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Unread 11-01-2012, 11:15 PM   #1
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NGD Charles cilia 7 string

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I just received this custom 7 string from Charles Cilia a Luthier from Sydney about 2 weeks ago. Waited a while before posting. Here's the specs:
Neck - flame maple (bolt on)
Fretboard - rosewood
Headstock - madagascar rosewood
Body- Mahogany
Top - Burl Maple
Pickups - Dimarzio Air norton (neck) Dimarzio tone zone 7 (bridge)
Piezo
Volume knob (Blower switch)
Tone knob ( volume control for piezo)
Hipshot bridge.
scale length - 27" 24 frets

Overall vibe - Sheer Awesomeness haha
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Unread 11-01-2012, 11:53 PM   #2
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Mmmmmm...clean, simple, elegant yet brutal...you sir have an awesome axe!!!

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Very nice man. Although the exposed piezo wires don't sit well with me.
That sure is a nice top too.
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That is a friggen nice piece of Burl Maple! Congrats!
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It's an awesome guitar, I can't wait to get mine!
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Looks very Carvin-ish, especially the headstock. Happy NGD!
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Nice, kimd of sloppy on the piezo though
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Yeh about the piezo there was a good reason for it turning out the way it did. Can't remember it but I'm going to see Charles next week so I'll ask him then and get back to you all with the reason he ran it by me first and I was fine with it
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Nice, kimd of sloppy on the piezo though
even LACS did that on Tosin's older 7 string though
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Yeah I think it's to do with the hipshot, I've seen other guitars Charles has built with Les Paul style bridges and you can't see the Piezo wires at all.
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Yeah I think it's to do with the hipshot, I've seen other guitars Charles has built with Les Paul style bridges and you can't see the Piezo wires at all.
Oh yeh I remember something bout that. That sounds right.
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Gorgeous guitar there, man. HNGD!!
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How do you find having no inlays I'm thinking of doing the same for my build with just side dots, played classical when I was younger so figure I'll get used to it again?
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How do you find having no inlays I'm thinking of doing the same for my build with just side dots, played classical when I was younger so figure I'll get used to it again?
I'm primarily a classical player so no inlays isn't much of an issue although i do prefer side dots though. When i play my guitars that have inlays I still look at the side ones so i reckon you'll get used to it pretty quickly and easily. I couldn't think of an inlay i wanted on this guitar so i just went with none.
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I'm primarily a classical player so no inlays isn't much of an issue although i do prefer side dots though. When i play my guitars that have inlays I still look at the side ones so i reckon you'll get used to it pretty quickly and easily. I couldn't think of an inlay i wanted on this guitar so i just went with none.
Oh wait are you the guy Charles was telling me about that has won classical guitar contests etc. overseas? I couldn't think of an inlay either so thought a really nice piece of Madagascar Rosewood instead would look awesome carried through to the headstock. I studied classical at Uni but its been a while! No side dots in those days though and seemed to cope ok so yeah hopefully should be fine too
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Hahaha yeh man that's me unfortunately. Yeh a nice piece of rosewood is just classy. There's a really awesome inlay he's done on another 7 string. Did you end up selling the suhr?
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Hahaha yeh man that's me unfortunately. Yeh a nice piece of rosewood is just classy. There's a really awesome inlay he's done on another 7 string. Did you end up selling the suhr?
Yeah I was tempted to go with a similar inlay as that other 7 it's crazy but didn't want to copy and couldn't think of anything original haha

Yeah sold my Suhr Modern to fund the build and confident that this will become my main guitar, I've never played a 7 that feels so comfortable before I didn't even notice the longer scale length!
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I like it, I really like the neck, head stock area.

The only thing about it, is that the wires into/from the bridge should of been black.
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After chatting with Charles today I may go with a Flame Maple neck too, he was saying what a perfect combo it was on your guitar with the right piece of Mahogany. Looks awesome too!
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By the way have you had a chance to A/B your Cilia with any other 7's? I tried that Wing inlay 7 after a J Custom 7 string and it was like night and day in terms of feel and weight and the neck carve was also so much better on the Cilia. The difference to me seems to be that it doesn't feel like a 6 string design that has been altered and widened to accommodate a 7th string, I was playing the same as I do on a 6 using my thumb over the neck for fretting both the low B & the E no problem.
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I've tried it against the ibanez universe, John suhr 7 string and a Jp musicman 7. The universe was just so dead in comparison. Sounded lethargic and the low b was muddy as anything. With all three guitars compared to they all lacked definition on the 7 th string. The cilia however is so much clearer you can actually hear intervals and when playing chords on the lower string. The John suhr came closest to the cilia but they all just felt like a guitar that was 6+1 whereas the cilia was so natural as 7 string I barely noticed an extra string in terms of change of technique and sound. Oh and the piezo. The music man has a piezo and it is a rather thin sound. Had to have a blend knob to make it useable. Don't really need that knob on the cilia sounds one the way it is. Overall the cilia rips them up. Very hard to play other guitars after playing this one. I haven't tried the wing inlay one but I played a 7 arch top by Charles and I got the same vibe. It actually felt like a natural 7 string.
Flame maple is a good choice. I should bring my guitar down to Charles if u want to try it again.
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nice, my custom should be finishing soon.

Matt did you see my guitar there? its the one with the bird wings - quilted flame maple inlay.
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