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    Exclamation NYNGD: New Year's New Guitar Days! NYNGD #2016-4

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    Welcome to Day 4 of my annual New Year's New Guitar Days (NYNGD)!

    Thanks for the kind words and comments on yesterday's NYNGD #2016-3!

    Today's NYNGD is absolutely stunning! I have a sweet spot for the original Luke -- or Luke I, if you like -- from the smooth contours to the floating Floyd Rose, the Luke I is my kinda guitar (EMG's and V-profile neck not withstanding). This guy started life as a Pearl Red Luke, but the previous owner had it refinished by GMW Guitarworks. This finish is an absolute masterpiece, and if EBMM still made the Luke I this could pass as a factory finish from the Emerald Green Sparkle PDN run -- I believe Marty used the same materials as EBMM on this, because it's that perfect.

    I purchased this guitar from fellow Knucklehead Exodus5 in the For Sale thread. This guy arrived to me in interesting shape -- even though the finish is MINT and probably cost quite a few bucks, the rest of the guitar was in pretty rough shape (which probably explains why it needed a refin). The EBMM Floyd Rose was completely corroded away and missing a lot of chrome, the pickups are worn down with most of the EMG logos worn away, the tuners look like they were dragged on the street, and the headstock has seen some hard action. I replaced the Floyd with a mint EBMM Floyd from my parts bin, which was a big improvement.

    Also, while the bridge was out and strings were off, I decided to do some major surgery... As you may know, in very early Luke I's the neck's V-profile is very pronounced. And I hate it. (There, I said it...) Now, mind you, I normally wouldn't do this on a Luke I as they're no longer made, rare, etc., but in this case, the guitar was already completely repainted so collectibility was out the door. I got out my orbital sander and sanded the back of the neck until the V-profile was gone. Then I followed Drew's instructions and refinished it with gunstock wax, and now this Luke I feels like a Silhouette! Whew!

    One other interesting fact: This is clearly a very early Luke I -- the first ones didn't have a battery box; instead, to replace the battery you had to remove the rear electronics cover. I figured, "While I have it disassembled, and since collectibility is a non-issue, I'm installing an EBMM-spec Gotoh battery box!" Grabbed my router, made a quick template, and went for it. That mod turned out factory-quality.

    The moral of the story here is that (a) not every guitar I buy is a perfect -- some need a lot of love to get them back to life, and (b) the ones that need the most work are often the ones you end up really appreciating!















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

    Thanks for looking everyone!


    Past Days:
    #2016-1 | #2016-2 | #2016-3 | #2016-4 | #2016-5 | #2016-6 | #2016-7 | #2016-8 | #2016-9 | #2016-10 | #2016-11 | #2016-12 | #2016-13 | #2016-14 |
    #2016-1 | #2016-2 | #2016-3 | #2016-4 | #2016-5 | #2016-6 | #2016-7 | #2016-8 | #2016-9 | #2016-10 | #2016-11 | #2016-15 | #2016-16 | #2016-17
    #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; 02-05-2017 at 06:06 PM.

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    What a unique twist to the Luke I! This is making me nostalgic for my Blue Luke 1 I purchased back in 1993 and sold in 2000. Your collection is incredible! Thanks for sharing.
    2017 BFR Luke III Tumescent
    2016 Suhr Natural Modern Satin Pro

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    Great work on the neck and battery box. In the pictures it looks perfect. Thanks for posting your collection. I enjoy these year end updates.
    2009: JP6 w/BFR Rosewood Neck - Ice Blue
    2010: Silhouette HSH w/Matching Neck - Black
    2010: Ernie Ball WAH - Black/Green and smooth like silk
    2011: Sterling H w/Matching Neck - Black

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    Pretty much "back from the dead" - very cool!

    Kevin
    Curator of The Morseum

    Top dollar paid for "First 50" Morses!

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    Great story love your work mate!
    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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    Great job, thanks for sharing the story and the pictures : it's now officially YOUR guitar!

    At least one of them...
    AL SSS BFR Pinkburst
    AL SSS Neptune Blue
    AL HH Starry Night
    AL HH Candy Apple Red
    AL MM90 Sparkle Turquoise
    L3 HSS Olive Gold

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    Outstanding!!!
    Really like the play-by-play run down...
    Balls are Best!!

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    Hey guys:

    Thanks for the kind words. I am going to take a break for tonight and skip in favor of NYE celebrations. Have a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve and I'll be back tomorrow with the next NYNGD!

    -Jeff



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    i LOVE it !!!!
    currently recording my second solo album for grooveyard records on LIII HH / HSS

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    Wow. I was already wondering if the Luke 1 was included in the Emerald Green Sparkle PDN when I saw the Picture
    About sanding the Neck... I'm thinking about getting a Luke 3 but I hate the Neck Profile. So if I'm gonna get one I'm gonna have to sand that terrible V Shape flat
    Music Man JP7 PDN 2012 Honey Roasted #F20403
    Music Man JP6 PDN 2013 Emerald Green Sparkle #G68213
    Music Man JP6 PDN 2014 Neptune Blue Roasted #G71474
    Music Man JP6 PDN 2016 Starry Night #G77086
    Music Man Bongo 5HH PDN 2015 Vintage Tobacco Burst #F44860

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
    Wow. I was already wondering if the Luke 1 was included in the Emerald Green Sparkle PDN when I saw the Picture
    Nope, the Luke 1's were long before the PDN series. Except they DID make the Luke 1 reissues, but AFAIK there was never a factory Luke 1 Reissue Emerald Green PDN.



    Quote Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
    About sanding the Neck... I'm thinking about getting a Luke 3 but I hate the Neck Profile. So if I'm gonna get one I'm gonna have to sand that terrible V Shape flat
    Nah, man. The V is WAAAY less pronounced on current Luke II's, and even less on the LIII. All my LIII's feel AOK off the rack. No need to sand them.



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    Just one clarification...the paint was done by Lee Garver of GMW guitarworks. Marty Bell is awesome, though.
    1997 Gibson Les Paul Classic
    1997 Ibanez RG570
    2012 EBMM Luke 2
    1996 PRS Standard maple top

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    Come one Jeff your NGD counter is now block for couple of days I'm addicted please post the rest!!!!

    I can't wait
    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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