NGD: Green Meanie

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  1. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire pet kitties, spend fiddies

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    I saw this pop up on sweetwater and had to grab it. It's the only one I've seen besides @Albake21 's guitar or keith's that has a decently figured veneer. For an Indonesian guitar, it's pretty good.
    specs from Schecter's site:
    Fretboard:Ebony
    Neck Material: Roasted Maple/Maple 5-pc w/ Carbon Fiber Reinforcement Rods
    Inlays :Aluminum Offset/Reverse Circles
    Side Dot Markers :Glow In The Dark
    Scale :26.5” (673mm)
    Neck Shape : Ultra Thin ‘C’
    Thickness@ 1st Fret- .763” (19.4mm)/ @ 12th Fret- .822” (20.9mm)
    Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
    Fretboard Radius: 12”-16” Compound Radius
    Nut: Ernie Ball Compensated Nut
    Nut Width: 1.889” (48mm)
    Truss Rod: 2-Way Adjustable Rod w/ Heel Access Spoke Wheel
    Body
    Guitar Colors: Toxic Smoke Green (TSG)
    Hardware Color: Black
    Top Contour :Radius Top
    Dexterity: Right Handed
    Construction:Bolt-on
    Body Material:Swamp Ash
    Top Material: Burl veneer
    Binding: Black 1-ply
    Bridge:Schecter Custom Hardtail w/ String Thru Body
    Controls: Volume/3-Way Pickup Switch/2-way Coil Split Toggle Switch
    Bridge Pickup:Schecter Diamond KM Humbucker
    Neck Pickup: Schecter Diamond KM Humbucker
    Knobs:Metal Knurled w/ Set Screw
    Strings:Ernie Ball 7-String (.009/.011/.016/.026/.036/.046/.062)

    Setup: I had to raise the action a bit to minimize buzzing but other than that, no real complaints.
    Fit/Finish: The veneer actually has pretty good figuring compared to others floating around, and the blacked out ash feels/looks great. I love the back contours, they make the guitar look extra aggressive.
    My only quibble is that there were 2 slightly rough feeling spots on the ash body (one on the lower horn and one near the neck bolts), along with some one spot on the headstock where the black burst bled over onto the maple. There looks to be some tool marks on the upper part of the fretboard as well.
    The coil tap switch was a tad loose when I got it, but that was an easy fix.
    Overall the fit and finish is good, especially for a sub 1k Indonesian guitar.
    Feel: I'm not terribly picky about neck shapes, fretboard radii or scale lengths like some people, so the guitar feels very comfy to me. This guitar is quite lightweight, clocking in at around 5 lbs or so, largely due to the thin swamp ash body. The neck is almost like an ibby wizard neck or a flattened D shape, and feels pretty uniform in thickness (that extra mm or so isn't noticeable at all imo). There are no dead frets or any fret sprout and the edges of the frets have been just slightly rounded so that they don't catch on your hands when you're doing shred wankery.
    Normally I hate guitars without a decent forearm contour, but with the very aggressive belly contour and the thinness of the body, it's not even an issue. I can play this guitar for hours and hours with no issues. Upper fret access is quite easy, even for someone with monstrous hands like me.
    The output jack placement is mildly annoying. It's only really suited to a right angle jack imo. If you play in the classical position like I do, then use a right angle jack. With a straight jack it'll dig into your leg. Standing players/non-classical players won't have this issue but I'd still recommend the right angle jack since it keeps the cable out of the way regardless.
    Sound: The diamond series pickups are actually pretty solid stock pickups. They have good clarity on all the strings except for the 7th string, where they struggle a tad. The bridge feels responsive on the low end and has a nice growl/snarl to the midrange. The neck is relatively smooth and warm sounding, so it works well for legato/jazzy riffs along with cleans. Split sounds for both pickups allow you t get that 7th string clarity that the humbucker mode is missing, while adding some spank for djenty shit or (if you're like me) mastodon style banjo rolls/country riffs.
    Anyways here's a ton of clips I made through my Revv 100p:
    https://www.mediafire.com/file/0szx1sor8855f09/km7std.zip/file

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    KnightBrolaire pet kitties, spend fiddies

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    Noisy Humbucker Only obsesses over guitars when not playing them.

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    So sick, makes me relieved that I don’t get along with the KM-III. Not what I need when I’m trying to downsize. :lol: Congrats!

    EDIT: I daresay that Indonesia is nearly caught up with Korea. The Ibby RGD multi scale I picked up is quite solid and clean.
     
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    KnightBrolaire pet kitties, spend fiddies

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    I liked the KM7 MKII and MKIs that I've played, but never enough to buy one. I vastly prefer the more aggressive styling and thinner body of the mkIII.
    Yeah indos from schecter are pretty good overall ime. Indo Ibbys and jacksons have been much more hit or miss for me. This one has some annoying aesthetic issues like the paint bleed/fretboard marring, but it's so much damn fun to play that I can totally live with it.
     
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    BigViolin breakfast foods

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    I sentence you to an afternoon of "Attitude Song" and "Viv Woman" on repeat and 20 "hail Vais" for what you've done here.
     
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    KnightBrolaire pet kitties, spend fiddies

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    Nah I'm gonna play some Revocation and Nevermore instead :p
     
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    BigViolin breakfast foods

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    shupe13 SS.org Regular

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    Congrats!
     
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    looks super sexy!
    congrats!
     
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    +1 for using a woobie as the backgound.
     
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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    I think finding out about people's reverence for their woobies has been the best thing I've learnt from this site.
     
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    Other than the seam of the two pieces of ash being off-center (which triggers my OCD), that's a really neat guitar. Green is absolutely underrepresented. #teamgreen
     
  13. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire pet kitties, spend fiddies

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    the woobie deserves all the love it gets. It's soft, warm, pretty durable and easy to pack/clean. Also makes for a killer backdrop for NGD pics :lol:
    The green color is really great, it's basically like a forest/emerald green with a really subtle black burst. I really dig it.
    Honestly if you don't look at the bottom seam near the output jack you wouldn't even notice the ash pieces being off center. It's a 3 piece body if you look really closely. The back looks basically seamless imo.
     
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    Back looks better than the front tho
     
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    IbanezDaemon Raptus regaliter

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    Very cool. The finish on this is fantastic!
     
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    Vegetta Change Everything

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    That green is awesome. I love my MKiii. I hope they do an Indonesian 6 string KM. I would buy one in a heartbeat.
     
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    erdiablo666 Do not go Djently

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    This is dope AF. These weren't even on my radar before but now I think I need one. HNGD Bro-laire!
     
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    Anquished hhnice!

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    Looks great, congrats man!

    The contours on the back are really cool.
     
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  19. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire pet kitties, spend fiddies

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    PSA: The Schecter Diamond series pickup routes are a bit smaller than a Seymour Duncan pickup, so if you're swapping you'll have to sand the pickup cavity a bit and slightly shorten the ears on the baseplate. The pickups are also direct mount with a bigger than normal bolt, so you'll also have to drill out the baseplate of the pickup to match the stock bolts.
     
  20. Cyanide_Anima

    Cyanide_Anima BLOOOOM!

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    Good lawd, that is one sexy machine. 'Grats! May it serve you well.
     
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