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    NGD #2: Steve Morse Sparkle

    Nothing for ages ... then two guitars in two days! But I couldn't help myself when I saw the new Steve Morse- beside the sparkly burst, the roasted neck and SS frets put it over the top.

    This one is awesome- sounds amazing out of the box. I'll eventually change up the switching, but not for a while. I'll just play it stock and soak up the new guitar smell

    One thing I just noticed (on this and the LIII from yesterday) was the new tuners- they're smaller than the previous locking tuners. Interesting.




    Here's a side-by-side with my '91. Man that new pickguard is shiny. I'll need sunglasses to play this thing. Also the fretboard is quite a bit lighter. (I know, it's hard to tell with a washed-out pic.)


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    HOLY HELL. Thank you for saving me from that one, as it was so so SO tempting. I mean, I love my Morse, and I love blue, and I love sparkles. Of course, I could always order one, but with a Diablo Blue Axis on order, and a Pacific Blue Sparkle Stingray RS at home, I'm good. I hope.

    How do the SS frets feel compared to the standard?
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    Wow Beej (Jason) congrats man!!!! Love the color!!!! It looks like the body is smaller, is that right?

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    Congrats, beej! That guitar looks amazing!
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    Great looking SM!
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    That looks ace. Congrats man - so cool. It’s like father and son with the 30 year gap there
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    Thanks guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    How do the SS frets feel compared to the standard?
    Hah, well they both have SS frets actually. I had the old one re-fretted a while back.

    I like them- they're smoother feeling. But I'd call it a minor difference over nickel frets.

    Glenn- that's just my crappy photography skills. They're the same size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beej View Post
    Glenn- that's just my crappy photography skills. They're the same size.
    Hahahahahahaha, NP Beej after looking at it for a while longer they look the same.

    Glenn |B)
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    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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    I will say there's a huge difference in the necks. The new one has the worn-down profile they introduced with the Y2D- my favourite neck shape, hands-down. My old one started off with the thicker neck, and was carved down by Tommy, years ago. It's pretty sweet, but not as slim.

    I know the Morse is an odd duck and doesn't appeal to everyone but, man, it just feels so great to play.

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    LOVE it!!!!
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    Congrats Beej on this amazing new Morse!
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    That finish! Amazing looking guitar.

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    Looks awesome!!! Congrats!!!

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    congrats - awesome new one!
    but I really dig the old one!
    What does your 91 have behind the stoptail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by banjoplayer View Post
    What does your 91 have behind the stoptail?
    Good eye It's a little rubber grommet to stop sympathetic vibration of the G string behind the bridge.

    Figuring that one out nearly drove me crazy!

    I have a Callaham bridge on there (sitting on some stainless steel screws I drove in further than the original posts) - one of the many mods over the years. It made the guitar a little brighter, but when I'm playing on the middle frets of the G string there was this buzzing that I couldn't dial out. In the end, it was vibration behind the bridge. So now I put a little grommet between the strings to keep it from rattling.

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