And yet another NGD

And yet another NGD

A little while back I posted about how my Cutlass became our first heirloom guitar when I gave it to my daughter. I had no idea how much I would miss it. You know how amputees describe phantom limb pain? I mean, it’s still in the house, but a gift is a gift and as she put it “no backsies”.

The universe must have been watching out for me because this showed up yesterday afternoon. Turns out green is the kid’s favorite color so now we each have one that reminds us of the other.
<insert lame dad high five here>

So how does new compare to old? They’re pretty darn close. The new one is slightly fuller in the shoulders of the soft v by the nut. Output is also a tiny bit louder but that could just be the newer battery. Tone-wise I wouldn’t be able to pick them a part in a blind test.

My only complaint is the same for any EBMM I’ve ever played. Schaller tuners are not my friends. I keep hearing they’ve gotten better but I haven’t tried a single set that weren’t jerky, uneven, and with awful dead spots. These look to be a slightly newer model because the knurling on the thumbwheel isn’t as pronounced and the sides are smoother. It actually makes them worse IMO because on top of the other issues it’s now harder to grip the wheel to tighten.

If anyone from customer support reads this, I have 5 EBMM’s now. They’re hands down the best guitars I’ve ever owned, literally heirloom quality, see above. Had to replace the tuners on all of them. Maybe when supply chain issues start settling down we could check out some Gotoh 510’s…..

And to prove it really exists. I’ll post some better pics this weekend, the flame and finish are insane.

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