instruments had a wonderful warm clear tone, and, since the initial response from guitarists was rather lukewarm, I decided to apply this concept to a bass, figuring also (correctly, as it turned out) that bassists would be a little less conventionally inclined than guitarists.

“The idea that metal has to sound cold and brittle is deeply ingrained, it seems. The inherently clear and warm tone of the aluminum surprises most people at first. The neck provides a lot of the tonal coloration, as in a conventional instrument. Combining various neck and fingerboard woods, in conjunction with a choice of pickup types and bridge designs, allows the sound to be tailored. The tonal impact of the “body wings” is minimal. The sculptural aspect of these instruments, with the basic structure solidly centered around the aluminum mounting plate, provides a lot of freedom in using and shaping various woods. Pieces that are too small or irregular for conventional bodies can be used, maximizing their figure and texture. The ergonomic shape is designed to mesh with the player’s body and provides support in the right spots. The upper body wing can be adjusted to optimize the fit. All hybrid necks have a two-way truss rod and reinforcing graphite bars for stability. Connections are held in place by machine screws. Despite the use of metal the instruments are usually on the light side.”

Apex Guitars
Although the first hybrid prototypes were guitars, the apex evolved out of the ‘SpaltBasses’ hybrid design. Guitar players initially responded poorly to the hybrid concept, as the vintage craze was in full swing, however this changed as the basses began to show success. The result is the Q601. They have a custom stand, since the hybrid configuration does not fit a conventional stand.

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Apex Q601
This Spalt Hybrid Apex Q601 features a polished Aluminum skeletal structure with Yellowwood wings with Wenge accents, a Birdseye Maple neck and Ebony fingerboard, 25” scale, Floyd Rose bridge, Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates & Alnico II Pro pickups. Controls are; master volume & tonestyler with 5-way switch.

  • Body: Polished Aluminum Frame w/ Yellowwood Wings
  • Neck: Birdseye Maple
  • Fretboard: Ebony with 12th Fret Infinity Inlay
  • Scale: 25″
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose
  • Tuners: Sperzel Locking
  • Pickups: Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates & Alnico II Pro
  • Electronics: Volume, Tonestyler, 5-Way Switch w/PRS Style Wiring
  • Case & Custom Stand Included
  • Weight: 7lbs 12oz

$4995.00 + shipping
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