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Unread 05-03-2012, 04:04 AM   #1
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NGD: Bernie Rico Jr. Hesperian 8 (HD pics)

I finally have pictures of my BRJ that I got a couple of weeks ago! I bought this guitar used off of another user on this site for the incredible price of $1900 and the best part is I didn't have to wait a couple of years to have one built!

This is by far the best guitar I've ever played so far! I've never owned a really high end luthier made instrument before. Ibanez had been the best guitars I had played until now, so this baby blew my mind!

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Maple neck through
Flame Maple top
Mahogany body wings
Ebony fretboard
27" scale length with 27 frets
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Hipshot bridge and tuners
BKP Painkiller pickups
1 volume knob and 3-way selector switch

The clarity is amazing, I can pretty much play anything with high gain and clearly hear every note, even on the lowest string. Due to all the maple and ebony, it's extremely bright, you can even hear it when playing unplugged, and it doesn't have a tone knob to dial it back (which is a good thing IMO) , but that also gives it that clarity and all the wonderful overtones and harmonics, and with a little EQ it doesn't sound too bright at all, but still gets all the benefits of it's naturally bright tone.

The neck is so thin, a little bit thinner than that of my RG2228, in fact, but with a different contour, and it feels amazing. The heelless neck through design is unlike any neck joint I've ever played before, and combined with the deep cutaway of the lower horn, I can go all the way up to the 27th fret seamlessly with the the exact same comfort of any other part of the neck, without any obstructions at all. The oil finish feels incredible and doesn't reflect light off of it, making it very photogenic (as you can see). I normally play satin finished necks, but after this guitar, I think I might prefer oil finishes now. the body is also incredibly comfortable and light. Everything about this guitar just feels and sounds amazing, it makes me so happy, probably happier than an inanimate object should...but we don't need to get into that...



Anyway, on to the sexy outdoor porn! (Because, i know you're all kinky like that).




































Thanks to crg123 for taking these fantastic pictures for me, and especially thanks to glassmoon0fo for selling me this wonderful instrument! I'll see if i can get a video up soon, but it won't be as high quality, because it would most likely be using my webcam.
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Unread 05-03-2012, 04:11 AM   #2
 
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Its an amazing looking guitar. Big congrats!
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Looks pretty awesome. Congrats!!

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Looks quite nice! How does she balance? The strap pin location, when coupled with the length of the horn and 8 tuners on the headstock, tends to make the risk of neck-heaviness more prevalent when going that route.

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Looks quite nice! How does she balance? The strap pin location, when coupled with the length of the horn and 8 tuners on the headstock, tends to make the risk of neck-heaviness more prevalent when going that route.
Actually Fred, now that you mention it, it did take a little more messing with the strap to find a comfortable setting. It definitely feels a tiny bit more comfortable when sitting down, where as my RG2228 feels equally comfortable either way. Overall it still feels decently balanced, not bad at all. The hard case could be better fitted to it, though.

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Unread 05-03-2012, 05:13 AM   #6
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Cheers, man! I was wondering as that position tends to work with heavier bodies, but tends to scream "strap pin relocation time!" on quite a few axes, in my experience! Haha!
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I really like how that looks side on. Happy NGD man.
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anndddd your selling price is?
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Does Ernie Ball know that you will no-longer be playing your signature guitar with Dream Theater anymore?

Looks great man!

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Sorry in advance as I'm sure this is common knowledge, but did all of the ones in this run have the exact same specs?



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Congrats man, that thing is gorgeous! Classy-as-all-hell and metal-as-.... all in one.
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Looks great man!
Haha I think he looks alittle like Petrucci too, I bust his balls about looking like him or Jesus, or pretty much anyone else with long hair and a goatee...

Congrats man, so jealous you snagged that thing. It plays like a dream and sounds like monster
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Congrats man, killer axe. Even killerer not having to wait.
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I admire the fudge out of his slant tops.

Is this... guitar?
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I love everything about it. But the headstock is a bit huge compared to the rest of the guitar. Maybe Bernie should design a good looking 4x4 Hesperian headstock.
Great NGD, man!
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Cheers, man! I was wondering as that position tends to work with heavier bodies, but tends to scream "strap pin relocation time!" on quite a few axes, in my experience! Haha!
Yeah, I could undertand that. Hopefully I'll get used to it.
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Those pics make my mouth water. That's exactly why I put in a Black Friday order for a 7.

I guess what confuses me the most is how quickly the Rico's are getting resold. You would think for as long as people wait and how much they gush over them that they would hold on to them longer. Any insight on that?
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Friends, family, and often complete strangers will tell me I look like John Petrucci, Jesus, or other random guys with long hair. I consider it a compliment to look like John Petrucci, but not so much of a compliment when this one lady told me I looked like Bo Bice.
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Those pics make my mouth water. That's exactly why I put in a Black Friday order for a 7.

I guess what confuses me the most is how quickly the Rico's are getting resold. You would think for as long as people wait and how much they gush over them that they would hold on to them longer. Any insight on that?
I've mostly noticed people selling their spots for a custom BRJ before their even built, so my guess is it's due to unforeseen financial woes.
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Damn. So awesome. Congrats on a monstrous acquisition! It is quite an experience to play a well built higher end instrument vs. stock for the first time. Owning one is even more bonus. Enjoy making sonic destruction on it!
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Daym! That is a sweet one indeed. The slant top gets me every time. Congrats and I hope you rock it hard!
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The side shot is what really got me, it looks so comfy :o
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