Ron Kirn built me a cool guitar... NGD!!

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  1. SBRocket

    SBRocket Gold Supporting Member

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    I really wanted a Tele with a bender. So I asked RK to make it for me. It arrived yesterday and there really are no words to describe how great this instrument is.

    Not only is it exactly what I wanted, it is also a work of art, it feels solid as a rock and plays like butter, and it sounds like the best growly, twangy thing ever. Now I just need some bender chops to go with it.

    I took some pics but I'm no photographer...
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    Needless to say I am happy. And if anyone is thinking about having Ron build a guitar for them, do it.

    SB
     
  2. shallbe

    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    Damn! I love that!

    What do you call that color?
     
  3. SBRocket

    SBRocket Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks Steve,

    I wanted it to be a lime green metalflake so I sent some Home Depot paint cards to Ron and he shot a few samples for me. The samples were basically just a piece of wood with 5 or 6 different densities of the color on it. I think we went back and forth 2x on that to get the color and the size of the flakes I wanted.

    Then I picked the one I liked the best. It kind of looks like a gold in some lighting situations but with a light shone on it the green really pops. I think we ended up with a House of Kolor product but I don't know the actual name. Ron would though. The NCL put a slight yellowing on the white binding and that totally pulled it together with the guard.

    Steve
     
  4. BettyFjord

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    That finish is amazing. Nice guitar too.
     
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    tdarian Gold Supporting Member

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    Anyone looking for a great Tele or Strat made to their own spec's with unbelieveable care and attention to detail and resulting in a great playing instrument owes it to themseleves to check out Ron Rirn. His web site is very informative, and he will take your call and you will have a very educational conversation with a really great guy.

    I know...my favorite guitar is a Kirn tele that looks almost identical to the Basic T your can find on Ron's site. www.ronkirn.com

    Love your's too SBDRocket, and I know why your have given Ron your hearty recommendation.

    Tom Darian
     
  6. Ron Kirn

    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    :D<blush>

    Ron Kirn
     
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    Csapo Gold Supporting Member

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    Congrats SB!!!! :dude

    That is gorgeous!!!! :drool

    :bow Ron is a true artist and craftsman.
     
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    dhdfoster Silver Supporting Member

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    Very nice! I didn't know he sparkley stuff.
     
  9. SBRocket

    SBRocket Gold Supporting Member

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    IMHO Ron Kirn`s guitars are tops. Congrats!
     
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    Ron Kirn Gold Supporting Member

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    Here&#8217;s a few that I&#8217;ll be putting on the site&#8230;.. it is one beautiful guitar.. and for those interested, Bill Bores hand makes the finest benders on the planet. Comparing his work to the others is like comparing a Ferrari to a Bicycle.

    http://www.steelbenderinnovations.com/

    Ron Kirn

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    Amazing looking, congrats!
     
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    Gorgeous! One of the sexiest tele's I've seen.
     
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    Oh man I like that Tele!
     
  16. whoismarykelly

    whoismarykelly Oh look! This is a thing I can change!

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    What are the odds... Ive been thinking of ordering a Lime Green Sparkle tele from Tom Anderson!
     
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    Indeed!
     
  18. SBRocket

    SBRocket Gold Supporting Member

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    As Ron said the bender is a machinist's dream. I've never had a bender before and actually have only played one or two for less than 5 minutes in my entire life but I have spent a lot of time checking them out over the last 1/2 year as I planned this guitar. It does exactly what it's supposed to do and looks like it was designed and built by a team of Porsche engineers.

    I'm also finding it very easy to control. It is set up for full step bends (as most are) but I have worked out some 1/2 step stuff too and it's very precise. I am one lucky picker.

    Steve
     
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    OMG congrats!
     
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    Weird, I've been wanting a bound green metalflake tele for a long time, too. So bizarre that several of us seem to want that. I've been wanting more of an emerald green, though. Green Sparkle Posse!
     

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