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Even if both my arms fell off, I´d still keep it, so back off :fawk:

You all know this one, the proto type pictured on Robs site: Sii8_8scale

So what to say?
You can try pry it from my dead cold hands!

It is amazing, a beautiful and ingenious work of art.
Let´s go through this slowly step for step:

I love the fact that Rob ships his guitars in the G&G cases, that just sums up the whole impression of a professional instrument.
While the guitar is a baritone scale with an inline headstock with 8 tuners, the case is still very handy and doesn´t look much larger than an average case.
If I´m not wrong it´s custom made for Robs guitars so the interior is shaped for a tight fit and the guitar is unable to move inside it.
Perfection!

Lifting it out of the case for the first time I immediately was pleasantly surprised of how light it was considering it is an 8 string.
Now, I´ve never ever touched an 8 string guitar before so what do I know :cool:

My mother in law said it was a piece of art, she loved the lines of it and I truly believe that even people that don´t have any special interest or knowledge of guitars can see and understand that this is more than just the Average Joe of guitars.
Of course, they wouldn´t know anything about playability or the more technical aspects, but the choices of material and the shaping and finish shows it off as something above average.

Originally Rob planned to dress it up in all red with matching pickup bobbins too, but since I was into this particular guitar before it was finished I decieded to go for black.
I think the black makes a great contrast to the red body, and I don´t know how red bobbins would have turned out. I was afraid that they would have been a bit to plastic looking, but Rob uses the more rustic and cool bobbins so I´m sure it would have looked great. Still, I´m glad I chose black.

Anyway, I did go for red tuners and bridge plate and while I can understand that the red tuners may not please everybody I think it turned out great.
It´s a cool little detail, so is the bridge plate.
I even like the shape of the truss rod cover.
And the logo.
And the volute.
And I really love Robs reverse inline headstock, in an 8 string version it´s a monster though. But a good monster.

It balances perfectly, Chris Broderick would love it.
Putting the strap on the horn and holding it, it will tilt nicely upwards, tells you that this is a thougthful design.
Fret acces you say?
It´s like neverending, you could easily put a couple more frets on there.
The sculpting of the lower horn helps you reach the 24th fret on the lowest string too, another prove of great design.
And of course, the lower horn isn´t just a great design for functionality, but it looks bad ass too :metal:

Neck and fretboard, wow do they look great together! The board has a very nice flame to it and maybe the nicest part of a flamed maple fretboard is at the side where it meets the neck. And since the neck here is an oiled mahogany neck it is a match made in heaven, believe it or not, it looks pure gold. Or something. So for anyone having a guitar built with flame maple neck, don´t add binding!!
Oiled neck, another feature that I applaud, feels great and looks even greater.
Equipped with stainless steel frets and the fretwork is top notch from my point of view. No sharp ends here.

I went for a ceramic bridge pup 14,7k and Alnico V 11,5k at the neck.
Ten points to whoever figures out wich model they are based on.
I feel I can get a good variety of sounds out of it, I especially like the middle position.
Pots and switch are placed nicely away but within reach, making another plus for good design.
Unplugged it appears as very resonant and lively.

As mentioned before I´ve never played an 8 string before, it is a niche market after all.
That certainly goes for the fanned frets too, wich also is a new experience for me.
This is my first KxK, but I´m happy to say that I have one of the 7 scales on order. For the seven I ordered the carve1, but I must say that the carve2 is sweet. It has a very sleek look to it, way thinner than I thought, hopefully you should be able to get a perspective of it from the pics.

I was excited to try fanned frets and must say that it feels effortlessly and isn´t hard to adjust to at all. It´s an easier transition than to 8 strings actually.

So, on to the pics right?

Oh, the finish.. :lol:
I don´t think I´m able to get this captured on camera, ´cause it´s something of its own.
It has a trans red finish over mahogany, and a marbelize effect with some pearls to it. Turning this guitar in the right light makes the finish appear 3-dimensional, it is the coolest thing I´ve seen.
And what makes it so cool is that it´s a very subtle and not overdone thing. It could easily be tacky, but instead classy is the word.

Ok, here we go, I guess you skipped the text anyway :lol:















 

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Oh wow :drool:
 

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Shit man, that is sweet.

I love the flame on that fretboard. It looks like it would be comfortable as hell to play.
 

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Sexy guitar! And a person that has a fan fret KxK 7 I think you'll like it just as much. Makes playing the guitar feel natural.
 

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I hate the way rob paints the back/sides of his headstocks. Like it would look so much better (read: 7598943058439085904385093 times cleaner) if he just painted the face, and not the back and sides, such that it wouldnt need another line between paint/wood.

That said, when the only complaint you can find with a brand is the way they paint the back of the headstock, youre doin ok :lol:.

Seriously dude, that looks aces. I especially dig the maple FB on the mahogany neck. :yum:
 

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Every time a see a KxK, I think, "Why the FUCK don't I own one?" :rofl: Then I remember that I am too poor to afford one :(
 

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Thanks for the kind words!
This is like being in love again, I sit all day at work just waiting to go home and open up the case to have another look :D
I´m sorry if I come off as to excited here, but I think you, as fellow guitar lovers, get the idea of how I feel.
 

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I hate the way rob paints the back/sides of his headstocks. Like it would look so much better (read: 7598943058439085904385093 times cleaner) if he just painted the face, and not the back and sides, such that it wouldnt need another line between paint/wood.


OP, congrats. :yum:
 
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