Staff Pick Ngd! Al-3200 Flat Black

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  1. Eicca

    Eicca Active Member

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    I bought a gold top AL-3010SE almost exactly three years ago. That was my first real quality guitar.

    We had some great times, played in a really sucky band, did a photo shoot for Boston’s 40th anniversary tour art contest, won that and met the band, the guitar got signed, I covered the signatures in vinyl, the pickup switch crapped, we gigged with a fun cover band, etc etc etc. With all the sigs it’s irreplaceable so I really didn’t like taking it out of the house. I needed something else to gig on.

    So I bought an AL-3200! Kurt had it listed on Reverb for $416 shipped. What a freaking steal. The craftsmanship is top notch. The triple binding is gorgeous. I haven’t really set the pickup height yet, so I can’t comment on the tone in general, but the selector switch on this is also garbage and will need to be replaced. It started acting up after 30 minutes. Not too big of a deal. I immediately removed the poker chip and pick guard to release those PRS vibes.

    The neck relief and bridge height are spot on right out of the box. I will be swapping the NYXL 9-46s over from the 3010 since they’re practically brand new.

    It’s actually a little heavier than the 3010, but much better ergonomically. The whole body is slightly thinner and so is the neck. The neck-through is a dream to play. The coil splits give me a lot more tonal range. I thought the lack of inlays would cause some grief but I’ve adjusted quickly. This guitar is an absolute keeper and I will have no issue spending extra money to swap in some DiMarzio Transitions and better pots and a switch.

    Suck it, Gibson.

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  2. nrussell23

    nrussell23 Mr. Crown Royal Staff Member

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    This gets the “Staff Pick” title from me. Happy NGD!!

    None more black
     
  3. zisme

    zisme Well-Known Member

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    Mean looking machine!
    And I think ebony boards look great with no inlays

    HNGD!

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    kungphugrip Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    that looks awesome!
     
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    StratoAgile Well-Known Member

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    Just needs a case like its friend :cool:

    Nice cat
     
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    Partscaster Well-Known Member

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    stealth bomber. nice.
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the pics and review, I always like hearing from guys who are actually and seriously playing their guitars instead of just accumulating mass quantities of them (I'm lookin' at you, tobijohn)...
     
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    mark_morton Well-Known Member

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    Cool guitar but what about the cat.
     
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  9. Eicca

    Eicca Active Member

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    That cat sucks. She crapped in the hall closet the other day. WTF.
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    Very nice but the lack of fingerboard markers would be a deal killer for me. But I'd love to have a 3200.
     
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    PsychoCid Well-Known Member

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    Nice score!! Heck, I'm surprised the binding isn't black.

    @Tyrannocaster Maybe it has side dots
     
  12. nrussell23

    nrussell23 Mr. Crown Royal Staff Member

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    I was gonna tag you to make sure you didn’t miss this one. Knew you’d like it.
     
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    It does have side dots. If I can play without inlays, anyone can play without inlays. I suuuuuuck.
     
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    Tyrannocaster Well-Known Member

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    I like neck inlays; I play a lot up above the 12th fret. My Sheraton has no inlays above 15 and I sure feel the lack. And in a dark bar inlays really help. I play a lot artificial harmonics up there, too; those are a total pain in the ass without inlays. The side dots are not a complete sub at all, though certainly better than nothing.
     
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    Eicca Active Member

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    Valid.
     
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    slaveunit Well-Known Member

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    Looks great. I'd throw my Black Winter set right in it. Damnit!
     
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    Looks great. Looks like something I could see Gary Holt play. Congrats.
    And, I am with you. I thought the lack of inlays would be hard to transition to, but I had no problem at all......and I ain't all that great.
     
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    Eicca Active Member

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    Another thing I totally forgot… The satin neck finish feels absolutely incredible.
     
  19. RiverDog

    RiverDog Well-Known Member

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    I dig it!
     
  20. MichaelR

    MichaelR Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The triple binding sets that off really well to. Congrats!
     

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