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Thread: NYNGD: New Year's New Guitar Days! NYNGD #2016-16

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    Exclamation NYNGD: New Year's New Guitar Days! NYNGD #2016-16

    Welcome to Day 16 of my annual New Year's New Guitar Days (NYNGD)!

    Thanks for the kind words and comments on NYNGD #2016-15!

    ...And then there were TWO! Again, I had a hard time choosing which order to present these last couple of guitars... This one could definitely be saved for the grand finale, but let's do this one today and tomorrow's will rock too!

    Today's NYNGD is pretty special. As you know, back in the late '90s and early '00s I was an EBMM Artist and, even though I've basically given up the dream of "Making It In The Music Business", long ago my relationship with EBMM -- particularly Derek Brooks -- evolved to friendship. We chat from time to time, we hang at the guitar shows, he tips me off on special guitar show one-offs, etc.

    Over the summer, I was in SLO on business (Amazon.com, my parent company, has offices there) so I made plans with Derek and Tomas to meet up at the factory and head to Jocko's Steak House in Nipomo for dinner. But I got there early and there was some time to hang before Tomas was ready to leave, so Derek showed me his Cutlass and we headed to the conference / amp room (you know, the one with the brown wooden walls and the black leather couch) to jam the Cutlass through an old Plexi Marshall (more on the Cutlass in a future installment of NYNGD).

    When we got in there, Derek said, "Oh, check this out..." And hanging on the wall was today's NYNGD. A Luke III HSS in a one-off finish that the factory computer lists as Smoked Chrome Sparkle. Ho Ly Sh*t. This was a one-off, apparently to try a new finish. Its date of birth is in March 2015 so I would guess this was NOT related to testing options for what ended up being the Starry Night run, but that's just me guessing. In any case, it seems that Smoked Chrome Sparkle is not going to become a production run or standard finish. I met it in August 2016, so it was basically "hanging around" at the factory for a year or so before I came along with my credit card.

    I'll say right off the bat: The sparkle on this one is too much for my meager photography skills. These photos do not do this guitar justice. The sparkle is AMAZING. I think the secret here is that there are different sized flakes. Some large, some small. When you walk past the guitar or spin it in the right light, it is like it's encrusted with diamonds. Utterly stunning.

    Knowing that I can't leave well-enough alone, I swapped the stock satin black LIII HSS pickup covers for chrome (you can't tell in the photos but the pickup poles on the single coils are still satin black).

    Tomorrow brings the final NYNGD of 2016 -- looking forward to sharing it with you!

    I'll be back tomorrow with this year's final 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 06:10 PM.

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    Whoa!!!! Outstanding!!!
    That looks & sounds a lot like the Starry Night finish with out the burst. The sparkles are just too much for the camera to capture.
    The chrome covers are just over the top...in a great way!
    Woo-Hoo....that looks like a good time right there....
    Balls are Best!!

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    Holy Smoke(d Chrome ) ! This thing is just awesome !
    The 2in1 combo : Luke , sparkles ...
    Even thou the sparkles are [email protected]& to photograph you did a great job capturing that unique finish . As usual , should I say
    Congrats Jeff , patiently waiting for number 1 ( was Cutlass hint intended ? )
    Ex-guitar player .

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    You sir, are my hero.

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    Wow amazing! Great story again!
    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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    Another beautiful guitar! Nicely done!
    25th Anniversary Flame w/Trem SN G47750 DOB 10/13/09
    SBMM SUB AX4 Gotoh Trem Axis Pups Red Quilt
    EBMM - a guitar like no other.
    Even we mancave noodlers can appreciate the perfection that is an EBMM guitar.
    "one likes to believe in the freedom of music..."

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    Holy ****. That one is fantastic.

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    Very nice! I'd love to have those pearl tuner buttons on my Starry Night LIII.
    Axis SS Semi-Hollow in Diablo Blue
    Hunter Hayes Cutlass in Lake Tahoe Blue
    Cutlass RS in Charging Green
    Luke 3 HH in Starry Night
    Valentine in Trans Maroon
    Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo

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    Great stuff!

    I'm thinking I need to just drop by the factory sometime and see what's hanging on the walls too!

    Curator of The Morseum

    Top dollar paid for "First 50" Morses!

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    Very nice. L3 HSS seems like a fantastic set up. Officially adding to my GAS list.
    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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    Man. Imagine an Axis or Reflex in that color!
    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

    Take a break from playin' guitar and read a webcomic: nemu*nemu!

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    Amazonian represent dude.

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    Black Luke III Tumescent BFR HH (2017)

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    WOW , outstanding and a totally awesome score!!!! Congrats!!!!

    Glenn |B)
    Silhouette Special SSS in the first Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [2001 NAMM piece, 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] [NOS Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR with the 12th fret logo]

    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!! @ 6:00"

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    Very impressive!
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