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Thread: NGD: St. Vincent Stealth!!

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    NGD: St. Vincent Stealth!!

    First off, thanks to Pete at Dubaldo’s Music for this beauty! It arrived on Monday, but I've been so busy to do a write up. Pete is so very very cool to do business with, even from across the sea. Second, sorry for the crappy photos. They don't do this guitar justice!

    I haven’t had a NGD in a while now, but it’s mostly because I’ve been happy with the axes I already have. I’ve been thinking about the St. Vincent ever since it debuted but never had a chance to play one in person until recently. I haven't seen a lot of knuckleheads with a St. Vincent either... not sure if I'm the first with a stealth here or not?

    The guitar is an optical illusion of sorts. It feels a little odd when you first play it… almost as if the neck is in a different place or the guitar is a different scale than standard 25 1/2". The body sort of feels like it wraps around you. I believe the difference is in where the tummy cut is made compared to a two horned "S" style guitar. Because the St. Vincent has no horns, and the body is longer, the tummy cut is placed further back than on say, an Albert Lee or Cutlass.

    I've never had a guitar with mini humbuckers so I don't have anything to compare it to. I don't even know what they are supposed to sound like, but I like what I hear so far. I'm still getting used to the interesting setup on the 5 position switch. No batteries on this guitar and no hum either.

    A matte black guitar is also a first for me. This was actually one of my biggest concerns before getting the guitar. I really didn't know if I would like the matte finish, especially on the neck, But that concern was fleeting once I picked it up. While I love EBMM gunstock oil finishes, the matte finish feels great and looks great too. The ebony fretboard is the icing on the cake for me. Jury is still out on the matte black bridge and trem arm. I'm just hoping it doesn't wear through. At least the saddles are a different semi-gloss finish than the rest of the bridge.

    My only niggle with the guitar so far is upper fret access. Almost anyone playing this will need to change their technique to play in the upper range. It's kinda like playing a Les Paul but not exactly. It doesn't bother me that much because I suck at playing guitar LOL

    Not everyone likes the way this guitar looks, but that shouldn't stop you from checking it out! It's a very different guitar and if you've thought that it's not your thing, maybe give it a chance… it may grow on you. I can't wait to try the 2019 HH version when it arrives.

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

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    That's a killer guitar in the stealth package.

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    Seriously, that's about the coolest looking guitar I've ever seen. Wow.

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    Best looking SV finish IMO. Congrats. Really want to try one of those in HH.
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    Congratulations on your new stealth fighter!! =)

    Given that this model was custom designed for a lady, I believe a more "male" version (at a loss for a better term, one at the size of a regular Explorer) would also look great.

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    That is off the charts!! Congrats!!
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    Congrats on the new St. V. It looks fantastic!
    Can't wait for the new HHs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyboogie View Post
    Congratulations on your new stealth fighter!! =)

    Given that this model was custom designed for a lady, I believe a more "male" version (at a loss for a better term, one at the size of a regular Explorer) would also look great.
    I think the notion that it was "custom designed for a lady" and there should be a more "male" version is something guitar websites and journalist took and ran with after comments from Annie Clark that was meant to be tongue in cheek. But it gets repeated a lot so I guess it stuck even though Ms. Clark herself said it's not true.

    See interview here: St. Vincent's Signature Guitars: VICE News Tonight on HBO - YouTube

    Out of curiosity, have you played one? I don't know how tall Annie Clark is, but I'm 5' 5" and I don't feel like it needs to be any larger. It's fine the way it is. Take a look at Jack White playing one on SNL. He's 6' 2" and the guitar looked fine on him. Didn't look diminutive or overly small.
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2014 - Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow (Reflex mod) - Black Cherry Burst
    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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    Thanks all! I look forward to having more time playing it this weekend! Let me know if you have any questions.
    EVH - Blue Quilt
    1995 - Luke I - Pearl Blue
    2009 - 25th Anniversary
    2011 - Luke II - True Gold BFR
    2012 - Axis Tribute - Trans Pink
    2014 - Axis Super Sport Semi-Hollow (Reflex mod) - Black Cherry Burst
    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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    I love it man congrats!


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    Excellent, I'm glad it arrived safely! And thank _you_ for the order!~
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    Beautiful HNGD!

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