The folks at UPS handed this over to me today. Alembic Essence: - 3-piece neck through - Bocate top, maple laminate, mohogany back - Ebony board, solid brass bridge - Q-Filter Nothing new to me. I had one of these last year with a maple top. I sold it in search of a higher-end Alembic but soon discovered that the $4,000 price tag and/or 8-month wait was not for me. This one surfaced with a nicer top, near-mint condition, and hundreds cheaper than my previous one. SNAG! A keeper? Sure. Until a good deal on a higher-model Alembic comes my way.