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On 11/27/2018 at 7:44 PM, django49 said:

Did someone say LIKE? Maybe there is a stronger word.......

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Okay news ON the 11th, not at 11 PM......For right now, the race is on....FedEx trying to beat the nasty wintry weather on the long journey west......With a tip of the hat to George Jones....

 

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So, how much longer? I can't hardly wait, I can't wait!

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10 hours ago, 0054 said:

So, how much longer? I can't hardly wait, I can't wait!

Your going to have to wait. LOL

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2 hours ago, soli'd said:

 

I like the Tim album outtake better, but u got it!

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You're right, Tim is a better album in every way. 

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15 hours ago, 0054 said:

So, how much longer? I can't hardly wait, I can't wait!

And it just gets heavier all the time......

Monday? Earlier? 758 miles away, as we speak. Not that I am watching or anything......

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Please, UPS Terminals, expedite this package in safety and speed, we beseech U!

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4 hours ago, django49 said:

And it just gets heavier all the time......

Monday? Earlier? 758 miles away, as we speak. Not that I am watching or anything......

Ha! Not quite up to Shishkov levels, but my new Korina Artist is out there in shipping limbo right now... Last update was Hodgkins Illinois.

I'm with you in spirit! 

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Okay guys.....Moment of truth.....Over a year and a half in. Is there a danger I got my hopes up too high?

Well, believe the "hype". There is a reason for all the gushing reviews. There is always some question as to whether there is a glow around the "last in". Is it "confirmation bias"? I will just say that I am not going to miss the eight other guitars I sold recently, nice as they were. And will be planning to cut some more loose, beyond doubt.

What is it? I decided my favorite combination was korina body (chambered) and neck. Ebony board as well as "trim parts". Redwood top. Inspired at least in part by my former CO Duo-Tone, I wanted the piezo feature. I had two pair of Gravelin pickups awaiting the "right" guitar. Josh gave me great advice on which set would be match my specs. Shipped them off to Mike.

Judge for yourself.....I asked for korina and redwood. Here is what Mike found. Black limba with really nice colors, rather than a "plain white" limba. The redwood has some seeming mix of flame and quilt, with a sort of "chevron" that runs in two directions. My fear on the finish is that redwood, being a softwood, can tend to absorb a finish unevenly and turn "blotchy". I dare say Mike heard me and aced that too.

My other specs? Long scale, coil splits, keep it fairly simple (like bypassing bigger and bolder inlays). In the process, upgraded the side dots to the lumilay type. I have not tried that in the dark yet. I have also not yet tried to stereo split to run into separate electric and acoustic amps. Oh yeah, Mike added a push/pull on the piezo volume knob. It allows two different EQs. For lack of a better word, one is more "dreadnought" the other brighter. Makes it all the better for mixing with the different pickup combinations.....Driven by a 5 way switch.

I DO like binding and that is aces too.....

FWIW, I do not always use a piezo. But I do like it......It can add a nice little bit of "crispness" when blended in lightly. And playing behind a singer, and especially if there is another guitarist, it makes it all the more easy to find the right spot in the mix.

Mag pickups? Wow. They seem a perfect match.....I am sure Mike fine tuned them. Really pack a punch, but with a nice clarity. The action? My initial thought was maybe even TOO low. Plays so perfectly! And, it comes in under 7 1/2 pounds. Just delightful.

I will definitely be spending more time with it. So far, I am experimenting with the different tones and seeing how they fit different tunes. As but one example, I am lately enamored of some Jeff Beck things.....Split the coils, add just a touch of piezo. Just a touch of dirt. (OK, search for JB doing the live version of "Sleepwalk" as my current example. Yeah, I know...Hardly RAWK!) No Strat whammy for his subtle little "tweedlies"? No problem. So easy to add some finger vibrato. And the little bit of piezo adds a little bit of "acoustic squeak" sliding on the strings.

Yes, I can go on. Hope that gives a bit of feel for it. All I can add is, that if you are not already in line, you SHOULD be!

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IMG_2216.JPGIMG_2222.JPGIMG_2221.JPGOh yeah.....Very nice fitted case as well.... And I SHOULD get pictures in a better light.

One thing to add......It has the feel of more of a solid body than hollow, though the weight relief, even without the piezo, does give it a bit more of an "airy" feeling.  How does ONE person manage to produce something so perfect? I know....Rhetorical question!

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14 minutes ago, django49 said:

Okay guys.....Moment of truth.....Over a year and a half in. Is there a danger I got my hopes up too high?

Well, believe the "hype". There is a reason for all the gushing reviews. There is always some question as to whether there is a glow around the "last in". Is it "confirmation bias"? I will just say that I am not going to miss the eight other guitars I sold recently, nice as they were. And will be planning to cut some more loose, beyond doubt.

What is it? I decided my favorite combination was korina body and neck. Ebony board as well as "trim parts". Redwood top. Inspired at least in part by my former CO Duo-Tone, I wanted the piezo feature. I had two pair of Gravelin pickups awaiting the "right" guitar. Josh gave me great advice on which set would be match my specs. Shipped them off to Mike.

Judge for yourself.....I asked for korina and redwood. Here is what Mike found. Black limba with really nice colors, rather than a "plain white" limba. The redwood has some seeming mix of flame and quilt, with a sort of "chevron" that runs in two directions. My fear on the finish is that redwood, being a softwood, can tend to absorb a finish unevenly and turn "blotchy". I dare say Mike heard me and aced that too.

My other specs? Long scale, coil splits, keep it fairly simple (like bypassing bigger and bolder inlays). In the process, upgraded the side dots to the lumilay type. I have not tried that in the dark yet. I have also not yet tried to stereo split to run into separate electric and acoustic amps. Oh yeah, Mike added a push/pull on the piezo volume knob. It allows two different EQs. For lack of a better word, one is more "dreadnought" the other brighter. Makes it all the better for mixing with the different pickup combinations.....Driven by a 5 way switch.

I DO like binding and that is aces too.....

FWIW, I do not always use a piezo. But I do like it......It can add a nice little bit of "crispness" when blended in lightly. And playing behind a singer, and especially if there is another guitarist, it makes it all the more easy to find the right spot in the mix.

Mag pickups? Wow. They seem a perfect match.....I am sure Mike fine tuned them. Really pack a punch, but with a nice clarity. The action? My initial thought was maybe even TOO low. Plays so perfectly!

I will definitely be spending more time with it. So far, I am experimenting with the different tones and seeing how they fit different tunes. As but one example, I am lately enamored of some Jeff Beck things.....Split the coils, add just a touch of piezo. Just a touch of dirt. (OK, search for JB doing the live version of "Sleepwalk" as my current example. Yeah, I know...Hardly RAWK!) No Strat whammy for his subtle little "tweedlies"? No problem. So easy to add some finger vibrato. And the little bit of piezo adds a little bit of "acoustic squeak" sliding on the strings.

Yes, I can go on. Hope that gives a bit of feel for it. All I can add is, that if you are not already in line, you SHOULD be!

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Damn. Just, damn...

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Gorgeous black limba! Congrats on a beautiful guitar that plays as good as it looks. 

I am so glad I am on the list again!

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That is a really well thought out guitar, I mean I can barely put together a jr. Idea.

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That is the shit.   Congrats.   Enjoy.

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Congrats! I knew Don would have a stellar review.

Most excellent choices, sir!

 

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Looks like a wonderful guitar with some great choices made in its construction.

Enjoy!  

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Gorgeous Guitar......I had NO Doubt it would be spectacular in every way

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