Custom Ngd Weekend Part I

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  1. slowhand84

    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Part I of a two part series of custom built guitars I impulse bought this past week:

    Continuing my adventures in the land of ridiculously cheap but high quality custom builds scoured from the interwebs...found this Occhineri guitar on MGR for a cool $119 w/gig bag. Far as I can tell it's a one-man shop operating out of CT, here's their Reverb page: https://reverb.com/shop/occhineri-guitars

    Specs on this one in MGR's ad said mahogany neck and body with a satinwood top, nitro finish, and I could also tell it had a set of Seymour Duncans (turned out to be a set of the active Blackout pickups). Fretboard I believe is rosewood and it has a set of Grovers and a really nice bridge with high quality saddles. Guessing there was originally another set of tuners there before the Grovers as there are some extra holes, but they work very well.

    Really neat build, the vibe unplugged is very similar to a Gibson LP special (despite being bolt-on) but plugged in the actives really scream. I may end up taking this thing in a different direction with a lower output set of pickups as I have too many guitars as is with gainy pickups, but we'll see.

    The frets are well done, nice and smooth with no sharp edges, and the guitar balances really well (though it'll need & receive some @tvvoodoo magic soon, I imagine). Action is great and the neck shape/feel is very familar and smooth.

    Pics aren't the greatest since it's night time, but here's a few shots:

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    Going to give it a quick setup and it's back to rockin' on some ZZ Top.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Low risk, nice reward! Looks like a super well-crafted unit.
    A bit on the curvy side, cool figuring on the top though.
     
  3. slowhand84

    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, definitely got some curves! Doing some more research, couldn't find this exact guitar but here's a similar one from a previous year that sold: https://reverb.com/item/6816401-occhineri-custom-guitar-satinwood.

    Just figured at the price I paid I probably couldn't lose. I usually don't chance guitars sight unseen unless it's Guitar Center (MGR has a much more annoying return policy), but thankfully this one seems to be a real winner!

    Be reaching out to you for a strap for this one soon...
     

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    At that price, you could salvage the guitar for its parts and you'd at least break even.
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah for sure, it’s definitely worth way more even just in parts...the Duncans often go for $100ish a set by themselves used ($200 new). I essentially just paid for the pickups here...
     
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    Daaaaaamn, that's beyond a smokin' deal.
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I think I did ok, been playing this thing all morning and it’s really impressive. Never liked EMG humbuckers but these Duncan Blackouts really sound great!
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Updatin' with some daytime pics:

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    Congrats, this one is new to me, but looks pretty cool. I also test most any humbucker guitar out on zz top.
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    I hear ya, this guitar was just callin’ for some groovy long bearded rockin!

    Really loving it so far, and I think the pickups will likely be staying. May swap the gold knobs out for some cooler ones, but otherwise it’s set to go.
     
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    I really like that....too nice
     
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    That's a pretty sweet deal. You really cant get better than that! I took a look at some of his other guitars and they are very reasonably priced considering they are all handmade with nice wood. Nice find!
     
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    Definitely! I don’t even really understand how he makes any money on these whatsoever...but the nice parts here (Blackout pickups, quality hardware, etc) are definitely upgrades and didn’t come stock in the guitar originally. Even with generic stuff though, still don’t quite understand. His other designs are a bit too out there for me personally, but I really love this one’s looks!
     

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