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    Exclamation NYNGD: New Year's New Guitar Days! NYNGD #2015-13

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    Welcome to Day 13 of my annual New Year's New Guitar Days (NYNGD)!

    Thanks for the kind words and comments on yesterday's NYNGD #2015-12!

    Today we have something very special and different...

    At this point it's pretty clear that I will likely never have my own Ernie Ball Music Man signature model... So I decided to build my own! This guitar takes the Silhouette (with floating Floyd Rose) body and mounts the H-S-H pickups directly to the body like the Axis with direct-mounted pickups without a pickguard. This guitar seeks to marry all of my favorite EBMM guitars -- the Silhouette with Floyd, the Axis and the LIII -- into one.

    This journey started when I had some heavily roadworn Silhouettes that were in rough, rough shape. The first thought was to refinish and refret, but then imagination ran wild and I decided to modify the guitar to make my dream EBMM! The body is a Silhouette body but I routed the normal pickup cavity (behind the pickguard) and filled it with an alder block. It has stock Silhouette DiMarzio PAF Pro pickups and a DiMarzio True Velvet middle single coil direct mounted to the body and a unique feature: The pickup selector switch is a 3-way switch (rather than 5-way) -- the down position is the bridge pickup, the up position is the neck pickup, and the middle position is neck+single coil like the #4 position on a typical EBMM 5-way switch. It also features a stock EBMM Gotoh floating Floyd Rose bridge (not the current EBMM Floyd -- the old one). The neck is a stock 24-fret Silhouette neck that needed a refret so I had a luthier do the JDB inlay at the same time, and then sent it all off to Shadoe McKee at Beyond Custom Guitars for the killer artwork -- which Joe Satriani fans might recognize!

    TO BE CLEAR: This guitar will never be sold and is for my personal use. It is not a knock-off, it's a tribute. Clearly, my making this guitar for myself in no way takes away from EBMM sales -- I have 100 other EBMM's! The bottom line: If I ever had an EBMM signarture model, this would be it!













    I'll be back tomorrow with another NYNGD: New Year's New Guitar Day!

    Thanks for looking everyone!


    Past Days:
    #2015-1 | #2015-2 | #2015-3 | #2015-4 | #2015-5 | #2015-6 | #2015-7 | #2015-8 | #2015-9 | #2015-10 | #2015-11 | #2015-12 | #2015-13 | #2015-14 |
    #2015-1 | #2015-2 | #2015-3 | #2015-4 | #2015-5 | #2015-6 | #2015-7 | #2015-8 | #2015-9 | #2015-10 | #2015-11 | #2015-15 | #2015-16 | #2015-17
    #2014-1 | #2014-2 | #2014-3 | #2014-4 | #2014-5 | #2014-6 | #2014-7 | #2014-8 | #2014-9 | #2014-10
    #2013-1 | #2013-2 | #2013-3 | #2013-4 | #2013-5 | #2013-6
    #2012-1 | #2012-2 | #2012-3 | #2012-4 | #2012-5 | #2012-6 | #2012-7

    (The back story in case you're new to my NYNGD: For the past couple of years I've done a fun thing that most of you I think enjoyed, and I thought I would do it again this year. Every year, I am a slacker about keeping my Guitar Gallery up to date... So, as a fun holiday thing, let's launch a guitar in the Guitar Gallery each day leading up to New Years Eve! In the past I've received PM's about my collection and whether I play all of these guitars. The same question came up during my NYNGD posts a few years ago and my answer was pretty detailed and well thought-out, so please check it out here!)

    (Also, in case anybody gets any funny ideas -- these guitars are not at my house. They are all in my very secure and alarmed studio facility. I usually only have two guitars floating around the house...)


    Last edited by dibart77; 12-31-2015 at 04:26 PM.

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    that is freaking sweet Jeff... what a wonderful tribute to A) your taste in amazing guitars but also B) the three guitars it pulls from to create the JDB custom...

    i love it
    Enjoy the Journey - Enjoy the Process
    G27494 20th Anniversary Silhouette
    G53462 Silhouette Special
    SG31073 StingRay
    SG26540 LK100D
    SG23128 AX40D
    SG34621 VALENTINE
    SG36060 LUKE
    SG26016 AX40D
    SGXXXX AX30D

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    Oh - bay - bee!

    This I like a *lot* - yup, making the guitar your own!!!

    Who did the paint job?

    Kevin
    Curator of The Morseum

    Top dollar paid for "First 50" Morses!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kestrou View Post
    Oh - bay - bee!

    This I like a *lot* - yup, making the guitar your own!!!

    Who did the paint job?


    Kevin
    Shadoe McKee at Beyond Custom Guitars for the killer artwork
    Enjoy the Journey - Enjoy the Process
    G27494 20th Anniversary Silhouette
    G53462 Silhouette Special
    SG31073 StingRay
    SG26540 LK100D
    SG23128 AX40D
    SG34621 VALENTINE
    SG36060 LUKE
    SG26016 AX40D
    SGXXXX AX30D

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    Quote Originally Posted by kestrou View Post
    Who did the paint job?
    Beyond Custom Guitars.com

    Shadoe does amazing work and is relatively quick. And the clear on this is a MIRROR finish as good as any factory finish I have ever seen. (I think her husband Ian does the clear). I left it sit for a month before I assembled it to let the clear harden and avoid scratching it.



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    Super Cool! Thanks for sharing

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    That finish is bananas!!!

    Very cool guitar. I'd play the hell out of that. I like the 3rd fret inlay. That's probably the ONLY time I've EVER seen that!
    2015 Sahara Burst JP15 7 Flame
    2014 Diego Blue Albert Lee HH
    2014 Sterling Silver SBMM *Signed* JP-60D
    2013 Plat. Silver JP13 7
    ******ON PRE-ORDER************
    2016 JP16 7, St. Vincent, Valentine, SBMM JP157 & Majesty

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    Why the snake motif?
    (Fave part the initials inlay)
    KEITH
    FAMOUSLY SNARKY SINCE 2003

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    Wow Jeff fantastic!!!!! That is very cool and unique. Talk about taking it to the top.

    Congrats!!!! Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!!"

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    I love it congrats!
    EVH Hardtail Red 1995
    Axis Sport SSS Trem Transparent Purple 1998
    Axis Sport MM90 Trem Transparent Orange 1999
    Axis SS Hardtail Piezo Honeyburst 2007
    Albert Lee MM90 Hardtail Dargie Delight 2007
    Bongo 4HH Stealth 2007
    BFR 25th Anniversary Venetian Red burst 2009

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    Very cool!!!
    EBMM Axis Super Sport (Pacific Blue Burst)
    EBMM L3 HH (Olive Gold)
    EBMM L3 HSS Roasted (Bodhi Blue)
    EBMM Silo Special (Blue Dawn)
    EBMM Albert Lee SSS (Sky Blue)
    EBMM Majesty (Iced Crimson)
    EBMM Cutlass (Vintage Turquoise)
    EBMM L3 BFR (Blueberry Burst)
    EBMM Cutlass HSS (Firemist Silver)

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    Well played sir! Absolutely Outstanding!!
    Balls are Best!!

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    Wow that looks verry cool! I never knew the luke was actually a silhouette... make another one with a vintage trem this year
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
    2010 Classic sr4----------coral red---------birdseye maple
    2013 Luke III HSS--------olive gold--------rosewood neck
    2014 stingray 4 HH-----neptune blue---flamed maple
    2014 Luke III HSS--------bodhi blue-------birdseye maple/rw

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    I am completely blown away by this build. Very well done, Jeff. Wow, just "WOW".

    2018 Axis - BFR - Buckeye Burl
    2017 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord - Tahitian Blue
    2017 StingRay 5 - 30th Anniversary - Buttercream
    2013 Albert Lee - BFR - Pinkburst
    2013 Luke III - PDN - emerald green sparkle with an all rosewood neck
    2012 Morse - BFR - Dark Lord
    2012 Axis - PDN - Honeyburst
    2011 Axis - BFR - Black Sugar Roasted
    2009 Axis - Pink Quilt (Oinky)
    2006 StingRay - 30th Anniversary fretless
    1996 StingRay - 20th Anniversary

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