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NGD:Because I couldn't bring myself to buy a Strat

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by AltecGreen, Jul 30, 2020.

  1. AltecGreen

    AltecGreen Silver Supporting Member

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    I wanted to add a SSS guitar to my collection to cover certain sounds. I only had two guitars with single coils and one has JM type pickups and the other has a P90. So I spent some time looking over my options and tried a few guitars but ultimately I could not bring myself to buy something that looked like a Strat. I am just not a fan of 50's design. I looked at a few modern guitars and came close to buying an Aristides. In the end I decided to go with a custom build and I turned to Dean Gordon who I have been following for a few years.

    I have always liked Dean's designs because he's not afraid to break from tradition. Dean was easy to work with. I explained my vision and we discuss what I wanted and what he could do. We quickly came up with a build. I wanted a lightweight SSS guitar with modern features. I stole the finish from the Aristides I almost bought and I mated the guitar to pickups from Euphoreal in Japan.

    I started the build at the end of February and this build fell almost entirely during the shutdown. Dean is based in NY so this was even more challenging. The whole build took five months and Dean sent pictures at every step. This is the way a custom build should go. And we discussed options at every step.

    So Virtus #51 arrived today and Dean named it the "Pink Machine". Since Dean took high quality photos I'll show those instead of my lame shots.

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    Body: Limba
    Finish: Cotton Candy Fade
    Neck: 4A Birdseye Maple
    Fretboard: Richlite
    Radius:10-16" compund
    Fret #:22
    Fret size: 6100 Stainless Steel
    Scale:25.5
    side dots: Luminlay Green
    Top markers: none
    Nut: 1 11/16th Graphtech black Tusk
    Finish: Black Satin

    Pickups: Euphoreal labs single coils (Alnico 5, 42 awg purple enamel wire, pink purple marble covers)
    Controls: 5 way blade, vol tone

    Bridge: Wilkinson VS100
    tuners: Graphtech Ratio
    Knobs: Black Hi Fi Aluminum

    Weight: 3.09 kg (6.81 lb)

    This guitar has a lot of the typical modern features. SS frets, luminlay side dots, compound radius, Graphtech ratio tuners. It was a set of features collectively that are hard to find in a production guitar. The great thing about custom builds like these is when you can specify all the details. The neck was perfect and the set-up was to my spec. This is a fun guitar to play.
     
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  2. Howzaboppin

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    Great design! What material is the leg rest?
     
  3. sunking101

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    You thought of everything.:D

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  4. TubeStack

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    Should have bought a Strat.






    ... Sorry, couldn’t help it. Fun guitar: enjoy! :beer
     
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    crunchy mc boat crunch Member

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  7. delac

    delac Silver Supporting Member

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    Congrats -- great looking original guitar. Am pleased some folks here can push beyond the usual - that is how progress will be made. Love to hear it.
     
  8. LaceSensor1

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    Has an awckward feminine vibe. Like a pretty girl who just farted.
     
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  9. wox

    wox Supporting Member

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    sweet!
     
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  10. mrsongbird

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    That’s very unique! It reminds me of mallsoft vaporwave aesthetic (I think that’s what it’s called)! Enjoy your new guitar!
     
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  11. AltecGreen

    AltecGreen Silver Supporting Member

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    Anodized aluminum.
     
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  12. Blue-moon

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    Its got an 80s vibe to it.
     
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  13. veus55

    veus55 Gold Supporting Member

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    Like it a lot. For those who can tolerate new aesthetics
     
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  14. Leader Desslok

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    Congrats on the ugliest guitar I've ever seen :D
    But seriously, the specs look killer and I'm sure it plays great. Love the finish as well. Is it too much to hope for clips?
     
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    Wow, awesome guitar. So cool to see it here. I recognize it from Dean's Instagram feed. He's a super nice dude that builds great instruments. Congrats.
     
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    Not enough upper fret access.
     
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  17. joebloggs13

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    My first question is....what is it about Strats that you don't like? Looking at that guitar, well I don't quite know what to say.:eeks
     
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  18. AltecGreen

    AltecGreen Silver Supporting Member

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    I can't stand 50's aesthetics. This also rules out Gibson, Gretsch, etc. Pretty much the beloved brands here on TGP I would never buy.

    I also don't hold any romantic notion that what was designed in the 1950's was perfect like so many here on TGP might say. Many of strat-like guitars I did look all had some design changes that I like versus a traditional strat. In the end, I did not want to settle on a few changes and just went all the way.

    I will admit that when I conceived of this guitar, it had many elements that were designed to make people here at TGP scratch their heads. The color choice, the pick-up choice, the richlite fretboard, ....
     
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  19. NGJohn

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    Congrats on the new gear!

    It's not my cup of tea, but I think it's cool that you got a custom build. Enjoy it.
     
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    Wild upper horn. Let's hope your lady doesn't get any crazy ideas.
     

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