NGD Vandermeij Magistra 7

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  1. Ben Pinkus

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    It's arrived! My first custom guitar!

    Some of you may have followed the build update thread, so check out the progress and the initial specs/rationale here https://www.sevenstring.org/threads/just-ordered-my-first-custom-with-vandermeij-guitars.342603/

    But thought I'd post a NGD thread with the Pro shots that I recieved along with my initial thoughts.

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    My first thought (other than holy cow this looks good!) was how light and resonant it was.

    I love all of the smaller details (like the Wenge middle layer, maple purfling, and set neck and body carves).

    Fretwork is great, and for a multiscale newbie I've had no difficulties adapting.

    Proably could do with a minor truss rod tweak and to lower the action slightly but thats personal preferance.

    Overall it was a pleasure dealing with Koen, would highly recommend working with him and this guitar is on par (at least) with my 2 Mayones.

    Can't wait to get writing recording, and giggind with this thing!
     
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    A truly stunning guitar!! HNGD!!
     
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  3. Ben Pinkus

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    ^ Thanks mate - its come out really well, and pleased my initial vision was possible (and works!)

    I'll add some family shots when I can and you can see the Duvell/Regius Hybrid vibe I was going for!
     
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    Holy shit man, that is perfect in every way!
    Great NGD and hope you guys have a great time together
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Cheers man!!

    I really enjoyed the process and choosing the woods, and finish ideas etc. As I mentioned in the other thread there were a few learnings for me but Koen was super helpful every step of the way.

    Also it shipped to the UK in like 2 days which was a very pleasant surprise
     
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    She's a beaut! Wish the pictures were bigger so I could see the finish better.
     
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  9. Ben Pinkus

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    Heres a pic from last week before the shoot : ) 187194877_117679087040648_3133138064839770090_n.jpg
     
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    that is gorgeous. I love the subtle fade. HNGD!
     
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    Well that is just amazing. Huge congrats and HNGD :)
     
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  12. Ben Pinkus

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    Thanks - yeah its come out really well, wanted to keep the natural wood vibe but with a bit of something else
     
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    Congrats mate! beautifully crafted! If memory serves me right, Vandermeij posted his early builds on SSO luthier section, and was already impressive back then! Very tasteful design and timber selections. Enjoy the beast mate!! \m/
     
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    Oh really? That's so cool, I didn't know that!

    Thanks dude!
     
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    Saw this on his Facebook page earlier. She’s stunning and HNGD!
     
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    @Ben Pinkus do you like the band DISTANT? they’re endorsed by Vandermeij guitars and they look so sick dude
     
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    That isn't a guitar... It is a piece of art. Great that it is light, resonant, and plays well.

    Happy NGD!
     
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    Congrats dude! That's beautiful.
     
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    I hadn't listened to them before, but Koen talked about them when we were specing this build up to check out as they use a similar tuning to the build etc! I've gigged with For I Am King before who also have Vandermeij's and thats how I found out about them etc

    Thanks man! Really pleased how its come together. Havn't had a limba guitar before so was unsure of the weight it typically has but this is lighter than my Qatsi for sure.
     
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    What’s your band called then boiiiii???
     

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