Every time I go to the US to get a guitar, it's an 8 string. Granted, that's been only twice, now, but so far I'm 2/2. After waiting a torturous 1 1/2 weeks for PayPal to
...Closer, now waiting in line at the border:
Almost there (you can tell by how god damn free that flag is):
BAM. Package received. Chris used about 47 rolls of packing tape on it, forming an exoskeleton that protected the precious contents from all harm at the hands of postal employees:
Now, the last time I went through this routine in New York, I was several years younger, thicker of hair, and trenchier of coat:
This time, though, I was getting a real grown-up guitar, so I decided to try to look the part:
After breaking 4 of the complimentary knives cutting through the packing tape, here's what sweets awaited me. That is one solidly packed case:
Take off that case-condom, baby, I'm on the pill. No, of course I don't say that to all the guys, you're my first.... tonight....
Quigs had to buy a case for this guitar, and a pretty nice case it is. If this didn't fit, though, he was going to send it in a bass case.
The troops advance:
The last time I went through THIS routine, this happened:
This time, though, I was in for a much nicer treat. This photo wasn't staged, by the way - I was honestly reeling from what I saw inside:
I mean, look at that packing job! It was beautiful, well-thought out, and expertly executed. Also, the guitar was pretty good, too:
Here I am, holding my new baby for the first time:
While I was playing it in the store, my wife cleaned out the case and found some serious swag inside. She's been with me long enough to know when a thumb's up is necessary:
See? This is another one of those situations. Seriously, pictures don't do justice to how good this thing looks in person.
Heading home, we were good little citizens and dutifully submitted to being shredded on import fees. On the other hand, dat flamed fretboard!
On the way out of the Canadian border area, my wife found herself at a bad angle for accessing the touchpad necessary to raise the gate. So, she used her custom XTendo-Pencil. I'm just glad she didn't try to use the guitar:
So, there we have it. I have what's damn close to my dream guitar for many years, now, and I'm still sort of in shock about it. If you're wondering about the specs, here's the important stuff:
- 25.5"-28.5" fan
- Mahogany body, flamed maple top
- 7-piece maple/wenge neck-through
- Flamed maple fingerboard
- Nordstrand pickups
- Gold hardware
As you might expect, it plays and sounds amazing. It reminds me of my Dingwall in that every string is really usable and balanced - no part of the instrument has to be treated differently because of the scale. The F# is actually usable in chords, which is not possible on the 2228. I just feel really at home on the instrument, which is always a good sign for me. The fan gets a little hard to manage on the lower strings in high registers, but that's always the trade-off with larger fans. The low end, though, is pure bliss.
I'll presumably write more as I become more familiar with it. Maybe even take a low-quality video or two.