NGD: Aristides 060 Strat (Light Blue Pearl)

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  1. bulb

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    Hey guys,
    Just picked up an Aristides 060 Strat in Light Blue Pearl.

    I'm on a big Strat kick as of late, and as much as I love my '59 American Strat, I was thinking it would be cool to get myself something that is philosophically opposite to that guitar.

    This guitar doesn't have any wood on it at all. As with all of Aristides' Instruments, the body and neck are made of Arium and even the fretboard on this one is made of Richlite. Richlite doesn't look or feel dissimilar from wood, and this particular board has this aged maple look to it, but it has the advantage of not expanding and contracting with weather and humidity changes. I'd say that for me personally, the feel of a good ebony board is still my personal favorite, but this is a cool and very useful technology that is right as home on a space-age instrument such as this!

    The guitar has 24 stainless steel frets, and a relatively flat fretboard (12-16" compound radius) so it plays very smooth and fast, and the Hipshot contour bridge is probably the most comfortable strat bridge I have played thus far. The neck also features Luminlay side dots, which I am a big fan of. It also has Hipshot locking tuners.

    The only aspect that this guitar shares with my Strat is the Bare Knuckle Pickups set (Trilogy Suite bridge, Mother's Milk neck and middle).

    To sum it up, it plays like a fast and modern guitar, with all the appointments I would expect of a high end guitar built in 2015, but it sounds like a strat. Putting it up against my '59 Strat it has a slightly different character, a bit darker but a bit fuller at the bridge. The neck and middle have different characters based off of position alone, but they are still sufficiently "Stratty" and the split positions sound absolutely wonderful as a result. I'm very glad to have this guitar in my collection, and it will definitely find a lot of use on future recordings.

    Anyways here are pics:
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    If you want to hear it in action, I used this guitar on these two videos:

     
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    Happy NGD! That looks and sounds totally killer, man. Do you miss having the superfluous tone knob, though?
     
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    Good lord that overdriven sound with the KTR is already one of my favourite tones.

    HNGD looks and sounds killer.
     
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    And up goes Aristides' wait time!

    But seriously, that is a sweet strat. Blue is my favorite color and that shade wins.
     
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    wow that thing is SEXY misha :D make me want a strat-like guitar even though I'm a metal player mostly. Aristides look like amazing instruments
     
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    Hooray for strat love!
     
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    That's cool, I didn't know you could get Richlite in other colors!

    Someday a hot pink Richlite fretboard will be mine
     
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    I still remember every gibson guy bashing richilite because it's a "cheapo" material compared to other stuff..
    I think it looks and sounds awesome, it doesn't get dirty, it's not affect by temperature..
    just awesome!
     
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    Blue body with a maple (or maple looking in this case) board will never get old
     
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    This is the first time I've seen a Richlite board that looked like maple - never would have noticed the difference if I wasn't paying attention. Looks really cool.
     
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    What were you using to take the photos this time around? The shots of this look BEAUTIFUL.
     
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    HNGD!!! My favorite Aristides to date.

    Love Strats and I love to see different/modern takes on them, so this is awesome!
     
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    Would love to see a full review of this bad boy, HNGD mate
     
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    Thanks!
    Using my Canon 5D3 with my 24-70II lens, editing in Lightroom 5.
     
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    so.... completely out of curiosity, what does that look like with the back panel off? Are there pictures somewhere of a similar guitar with it off that I haven't seen?
     
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    what a special SSS 060 with that blue finish!
    cant wait for mine one also
     
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    Love the blue!
     
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    First time I've seen it and my initial reaction is... it kind of looks like a 60s refrigerator. Maybe in a good way though. It does have some cool lines, it seems well made, and the specs are quite nice. I love blue finishes but not sure about this one.. it's either amazing or horrible, haven't figured out which :lol:

    I think it's throwing me off cause it looks like it was plastidip-ed or something. Would love to try it, it's already growing on me.
     
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    Saw blue guitar NGD, thought about Misha, then saw who posted it. :lol:
     

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