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Unread 10-19-2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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NGD: Oakland Axe Factory 8-string (I once killed a boy with a 56K modem...)

It's here! (Check out the build thread for our previous episodes: OAF 8-string singlecut)

OK, enough of this tedious intro - on to the pics! Apologies for the quality: I have a lousy camera, the lighting was bad, I was distracted by eddies in the space-time continuum, etc.







You can't tell very well from this photo, but the neck is *very* flat.



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A family snapshot. I think the Omen is feeling left out of the club....



So, a few specs:

Ash body
Maple neck and fretboard
27" scale
Lace Tone Bar pickups (the Tosin Abasi custom model)
Hipshot hardware
Recessed Dunlop strap locks
1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch

If you like Telecasters, you'd love this (I'm lookin' at you, Solodini!) - this is like the Telecaster that bulked up with pull-ups and squats to impress all those round-bottom bass guitar babes. The pickups have a definite single-coil P-90 character, and fabulous articulation. It's good enough that my lack of technique embarasses me, because I can't hide from it with these pickups. Back to the woodshed! The bridge pickup is especially lethal - you could seriously kill a man with barred 3rd-fret harmonics on that bridge pickup. Fortunately, the tone control is beautifully voiced, so you can just roll some highs off and avoid manslaughter charges. This thing *loves* extended jazz voicings: I played some root-7-3-#11 clusters on the low strings, and it just rang out wonderfully. Reggae skanks sound really tight as well, and you can drop down to the low strings and dub out a bassline the way no 6-string Tele ever could.

It's light - lighter than my 6-string alder/ash Yamaha tele, and way lighter than my Omen-8. And it's got fantastic acoustic resonance; I can't imagine what this would sound like if you chambered it and gave it an f-hole. By comparison, the Schecter just feels like a brick. I need to test further with distorted sounds, since my current setup is really geared for Fender blackface-type cleans, but this *feels* more like a clean-tone guitar so far. I bet it's going to eat up a cranked tube amp, though.

Tom's workmanship on this instrument is outstanding. This is perhaps the most beautiful guitar I've ever seen in person; it's definitely the best guitar I've ever owned. All the hardware is top-notch, the controls are excellent, and the whole package just feels great overall. And you can't beat the price - I'd have paid more for a production-line RG2228, and I wouldn't like it nearly so well. I'm definitely getting another one as soon as I can get the funds together.

Enough talk - back to playing!

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7 strings, played slowly.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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Cool. I'm a big fan of Tom's work. So those Lace pups are clear, but how much do they push the amp? Can you generate pinch harmonics and stuff on them? My 10 string has some Villex pups, which are clear, but definitely lower output than my other guitars, so I have to compensate with gain, boost, etc. I am considering Lace tonebars for another build, though.
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Unread 10-19-2011, 11:14 PM   #3
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Damn, that is beautiful. And I wish you didn't tell me it was cheaper than RG2228's.

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Awesome shit, dude. Supergrats! Wanna hear some tunes!
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Looks great, let's hear some clips
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Congrats man! That thing is beautiful! Been interested in one of his multiscale 8's for a while now.....
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That is one of the most tasteful singlecut takes I've seen in a while - lovely stuff!

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Such a awesome guitar, very unique and beautiful! Congrats!

The Lace coil-less pickups are no joke. I have the Alumitones in one guitar, definitely a force to be reckoned with.
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Im not a tele fan but i do like that a lot! the heal is lush too
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Let us hear it then, you big tease!


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About those clips: I don't have a good recording setup at the moment, but I could plug into my iPad and generate some stuff through Ampkit. I might even be able to dial in something djenty, as long as y'all understand that I AM NOT A METAL GUITARIST. Or, y'know, a very good guitarist in general, at least by the technical standards operative around here. I'll see what I can do over the next couple of days.

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Cool. I'm a big fan of Tom's work. So those Lace pups are clear, but how much do they push the amp? Can you generate pinch harmonics and stuff on them? My 10 string has some Villex pups, which are clear, but definitely lower output than my other guitars, so I have to compensate with gain, boost, etc. I am considering Lace tonebars for another build, though.
I'm not really a pinch-harmonics player, but I'll give it a shot. The output level on these seem fine to me, but then I don't usually play high-output pickups. You might PM Tom for his take on it - I imagine he has a wider perspective on the issue than I do.

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For the songs of the souls, at the time they are swaying in the high regions to drink from the well of the Almighty,
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7 strings, played slowly.
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"I remember every little thing as if it happened only yesterday...."

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Dick metal in the face. Geez some twang, ya Dobber! That's working class Scots for "would sir oblige me with the crystalline fineries one would expect of such an instrument as yours?"


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Dick metal in the face. Geez some twang, ya Dobber! That's working class Scots for "would sir oblige me with the crystalline fineries one would expect of such an instrument as yours?"
'Sabit Glaswegian for a posh bastard from Edinburgh, innit? =)

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Ahm fae Leith, but. A wee donder fae the docks.


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Great looking guitar. Love the natural finish, Congrats

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Ah, right. =) I did a year at Aberdeen as an undergrad. Lovely people, but the Doric takes a wee while to wrap yer head around....

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I feel for you, man. I'll give Scaberdeen a miss, ta! Anyway, back on topic: clean samples nao!


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Congrats man, lovely axe. Ash is my gavorit looking wood, especially when colored Light brown/yellow/green. I wish you a lot of inspirartion and fun. I also apprecitae the work of the Luthier, and would be happy if you pass our feelings to him. I am sure it would give him even more inspiration
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One thing I can say about OAF that I really like is that their guitars don't look like they're trying to do "flavor of the month" copies like a lot of smaller custom shops tend to do. Their stuff seems to really have their own identity, IMO.
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