Double NGD: Modern Carvin and Vintage Ibanez

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  1. Unburdened

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    Hey there SSO!
    I'm finally doing a proper NGD for my latest and final (...for now:lol:) acquisitions!

    The modern: A Carvin DC7X

    -Walnut Neck and Body
    -Stainless Steel Extra Jumbo Frets
    -No Top Inlays
    -Gloss body, Tung Oil Neck

    The ultimate 'natural' guitar for me. I love the simple aesthetic. In fact, the only items of intrigue are the streaking in the ebony (Carvin...you are full of wood-working geniuses) and the abalone headstock logo.

    Sound
    The Lithium pickups are fantastic. I'm extremely impressed and I have no plans to swap them out for something else. They have been the first humbucker I've ever used where the split coil sounds are inspiring and authentic. I'd prefer the neck pickup to have more gain (maybe 12kOhms), but I'm able to do pinch harmonics while it's selected, so there's obviously some power under the hood. It's worth mentioning that the clean tones from this guitar are unmatched in my collection.

    Fit and Function
    Flawless construction; that's all I can say. The neck is thicker and rather wide, which I love, but I can see people having difficulty adjusting to it. The guitar is also somewhat heavy (around 9lbs), but again, that's one of my favorite features.

    Verdict
    Carvin's peerless construction in the 'production' guitar world blows me away. Versatile clean and distortion tones, excellent grain matching, and an inherent inspiration-developing quality set this guitar apart. If I had one takeaway to pass on to the rest of SSO...GO WALNUT!:lol:
     

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    NGD Part II: The Musician Dialogues

    In my obsessive hunting for vintage Ibanez guitars, I found this beauty: a 1979 Ibanez Musician MC-300.

    Walnut and Mahogany body, maple neck, pearloid tuning keys, 24 frets, chrome electronics cavity covers...this thing screams 70s and Alembic styling.

    Smoother than smooth tone, wonderful playability, and the most underrated production guitar ever made (in my opinion of course!).

    Enough said. Check it!
     

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    Nice additions! As a beginner to collecting these give some nice perspective on what's out there.
     
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    That neck thru Ibanez is amazing! Good scores man
     
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    Only with time do we see the way of the mountain, jewel.
     
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    Thank you man! The MIJ 70s guitars always seem to have beautiful wood selections, and I found this one on Craigslist...in the midwest somewhere. :lol: My MC-200 and MC-300 are works of art.
     
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    Congrats bro they both look awesome!
     
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    Congrats and HNGD!
     
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    Good, now I'm waiting for your djent cover of Free Bird in that Ibanez :lol::lol:

    All joking aside, glad that you did a NGD thread for those beautys!

    Congratulations! :cheers:
     
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    More like a djent version of American Woman. :cool:
     
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    Happy NGD's! The walnut car in looks awesome :yesway:

    I Love the vintage Ibanez MC guitars, I really want to find a nice one from 1982 for a birth year guitar :hbang: (also my initials are MC... its meant to be)
     
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    Find two...and sell one to me! :lol:
     
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    Question about the Musician... How does it sound on a high gain channel?

    Awesome NGDs
     
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    Nice! My DC7X is all walnut body and neck, but I have a plain maple top, solid finish, and birdseye board. Yours has some really sweet figuring going on on the back of the neck, too :yesway:

    Congrats and H(double)NGD!
     
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    Thanks mate!

    The Musicians (I have an MC-200 and an MC-300) both have a unique high gain sound. They have a lot of clarity and harmonic content reproduction. I'd describe their tone as 'high-fidelity'; chords are clear, with pleasing overtones. They are certainly not high gain, 'modern' sounding pickups (sorry folks, they don't djent).

    Let me put it this way: on the new Deep Drains album, I'm using the MC-200 into a VHT Deliverance on the 'Less Gain' setting for my rhythm tone (one track per side), and there is more than enough gain and meanness on tap. With the 'More Gain' setting, the Musicians sing, with a really fat, sustaining tone.
     
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    That sounds like a beautiful guitar! How does the maple (assuming it's birdseye maple) fretboard sound with walnut?
     
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    Great guitars!! I had an MC-300 for a good while.
    Extremely underrated and solid guitar. Bit of a
    backbreaker though.
     
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    I will say wholeheartedly the Musician guitars are bricks. Easily the heaviest guitars I own.
     

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