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NGD - VSEVEN : super amazing rush build / *NEW PHOTOS PAGE 1

Postby arahobob » Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:04 pm

I had no idea what a "Rush" would do for a build. Apparently quite a bit!
My guitar was done in about 4 weeks and shipped to my door in 5!!!! Luckily I registered for FedEx online updates. I got an email from them saying a package was on it's way to me from California. Then I checked the bank and saw a large Vader-sized withdrawal! The build was so quick, they didn't have time to tell me it was done! ;)

Mike Jones put the rush (I'm assuming) on the build after some issues with my AM7 return - no big deals, just some delays. I thought that was pretty cool of him.
In all fairness, my past builds have all been around the normal time frames - two @ 9 weeks, one @ 10 weeks, and one 15 week.
This was one hell of a rush!

And now to stop those cowbells! More pictures will follow this weekend hopefully.

Photo issues - Kev was right - I had to shrink the photos down (new phone / better camera / files were too big), so I got pissed and I gave up on photobucket, and jumped over to Imgur. VERY special thanks to Coda and Spud for reaching out and offering any and all help to get some photos up here. It's greatly appreciated and you guys are just too cool. It was purely operator error on my part and I just need the time to get things all sorted out.

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The guitar arrived slightly out of tune, but very playable.
My first impressions:

MAN this thing is comfortable. The Aries body was cool, but this thing just feels amazing. Jeff really got this body RIGHT. Everything about the body just feels right. Its cool sitting down (that 2nd strap button is noticeable), hangs great on a strap. The way everything laid out made it automatic to switch back from 6 to 7. I was completely at ease.

The bridge seems cool enough. No sharp edges - you rest your hand there if you choose. Stiff tuning action, but not anything that felt off. I haven't touched the tuners since I tuned it up that first time.

I really am glad I went with the satin blue mist metallic - it just looks amazing on the Vader body. I must say, it seems a little darker than it appears online, but it doesn't disappoint. I haven't gotten to see it in the direct sunlight yet. I want to catch some metallic sparkle.
The paint job is solid - nothing caught my eye that would be off or sloppy.

The neck turned out pretty ridiculous!!!!!! I seem to have gotten some sort of mutant flamed walnut w/ a couple of tiny knotty beauty marks on the right side. Most impressive. The feel is great (like all of their standard necks) and the 20" radius is a simple transition from 14" and feels great with STF. Playing my nylon string a lot has gotten me used to the flat boards these days. Killer upper register access too. Grab up by the 22nd like it's nothing at all!
I'm not used to that little transition from the tung neck to the painted body, but it's really no big deal. You kind of feel that line. That was the first time I got that option on a neck through and I'm definitely glad I did.

Ebony board is none-more-black as requested and the Luminlay's color are a perfect match to the body color. Someone thought they were LEDs! It's funny, the staggered offset dots actually bug me on the finger board! I love the look, but it kind of distracted me when I was changing registers. Weird! That's way I opted of the offset dots on one side this time. I think it's a cool little detail.

So I opted out of the Lithiums and went back with the old D26s that I had before.
VERY VERY VERY happy I did! I got the opportunity to play with a bunch of friends yesterday and was able to get any and all sounds I needed out of them. Excellent bridge pup sounds, way better split sounds than I remember (maybe I'm just in love ATM), a very cool middle position, and god-like lead tones on the neck pup. Unreal.
Clean, dirty, DOWNRIGHT NASTY, and everything else. Rock/Blues/Metal -- no problem.
I couldn't get anything that good out of the Lithiums after days.
Definitely worth considering if you go with a seven string.
V7 + 5150 = BOOOOOOOOM!

The ultimate soft cases are pretty darn cool - love it! It's so TINY!! LOL
I hope it holds up over years! I don't see this guitar leaving.

It looks cool.
It's really comfortable.
Plays terrific.
Sounds amazing.
I could not be happier.
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Mike Jones for being helpful, cool, and getting things done
Coda for getting me all fired up for a V7 again
Bovine and X-mann for helping out with the whole process of trying to build a guitar, failing, and then doing it again!
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Postby spudmunkey » Fri Sep 09, 2016 11:25 pm

Dude, that neck is really killer. I also thought "flamed walnut neck?"

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Postby Doctor Turn » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:05 am

The Odyssey is over at last Bob! I'm happy for you.. that's a sharp guitar, enjoy her.
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Postby Tabare777 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:47 am

Awesome man, beautiful guitar and yes, love those pups, had 'em on my 747 absolutely loved them.Congrats Bob :applause: :applause: :applause:
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Postby Catman10 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:08 am

Congrats!! That is one fine looking axe! Even nicer to hear that you're really enjoying it! Any video or sound samples in the works for this fine instrument?

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Postby Coda » Sat Sep 10, 2016 4:58 am

Bravo!
:applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

I'm really glad to hear that you found your muse after the long journey you went on. The guitar looks like it glows (the whole thing, not just the inlays). Vaders are the king of comfort in a bite-size package. I look forward to more pics and more impressions as the two of you get to know each other better.
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Postby GuitFiddle » Sat Sep 10, 2016 5:09 am

Sweet! That came out very sharp. I have always been torn between traditional designs/knowing what works and new and innovative design, and I have to admit the Vader always has my interest piqued.
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Postby rzbk777 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:29 am

It looks great! I was considering that color for a future build, after seeing yours now I'm even more convinced. Congrats!

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Postby Bovine » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:09 pm

So great to see this happening for you Arahobob!!! Sounds like this might your best guitar match ever?? :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause: :applause:

When you get time I would love to see more close ups of your flamey walnut grain ---- what an unexpected BONUS! And if you can find the right lighting it would be cool to see how the luminlay color blends with that Blue Mist like you're saying.

HAPPY NGD and CONGRATS on such a satisfying build!!
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Postby ioneater » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:51 pm

Right on, Bob! Love the walnut neck in oil. Yeah, they feel like a toy at first, eh? Sure don't sound like a toy though!

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Postby DesmoBob » Mon Sep 12, 2016 5:08 pm

Not just flamed walnut.


Mutant flamed walnut.


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Postby arahobob » Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:30 pm

I haven't forgotten about taking some more pics - I've honestly been too busy playing it whenever I had the chance.
The love affair is real!
The guitar is definitely a keeper!!!!!!!

Multiple kids playing travel / high school soccer has completely eliminated any real FREE time for now!
I've become dad / coach first before rock guitar guy. :mrgreen:
I promise to get some more stuff up ASAP!
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Postby skully13a » Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:41 pm

Right on. That's one sharp Vader. :applause: :applause:
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Postby Bredo » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:26 am

Congrats my friend. Beautiful :applause: :applause: :applause:

PS. I am happy for you.................. that you "ditched" the Lithiums............. and otherwise :wink:
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Postby Coda » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:29 am

arahobob wrote:I haven't forgotten about taking some more pics - I've honestly been too busy playing it whenever I had the chance.


And we haven't forgotten they are coming. 8) :applause:
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Postby ElfDude » Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:10 am

Well, how awesome is that?! :applause:
Very happy for you.

And... way to give me Vader GAS! :lol:
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Postby Randy » Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:49 am

Ooooh Myyyy-- that's rather alluring :o :drool: :D

"...some sort of mutant flamed walnut w/ a couple of tiny knotty beauty marks..." :laughhard: Well said!

Man, is that thing cool!

arahobob wrote:I haven't forgotten about taking some more pics - I've honestly been too busy playing it whenever I had the chance...

Multiple kids playing travel / high scjool soccer has completely eliminated any real FREE time for now!
I've become dad / coach first before rock guitar guy. :mrgreen:
I promise to get some more stuff up ASAP!


:applause: That's doing it right brother! Family first, then rockstar guitar guy! 8)

Congrats & happy NGD!

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Postby arahobob » Wed Sep 14, 2016 10:12 am

Thand a bunch everone! :mrgreen:

One interesting Vader tidbit.
I've played it every day since I've gotten it.
I tuned it up on arrival.
I have only had to tweak the G string one time since then, and I don't really baby a guitar when playing it.
Wowza.
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Postby Doctor Turn » Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:50 pm

G Strings are such disobedient little freaks--tweaking G strings is just the price of playing guitar, from the most expensive handmade right down to the cheapest Chinese made *PTUI* stuff. But one little zeet on the tuner so far since the guitar went through travel / delivery hell is really dadburn blasted good. I hadn't dealt with that in a while in the past couple years when I winnowed down to just my old Carvin (which locks, so the G isn't an issue, like any locking axe), but when I got this Bigsbied Swede and the G string did the usual G string thing... I was like "Wut-da-FF%$?? O yea that's right I forgot..."

But I digress. Congrats on that emergency-built gem, I'm really glad you're digging her.
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Postby arahobob » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:50 pm

Doctor Turn wrote:G Strings are such disobedient little freaks--tweaking G strings is just the price of playing guitar, from the most expensive handmade right down to the cheapest Chinese made *PTUI* stuff. But one little zeet on the tuner so far since the guitar went through travel / delivery hell is really dadburn blasted good. I hadn't dealt with that in a while in the past couple years when I winnowed down to just my old Carvin (which locks, so the G isn't an issue, like any locking axe), but when I got this Bigsbied Swede and the G string did the usual G string thing... I was like "Wut-da-FF%$?? O yea that's right I forgot..."

But I digress. Congrats on that emergency-built gem, I'm really glad you're digging her.


Thanks Doc!
At least it's not just me who experiences that Disobedient G Syndrome!
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2017 TT SCB6

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Some sort of multiscale 6 HSS with RAD ASH
JB Numbers Guitar (July sale has given me the itch!)


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