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Unread 05-26-2012, 10:04 PM   #1
 
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NGD: Blackmachine B6 (Pics, Clip, Review)

So this one is actually coming a little late, I guess i just forgot to do the NGD, but better late than never:

It's a Blackmachine B6, so let's start with pics:











Here is a clip of the guitar in action:
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What can i say that i haven't already said about Blackmachine before. Doug is obsessed with creating a certain kind of instrument, be it a full on B2 or a stripped down B6 like this one. He is after efficiency, getting a thin and light guitar to sound huge, making a guitar that is optimized for players who enjoy playing fast and hard. Lucky for me, we are on the same wavelength when it comes to what makes an ideal guitar, and once again this guitar does not disappoint.

To put it in words you guys can relate to. This guitar sound massive. So much low mids and purr to it, and yet it does it with very present attack. That is usually the tradeoff, you normally get a "warmer" sounding instrument by dulling down the high end, for some reason that just doesnt happen with this guitar, you get the warmth and yet it has all the attack i could ever want. Notes are so direct, they just seem to pop out ever so clearly.
The guitar did take me a bit of getting used to because the neck profile is a little bit thicker than usual, but Doug says that a large part of the guitars "hugeness" can be attributed to that.

One sad thing to note, on the way back from the Dream Theater tour (actually on a domestic flight) the TSA decided to check my Scott Dixon case (which holds 3 guitars) and didn't secure the guitars back, so the hardware from 2 of the guitars dented the hell out of the back of this guitar and my Daemoness which ....ing sucks. You can see the damage on the back of the guitar in the pics. Annoying, but at least the guitar is not hindered in any way by it.

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Lightweight Ash Body
Maple Neck with Dyed Maple Fillets
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Sperzel Locking Tuners
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Bareknuckle Coldsweat Bridge/VHII Neck
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Unread 05-26-2012, 10:07 PM   #2
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Damn man, you guys dont have insurance against damage?
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Ah damn, my bad, i would have sworn i clicked on Standard guitars. Could a mod please move this there please?
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That really sucks what happened with the dents, but at least it ain't on the front!

I've got one of these bad boys with a set of Nailbombs and a Schaller Hannes too. What do you think of the Hannes vs the old Hipshot? What about the choice of pickups? I haven't really been able to A/B things.

Anyways, grats on the NGD! You know they say when you go Black(machine) you never go back. My other guitars have had little love since I got it 10 months ago.
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Sound incredible. Beautiful guitar!!!!
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The grain patterns on more recent B6s I've seen have been gorgeous! Happy belated NGD, good sir.
By the way, do you still have your older B6? I haven't seen you use it in quite a while.
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That's just the light hitting it in that one pic, totally does look like that though haha
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What can i say that i haven't already said about Blackmachine before. Doug is obsessed with creating a certain kind of instrument, be it a full on B2 or a stripped down B6 like this one. He is after efficiency, getting a thin and light guitar to sound huge, making a guitar that is optimized for players who enjoy playing fast and hard. Lucky for me, we are on the same wavelength when it comes to what makes an ideal guitar, and once again this guitar does not disappoint.

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The guitar did take me a bit of getting used to because the neck profile is a little bit thicker than usual, but Doug says that a large part of the guitars "hugeness" can be attributed to that.
Well we obviously know it can dent .... But the question is ....... Will it djent ? Sorry Mr, Mansoor I had to ....
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Very nice. Sucks that it got dented though...
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Beautiful B6. Hate to ask, but any pictures of the damage done to the Daemoness?
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Very nice. Sucks that it got dented though...
To quote a very famous woman

"THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST!!!!!!"

I can't help but sing that every time I put a scratch in a new guitar. But after that first one is done I find it freeing. You stop worrying about keeping it pristine, and you just use it.
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Awesome Mischa.
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The piece you wrote for the test is about as beautiful as the guitar and it's not dented.
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