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    NGD and New EBMM Owner

    Hello all. Over the July 4th Weekend, I went in to potentially buy a Gretsch. However, they had a Ernie Ball Music Man Valentine in Trans Maroon prominently displayed as Guitar of the Week. Salesman saw me eyeing it, after trying out the Gretsch, and suggested I give it a whirl.

    I'll be honest, an EBMM wasn't on my radar. I was actually looking to spend a little less. I have a friend (a few states away now) who swears by them. So, I did have that in the back of my consciousness. I've also been on a trend, of replacing and reducing my collection of lesser costing guitars, with better, of late. I probably shouldn't have tried the Valentine, cause, I had to have it after playing it. Top quality in every aspect, attention to all details, and just a ton of tonal options, between knob twirling, coil split, boost, etc. And that neck is just superb for me.

    Between the 15% off for 'preferred' customer, the Fender I traded in (a duplicate I had, that saw no play), and a 4th coupon, let's just say I got a HECK of a deal (about 60% of normal street price).

    Played with the trim pots, once I figured out what they did. It appears 2 are for each pup's silent circuit. The other 2 appear to control 1) the boost DB gain amount, and 2) it appears to be a neck only boost for when the coils are split. I am fairly sure on that last, as, sitting in the store, when split the neck pup was a lot louder. I now have it set so it is the same volume as the full humbucker mode (which is pretty cool, and should be standard on all coil tap guitars).

    Other than that, it was setup perfect, with ultra low action (as low as is possible and not fretting out on bends, which I love).

    Couldn't be happier.

    It's now one of my top dawgs, with my Gibby Goldtop LP and my Fender Strat (though the Valentine is making the Strat less useful). I think I might have to sell my Telecaster now.

    Some pics.







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    What a great first post. Welcome to the forum!

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    Yeah baby - that's how you walk in the door around here!

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    Congrats, very nice steal you got!!! Enjoy and welcome.

    Beej, couldn't agree more.

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    Congrats & welcome!
    Sounds like you got a great deal on a fabulous guitar!
    That's the kind of purchase that you'll quickly forget about the money because the instrument is worth way more to you...
    Enjoy Your Balls!!!

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    It's already fading away because of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    What a great first post. Welcome to the forum!
    Welcome, did I miss something. I do not see a first post. The first post is from Beej.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweat View Post
    Welcome, did I miss something. I do not see a first post. The first post is from Beej.
    Correct, the first post cannot be seen...
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    I can't see it either.
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    I don't get it.
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    When I hovered over the thread title in the "New Posts" view, I can see a preview of the first part of the message. Went in to buy a Gretsch, and came out with a Trans Maroon Valentine? Sounds like a smart person to me! But it would be nice to be able to see the original post...
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    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH Starry Night (DOB 12/29/2016)
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon (DOB 11/29/2016)
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo (DOB 9/11/2014)
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo (DOB 5/22/2012)
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo (DOB 11/7/2006)

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    It was a moderated post that I moderated, then it became re-moderated when subsequently edited, requiring more moderation by a moderator ...

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    I'm moderately confused...
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    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH Starry Night (DOB 12/29/2016)
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon (DOB 11/29/2016)
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo (DOB 9/11/2014)
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo (DOB 5/22/2012)
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo (DOB 11/7/2006)

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    Now I can see the post! First off, welcome to the forum cybermgk!

    I have the same color Valentine, and it's been hard to put it down since I got it just a couple of weeks ago. Congrats on a very fine, gorgeous new guitar! It's one sweet-playing axe.

    Have fun with it!
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    2016 PDN Luke 3 HH Starry Night (DOB 12/29/2016)
    2016 Valentine in Trans Maroon (DOB 11/29/2016)
    2014 Axis SS Semi-Hollow MM90 with Piezo (DOB 9/11/2014)
    2012 Reflex Game Changer HSH with Piezo (DOB 5/22/2012)
    2006 20th Anniversary Silhouette Hardtail with Piezo (DOB 11/7/2006)

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    Congratulations and happy playing-times!! =)
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