NGD - Black Water Guitar Company | HSII Multiscale & Carved Top

Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by JMO831, Oct 11, 2016.

  1. JMO831

    JMO831 Consultant

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    ..... Completely blown away guys.

    I took a couple of photos. But only a couple, because I couldn't put her down until now.

    Specs:
    - Carved Walnut Top
    - Swamp Ash Body & Matching Cavity Cover
    - Rosewood Set Neck & Walnut Stringers
    - Birdseye Maple Fretboard & Walnut Inlays/Binding
    - Hipshot Grip Lock Open Gear Locking Tuners
    - 25.5 - 27 Multiscale & Medium Jumbo SS Frets
    - BWGC Pickups (Medium Output)
    - BWGC Proprietary Multiscale Bridge
    - Recessed Walnut Volume/Tone Knobs & 5-Way Switch

    Key Highlights:
    - Perfect fretwork (ball ends)
    - Incredible attention to detail

    One Negative (extremely picky):
    - A very minimal amount of glue residue on the neck binding near the neck pickup. You wouldn't be able to see it without a magnifying glass.

    Next steps:
    Sorry guys, I'm usually not this scattered. But I'll follow up shortly with
    1. More photos
    2. My objective thoughts on how she plays

    I don't want to fall into that mindset of hype, but based on my first impressions, I'm (as stated) blown away.

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  2. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred Blackest Of The Blackest

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    Congrats man!
     
  3. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire tinkerer/aspiring builder/8 string hoarder

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  4. Carvinkook

    Carvinkook SS.org Regular

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    pretty sweet, very smooth and organic.. congrats
     
  5. M3CHK1LLA

    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    looks great....congrats
     
  6. Spicypickles

    Spicypickles 8 string Warrior

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    Damn that is sweet! I'm really starting to like these funky wave shaped guits.
     
  7. JMO831

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    Okay, so here is my follow up:

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    Thoughts:

    Going through a PRS Archon, there is a very unique dynamic at play. The cut of Swamp Ash for the body is extremely light whereas the Rosewood neck is extremely dense and heavy. Now add in the medium output PUPs, and you have a sound more on the warmer end... But with a very unique directness to the note definition. It pops like a strat almost when you dig in. But with the added warmth, and a sound that kind of blooms when you let notes ring = an insanely pleasant tone.

    I really like the PUPs, because the lower output lends itself to dynamic play. But, that doesn't come at the expense of a very enjoyable high gain sound. I also have a Kemper, and with a profile that includes a 6505 with a Bulb OD in the front, this thing sounds monstrous. And it remains very dynamic. Quality-wise... I like to think of this guitar as smooth and solid. It's immaculate, of course, but everything is silky smooth (thanks in large part to the ball frets). And everything is substantial.

    To date, it's the most enjoyable guitar I've been able to play. I won't fall into the whole "it's the best ever" mindset, until I try a few other things. Waiting for my Mayones VF to compare, so that'll come soon... But as for now, I can say that out of my Skervesen (newer build), and a PRS Modern Eagle I owned, this one is my favorite in terms of build quality, sound, etc. This guitar is honestly very comparable to a VSK Guitar I owned (and still regret selling to this day).

    There's a lot of hype in this forum (which, if I'm going to be honest with myself, played a little bit into my decision to pick this guitar up). But let me tell you man... VSK Guitars are up there in terms of attention to detail and quality. The build I had was a walnut based guitar with walnut binding/birdseye maple fretboard like this one. And they're on the same pedestal.

    Cheers! I'll hope to get some recordings out soon. :shred:
     
  8. technomancer

    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Looks awesome.

    Going to bet that's Honduran Rosewood though. Honduran is usually lighter in color like that and is much easier to get a hold of.
     
  9. JMO831

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    Thanks for the heads up! Until I get confirmation from Aaron, I'll edit my posts to say it's a type of Rosewood so as to not be misleading. Either way, it sounds awesome!
     
  10. Lorcan Ward

    Lorcan Ward 7slinger Contributor

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    Happy NGD! Aaron makes awesome guitars!
     
  11. A-Branger

    A-Branger SS.org Regular

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    looks great, Kinda like the shape for a bass too
     
  12. Fred the Shred

    Fred the Shred Shrederick

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    That shape is awesome - it's got the right amount of class and aggressiveness. You have one lovely axe there. Enjoy!
     

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