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CDaughtry
02-03-2010, 03:50 PM
Guys...yesterday, I got in my blonde Chad Underwood hardtail Strat. When I first opened the box, I noticed how light it was(6lbs. 4oz.). When I strummed it unplugged, the thing rang out like a grand piano...I kid you not! I thought to myself, "If this thing sounds half as good plugged in as it does unplugged, I'll be a REAL happy guy."
Well...I got it home and plugged it into my 1963 AC 30. This guitar sounds GLORIOUS!!! It has Ron Ellis pickups in it, which Chad had been raving to me about. He was not exaggerating...these things sound unreal. Every position sounds great. The string separation is great....I cannot put this guitar down.
Thanks Chad for hitting this one out of the park, and thanks Ron for making some killer pickups.
It's been raining and overcast, but I had to shoot a couple of quick pics. Please forgive the quality of them.
ENJOY!
http://www.charlesdaughtry.com/Guitars/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/780325779_H7xV4-XL.jpg


http://www.charlesdaughtry.com/Guitars/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/780326146_7SEiZ-XL.jpg


http://www.charlesdaughtry.com/Guitars/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/780328056_eE42q-XL.jpg


http://www.charlesdaughtry.com/Guitars/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/780329278_dNyhJ-XL.jpg



http://www.charlesdaughtry.com/Guitars/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/780330237_yCrtB-XL.jpg



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http://www.charlesdaughtry.com/Guitars/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/Blonde-Chad-Underwood-Strat/780330251_9GUN4-X2.jpg

amc
02-03-2010, 03:58 PM
very cool charlie
play it in good health..........

ford
02-03-2010, 04:14 PM
Another great strat! Congrats.

marsos52
02-03-2010, 04:45 PM
be careful not to scratch it ...looks kinda delicate......haha

its really beautiful enjoy

XKnight
02-03-2010, 08:02 PM
Looks great! Congrats and enjoy.

robelinda2
02-03-2010, 08:09 PM
Gorgeous!

Dana Olsen
02-03-2010, 09:28 PM
Looks great, Congrats Charlie!

I'd LOVE to hear those pickups - any chance of you posting a live clip in the next few weeks?

It looks great, have fin, Dana O.

narad
02-03-2010, 10:32 PM
Looks great! I have one on order, and while I'm quite sure it'll be amazing it's always good to hear more reviews to corroborate that. Same Ron Ellis pups Chad's been raving about. Ugh... going to be a long..3 months?

CDaughtry
02-04-2010, 06:08 AM
Looks great, Congrats Charlie!

I'd LOVE to hear those pickups - any chance of you posting a live clip in the next few weeks?

It looks great, have fin, Dana O.


I'd be happy to!:)

Mark Kane
02-04-2010, 06:20 AM
Hey Charlie, have you ever bought a bad guitar?:):phones:roll

gtrfinder
02-04-2010, 06:36 AM
What do you mean forgive the quality of the pics???
Are you kidding me? I'd love to have the ability to take pics like that.
Do you mind me asking what you use?

CDaughtry
02-04-2010, 06:37 AM
Hey Charlie, have you ever bought a bad guitar?:):phones:roll


Not in a long time......those that don't make the cut get returned, and no one ever hears about them....:)

CDaughtry
02-04-2010, 06:39 AM
What do you mean forgive the quality of the pics???
Are you kidding me? I'd love to have the ability to take pics like that.
Do you mind me asking what you use?

I use a Nikon D300...and I process the shots with Corel Paintshop Pro 3.:)

Captain_Morgan
02-04-2010, 06:46 AM
Very cool man! I have a hardtail Chad Strat myself. Builds the best strats around. His teles are supposed to be the bomb too.

clint
02-04-2010, 06:46 AM
Congrats Charlie! How's this one compare to the surf green one? I've always heard that hardtails have a different sound to them.

kingsleyd
02-04-2010, 06:52 AM
Very cool man! I have a hardtail Chad Strat myself. Builds the best strats around. His teles are supposed to be the bomb too.

And then there's the blend-of-the-two that some of like a whole lot!

http://images.lilypix.com/albums/userpics/10098/normal_IMG_1421.JPG

rreiser
02-04-2010, 06:54 AM
I got my Underwood last year and I love it. I have the Ellis 50/60s Strat set and they are great. Congrats on a cool guitar.

dkaplowitz
02-04-2010, 06:56 AM
Congrats! Looks like a winner!

CDaughtry
02-04-2010, 07:01 AM
Congrats Charlie! How's this one compare to the surf green one? I've always heard that hardtails have a different sound to them.

I've always liked the bridge pickup on a hardtail....they get closer to Tele territory that does their whammy equipped brethren. This one's bridge pickup sounds great!
However, I live in the 2nd "in between" position, and both of these guitars sound wonderful there.....all the chime you'd ever want, plus the balls for a great chewy lead sound.
I'd be hard pressed to say which one I like better.....I'm glad I don't have to choose!:)

moreeye
02-04-2010, 07:10 AM
That is a fantastic looking guitar. I should order a blonde one as well :D

Teleplayer
02-04-2010, 07:11 AM
Charlie - does Chad scallop the ends of all necks (in the neck pocket). I've never seen that before. What is the rationale behind this - maybe some weight relief? Color me ignorant.

Kmaz
02-04-2010, 07:14 AM
What's the basic price range of the Underwood guitars?

Thor
02-04-2010, 07:39 AM
Nice trans-blond. Reminds me of your D'Pergo!

Congrats and enjoy!

Mark Kane
02-04-2010, 07:50 AM
Not in a long time......those that don't make the cut get returned, and no one ever hears about them....:)

:roll:roll:roll

clint
02-04-2010, 08:00 AM
I've always liked the bridge pickup on a hardtail....they get closer to Tele territory that does their whammy equipped brethren. This one's bridge pickup sounds great!
However, I live in the 2nd "in between" position, and both of these guitars sound wonderful there.....all the chime you'd ever want, plus the balls for a great chewy lead sound.
I'd be hard pressed to say which one I like better.....I'm glad I don't have to choose!:)

Yeah, the older I get, the more the whammy bar sits in the case. You got some killer guitars, enjoy!

CDaughtry
02-04-2010, 08:56 AM
What's the basic price range of the Underwood guitars?

$2750.00 for a T-style and $2850.00 for a S-style....

jzilla
02-04-2010, 06:34 PM
beautiful! i'm very interested in chad's guitars.

the fretboard edges look to be rolled really nicely. looks super comfy!

B Vance
02-04-2010, 06:54 PM
That is a FANTASTIC strat. VERY nice.

CDaughtry
02-05-2010, 03:42 PM
Several people have asked me how to get a hold of Chad. His email address is:
underwoodguitars@gmail.com