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Thread: Double NGD - Strat & LP

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    Default Double NGD - Strat & LP

    I don't recall ever getting 2 guitars in one day, so today has been fun. I've been on something of a buying spree lately to "round out" my collection, and decided I needed proper examples of a Stratocaster and a Les Paul. I already have a Fender Select Series Telecaster, so I am covered there. By "proper", I just mean made by Fender and Gibson. I have a PRS SC-245 and an Anderson Hollow Classic, but I wanted to have the "real" deals. I also wanted to see how Custom Shop guitars compared with the others that I have (PRS US, Tom Anderson, Melancon). I know there are a bajillion variations of Strats and LPs, so I did some research, and ultimately picked these two.

    First was the Les Paul Standard, which is pre-owned, but dead mint. It's a very good-looking 2014 R8 in Sunrise Tea Burst gloss with a semi-plain top, which I very much like. It's pretty stunning, and a definitely keeper for me. Not too awful weight-wise right at 9 pounds. Very resonant unplugged. The neck seems pretty much like a PRS wide fat, but I didn't measure it.

    After I committed to buying the LP, I decided I should get a real Stratocaster. A used one at Wildwood caught my attention, but they had a new one just like it, so that's what I went with. It's a Custom Shop Jeff Beck Signature in Surf Green. Just about every one of my guitars is a favorite, but this one is already way at the top, at least for looks and feel and vibe. It is a very nicely made guitar, equal in quality to any others that I have or have owned in the past. And Fender does a great job with the whole package. The guitar came with Straplocks, along with a nice tool kit, cord, some picks, and a quality strap, in addition to the COA and other stuff. Very nice. (I can tell I'll be buying another Custom Shop Fender in the future for some reason I haven't thought of yet.)

    Both of these are really great guitars, but I can see why people nit-pick about Gibson idiosyncrasies. My particular guitar has the typical red bleeding from the body and neck into the binding, and the finish at the neck-body join is not completely smooth. I wonder if that will be an issue down the road. And the frets are just not as nicely dressed as the Fender is. But as I said, these are nit-picks. If I didn't have the other high quality guitars to compare against, these things probably wouldn't stand out as much.

    So here they are:


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    Wow, great additions! Congrats!

    The rack behind looks well stocked as well. Nice stuff all around.

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    nice!

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    Very nice, congratulations!
    'We went guitar shopping today, we like guitar shopping'
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    Cool X2!

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    Very nice pair.
    Gibson, Norman, Fender, PRS, Taylor, Laskin, Thorn, Boogie, Fishman

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    Superb double acquisition... Congrats!! I'm partial to the LP

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    What an awesome double whammy

    Congrats
    " Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
    But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge."

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