NGD - Fan fret Baritone 6 string! (Charcoal burst)

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  1. lewis

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    First things first I found this as "Bstock" on Thomann. Its considered as last years discontinued stock and it was £48 cheaper because of the Bstock status so at a total of £200 incl shipping I snapped it up as I need something exactly like this for my band!.

    Shipping was odd. 2 days in the tracker told me it has been damaged and needed to be repackaged :O
    I was expecting the worse. Anyway when it showed up, it was a loose bubblewrapped guitar, flapping around inside a larger hollow box...

    and amazingly..it arrived flawless. A little dusty in places but no dents, no scratches, no chips, no marks, no sharp fret ends and good action and playability right away!?!?.
    Dont ask me how I lucked out like that but there we go. It will need thicker strings for my tuning but its actually great.

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    SPECS
    Basswood body
    Flamed Maple Veneer
    Roseacer fretboard (Treated Maple)
    27 inch - 25.5 inch scale length
    5 piece maple/nato neck (lovely and smooth)
    Monorail bridge
    Graphite nut

    PLANNED MODS
    Locking tuners (stock ones are garbage)
    EMGs
    Fishman Recharge kit If I can get it to fit


    so there we go!. Guitar is really really resonant and sounds massive unplugged. The stock pickups really let it down. But it really does not need massive changes to get it to be amazing. It is as solid and as much of a brilliant mod platform as the 8 string fan fret model from them I also have!.
     
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    NickS Carvinite

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    HNGD!! Looks great for the price, and as you said after a few mods it should be ready for anything you want! Good find:agreed:
     
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    thanks dude!! :)

    actually tempted to try something coil splittable in the neck too!.
     
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    Happy NGD!

    It looks amazing for that kind of money. Hopefully the EMGs will give it the sound you're trying to get out of it.
     
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    Thanks @bostjan !!

    Im hopeful just because my favourite band sound is from a band that uses 81-7's and Kempers ;)
    haha

    i just like the juice and snarl actives give me
     
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    zarg guitar and computer nerd

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    very nice! I love my seven string version of it. Do you experience nut binding as well?
     
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    cant say I have noticed that yet. I may well do though when I restring it for the first time.
    Did you have to smooth your one out a bit with a file or something?
     
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    zarg guitar and computer nerd

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    not yet but I will do this soon since the D string seems to bind in the nut a lot, while tuning and bending.
     
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    lewis SS.org Regular

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    thinking of making the EMGs white!///??

    whos with me? haha
     
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    zarg guitar and computer nerd

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    or maybe red ones? :drool:
     
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    Zhysick Sick of all

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    I've been thinking in one of this since I fell in love with my FF7 but I have a question for you... are the pups as bad as the 8 version? Because the neck pup is not even usable in parallel mode... muddy! Always muddy! If the 6string version is that bad also I would probably pass because I don't need a 6 now specially FF so no reason to buy one and spend money in swapping the pups while I haven't done it to the 7String yet...
     
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    I would say so yes. They do seem similar or the same as the stock 8 string pickups sadly.
    Trash.
     
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    Ethenmar slow and low

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    The look and quality of the new HB guitars is amazing. Posibly, the best european alternative to have an Agile.
     
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    completely agree. Massively underrated.
     
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    Look at that headstock. This must be the company doing Tosin’s new sig.





    /s
     
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    little jam through of the rhythm sections of one of my bands songs -

     
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    Funny that a guitar this low priced was able to do a fanned fret headstock without the ugly extra fretboard triangle, but far more expensive ones can't.
     
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    agreed.
    I cant stand the look of that really. Its odd and as proven, unnecessary.
     
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    Dirty, brown baked maple.....

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    and now 2 coats of Fiebings black leather dye.....
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    Going to leave it like this now for 24 hours, then use steel wool to buff and give it 1 more coat.
     
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    EDIT: Im going to swap out the stock dot inlays because it appears 2 or 3 of them, higher up were either not installed properly or have cracked, so the dye has seeped under and into them meaning that those ones didnt just wipe off properly and half are not visible now etc.

    So Im thinking like a blue/purple or a more standard abalone dots for the fretboard, and then some Luminlay side dots by drilling out the stock ones.

    Also, I know there will be alot of bleed as this painters tape is nowhere near as good as I expected.

    Im going to call it a day at 4 coats on the board max. And If I cant get the bleed out on the neck, Im thinking about taking the neck off, lightly sanding the whole thing and staining the neck too with this same leather dye.
    1 small bottle of Fiebings goes an amazingly long way. 2 tiny dips of a foam brush has now done 3 full and generous coats on the fretboard. This bottle would easily get the neck done too if need be.
     

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