NGD Al3200mcc Oceanburst First Look/ Impressions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Cozmic3200, Mar 15, 2019 at 4:46 PM.

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Pickguard or not?

  1. Yes, keep it. It's supposed to be there.

  2. No, dump it. The body is too nice.

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  1. Cozmic3200

    Cozmic3200 Member

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    Hey all,
    Birthday time! (mine is Monday:partypooper:). What a treat...
    Delivered by FedEx, on time with no damage to the case or the guitar (phew!).
    I got it with the brown/gold case... decent case for $70.
    Everything was well packed.
    The color is slightly different from the Rondo pics, less "sandy" in the center.
    The pics were taken in the shade on a sunny day.

    Right after taking off the packing...
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    Body closeup
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    Back closeup
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    Examined it with a close eye, here's the only flaw... small binding issue...
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    Here's a indoor shot with pickguard removed and different knobs.
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    Here's some details:
    Weight 9 lbs. 5 oz.
    Thin body 1.7" at the output jack. Yes, the jack plate touches the binding at the top and is about 3/8" up from the bottom.
    Nut width 1.71"
    Neck thickness at first fret .85"
    Neck thickness at 12th fret 1.11"
    Neck width at 21st fret 2.23"
    String height .2 mm at first fret, .5 mm at 12th fret.

    Visual impressions:
    Out of the box it arrived almost in tune, the intonation is dead on and the action is fine. The frets look and feel good, with no sharp edges and a nice polish. So far no rattles, dead frets or wolf notes (fingers crossed).
    The Grover tuners are smooth and accurate, and the nut is nicely shaped and cut. The pots are smooth, but with the original witch hat knobs it's hard to do the push/pull coil tap thing. The suckers are hard to grip when pulling. The new knobs fixed that problem. I'm not sure about the blue/ white knobs, I have some cream ones I think I'll try.

    Playing impressions:
    I only played it for about an hour so far, but there's a pot of coffee brewing, it's Friday night, and I think it'll be time to really let the monkeys out later tonight:monkey::monkeyface::monkey:.
    Plays sweet... I am so glad I got a light one, and not a 12 pounder. The neck is slim and fast, I really like the feel of the ebony fretboard.
    Not enough time with the pickups yet, I'll play, adjust and see how they fare. The tone and volume controls roll off nicely, without the dreaded "everything happens between 1 and 3" syndrome.

    Overall, I really like it so far. I can usually tell when I first pick up a new guitar if it "fits" or not.
    This one seems to fit. It doesn't feel cheap, in fact the overall quality is superb. When I ordered it, I was afraid the oceanburst finish would be a little over the top, but in person it's subtle and classy. My wife even likes the color, and she is very picky.

    Finally, it got the "seal of approval" from the resident feline guitar critic, 'Lil Bittle Kittle Kat...
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    Any suggestions or tips on how to get the most out of this fine instrument would be greatly appreciated.
    When I change the strings, I'll get some pics inside of the pickup and control cavities.

    Well, I think I'll play a 'lil bit...:guitar:
     
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  2. jam

    jam Well-Known Member

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    Love that model and that color! I want one.
     
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    Very nice congrats. I always remove the pickguard so I can let the finish shine through and really I just don't touch the body with my pick hardly ever. Another thing is that the poly finish is tough enough to resist a nylon pick touching it from my experience. I bought a black plastic kit from Rondo for the pickup rings and black top hats for the knobs and it looked really good to me.
     
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    Congratulations, you definitely got yourself a good one there.

    I'm torn over the pickguard thing. I know that removing the pickguard reveals that beautiful flame, but keeping it provides visual balance and relief, if you know what I mean. The pickguard on a Les Paul ties the guitar together while also suggesting flight, movement, something akin to the tail fins on a classic automobile.

    It's a tough call and it all comes down to personal choice.

    So whose Mr. Snowballs buddy? :smileycat:
     
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    SWEET. Looks like yours is more blue than turquoise y On the knobs It definitely needs speeds instead of witch hats for push pull , same issue with my 3100. Cream knobs work great visually with mine. For me the pickguard stays , hate covering the pretty top but it looks off without it. A tuxedo is the only one that looks right guardless to me but I'm a lefty so I'm weird Play hell out of it this weekend and you'll fall in love with it.
     
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    I hate guards, so I voted to remove it. Looks fantastic to me, I would suggest going to the creme knobs, though. should be a keeper! Congrats!
     
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    Very nice! I really like ocean burst. I like the pickguard on and definitely cream knobs. Congrats!
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    Amazing piece of wood there. Beautiful guitar
     
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    I personally like the classy look of the guard on. Great buy!

    I have the satin black AL-3200MCC and I put DiMarzio Transition pickups into it. What an axe. It feels and sounds like a million bucks.
     
  10. Cozmic3200

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    You make a very good point I didn't think of. Well put, also! I may use the guard.
    I'm also going to the cream hatbox knobs. The blue ones aren't the same shade as the body and look weird.
    Mr. Snowball's buddy is "Lil Bittle Kittle Kat", She is a stray we adopted. Dumber than a bag of hammers, but the sweetest thang!
     
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    Looks nice. I think I would leave the pick guard off in this case.
    I would consider a pickup upgrade to get the sound you want.
     
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    I am liking the guard on this one. Beautiful top, but the ocean motif welcomes ( like TMC said) a fin, or a keel, or a rudder shape. I imagine a surfboard keel or the shape of a common sail. I think the shape of the guard looks fitting on especially that finish.
     
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    Gorgeous guitar, I'm hoping a lefty b-stock version of that shows up. Crème knobs will work well with that finish. I have an older AL-3100MC oceanburst (although it's got a lot more blue in it than green) that I put a set on:

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    Yeah...but then you'll have to get a litter box and quality cat food aint cheap .

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    Only one answer
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    Not cheap... She's a Tuna Cat:smirkcat:
     
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    My wife is allergic to both: new cats and new guitars.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    My ex-wife was apparently allergic to me...
     
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    I tossed the black pickguard back ON mine (I have the blue burst version). It'll be there for a while, at least until whenever I get a bug up my butt to change it. Mine was 8 lbs 15.5 ounces, and I'm pretty sure the body is thinner than the other AL-3XXX guitars I have. I honestly don't use the push-pulls all that much, so I'll probably leave the smooth witch hats there. If I *do* start using them, I'll switch to speeds.

    I'm generally allergic to cats (we have three). My wife just watched a whole lot of guitars surface thanks to the renovation. I'm not sure that I've heard the last word on that.
     
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    I share your dilemma.
    I made a solemn vow to only have 12 guitars.
    Talked the wife into 15, claiming some of them were "under construction" and were not really guitars yet.
    That worked for a while, until she started noticing different ones popping up ("I haven't seen THAT one before...")
    Then I tried explaining that some were basses, acoustics, ukes, etc. and should be counted separately... that didn't go well...
    Now I just hide extras at a friend's house and quietly rotate them.
    Oh, what a tangled web we weave...
     
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