Congrats and welcome to the family! And welcome back to CA.
Impressive first post that demonstrates that you have studied the forum culture: pics of the new EBMM guitar before it has actually arrived! Looking forward to more photos after arrival -- that is if you can put that beauty down long enough to snap some photos.
I definitely agree with you on the custom shop comment. With some other manufacturers, you do have to go with their custom shop lines to find the same craftsmanship and quality that is standard on every EBMM.
The TV show development sounds exciting. Between that, a return home, and a new Valentine, I hope 2017 is a great year for you!
I am up the road in Orange County.
Well, there is that initiation ceremony with the masks, the paddles and the peanut butter, but you'll find out about that eventually.
Seriously, though, welcome aboard and congrats on the new guitar. The neck on that thing is gorgeous, and the roasted necks are awesome to play.
How are the stock 11s working out for you? i play Cobalt 9s generally, and wondered if 11s would be too much of a transition. What do you normally use?
Sweet piece btw.
What's up Trapper! So, I get my Valentine today and I know it comes with .11's on it. I will say that I play .10's on most of my guitars and do have .11's on one of my Gibsons. It is a bit of an adjustment, but I find the tone advantage to be totally worth it. If you tried 11's you could always tune flat to get a bit more slack in there. The cool part about the EBMM guitars is that they seem so ridiculously easy to play even with heavier strings on there.
Try the 11's, and if they are a bit too much, stick some 10's on there and rock it. I would say that give it a chance for hands to adjust. If you have played 9's forever it might take a little while to get used to a heavier gauge. I think once you get used to the heavier gauge you will not go back to 9's. I used to play 9's too and once I switched to 10's I never went back!
I'll post back once I have played my Valentine a bit! I'm pretty excited to get it today. Christmas in April. lol