A very late NGD: A guitfiddle from Downunder!

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  1. Bodes

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    Had this one since late January, so about time I showed it off.

    Pics first, then review. (I do not own a camera, nor do I want one. All heil 5 year old HTC phone camera photos! :fawk:)

    Build thread: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.554604301288075.1073741841.122774891137687&type=3

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    Specs:
    Searls SS7 shape
    African Mahogany neck and body
    Indian Rosewood - scratch that - Ziricote fingerboard (read below)
    Bareknuckle Painkiller pickups
    Kahler Guitar and Bass Bridges
    Grover Tuners and straplock system
    Coil split on tone knob.
    CTS pots, Switchcraft 3 way and output jack
    Oil finish
    26.125" scale
    16" radius
    6150 Dunlop fret wire.

    This guitar contains a number of firsts: first 7-string, first Kahler, first guitar over 25.5, first non-painted neck, first 16" board, first BKPs...

    The pant-pooping story:
    After first picking this guitar up late December 2013 (during a ridiculously hot week) I took the guitar home and the neck moved a little bit.
    I let the guitar settle a few days before pulling out the supplied hex key from the truss rod company, and slight turn at no pressure than the bugger stripped the absolute shite out of the truss rod. Much swearing and conversations with Allan. The truss rod company had a bad batch of hex keys which were too small by 8/1000"! They took full responsibility for the failure, but refused to share cost of fretboard refit...
    Allan was fantastic, I dropped the guitar off to him a few days later and went through his supply of fretboards for a replacement.
    There were some fantastic pieces, but the ziricote was the only one that suited the oiled finish.
    A couple of weeks later I picked up the guitar with new fretboard and all.
    Bit bummed about the original fretboard, that looked stunning! But the ziricote is that little bit nicer under the fingers.

    Review:
    I really enjoy playing this guitar. Still getting used to it and have been focusing more on playing 6-stringed songs on it to get my head around the layout, while trying to play a few easier songs.
    Thinking I might tune it to A# (or Bb for those people) standard for some Behemoth and Nevermore, but that will leave me without an E-standard guitar...
    Fretwork is really good, no jagged edges. Very smooth player.
    Allan contacted me a month or so ago about remembering to use the scratch pad on the neck when it starts to feel a little rough, that certainly does help. More maintenance than I am used to (read: I rarely do any work on my guitars)
    Fret access is BRILLIANT! I can easily play all 24 frets with the body staying out of the way.
    BKPs are awesome sounding. The covers on them are really cheap and when I touch them a very hollow 'thunk' comes through. Thinking about putting some foam underneath them on next string change. I play with my pinky half anchored and sometimes taps that pick-up (LOL)
    A very well balanced guitar, both sitting and standing.
    The Kahler is very comfortable. At this stage I have it locked (not a trem wanker, just a wanker!!! :))


    Allan's customer service was outstanding. He answered all my questions before/during/after the build and really seems to care that his customers walk away with what they were after or more.
    Sent me pic of the layout of the electronics as I really like all knobs, etc. the HELL out of the way!

    I don't have soundclips/video cause *embarrassed*

    I dunno what else to say, ask away for more details.
     
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  2. mcsalty

    mcsalty Keepin' it Kodos

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    Not sure if it's just me, but the pictures aren't working. HNGD!
     
  3. Svava

    Svava Djento ergo sum

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    Same
     
  4. Bodes

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    damn... works for me... gimme a couple of minutes.
     
  5. OmegaSlayer

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    Hurry up dude! ^___^
     
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    That's a good look'n guitar man. Congrats.
    Smart for putting that volume out of the way :yesway:.

    Love that subtle waviness of the AM wood grain.
     
  7. Bodes

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    Photos are (hopefully) now up...
     
  8. OmegaSlayer

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    Now we're talking! ^___^
    That's one heck of a guitar and I like the specs.
    HNGD!

    PS unscrew and position the locking nut of the 6th and 7th string 90° to the strings or you'll have tuning problems ;)
     
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    about 2-3 times a year a stumble upon a NGD with a guitar that is made exactly as I would have wanted - from the pickups, to the wood choices, scale, pot positions etc.

    this is one of them

    HNGD!
     
  10. Surveyor 777

    Surveyor 777 I measure things

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    That is NICE! Simple and beautiful. Congrats!
     
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    Congrats bro ! She looks awesome!
     
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    Neilzord .Metal.

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    Looks awesome! seen a few of his guitars on his facebook and they look great! :D

    Glad you're happy with it, Was waiting to read a review on one of these and it sounds all good! HNGD
     
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    IbanezDaemon Raptus regaliter

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    Awesome build!!
     
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    Thanks for sharing the pics. I have ordered my build which has the exact same specs except with an ebony fretboard ... now I know what my guitar will look like, which is fan-f...ing-tastic! Looks simple and amazing. HNGD!
     
  15. demonx

    demonx Searls Guitars Vendor

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    Thanks for the kind words David.

    At the end if the day I'm just happy that you like the guitar and I'm glad it's gone to a good home.
     
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    Allan is an awesome luthier, and ive seen nothing but quality from him. Congrays duderbro!

    These are the type of luthiers you go to for customs guys \m/
     
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    Thanks all. Allan is a brilliant luthier and will not settle for 'good'.

    Take a look at his Facebook, he deserves all the kudos and business for him to flourish.
     
  18. Bodes

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    Cause the sun was very bright today, I tried to get a few better shots of the grain pattern:

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    A little better one of the fretboard... :drools:
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    Plus I forgot the obligatory "pet checking your stuff out pic"
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    I forgot to take one with my foot, though... :fawk:
     
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    simple and clean. nice

    maybe I live under a rock but i've never seen pickups mounted like that before . Is that a pick up ring/cover in one ?
     
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    They are "soapbar" pickups. They 'hide' the pickup mounts and are direct mounted (I think).
     

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