Well-known member
Apr 12, 2020
Lawrence, KS

My first is the natural, the new one is the powder blue - #43.

After getting the natural on a whim I found that it had quickly turned into my favorite for just about any application I found myself in. Eventually, anytime I was playing a guitar in the store I was comparing it to the Valentine I had at home rather than the unplayed Luke 3 and PRSes despite how fantastic they all sounded.

I spent a lot of time looking for a HH that would match it for feel (including almost getting a Cutlass a few times) because I'm not really into having multiple versions of the same guitar. Eventually I had to admit that the easiest path was getting another Valentine and doing a pickup swap.

When I ended up trading away my Luke 3 recently I managed to find my way into a powder blue BFR Valentine. This particular run doesn't seem to have sold very well but it's always been my favorite behind the natural and the mahogany/okume BFR version. I don't see myself finding the latter anytime soon and I'm delighted to have ended up with this one.

Now I just need to decide what to put in. SD Seth Lovers or BKP Mules are tempting, as is the idea of putting in Lollartrons for a Cabronita style Valentine. Fluence Classics would be the go-to but I'm building a maple/ash HSH Strat right now which will have those and I'd like something a bit different.

Here are the necks of the two for comparison:



Well-known member
Sep 1, 2020
Gorgeous! I really want to play a Valentine. They've very tempting.

As for pickups, we all have our tastes, but I've found that BK Emeralds are some of my absolute favorite pickups. Excellent tone and clarity.


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Mar 10, 2021
Congrats and enjoy - I think you bought this one from me :) That guitar is so comfortable and the middle position with the neck pup split is a killer tone.


Nov 13, 2021
Oh my.

I have been fluctuating back and forth between a Val and an L3 as my first EBMM. Given the music I play I'm leaning more to the Valentine. There's a satin natural about an hour away that I could make a deal on BUT I really want a Champagne Pink Sparkle Tremolo and THOSE are out of stock pretty much everywhere until Spring. Patiene, grasshopper
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