The Ian Anderson Standard has arrived!

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  1. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Many of you have checked out fellow forum member Ian Anderson's prototype in the Dealer's Emporium. If not, go take a look :AOK

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=158601

    The guitar arrived in good form from FedEx (2-day from California). The packing job was great! Looks like the guitar was shipped from Scott Lentz guitars, so thanks goes to Scott Lentz as well for helping out with the shipment!

    Simply put, the Ian Anderson Standard is a tremendous instrument. The build quality is top notch. The action is among the lowest I've seen for a guitar set up with 11's. As beautiful as the photo's look, they somehow don't do this guitar justice. It exudes quality and top notch craftsmanship!

    Plugged in through my Harry Joyce Custom 50, it is a bold sounding instrument that is certainly in the realm of a Les Paul, though to my ears a bit more focused in the mids. Seth's aren't really my thing, but they sound the best I've ever heard them sound in this guitar.

    When I crank up the HJ and grab a note, the guitar sings! The notes have a sweet "bloom" that sustains as well as any guitar I've ever owned or played. I'll likely switch the pickups out to Fralin P-92's, but there's not a thing to complain about with the Seth's in this guitar. It's strictly a matter of my personal preference.

    The guitar balances very well, whether sitting or standing. The fretwork is exceptional, and the neck is extremely comfortable.

    Alright...enough out of me. I'm gonna go play this lovely instrument. A HUGE thank you to Ian for working with me while I got the money straight on my end. Ian, you're a top notch guy building a remarkable instrument. I predict a solid backlog for you once the word starts getting out on your guitars. I knwo that I'll be doing my part to make sure that people know who you are :D

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  2. CDaughtry

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    That is a gorgeous guitar. Congrats to you and Ian. Play the crap out of that thing!!!:dude
     
  3. Ian Anderson

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    Rob,

    Glad it arrived AOK! It's a bit stressful putting a set mahogany neck guitar in the hands of FedEX for 2 days. Thanks to Scott for helping me pack and ship it.

    I am glad you like it. Thanks for the leap of faith. I sincerely hope you are well rewarded by getting much enjoyment from it!
     
  4. Jim Soloway

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    Ian, stop giving them to FedEx. We ship almost exclusively with USPS express mail. It gets there in about 18 hours and with insurance for a piece that price its about $70 to almost anywhere in the country. We've shipped about 40 that way now. They've only been late once (by one day) and and not a scratch on any of them.

    BTW, congratulations to both you and enharmonic. It looked like just a dynamite guitar and I hope the first of many more to come.
     
  5. JPenn

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    That is a great looking guitar!! It reminds me of my old Gretsch. I have always wanted an easier to play version of it.

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  6. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm not as good a photographer as Ian, but I thought I'd snap a pic of the guitar in its new habitat :)

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    Flasy reflected off of the guitar onto the grill of my 2x12 :D
     
  7. Scrutinizer

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    Congrats!

    I love the styling of that guitar - can't wait to get one for myself. :AOK
     
  8. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks!

    I call this pic...Strange Bedfellows

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  9. Mark C

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    Very, very cool. I've been planning to build a tele-paul of my own for a while now. Got most of the wood, just need to learn a few more things before starting the carving.
     
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    What an awesome guitar. Its such a cool shape -part LP, part Tele and a good dose of its own thing. Congrats :AOK
     
  11. NuSkoolTone

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    Very Nice. The Piano Black is Stunning!

    Reminds me of a cross between a JG and a wolfegang.

    Cool Alternative Indeed.
     
  12. m4tt

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    I love that guitar. Great buy, no doubt.
     
  13. Ian Anderson

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    Thanks for the tip Jim. I usually do USPS for everything but guitars. I'll give them a go next time. It was $105 coast to coast 2 day air insured with Fed Ex.

    Nice looking rig Rob. I hear good things about those Harry Joyce amps. I bet that sounds great! Are those Fender telebuckers in that First Act?

    That Gretsch has a real '70s vibe going on.
     
  14. enharmonic

    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Ian,

    Those are Fralin P-92's, or "Split Singles". They are noiseless P-90's. I'm probably going to put a Fralin "Twangbucker" in the neck of the Standard, and a P-92 in the bridge. Once I do that, I'll make a few clips and send them along so you can compare to the Seth's. :dude

    I'm also thinking about TV-Trons...maybe. They're TV Jones' humbucker-sized Filtertron. Maybe a Twangbucker in the neck, and a TV-Tron bridge?

    Hmmmmmm.

    I can't say enough about the HJ without it coming out sounding like a lot of hype. It's the mother of all Hiwatt-style amps. Big, bold, aggressive...it's a monster. The pairing of your guitar and this amp produces a sound that will floor just about any tone junkie :)

    They're most notably used by Rich Robinson. Check out Page & The Black Crowes Live at the Greek to get a load of what this amp can do. Ultimately, I will be running the HJ along with a Wizard Vintage Classic. It's going to be sick.
     
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    You're a lucky man...a very lucky man. I remember seeing Ian's guitar for the first time on here. What a beauty. Enjoy.
     
  16. JPenn

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    I checked the web for info one time, I think it's a 76. My father bought the guitar for me in 82, it was my first electric @ 11 years old.
     
  17. Jim Soloway

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    Ian, feel free to give me a call if you want to hear about how we go about it. With USPS it's all about the size of the box and the amount of insurance.
     
  18. Terry McInturff

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    That is one heck of a cool guitar!!!!!!!!!! Congats to Ian and of course to enharmonic!
    Terry
     
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    enharmonic Old Growth Gold Supporting Member

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    Thanks Terry! And hey, how's this for a pair of beauties? :D


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    That is one sweet Lestercaster.

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