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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:16 AM   #1
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NGD - Strandberg #6 is here!

So, after being subjected to Tosin and Chris' abuse, the flightcase arrived at last and Ola could safely ship #6 to me. After yet another glorious postal failure, I picked her up at the local post office, only to find her unscathed - and in tune.

Here are the girl's specs:
- Zebrano body with tone cavities
- Belly carve, concave body
- Oil finish
- 2 x Lace Alumitone Aluma 90 pickups
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- Master volume, master tone
- EGS Series 3 fixed bridge and string locks, black
- 3pc through body maple neck with 2 x mahogany and 4 x carbon fiber laminates, carbon fiber tube + double-acting truss rod, 25.75 25 scale, 24 medium/high stainless frets
- Ebony fretboard
- Trapezoidal Neck Profile

Neck profile is indeed an oddball, yet surprisingly comfy. She has a nice and relatively thick neck that feels "smaller", so to speak. I'm curious as to how this profile affects fatigue over longer periods of playing, which she will experience today, hopefully getting to get some half decent video over the soundcheck.

Anyway, pics - still few of them from me, but I'll add a few far more accomplished shots from Ola himself:














Feel free to ask any questions.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:20 AM   #2
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Nice! If I ever get around to building guitars, I'd love for .strandbergGuitarworks* to be the hardware supplier.
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:40 AM   #3
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Unread 02-18-2011, 06:41 AM   #4
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Jesus ....ing christ.... OH MY GOD!

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wow, nice. now that's something you definitely don't see every day
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looks fantastic
yes, that half decent soundcheck video would be cool
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Holy ...., that is fantastic!
You don't mind donating couple of your guitars to me?
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Certainly not, if you don't mind donating the vast sums of money they command in return...

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Hows the trapezoidal profile? I'm thinking on trying that too

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Parabens! Looks Awesome!
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Very cool, love the look of Ola's guitars

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that's really cool and unique looking
(man you've got some really nice stuff lately)
so........................how the hell do you tune it?

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Hows the trapezoidal profile? I'm thinking on trying that too
Also curious about the trap profile.

I am curious about the pickups too, haven't actually seen someone get them before.

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Unread 02-18-2011, 09:20 AM   #15
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Haha! You tune it at the bridge, just like any other headless axe, mate - check the tuning "barrels" where the ball ends are - simple and streamlined.

As for the trapezoidal neck profiles, the one thing left to test is how it affects long term fatigue, which I'll do tonight as I gig. Comfort is surprisingly nice in spite of all the angles, although I predict die-hard wafer thin neck fans won't like it that much.

I haven't tested the pickups adequately through my Vetta rig yet, which I plan to do in a few hours.

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Oh wow, I thought it only had a zebrano top or veneer. Beautiful axe man.

But... wtf, no red chair pics?
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The Red Chair will have to wait for tomorrow, as I picked her up and had to take care of a ton of stuff before heading to the gig, so I won't even go home till some 4am.

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As for the trapezoidal neck profiles, the one thing left to test is how it affects long term fatigue, which I'll do tonight as I gig. Comfort is surprisingly nice in spite of all the angles, although I predict die-hard wafer thin neck fans won't like it that much.

Out of curiousity how thick is it / how thick do you usually run. The most comfy neck I have is .83 - .96 on a nice round C (no shoulders). My other guitars neck is .78-.9 and not nearly as comfy (also no shoulders, but a flat C). It stands to reason that the trap neck would provide a similar feel if you play thumb behind neck ?


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Unread 02-18-2011, 10:23 AM   #21
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If I had the money, that's exactly what I would order I was always intrigued by the trapezoidal neck shape, it seems so simple, it shouldn't work


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I run a variety of profiles, even among my JR's. The most usual profile is slightly thicker and rounder than that of an Ibby, as seen on my JHM, for instance. No shoulders, and a lot of ease switching between thumb over the neck and thumb behind the neck positions.

The trap neck is more noticeable when playing with your thumb over the neck, but it's also interesting to have a flat surface supporting your thumb otherwise. It's hard to describe this thing, to be honest, as it feels quite different, yet has a ton of familiar contact points when you're playing.

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Man this is gorgeous. Good to see you finally got it! :P
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Congrats! that's a beautiful guitar
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want want want!!!!
i also want to know how those pickups sound with heavy gain on them. they're P 90s, right?

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