NGD: Luke III Starry Night
since I am back with the family I felt that it needed a proper thread of its own :p
Last Friday I pulled the trigger on a Luke III ‘Starry Night’.
Here’s the story for those of you who are interested:
Actually I had no intention of buying a new guitar at all – and especially not a Luke model :rolleyes:
(I had a Luke II some years ago but I just could not cope with the skinny frets and the neck. My hands always started hurting and cramping everytime I played it so I decided to part ways with it 🙁 )
So Thursday last week I went to the shop to have them fix a minor problem with one of the Luke II successors I bought there three years ago.
While I was waiting for the fix to be completed I literally stumbled across that Luke III ‘Starry Night’ which sat in a guitar stand on the floor (instead of being displayed on the wall where it would have grabbed far more attention!) that caught my eye. Thinking back, I could swear it looked back at me 😉
What struck me first was the sparkle finish, which to me was simply breathtaking (I always loved sparkly finishes). Next thing was the ridiculously figured roasted maple neck – never seen one like that before!
In order to pass the time I picked it up and noticed that there was something different about it compared to my former Luke II: the frets seemed to be bigger and therefore it was way more comfortable to play (for me, that is). I felt “at home” immediately with this neck! Actually that was the moment when G.A.S. kicked in… :p
Only one thing irritated me: there seemed to be no boost function, which is one point that I find to be extremely helpful in a lot of playing situations. I wondered if this feature had been left out on the Starry Night model, but since there was nobody in the shop answer that question I went back home with my fixed guitar only – but the Luke III had already started to possess my mind 😀
Fortunately there are the always helpful forumites which were able to help me with my confusion and removed any (ever so slightly) existing doubts. The frets are bigger – hence more comfortable to me. The boost function was always there, only the Volume knob had become a little loose and therefore it could not be pushed down far enough to activate the boost circuit :rolleyes:
(Thanks to jones4tone and jilbasscatcher for your support!)
Needless to say: I went back to the shop the next day and bought the guitar, even though I hadn’t planned any purchase this or next year.
But the way I look at it is that this guitar found me and it wasn’t meant for me to let it go! 🙂 I am already loving it to pieces!
OK – enough said, here are some pics of that very instrument which the shop took for their online presentation!
I will post some additional pics in the nearest future!
All the best, rock on