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    2022 Desert Star Apache #DSA003 review and pics:

    Date of manufacture: March 5, 2022. Reviewed March 29, 2022 by Steve Yetter (AKA sonar1) Features: Midnight Black Pearl “foxtail” hand-rubbed nitrocellulose lacquer finish. Guitar weight is 6.75 lbs. One-piece Honduran mahogany, hand selected for lightness. Honduran mahogany neck. Indian...
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    NGD Desert Star!

    Arrived today: In tune, even! Great neck frets & board. It snarls, it growls, it crawls on its belly like a reptile! I’m honored to own a wicked pissah piece of playable art! I can tell my other guitars are shakin‘ in their cases!
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    Chri$tma$ Tree$ Thi$ Year

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    To the generation that fought back :cheers:
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    NGD - SG!

    Standard, w 490’s and rounded neck profile. Really works for me! #1 already
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    The prodigal returns (Tele content)

    NGD 2021 Am Pro II Because sometimes ya feel like a nut: sometimes ya don’t
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    NGD: 2021 LP Tribute w maple neck

    And a fat neck it is! Went to the toy store in Chico (GC). Wasn’t intending to buy a guitar (well, maybe a cheap Ibanez or something). I saw two Tributes hanging high with maple necks (I love them on my slab tributes, like Specials), AND they looked fat (my favorite). The other was tobacco...
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    My ankle is killing me!

    Didn’t DO anything yesterday, but woke up this morning with a sore ankle. Weird. Unusual. Now 12 hours later it’s REALLY hurting! Took Tylenol and Advil throughout the day, with food. No visual clues. Just hurts like a mofo! What gives? Walking is outa the question. Cane hobbling to the...
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    Cupcake crossed the rainbow bridge

    I hate that sometimes doing the right thing is painful and involves loss. Self-pity is one of my most sincere emotions, so naturally it tore me up to put her down today after a couple days of tanking heart failure. She went to sleep peacefully at the vets, with my daughter and I commiserating...
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    Camp guitar

    Acoustic guitars are too hard on my geezerly old claws. Battery powered Yamaha amp allows me to take along something with power steering. My Junior has a maple neck!
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    NGD: 2021 LP Junior

    Fat neck; good sounding P-90; Sweetwater demo discount; couldn’t pass it up. This one will get ‘50’s wiring mod (one solder connection). Since the new solder is so hard, I’ll use a blowtorch. Free relic at same time.
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    NGD w spoon!

    Gotta have a jazzer around, just for my image! :headbanger:
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    Slashed again!

    Call me crazy, but after simply hefting my 2020 November Burst off the rack it went home with me (fabulous neck too). Quickly it became my #1, and sent my 2012 R9 packing. Then I left most everything else behind as I moved from Santa Cruz, to Redding. Tried a PRS, and a couple other Les Pauls...
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    Road test: SD ALNICO PRO II Slash pickups vs Gibson Slash custom Burstbuckers

    So taken captive by my 2020 Gibson USA Slash Standard’s fat gronkin’ midrange, I miss it when it’s not there. There was nothing at all wrong with my 2019 Standard ‘50’s cherryburst UNTIL I A/B’d with the Slash. I mean, I happen to LIKE Burstbucker 1&2’s a lot! But the bridge didn’t have the...
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    Anybody else thinking Gibson is back?

    The stuff they’re making now all seems stellar to me. I remember the fifties/sixties CMI era. Ted McCarty et al. Had a ‘61 J-45 that was a cannon, and beautiful. My teacher had a fifties L-7C, and an L-4! MARVELOUS! I couldn’t be happier with my just regular production stuff from 2019 & 2020:
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    Slash vs Standard

    Started the day intending to pull the covers off my 2019 Standard ‘50’s, to see if I could get it closer in sound to my 2020 Slash, which has THE sound I want, always. Once that task was completed and a new set of strings installed, spent a 1/2 hour or so twiddling and dialing in. The verdict...
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    NGD L-00 Acoustic Gibson

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    Ready for a Desert Star addition
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    My Trad ProV woke!

    My GC Trad Pro-V has the little dip switches in the control cavity. With these one can switch out coil tap for coil split, reassign high filters and “transient response,” etc. One by one I turned on all five while playing and hearing. Woke the guitar up pretty nicely, and turned it into the...

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