Myka #25 tone report

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  1. -kk-

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    man o man.... this is a thing of beauty. first off the pics are here: http://www.mykaguitars.com/instruments/025/default.htm

    here are my initial thoughts in an email i sent to David:

    Played primarily through a mesa blue angel, through a 1x15” open back cab or 1x12” detuned cab. Sparkle drive was used for OD, v-stack for dirtier needs.

    Build and feel: great work! Love the (minimalist) details. Love the color scheme and generally the guitar balances wonderful, nice weight to it, but not overbearing. I especially LOVE the abalone side marker that reflects light, it sorta lights up the fretboard in a way…. Its weird that something like that can get me excited, but its almost like a roadmap when running solos sometimes, hard to explain but something magical there. The cocobola neck feels great, really smooth and fast. I asked for a bigger version of the fender V-neck, this delivered in spades, the sharp v really suits me to a T, and the added girth to the neck really helps me ‘connect’ with the instrument. Oh yeah, this puppy just resonates like its life depended on it!


    pu and the tone: sweet mother of god, the tone! As you know, the 1st time I plugged this in was when I was moving house, so didn’t have much chance to test drive this baby. But man, the lollar P90’s really do puuurrrrrrr. Clean tone is classic P90, and for some reason, it made me wanna play ‘red house’ over and over again! Its truly high-cholesterol F-A-T! the babybucker is a good complement to the lollars, they are round and fat, but prob lower in output than I would’ve expected. That’s not a knock on the tone though, as its truly marvelous for my applications. With the v-stack on the raging marshall stack mode, the bridge just screams classic rock. For the more jazzy/fusion stuff, for now, I actually prefer the sparkle drive (used to go to a keeley ds-1 ultra for this), it complements the guitar well.

    Should also mention that I generally find myself playing less runs.. but bringing out and accentuating more of the timbre of the notes. So I tend to play more with bends, vibrato etc. it just made me listen more.

    hardware & electronics: the switching system worked out great. Variety of tones right on my fingertips. The mid control took a bit of tweaking to get used to. So far I’m using it as either a treble booster to push the amp or (with vol rolled back) simulate stratty tones. With a distortion pedal in front kicked in (v-stack) it does a nice envelope filter effect when I turn it fast enough, quite a unique effect to have on board. it certainly does add to the versatility of the toness available.

    The bridge.. Im so glad I went with the stetsbar. Im not just saying this because its still honeymoon period but this has added so much to my playing style. It opens up another dimension in my playing. Im usually all about subtle nuances, and fits perfectly (in fact, I have a slow jazzy piece where the bridge is feature quite prominently – still not done with the track but its coming together well!). it holds the tuning well, and the motion is smooth as silk. Great stuff!


    overall:

    its such an inspiration to play. It just got me thinking and playing from different angles, and that’s always a good sign. As I mentioned in my last email, and still agree with the statement, the neck feel is something to behold. Its not until I swap guitars that I realise how good the feel is. Well, I tell ya what, ive not met my new neighbours till this morning, and she asked if I was the guitarist that moved in next door, and proceeded to comment on the playing/ asking about type of music etc, that in itself it worth something!


    :dude :dude :dude :dude :dude
     
  2. Boomdoggy

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    That is incredible!His guitars all look amazing.
     
  3. Mike Dresch

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    Congrats! That's a truly killer looking guitar. Play the hell out of it!
     
  4. mitch

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    How do the pick up covers effect the tone?
     
  5. realmpel

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    I love that! Mykas are beautiful guitars~I'd love to play one someday.

    Congrats!

    kev
     
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    Seriously nice guitar!
     
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    Beautiful guitar! Congratulations on your purchase. Play it in the best of health!


    Shalom,

    Yossi
     
  8. dirk nixon

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    I don't think Myka uses a CNC for anything so that must be a real pain in the ass to make those pickup covers.

    That's a very nice looking guitar.
     
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    im not the best person to answer this as Ive not tried the lollars or babybuckers in their original casing. they do sound a tad mellower/ rounder, notes seem to blossom smoother, though im sure there are other contributing factors on this as well.


    thanks for the congrats guys, but David should be the one taking all the credit, im just one very lucky owner. and you can betha ass I'll be clocking some serious mileage on this baby.
     
  10. snoopy1@isoc.ne

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    PM sent check your e-mail thanks Mike
     
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    you've got mail ;)
     
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    Having just had a brief session getting to know the guitar again today, I can confirm that it has a real tight bottom end, much more than i expected. its still has a sparkly top end, well balanced, but the big bottom really surprised me, wasnt sure initially if it was the room acoustics (just moved, so not familiar with new studio yet).

    sustain is excellent on this, throw in the sparkle drive for some mild gain and its instant (early) santana.

    another point about the pu/ electronics, as i see this discussed here sometimes. the hum from the lollar P90 is very minimal. I even have active circuit on board, and when i max it out as a treble booster its actually very tolerable (of course white noise will be there in this setting if you dont play anything).

    but man... im lovin this axe! :dude
     
  13. Balance

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    :eek:

    Regarding the pics, wow. Just wow.

    If it sounded and played a tenth as good as it looks, you'd have yourself a winner. From your description, it's much better than that. Man, that's just unreal.
     
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    How do you like the Stetsbar trem? It's kind of unusual to see one on a new custom guitar.
     
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    Awesome looking guitar man. Congrats!
     
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    well, thats what makes it a custom instrument innit? :)

    i love it. real smooth action, and visually its stunning to look at when its doing its thing (the whole piece moves). the baseplate is hidden under the moving parts.

    it really holds its tune well, ive tried dive bombs 9though not my thing), vigorous flutterings, garden variety trems etc... work real well.

    the best part of it is that if you remove the arm, it stays in tune just like a fixed bridge (it does so with the arm obviously, but i tend to hit it with my gorilla arms)
     
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    looking good, cant wait till the home studio is all setup!
     
  18. snoopy1@isoc.ne

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    I get my Myka single cut Friday cant wait
     
  19. Schroeder

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    NICE job, Mr. Myka. Beautiful guitar.
     
  20. snoopy1@isoc.ne

    snoopy1@isoc.ne Silver Supporting Member

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    Well folks I got my Myka guitar in today. I must say it is a tone monster. The workman ship is a 10 the feel is good the sound is smooth I LIKE IT.
     

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