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  • NGD (full blown): The Rataecaster HAS LANDED!

    ... and it is SCHWEET. It's been in the house for about an hour ... and I am absolutely, thoroughly AWAYGEBLOWEN.

    Just a reminder (for anyone who checked the 'trailer' thread), a quick spec chart -- Cosmetics: vintage white with white pearloid guard and matching trem-spring-cavity cover in back.

    Here's Sean's own breakdown of the ingredients:

    Allparts alder body
    Edenhaus custom 59 neck, Brazilian board, med jumbo frets
    Van Zandt Vintage Plus pups
    CTS tone & vol (masters)
    Switchcraft jack
    Fender blend/no load pot (to provide that elusive neck/bridge combo)
    Fender American Vintage bridge
    Gotoh kluson vintage style tuners

    For a start, it looks GAWWWWW-JUSSSSS. The only clues that it's not a Proper Factory Fender are the absence of a serial number, a CBS-era Big F engraved on the neck plate and a slight colour mismatch (which only true ubergeeks will ever notice) between the mint-green pickup covers and the parchment knobs.

    The neck has a great big thick slabby rosewood board and light but definite figuring in the maple, and it feels fab: a little narrower than my Jeff Beck sig and maybe a TOUCH wider than my original 1963 -- basically, smack dab in the middle of my Strat-neck comfort zone. You'll know what I mean when I say that it doesn't feel like a 'new guitar', but like an old friend. Like the perfect blend of two old friends, in fact. I've never heard of neck provider Edenhaus, but they SHO NUFF know what they're doing.

    The body -- not quite as yellowy as I was expecting, and a shade or two paler than the JB's slightly greeny-grey Olympic White -- is nicely resonant unplugged and comfortably light, but not remotely neck-divey light: it hangs just right on the black Levy's strap (embossed with Guitarist magazine's logo) I had waiting for it.

    Those Van Zandt Vintage Plus pickups ... sound great, even through a MicroCube at neighbour-friendly volume. The real test will come when I hook it up at band volume to the Super Reverb for a rehearsal or gig, but my initial impression is that they have the combination of edge and depth -- clang and whomp -- which all Strat players crave unless their home turf is Serious Gain Territory.

    If Sean wasn't in Greece at the minute on a family holiday, I;d be on the phone to him right now thanking him in embarrassingly effusive terms ... but that'll haveta wait until he's back in a coupla weeks ...

    And pics will ALSO haveta wait a few days until Lovely Gurlfiend -- whose present this is -- gets home with the family camera.

    It'll need a coupla tiny tweakettes (microscopic action-raising and tension-adjusting: the kinda stuff Sean could have done in well under five minutes if I'd been there to request, and which'll take me SEVERAL HOURS!!!!)*

    In the meantime ... all it needs is a name.

    Ratae?

    Ratty?

    The White Rat?

    *Picard voice*

    GENTLEMEN! SUGGESTIONS!

    EDIT: Solved the Pix Prob -- scroll down to the bottom of the page for PROOF THAT IT HAPPENED ...

    * After a few hours of intensive playing I reckon it needs (a) a FRACTIONALLY raised action and (b) a VERY slight trem adjustment to give me a TEENSY WEENSY degree of upbend ...

    And after that I'd gig/record it ANYWAY ANYHOW ANYWHERE!

    Overall summary: WOW.

    VERY high on the BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER list!
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    <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Spike</strong>
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    <div class="message">He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy-boy accent. You Englishmen are all so ... bloody hell ... sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks ... oh no, I'm ENGLISH!</div>

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    <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Lucio</strong>
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    <div class="message"> everyone has different gear and stuff like this tends to be quite subjective.</div>

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    <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Captain Jack Sparrow</strong>
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    <div class="message"> Gentlemen, I wash my hands of this weirdness.</div>

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    I suggest pics or it didn't happen.

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    • #3
      Your words are great Charles, so in your case a picture is worth a hundred words. Still we have rules about pictures. :cop:
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      <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>wedgehed II</strong>
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      • #4
        Sounds awesome, can't wait to see pix :rawk:

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        • #5
          Ratae Blanc.

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          • #6
            Fooled, again. Piiiiiiiiiiiiiiiics! :cop:
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            • #7
              No pics, no NGD. :cop:

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              • #8
                From what I see so far, I'd name it "didn't happen".
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                <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>RaVenCAD</strong>
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                • #9
                  Tip: have photos before the post goes up... because you'll be too busy playing to get them afterward.
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                  • #10
                    Nice nocaster.
                    http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Electric-Guitars/I-smeared-bacon-fat-on-my-strat-now-it-stinks/td-p/16697195

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                    • #11
                      Did I mention that it arrived in a brand-new (still-tagged) Fender gigbag?
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                      <div class="message">He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy-boy accent. You Englishmen are all so ... bloody hell ... sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks ... oh no, I'm ENGLISH!</div>

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                      <img src="images/misc/quote_icon.png" alt="Quote" /> Originally Posted by <strong>Lucio</strong>
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                      <div class="message"> everyone has different gear and stuff like this tends to be quite subjective.</div>

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                      <div class="message"> Gentlemen, I wash my hands of this weirdness.</div>

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                      • #12
                        what....no pics???
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                        • #13
                          ^^^

                          Lovely Gurlfiend's away from a few days with the camera ... will shoot'n post when she gets back ...
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                          <div class="message">He's got his crust all stiff and upper with that nancy-boy accent. You Englishmen are all so ... bloody hell ... sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks ... oh no, I'm ENGLISH!</div>

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                          • #14
                            Pics, or it's counterfeit Squier
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                            • #15
                              Pics, or it's counterfeit Squier


                              That's also been reliced by a teenager and sold on craigslist.

                              But seriously HNGD, can't wait to see pics.
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