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Thread: My super modded EBMM Luke!

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    My super modded EBMM Luke!

    Hi there,
    I'm Marcello, from Roma, Italy. I don't write so much on this forum, but I often follow intresting threads and, of course, I'm a Ball user!

    I want to share with you the joy of owning a beautifully EBMM made guitar customized by myself to suit my own taste and playing. It's a pearl blue Luke II made in february 2005 and bought in Rome few months later.

    So, that's how the guitar looks like:


    headstock close-up:


    inside its great-smelling case:


    and the case itself, featuring the mighty Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Elvis-faced Jesus sticker :


    You can see more pix (all hi-res) here

    So Marcello, you may think, what about the mods?

    Here we are:

    First I replaced the original EMG pickups with Di Marzio Hs-3 (x2) and Paf pro, now the guitar sounds less "hi-fi" and more strat-like, though punchier than the usual 3 single coil pickups guitar we all know about. I replaced all the plastics too to match the new pickups.

    Then I sanded away the Luke decal, nothing against the man himself or EBMM (they're both great!), I just didn't feel as "mine" a guitar with someone else's name on the headstock

    The third interesting mod was adding an N-Tune, an amazing chromatic tuner you can install inside your guitar


    The next two step will be changing the frets (which are really damaged) with a medium-jumbo fretwire and adding a Tremol-no, does anyone ever had the chance to try it?

    So guys, thanks for reading, sorry for my messy English, I hope you enjoyed and comment heavily this thread of mine! I'm here to answer every question and listen to any suggestion.

    Rock and Roll!
    Marcello
    Last edited by Marcello; 06-04-2011 at 09:06 AM.

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    Very cool! Love all the mods you did - nothing like making a guitar your own! How does the N Tune work - are you satidfied with it? I've been looking at those......
    Greg

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    Very nice! I like the white pick ups!
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    Looks great Marcello. Thanks for the pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norrin Radd View Post
    Very cool! Love all the mods you did - nothing like making a guitar your own! How does the N Tune work - are you satidfied with it? I've been looking at those......
    Hi Greg, the N-Tune works great, the installation is not dead easy but it's not rocket science either! I was lucky because I already had an unused (because of the mod) battery box, many could not have room for a 9volt battery inside their guitar, check out if you have enough space before buy!
    Last edited by Marcello; 06-04-2011 at 09:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Music Man View Post
    Very nice! I like the white pick ups!
    Quote Originally Posted by guitfiddle View Post
    Looks great Marcello. Thanks for the pics!
    Thanks guys, I'm glad you like my guitar, what if I post a video, so you can hear how does it sound?

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    Anyone tried a Tremol-No, anyway?

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    I've heard from other Tremol-No users that it doesn't work 100% like it's supposed to. Take it with a grain of salt though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KH Guitar Freak View Post
    I've heard from other Tremol-No users that it doesn't work 100% like it's supposed to. Take it with a grain of salt though...
    Okej, let's way for other opinions, terima kasih!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcello View Post
    Okej, let's way for other opinions, terima kasih!
    Ha. Sama-sama. Lived in KL for 15 years, and now living in Australia. It's all good... 8)

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    Nice mod, I l'd rather use black covers but it's a also great this way
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    Very nice mod indeed...congrats
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeminutesboy View Post
    Nice mod, I l'd rather use black covers but it's a also great this way
    I was struggled at the beginning, then I decided to make everything white to change completely the look of the guitar (the EMGs and all the plastics were black), sometimes we all need to change, ahah!

    Quote Originally Posted by e.mate View Post
    Very nice mod indeed...congrats
    Thanks!

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    GREAT JOB! Am keen on getting a Luke or Silo Special and chucking in Suhr ML pickups.
    My name is Rob and I'm an AL-coholic!
    The MM90 AL is the most underrated axe on the planet!

    I buy my balls from the number one EBMM dealer in Australia, the all round nice guy and legendary Colin!His website is www.guitarplanet.com.au Give him a call to order your balls!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robelinda2 View Post
    GREAT JOB! Am keen on getting a Luke or Silo Special and chucking in Suhr ML pickups.
    What about those Suhr pickups? Everyone seems talkin bout them

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