NGD Maya Surf Green Strat

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  1. tonray

    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Plenty of time my friend....
     
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    He isn’t money limited, but more space limited. Had he gone headless short scale he could have fit two, but Pesky would have to kill a pair of kittens to keep the universe in balance.
     
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    Love the maple and green scheme! HNGD!
     
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    Yeah...I'm normally a dyed in the wool Rosewood guy but when faced with no other option the maple will work.. The only thing I might do is scotchbrite the back of the neck...my acoustic has a satin neck and the difference is striking when switching back and forth.
     
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    Looking good tonray. Congrats
     
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    11s for the win.
     
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    Yeah.. I really cannot handle 9s. They just don't do it for me.. I have to lighten up on my touch so much that it takes away too much of my style. I play the pure nickels and they really hit the spot for me and they mellow out the shrillness of the bridge pup too.
     
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    Probably very close to SX in quality but maybe just a tad better electronics with the Wilkinson Alnicos vs Ceramics in the SX. I'll take the PG off this week and see what kind of POTS and Switch are in there and then can really see what we have. Future would love to put some Rails in there too but we'll see. Dragonfire makes a preloaded guard with Rail humbuckers that includes mini toggles for coil splits...it's a great sounding option for about $100 bucks...but might have to wait until my next visit to USA (2021) to acquire.

    This is what the future looks like:

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    https://www.dragonfireguitars.com/P...ard-DFHR-Hot-Duo-Rails-Mini-Switches-3378.htm
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    Still forgot to get batteries for my Blackstar Fly but did plug into the Zoom G One 4 multi effects pedal.

    Caveats: 1) first time using the Zoom
    2) only had phone earbuds

    The earbuds have obvious limitations with sound quality and clipping is a problem so a true evaluation hard to give yet.

    But general thoughts:

    Guitar is easy to play with no buzzing or uneven frets. Volume and Tone POTS work as expected.. Not perfect but pretty decently. The pickup noise level that was evident at the store with fluorescent lighting and plugged into amp was gone with battery powered pedal no matter how much gain used. The only thing after new strings and setup is to scotchbrite the neck.. I feel like I have carpet burn on my thumb from that damned poly glossed finish. All things considered a great quality guitar out of the box needing minimal work. Good value brand.

    The Zoom G One 4 :

    This one is tough. I loved the old Zoom G 3 and clearly this has that DNA in its evolution but.. but.. They made it very confusing to use and configure. Took me ages to figure out basic editing of patches and the included patches were absolute garbage. Once I get the manual read I M sure I can make some usable patches but man. What were they thinking? By contrast the little Mooer pe-100 had less capable sounds but much easier to use althoughno looper or foot switches.

    The good news for the Zoom is that the rhythm and looper were relatively easy to use and I can see how valuable they will be to my development. All in all a workable solution but really needs some retooling to be top notch.

    More detailed reviews to follow
     
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    agreed
     
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    tonray Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    2019 so far:

    Helped GF with down payment for house
    Outfitted house w/ furniture and appliances
    Traveled round trip to USA from Thailand

    Planned 2020

    Purchase car
    Travel to Malaysia April
    Travel to Northern Thailand October
    Travel to Japan December

    Life offers many opportunities for diversions, guitars are only one of my interests and responsibilities.

    But having said that.. Of course I need a semi hollow at some point...
     
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    Tonray NGD? Finally!
     
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    I was gonna screw down the trem and put a block of wood in there but lo and behold.. Upon closer inspection it's already screwed down with 3 stiff springs and looks nice and clean in there. Next week take off the PG and inspect the electronics..

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    On a 3/4 scale? I agree! :D
     
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    As we say in Thailand online chat lingo....555 (the sound of the number 5 is Haa)
     
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    Ok..finally got some batteries for my little Blackstar Fly amp.

    Wow...absolutely LOVE the pickups ! On battery power completely noiseless and great vintage tone. I will look for a cheap multimeter and see if I can get the resistance measurement when I take the electronics out during the next string change.

    I was cosidering dropping in a set of rail pickups...but these are too good sounding for that. The pickups elevate this 'cheapo' guitar to near Classic Vibe territory for sure. The strings it came with (9s D'addario) seem Ok...but a bit of tuning instability on the B string...I don't think it's the tuners , likely a heavier set of strings will clear that up.

    So far, no buyer's remorse....in fact the guitar has made me very grateful I grabbed the new stock before someone else did as this company seems to only refresh dealers twice a year.

    Great brand. Highly recommended. My only comment is that it seems very heavy for a Strat...supposedly basswood but feels heavier. When I get a scale at the new house will tare it to see just how much it weighs.
     
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    With my new cheapo multimeter and using the selector switch and cable method, the resistance of my Strat pickups are as follows :

    Neck: 5.6
    Middle: 5.6
    Bridge : 6.1

    Just as expected for a vintage sounding set. Love em. When I change strings will attempt more accurate measurements taking the cable out of the picture
     
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    I never understood why cheaper guitars had to come with crap pickups. When you think about the materials that go into it and you still have the same work to wind it, why not spend the extra 25 cents and make them sound good? I guess after the CV series proved it was possible others are finally catching on?
     
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    A bit of disappointment while changing strings. First off the pick guard is wedged so tightly under the neck that I could not remove it without unbolting the neck, which I cannot do since most of my tools are at the new house and I only had some tiny screwdrivers here in the condo.

    But I was able to lift it enough to glimpse what's underneath. My disappointment came when I saw ceramic magnets under the pickups even though they have adjustable slugs (??) and my greatest issue was seeing the dime sized Pots and cheap switch

    I don't have a problem with the pickups since they are low resistance vintage sounding but I am ticked off at the cheapest POTS they could find.

    I will definitely be swapping out the whole assembly for a Dragonfire Rail preloaded guard that I will get my next visit to America. Having said that.. Let's get some pure nickel 11s on this baby and let her rip!

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