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    NGD: Valentine

    This gorgeous Valentine showed up today! I'd not seen one in person other than the Trans Buttermilk, but this finish is just incredible. Up close, you can see the grain of the body in the finish, but get a few feet away and it just looks like a deep maroon guitar.

    The tones are wonderful, and the feel is perfect. I was nervous about the absence of a belly cut, but it's no issue at all for me as it turns out. I was also a bit wary of the 11s it comes strung with, but I've been playing acoustic a lot more than I had been, so my fingers are used to heavier strings now, and the 11s feel great. It weighs something very close to 6.5 pounds, which I'm very pleased with.

    We did some A/B comparisons with the Valentine and a Tele my son has. It covers that ground well enough that I think even a trained ear would be hard pressed to tell you it wasn't a Tele if they heard it. And the humbucker sounds are very nice, too.

    A huge thanks to Pete DuBaldo for the great service, as always! And a tip of the cap to James Valentine and all the crew in SLO for making this fabulous guitar.

    One pic of the new one, and then the updated group shot.

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    Hunter Hayes Cutlass in Lake Tahoe Blue
    Valentine BFR in Three-tone Burst
    Luke 3 HH in Starry Night
    Valentine in Trans Maroon
    Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo

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    Very nice!

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    I can honestly say that every color of the Valentine looks as classy as the last.


    Axis Hardtail TransPurple #89749 (3/28/97)
    Axis Hardtail TransAmber #G03900 (10/21/98). FS REVERB
    Reflex Classic White #G71108 (7/14/14)
    Cutlass
    StarryNight #G79870 (12/14/16)
    Stingray BFR
    Natural#G59581 (10/3/17). FS
    REVERB

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    Congratulations and enjoy playing!!

    JPXI Cardinal Red G57082
    JP12 Cherry Sugar G59225
    JP12 7 Cardinal Red F29322
    MAJESTY Glacial Frost M08083
    MAJESTY Ferrari Rosso M07113
    ARTISAN MAJESTY 7 Rosso M04775
    NOMAC MAJESTY Timeworn Matte Silver M06246
    MAJESTY Charred Silver Sparkle M08237
    MAJESTY Dargie 3 M08360

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    Awesome Valentine! I don't know what it is, I'm usually a weenie and can only handle 9s, but the stock 11s do feel much easier to deal with on a Valentine. Hardtails just lend themselves to heavier gauges it seems like.

    Gotta say though, I can't help but keep checking out that Super Sport MM90P!
    St. Vincent "Prince Vince" trans purple gold hardware stealth pg roasted bound neck
    Albert Lee MM90 piezo "Silver Surfer"
    Classic Morse
    Luke BFR Koa
    Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow natural flame piezo
    Silhouette Special
    Stealth Bongo H
    White Cutlass Bass roasted neck

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    That is awesome Doug!!!! Congrats. Great family you have!!!!
    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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    Wow, that's a real beauty! Congrats!
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    EBMM L III Starry Night - DOB: Dec 16, 2016
    Tommy's Special Guitars Strat, custom made
    Line 6 Helix LT
    Headrush FRFR- 108 Active Monitor
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    Man, looking at all of these pics, I really have to work on my wall. Very nice new addition, and fantastic collection.
    My stuff:
    2007 Axis Pacific Blue Burst (9/25/07)
    2016 Axis SS Starry Night PDN (11/23/16)
    2016 Axis SS Semi-Hollow Trans Teal one-off (6/8/16)
    2018 Axis BFR Steel Blue No. 45 (9/18/18)
    2010 JP6 Mystic Dream (6/22/10)
    1989 Fender HM Strat HSS Blackstone
    2016 Gibson Les Paul Studio Deluxe Caribbean Night
    1995 Washburn N2 Padauk Stain
    2017 Taylor 224ce-K DLX Koa
    SBMM JP70 Trans Purpleburst
    SBMM S.U.B. SB4 Black

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    Beautiful guitar! Congratulations and enjoy playing it!

    Since getting mine a few weeks ago, I am convinced that the neck on the Valentine is my favorite ever.
    "The more of our stuff you have the more awesomely freaky you become." -- BP

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    Enjoy the Valentine, it's nice and light!
    Have you got G.A.S. for another EBMM???
    Visit the all new
    https://DUBALDOMUSIC.com! <--- My Store --->DuBaldo Music on Facebook & on twitter
    Do you want to TRADE your used EBMM in for a NEW one? -- Email me for details!
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    Outstanding...congrats!
    I've got an SBMM Valentine, and it is a fabulous & unique instrument...and more comfortable than I expected as you mention.

    also, that is a great looking wall collection, and as CB mentions, the M-holed MM90 in the center is sweet!
    Balls are Best!!

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    Congrats on the Valentine, I dig that color you got.

    In the group shot, the Starry Night Luke, looks fantastic.

    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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    Thanks, everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by agt View Post
    Beautiful guitar! Congratulations and enjoy playing it!

    Since getting mine a few weeks ago, I am convinced that the neck on the Valentine is my favorite ever.
    The neck feels absolutely wonderful! Iíve never had an uncomfortable neck on a Music Man, obviously, but this is really great. It's tricky to get good pictures of it, but I'll try to get set up soon to get some good looks at the flame in the neck and add them to this thread. (The almost hologram-like way that flamed maple changes appearance as you change the angle you're looking from is freaky. Sometimes you can see it, sometimes you can't.)

    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyBall View Post
    Awesome Valentine! I don't know what it is, I'm usually a weenie and can only handle 9s, but the stock 11s do feel much easier to deal with on a Valentine. Hardtails just lend themselves to heavier gauges it seems like.

    Gotta say though, I can't help but keep checking out that Super Sport MM90P!
    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop View Post
    Outstanding...congrats!
    also, that is a great looking wall collection, and as CB mentions, the M-holed MM90 in the center is sweet!
    Casey and bebop, yes the MM90P semi-hollow is quite a guitar. It was a NOS find a few months ago that I couldnít pass on, and Iím glad I didnít. The neck on that one made me a convert to maple fretboards. Just incredibleÖ


    Quote Originally Posted by GWDavis28 View Post
    Congrats on the Valentine, I dig that color you got.
    Glenn |B)
    I really had no idea what to expect from the Trans Maroon finish (except faith that they wouldnít do less than a spectacular job on it), but itís top notch!
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    Hunter Hayes Cutlass in Lake Tahoe Blue
    Valentine BFR in Three-tone Burst
    Luke 3 HH in Starry Night
    Valentine in Trans Maroon
    Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo

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    Dig that color a lot. How would you compare the neck to the Axis and GC?
    '14 GC HSHP
    '14 ASS Semi HHP - Black Cherry Burst
    '14 ASS Semi MM90 - Honey Burst
    '16 Axis - Trans Gold Quilt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wahoonc View Post
    Dig that color a lot. How would you compare the neck to the Axis and GC?
    It is a little less substantial than my Game Changer's neck. If you imagine the Axis neck without the asymmetric profile, I think of the Valentine as being very similar to that. If you are at home on both the GC and the Axis, the Valentine would just fall into your hand and feel very natural.
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    Hunter Hayes Cutlass in Lake Tahoe Blue
    Valentine BFR in Three-tone Burst
    Luke 3 HH in Starry Night
    Valentine in Trans Maroon
    Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo

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