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#1 User is offline   RevDavidLee 

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:16 PM

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Here's a YouTube Demo: https://youtu.be/lXmdPEfznwc

Saw this online & have been staring at it for a few days now. I like it! [drool]
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 01:20 PM

ZZ Top might like it. I am not a fan. Kind of like a chopped Explorer.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 05:36 PM

Review shows it's pretty versatile, but does it have it's own sound? What is the signature sound for it? You can make it sound like a strat sort of, or a tele sort of, and it can do some muted jazz tones (although no better than any other guitar clean with the tone rolled off). I also didn't hear any price mentioned anywhere.

It is unique looking, but there is no accounting for taste. Overall it just didn't do it for me. [unsure]
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:23 PM

View PostTwang Gang, on 05 September 2017 - 05:36 PM, said:

Review shows it's pretty versatile, but does it have it's own sound? What is the signature sound for it? You can make it sound like a strat sort of, or a tele sort of, and it can do some muted jazz tones (although no better than any other guitar clean with the tone rolled off). I also didn't hear any price mentioned anywhere.

It is unique looking, but there is no accounting for taste. Overall it just didn't do it for me. [unsure]


Price $599 for the imported model B)
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:33 PM

View PostFZ Fan, on 05 September 2017 - 01:20 PM, said:

ZZ Top might like it. I am not a fan. Kind of like a chopped Explorer.


I though of Billy too.

An Explorer that fits in a normal guitar case!!

Not sure if they do a top-line Music Man version (best wood, parts, made in USA etc...) a'la the Stingray Bass, but if they did its got enough different and enough going for it that it could be a winner (?)
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 06:40 PM

I was interested in the US built model but can't convince myself to buy one. Cool looking guitar.
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:43 PM

The USA model costs $1899. I'm not that in love with this guitar. I just like the unique look of this & via the demo video - she sounds good :o
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Posted 05 September 2017 - 09:52 PM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 05 September 2017 - 09:43 PM, said:

The USA model costs $1899. I'm not that in love with this guitar. I just like the unique look of this & via the demo video - she sounds good :o


I understand the price, but if you you are not in love with it the why drop the cash unless you are loaded.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 12:02 AM

It looks like a aquamarine tuxedo with a good sit on the couch and pick shape.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 01:40 AM

View PostRevDavidLee, on 05 September 2017 - 01:16 PM, said:

Saw this online & have been staring at it for a few days now. I like it!...

Yes! I like it too!

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There was a short thread about the MM version back when it was released. I really liked its looks then and I still do now.
The Sterling version is only available in Lake Placid Blue erm, St. Vincent Blue, but it's a fine colour so that's cool.

View PostRevDavidLee, on 05 September 2017 - 09:43 PM, said:

The USA model costs $1899...

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The MM version in Heritage Red with Gold hardware is absolutely stunning IMO but in the UK would set the prospective buyer back an eye-watering $3055. I've just checked.
The Sterling version is available here but at $873 it's not quite the same bargain as it is Stateside. Still; a very handsome, unique-looking guitar.

Looking forward to the NGD thread, Rev!

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 02:21 AM

I have to admit that I like this too. I don't now what it is, but it has that 'thing'.
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Posted 06 September 2017 - 08:34 AM

I'm a cheapskate but I'd consider the $1899 model, but only if I could play it first.

I did read on the "interweb" that it is on the small side. (so now you have read it too)
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 11:35 AM

A friend of mine has a ernie ball guitar, not this one mind you and he swears they are every bit as good as his Gibson and his PRS Mccarty. That said, i was tempted to try the prs because of its cool look, this looks like somethin a new wave band would have like the cars or devo, kinda nerdy and that is actually cool in an eclectic kind of way.
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Posted 07 September 2017 - 05:13 PM

I like it. Someone posted it here quite a while back, but I don't think the cheaper one was available yet.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:20 PM

View Postsurfpup, on 07 September 2017 - 05:13 PM, said:

I like it. Someone posted it here quite a while back, but I don't think the cheaper one was available yet.

If the cheaper one is made in mexico its probably still very good quality, mim fenders have always been terrific and i dont get why so many here snub their nose at a non usa guitar? Yeah, gibson usa is great, but my made in japan Orville custom was terrific.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 02:04 PM

I played a Sterling in Israel for a jam in June, different model. It's what the venue rented for our after business conference jam. It was a terrible experience. Didn't get or stay in tune and the pickups were absolute rubbish.

That may have been a unique experience but it was enough for me.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 08:52 AM

View PostTman, on 09 September 2017 - 02:04 PM, said:

I played a Sterling in Israel for a jam in June, different model. It's what the venue rented for our after business conference jam. It was a terrible experience. Didn't get or stay in tune and the pickups were absolute rubbish.

That may have been a unique experience but it was enough for me.


Well I didn't want to hear that but I'm glad you shared that info. This will stop me from buying this guitar online. I will need to have a hands on before I would purchase this. I know you're an experienced player so I'm listening Tman. Thanks for the heads up!
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 09:01 AM

View PostGibson Artist, on 08 September 2017 - 06:20 PM, said:

If the cheaper one is made in mexico its probably still very good quality, mim fenders have always been terrific and i dont get why so many here snub their nose at a non usa guitar? Yeah, gibson usa is great, but my made in japan Orville custom was terrific.


I'm assuming you are speaking in generalities and not referring to me directly. There was certainly no snubbing in the post of mine you quoted. Most of my guitars are cheap and made elsewhere. :rolleyes:
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:34 AM

I have played three of these.

Here is my opinion...

The thing is VERY light weight.
The guitar is versatile sound wise.
I got some good cleans and some raunchy dirties BUT...jack of all trades master of none?
I played it through a '57 hand wired Fender, so keep in mind, I had them with a great amp.
For the money I'd rather have an SG and a good MIM Tele and get the perfect sound from each.

The excellent thing is it really is well made. I was looking it over and over and it didn't feel cheap or look cheap.
This is important to me because I can understand a $500 needing some exchanges and tweeks but at near 2k...you better be awesome from the git (set-up aside).
The neck is not too thick like a new SG but it isn't as thin as my '74 SG's.

Very comfortable to play in terms of shape and WEIGHT!!!

I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. If it was a grand, I'd grab one.
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Posted 10 September 2017 - 11:45 AM

View PostIzzy, on 10 September 2017 - 11:34 AM, said:


I'd give it 4 out of 5 stars. If it was a grand, I'd grab one.


$599 for the import apparently.
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