Caparison Namm 2019 - Upgraded Horus-M3, and new sponge finishes.

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  1. skvld

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    The sponge finishes look like this:

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    No bueno.
     
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  2. guitar4tw

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    Yeah, same. Also, I'm not sure if the textured finish is made of some sort of extra hard epoxy or just regular lacquer, but it seems to be harder and more scratch resistant than the regular clear coat that's used on the body. After 5 years with my Dellinger it still doesn't have a scratch on it from numerous bumps and countless strings being threaded. Meanwhile, my Ibanez guitars that are around the same age have a lot of scratches in the clear coat around the tuning pegs on the headstock.

    Could just be that scratches don't show that easily on a textured surface, but it does feel different and harder than a regular lacquer clear coat.

    Well, we'll have to agree to (strongly) disagree on that. :)

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    That Horus-FX-AM in burnt blue is right up my taste alley, but not my financial one :lol:
     
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    gunshow86de Beef Jerky Time

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    I feel like this should be a euphemism, if it isn't already. :lol:
     
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    This is like a nicer version of the original Jackson Falcon finish.

    The signature model 7-string V looks pretty good. I'm curious on what the pricing will be on it.
     
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    Perhaps it's just me, but sponge finishes look even more "3rd grade art class project" than even Kiesel's "rattle can matte black" (as i've seen some call it) Andy James signature. It reminds me of the paint job my mom experimented with in a closet when i was a kid, and we all hated it because it looked like it was painted with sponges. It seems like a really bizarre option for a seemingly high-end (I've never played one) company.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    In my case it was the hallway bathroom. :lol:
     
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    narad Progressive metal and politics

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    It's up above $4k.
     
  9. skvld

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    Well, I do like it a little better in blue. :)

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    Sorry, I don't mean to be too harsh. I just have a strong association between sponge paint and 80s-90s mommy interior design. I'll have to work on that.
     
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  10. guitar4tw

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    Long live sponge finishes! :shred: :deadhrse:
     
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    Ordacleaphobia Shameless Contrarian

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    I agree with every word in this post.
     
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    manu80 Jackson for life !

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    Really don't get the hype on Capa. To each his own i guess
    Owned 2, a horus and a Orbit and i found it very overpriced for the quality they were. Like Gotoh pickup in a 2400 euros guitar new ????.....
     
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    The stock pickups is the only thing about Caparisons that I agree are not up to par with regards to the price. But everyhing else (build quality, attention to detail and playability) is appropriate, in my opinion.

    I really hope they ditch their in-house designed (and Gotoh manufactured) pickups, and start loading their guitars with Dimarzios, Duncans, BKPs etc. That would make them more palatable for the price they demand.
     
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    Well that's a bit of a bummer as I was pretty excited about it but 3k is about the highest I'd pay for it.
     
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    We're seeing that with the signature guitars at least - the two KSE guitars with Fishmans, the Romeo and Mattias guitars with DiMarzio.

    I think the stock pickups are great for the 80's rock thing. And they sound great for leads. Maybe not so much for modern metal. I swapped the pickups in my Brocken eventually.

    Totally agree with what you say about quality. I've played 20+ and never seen any problems with QC, finishes, playability etc.
     
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    Classic west Phoenix house.
     
  17. narad

    narad Progressive metal and politics

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    Yea, they sell them for like $X money, but in my head they're always $X + $300 because I figure I'm going to swap right away to get them sounding as good as my other guitars. Not a great situation.
     
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    Please read well
    It's about all brands and not only Capa
    Also...I said it gives me "vibes" not that it looks crap
     
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    Musiscience Hail the Ibbyborn!

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    Agreed. I played a bunch in a local store a few years ago and was excited after all the hype built around the brand. Left very disappointed as, for me at least, they felt like guitars that should be 1/3 rd of the price. Also the ash one sounded really dull, even unplugged. Maybe I just got unlucky :shrug:
     
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    I want more sponge presses on the sponge finishes. When I first noticed caparisons in the early ‘00’s it was all top mount Floyd’s, sponge finishes and clock inlays. I am here for this.
     

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