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    Exclamation NYNGD: New Year's New Guitar Days! NYNGD #2016-14

    Welcome to Day 14 of my annual New Year's New Guitar Days (NYNGD)!

    Thanks for the kind words and comments on NYNGD #2016-13! Sorry it's been about a week since the last NYNGD was posted -- I was on the road...

    We're really on the home stretch now! FOUR DAYS LEFT!

    The 2016 Premier Dealer Network (PDN) run is a triumph! This run was pretty much universally loved by all EBMM fans, and it's no wonder why. The Starry Night finish is just gorgeous. A silver/black/gray sparkle finish with a very subtle blue burst yields a beauty that's extremely hard to photograph. Couple that with the roasted maple neck and an ebony fretboard without position markers, and the design is super clean and elegant. This LIII is an outstanding example.

    I must admit I was intitially concerned about the lack of fret inlays -- "I'll be lost without fret dots!" -- but once you get the guitar in your hands it's a no-brainer and you realize that you don't rely on those dots as much as you thought you did! (And it does have side dots so all is not lost).

    The coolest thing about this guitar is the ebony fretboard -- it smells amazing. This is raw wood. Not laquered, sealed, or oiled. It smells like sitting around the fire at a campsite. It smells like that corkboard you had in your room when you were a kid. Just outrageous. It just reminds me that nobody making guitars today can touch the mojo that is Ernie Ball Music Man. Nobody.

    I'll be back in the next day or so 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 06:09 PM.

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    I wouldn't usually like either ebony or lack of dot markers but that looks so classy!
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    Looks very familiar - identical to my Starry Night LIII, in fact! Absolute home-run finish on this run. I know you're enjoying playing that one. I really like the unmarked fretboard.
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    Hunter Hayes Cutlass in Lake Tahoe Blue
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    One word: Stunning!

    EBMM L3 HH (Olive Gold)
    EBMM L3 HSS Roasted (Bodhi Blue)
    EBMM Silo Special (Blue Dawn)
    EBMM Albert Lee SSS (Sky Blue)
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    home run! this guitar is best! congrats
    blueburst Steve Morse Standard, Jan 03, 2005
    pinkburst Albert Lee, Jul 13, 1994
    cinnamon SUB1, Mar 08, 2004
    vintage gold reflex, June 22, 2011

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    Very sweet! Love these ones. The HH is amazingly beautiful with this paint, fretboard combo
    Luke III Bhodi blue,HH, Roasted Flame maple neck.

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    Just WOW Jeff.
    Love the decision not to have fret dots.

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    No words!

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    great pics (as always...)!
    That's a rocker!
    Balls are Best!!

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    Nice one Jeff! Boy, it's REALLY nice to be able to relate to your thoughts on one of the additions to your collection. I have one too (albeit a Silo not a LIII)!!! Your last sentence sums it up PERFECTLY! ONE of a kind MOJO!!!

    Congrats on your 2016 PDN!

    One other thing - GREAT job on the photos! You've done the best job yet capturing the mystic properties of the Starry Night finish.

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    I love ebony fingerboards! I wish it were an option on EBMM but at least there are these special editions! So beautiful!
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2016 - Cutlass - Vintage Sunburst
    2017 - St. Vincent - Stealth Black

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    Love the last pic with the closeup of the!

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    2017 JP6 - Starry Night
    25th Anniversary - Venetian Red
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    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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    Amazing photography also!
    "The more of our stuff you have the more awesomely freaky you become." -- BP

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