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NGD American Special

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Strat*Fan81, Apr 14, 2018.

  1. Strat*Fan81

    Strat*Fan81 Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 5, 2015
    Finally took the plunge and ordered one of these. I’ve wanted one for a couple years now but something else always came up. I was hoping to get to try one but every time one came in the shop I go to (they’re not a dealer so a random used trade in would pop up from time to time) it would be gone that day.
    My first impressions are excellent. It plays sooo nice. I love the neck. The satin finish feels really nice. This is the first guitar I’ve owned with jumbo frets and bending is a breeze. Less speed bumpy than my others with narrow tall frets. I was surprised it came stock with 9’s. One knock against it, but really I’ve seen it on so many guitars I’m used to seeing it unfortunately, is the nuts were binding the strings. I knew once I put on 10’s the tremolo had zero chance so I widened them a bit (with a set of torch tip cleaning files in case anyone’s interested, they work like a charm if you only do it once in awhile and they’re 4 bucks) and now it’s fine. Super happy with how dark the rosewood is since I got the sonic blue.
    Plugged in it’s one powerful guitar. I’ve heard some say they don’t hear the high end chime with the Texas Specials but I’m loving the clean tones. It seems like a very versatile guitar I’m sure I’m going to have a lot of fun with. And it’s a beauty. IMG_0441.JPG
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  2. Otisblove

    Otisblove Strat-O-Master

    May 20, 2016
    Beautiful! The dark rosewood does look great with the sonic blue. HNGD!
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  3. garyhoos1

    garyhoos1 Huffing n Puffing. Silver Member

    Jan 28, 2012
    North Wales and Somerset.
    Lovely guitar.:thumb:

    Real nice colour combo too.
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  4. Tone Deaf

    Tone Deaf Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 12, 2009
    New Jersey, USA
    Very nice.
    Good luck with it!
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  5. Yves

    Yves Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 2, 2016
    Very nice, congrats!
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  6. aviamsi

    aviamsi Strat-O-Master

    Aug 31, 2015
    Great color choice. Congratulations.
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  7. Strat*Fan81

    Strat*Fan81 Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 5, 2015
    Thanks y’all. Had to go with the sonic blue. There’s really no other choice! Lol
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  8. arcticstrat

    arcticstrat Strat-O-Master

    Feb 6, 2016
    Congrats man, what a beauty! Happy NGD! :)

  9. Omar

    Omar Most Inquisitive Junior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 9, 2017
    Marbella, Spain
    Great choice! Welcome to Am Special Sonic Blue club ;)

  10. Lonn

    Lonn Mod Admin Staff Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Very nice!

  11. BobbyJames

    BobbyJames Strat-Talk Member

    Apr 9, 2017
    Congrats, I've been interested in one of the Specials in Walnut for a long time, always been keen to try the Texas Specials and jumbo frets!

  12. BobbyJames

    BobbyJames Strat-Talk Member

    Apr 9, 2017
    Actually, just taken another look at yours and then a walnut model. I think I'd probably go sonic blue, too!

  13. R00STER

    R00STER Strat-Talker

    Nov 21, 2016
    Love that big headstock!
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  14. circles

    circles Senior Stratmaster

    Cool guitar and amp.

  15. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

    Nov 30, 2014
    That's a great looking strat. The rosewood looks fantastic.

  16. Strat*Fan81

    Strat*Fan81 Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 5, 2015
    I was put off the big headstock at first, but over the last couple years it has grown on me big time. I had to have a guitar with one at this point lol.
    The walnut finish is really nice too. But it’s hard to pass up sonic blue if it’s an option!
    I love this amp! It’s the 10th anniversary 10 watt class A Artisan. It’s like a warmer sounding Vox (I A/B’d it against an AC10C1 for an hour trying to choose and came home with the Artisan) that can get great crunch tones. Highly recommend trying one if you play dirty blues or classic rock.
    Dark rosewood with sonic blue is one of the best looking Strats imo.

  17. circles

    circles Senior Stratmaster

    I had an HT-40 and rather liked it, but it was too much. That would have been a good alternative. (I went for a Supersonic 20)
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  18. Strat*Fan81

    Strat*Fan81 Strat-Talk Member

    Nov 5, 2015
    I know exactly what you mean. I never considered anything from Blackstar because I don’t play anything high gain ever. But when this came in the shop the guy talked me into trying it and I was blown away. It comes with a footswitch to activate the boost. That does get pretty raunchy, but a little tweak of the guitar volume and it smooths out really nicely. This one has a single el34, but they also have an Artist with a single 6l6 that’s more Fender-y. I would love to try out a Supersonic, it sound like it would be something I’d really like.
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  19. Wafflein

    Wafflein Strat-Talk Member

    Apr 15, 2018
    Lovely color combination

  20. jojo68

    jojo68 Strat-Talker

    May 27, 2013
    Love it man ! I want one . I have the handstained one but really,really want the rosewood fretboard .