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NGD - Joe Bonamassa '58 Black Beauty

Discussion in 'Other Guitar Discussion' started by CB91710, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    She's here.
    9 pounds.
    Will get the neck measurements next weekend when I change the strings and do a setup after she acclimates.

    Plugged it into my Fly-3, sound from the pickups has a consistent volume in all positions, except for a slight drop in the bridge/middle OOP position.
    As others have observed, the volume goes from 0-10 all within the 7-10 range on the knobs... A bit annoying at bedroom volume, but I think it would probably be fine blasting through a tube amp, and offer a good amount of control with the gain backed off.
    The OOP tone is growing on me.

    Overall impressions:

    The case is OK. It seems solid, but it's not as "puffy" as my Gibson cases. The covering is basic vinyl, with plastic banding.
    The interior is nice, but there is only one neck support, at the body end.
    One of the latches is locking.
    There's absolutely nothing wrong with the case... but it's not the same quality that you get with Gibson USA.

    The guitar actually arrived pretty close to being in tune... it was just a hair sharp. Plays nice... fat neck, will wait a few days for it to acclimate and then do a setup and change strings to my usual DR 9-46 set, but the setup is not bad at all.
    The nut slots are a little deep, with the strings completely buried.

    Weight on mine is 9lbs.

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  2. Guy Named Sue

    Guy Named Sue Censored

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    Looks beautiful, they got the aging look of the binding nicely. Did someone drew a sharpie on those tuning pegs?

    How's the belly carve on those?

    Congrats buddy!
     
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  4. Jerseystratfiend

    Jerseystratfiend Strat-O-Master

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    Made me moist bahaha
     
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    :thumbd:
     
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  6. CB91710

    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Belly carve?
    It's a clone of Joe's '58 Custom... dead mirror-flat back with bound edges.
     
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    The carve top, on some 50s Gibson it looks like they're pregnant so I call them belly. Just realized that strats have belly carve and that might be confusing lol
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    Ahh...
    I didn't pay a lot of attention, but I'd say it's comparable to my Original Series Gibson 60s Standard.
    It's there, but not "fat" looking.
     
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    Very nice HNGD :thumb:
     
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  10. Bowmap

    Bowmap I nose a thang or two Platinum Supporting Member

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    Nice. Now that @Guy Named Sue has me confused. I need to go back and carefully look at that gorgeous piece of musician's hardware.

    EDIT: I kept sniffing the pictures but I do not get the new guitar smell.
     
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    axejock Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    HNGD!
     
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    circles Resident Pinball Enthusiast

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    I find it pleasing.

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    bobalu Strat-Talker Silver Member

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    That is really nice, I'd love to get me one! How do those tuners feel? Smooth? I have never seen those before.
     
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    Dig it. HNGD!
     
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    CB91710 No GAS shortage here Double Platinum Supporting Member

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    They're decent.
    I'd say somewhere between Kluson and Grover. The low E is a little stiff, but they do have screws holding the tulips on, so I might be able to loosen it a bit.. but I really feel no pressing need to change anything... except the strings.
    Supposed to be 10's, they feel a little light, but I prefer 9-46. These feel a little old and dirty.

    I have a good 45 minutes on it now... mostly chording, and noodling some Kashmir to see how it responds to DADGAD. No surprises, handles the dropped tuning just fine.

    I did pop the strings out of the nut and take neck measurements:

    1st Fret = 0.885
    12th Fret = 1.018
    Fret height = 0.440"

    Comparison on the rest of my Gibby's:

    2020 SG Standard - Depth @ 1st 0.8500", depth @ 12th 0.9875"
    2019 LP Standard '60s - Depth @ 1st 0.8055", depth @ 12th 0.8970"
    2019 Flying V - Depth @ 1st 0.8115", depth @ 12th 0.8605"
     
  17. Deathray

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    That is a sexy beast, man! A nice addition to your stable.
    HNGD!
     
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  18. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    Very nice! I love how they changed the headstock shape to more closely resemble a Gibson.
     
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  19. Stratoman10

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    That looks really nice. Enjoy :cool:
     
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    Great looking guitar! How do you like the pups? The top carve looks great. I love the case. I'm not a diehard Les Paul fan, BUT, I find a good LP is hard to beat.
     
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