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NGD - Purple SH445 > New Photos Added!

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:22 pm
by Coda
Oh man, Carvin nailed it. Everything I was looking for and more!

Table of Contents:
- Inspiration for this build
- Features
- Photos
- First Impressions
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This is my second Carvin, and I wanted a completely different set of features than my CT624. The following references were instrumental...

Color: Purple. Reason: My favorite Hot Wheels car, Beatnick Bandit.

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Primary Wood: Maple. Reason: Not only is maple one of my favorite woods, it's one of my favorite flavors.

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(Secondary wood: Walnut. Also is a nice flavor.)

Bling Level: Gold. Reason: Always thought this guy had style.

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Code Name: Barney. Reason: It's big. It's purple. It will disturb the neighbors.

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Features:

TRANSLUCENT PURPLE w/ BLACKBURST
SATIN FRONT / BLACK GLOSS BACK & SIDES
5PC MAPLE NECK W/WALNUT STRIPES, TUNG OIL FINISH
MEDIUM JUMBO STAINLESS STEEL FRETS
2V 2T KNOBS, 1 P/P COIL TAP FOR BOTH PICKUPS, 1-P/P FOR PHASE
TRADITIONAL STYLE HEADSTOCK
EBONY FRETBOARD, BLACK NO STREAKING
ABALONE BLOCK INLAYS
CUSTOM PAINT MASKING ON NECK HEEL
OPT 50 BIGSBY

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First impressions: Opening the case, a happy camper at first glance! (And the smell... cocoa butter.)

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Wow! I was really afraid that my expectations were set too high... This guitar has blown me out of the water. I've only played it for 20 minutes, unplugged. Setup feels great - nice low action with no buzzing. It arrived almost perfectly in tune, except for the high E. It resonates very well acoustically across all strings - it's much louder unplugged than I expected it would be. The 14" radius feels great. The body size is awesome (smaller body diameter and more comfortable than my 335 copy). And the Bigsby doesn't detune other strings during fingered bends enough to matter to my ear, which was one of my concerns.

Cosmetically I am thrilled by my blacker-than-black ebony fingerboard, and the contrast between the satin top and gloss back/sides.

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The abalone inlays, logo and knobs all have purple (and blue-green) highlights that go perfectly with the purple top. The trans-purple on the maple top lets through enough of the grain to give the soundboard a really unique kind-of-granite look. And I L-O-V-E how the matte finish on the top feels against my forearm when I'm playing. I wasn't sure how I'd like the look of the satin without seeing a sample in person, and I'm so glad I took that chance. It looks and feels luxurious.

I can't wait to plug in, and I promise I'll post some outdoor pics and a tone report soon. On a final note... I love watching the videos of the CNC machines Carvin' up the wood, but I find it humbling that lots of real people put their pride and skill into this instrument. The production tag that came on my shipping box is a great reminder. Awesome!

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re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:27 pm
by jochan90
:shock: :drool: O man! That thing is gorgeous! I NEVER like gold hardware... But you have changed that! Wow, wow, WOW! That guitar...
O My!
Words cannot express what I'm thinking and feeling right now. Wow!

Congrats on that BEAUTIFUL guitar!

One more thing, good call on the matte finish! That top with that finish is KILLER! :woot: :woot:

That guitar has
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re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:30 pm
by arahobob
If this isn't a HUGE new guitar day then I don't know what is!!
Congratulations!

I can't wait to view these on my PC - this phone isn't giving me enough purple !!!!!

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:40 pm
by Mike Jones
:applause:

I VERY much loved that one in the back!!!!!

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:02 pm
by DannyB819
Well that sure does stand out! Congrats!

LOVE the satin top with gloss sides & back.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the special paint on the heel. That's how they should do them all.

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:40 pm
by Littlewing1
Just absolutely gorgeous! You and Carvin nailed it big time. Every detail is great, even down to the knobs. Congratulations man, I'm jealous and can't wait for the sound check.

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:41 pm
by truedog
What a beautiful guitar with great options. Carvin should model their neck heel masking on this guitar and make it standard on SH's with a tung oiled neck. Perfection!

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:41 pm
by ElfDude
Fantastic!!! :applause:

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:52 pm
by PastorDave
sweet, very nice!!!
Happy NGD!!!! :applause: :applause:

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:54 pm
by Catman10
Happy NGD to you, and congratulations! Those are some excellent options you chose for this axe.

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:03 pm
by Garnoch
Satin, gloss AND tung. My God, that's awesome. Plus these are the best indoor pics I've ever seen I think.

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:07 pm
by gumbynotpokey
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:oops:

Dude that is SIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICK beyond sick. I mean REALLY. What the heck IS THAT?

:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

The last two pics and that crazy instruction label say it all.

:ninja:

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:21 pm
by potatohead
I had no idea they would do satin and gloss on the same guitar. That guitar is beyond cool :applause: .

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:46 pm
by Organic
Purple and gold is always a classy combination.

:rockon:

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:49 pm
by Jesus_Freak
Wow - that is a work of art....Congrats.!!!!!!

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:18 pm
by Randy
Sweet!!

Welcome to the purple & gold club :D

I really enjoyed the photo of the build tag-- I guess I'm kind of nerdy like that :oops: :)

Happy NGD!!

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:20 pm
by xjbebop
That satin purple is pure sex..... :applause:

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:22 pm
by rYche
Really nice. Congrats!

re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:37 pm
by threez
Beautiful all around!

Re: re: NGD - Purple SH445

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:48 pm
by dejabluguitar
truedog wrote:What a beautiful guitar with great options. Carvin should model their neck heel masking on this guitar and make it standard on SH's with a tung oiled neck. Perfection!

+1 on that and include the CS as well