NGD: Purple Beast

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  1. OliOliver

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    LTD Stef 1-Hum!

    Absolute madness. I did not expect to be buying a guitar this week, or even this month... Maybe this year, but it came a lot sooner than I expected. Andertons recently did a mega deal where this went for a ludicrously low price against tag price, and I just had to go for it.

    This guitar just further solidifies that the Horizon shape fits my hands best, and being the first guitar I've bought in multiple years that came from a non-Japanese factory has shown me that modern instruments built in "budget" factories are close to as good (if not just as good) as the high price factories. This thing is so unbelievably playable. The construction is sound, the electronics are done well so there's no noise at all, the fretwork is stellar. Not a buzz across the whole thing. Tuning stability is also really impressive. There is a slight issue with the paint job where the fretboard meets the body, but apart from that I can't find anything wrong with it.

    This is my first experience with Fishman's, as since I had a bad experience with EMGs years back I swore off actives for good... And this guitar has not alleviated that unfortunately. I just do not like their feel and sound. They're too brittle and lifeless. Anything beyond the 12th fret on the unwound strings sounds cheap, like I'm playing through a 15w Fender Frontman. I don't know if this is down to Stef's model in particular, but either way I'm not a huge fan. The passive mode is marginally better, adding some thickness and a bit of attack, but still not particularly what I look for in my sound. A new pickup is on the way, and I will be doing a small demo comparing Fishman's two modes against a regular old passive humbucker.

    What else is there to say? This is now my go-to 7!
     
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    I wondered who picked this up! my finger was hovering over the buy button a few times! happy NGD dude
     
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    You must've been late to the party, there were 10 available when I bought!
     
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    Congrats! I was the same, total impulse buy just couldn’t say no to that deal. I’ve had mine about 2 weeks now and the quality has really impressed me. I was hesitant at first being the LTD but I’d struggle to justify the price difference for the ESP.

    What pickup are you putting in? I’m a die hard BKP fan but I think I’ll leave this stock
     
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    That's badass.
     
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    Awesome! Great buy, especially with that monster discount!

    What pickup are you throwing in it?
    Was this a Korean or Indonesian build?
     
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    Nazgul. I wanted to put a Distortion in but they were only available from GAK at around £20 more. I was tempted to give BKP another shot but the wait time was ludicrous last time, and I hear their soap bars are slightly smaller than EMG/SD/Fishman.

    I have a Nazgul in my RG2228 and it's a great sound, and given the availability of the Nazgul vs the Distortion (in extended range, at least), it seems SD are pushing the Nazgul forward as their flagship high output passive.
     
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    Just checked and it's made in Korea. Serial begins with W so in assuming WMI factory? Makes sense, actually. Bought a Schecter KM6 back when they were brand new which was made in that factory and was a damn fine instrument. Kinda bummed I sold that on, but I had my dream ESP. What can ya do?
     
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  9. Shawn

    Shawn Ibanez Guitars Forum MVP

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    So sleek. Love the color. Congrats!
     
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    Good looking guitar, congrats.
     
  11. mark domestic bliss

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    Is that a fluence modern?
    If you want to part with the fluence id be interested
    More importantly happy new guitar day
    That looks swish
    If i could get one in lefty id be on it
     
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    It's the Stef signature model. I replaced it today so if you want it, it's yours!
     
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    How much?
    I get paid next week i think (but i am losing track of times and days so might be the week before or after il find out)
     
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    I dunno. £50 plus postage (probably around a fiver)? Bear in mind it's only the pickup, no wiring harness. (Had trouble unsoldering, just ended up chopping it out).
     
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    Awesome errrr il try pm you
    (new member so might not work)
    And yes id have to sort out rewiring as itd be going into a guitar that is probably passive originally but all good il source that
    Nice guitar btw
     
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    With 1 humbucker and a TOM, I keep seeing a purple COW Jackson! Must need sleep.

    Finish looks GREAT!

    Congratulations on the new guitar day!
     
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    Damn I've seen a few of these popping up here, how much were they on sale?
     
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    £699 down from £1250 (or something like that).
     
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    As soon as I saw the title to this thread, I knew what it was and where it came from. Great looking guitars tbf!
     
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    I love the finish
     

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