dibart77

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Welcome to Day 17 of my annual New Year's New Guitar Days (NYNGD)!

OK, guys. We have come to the end of 2017 (and well into 2018 now) and also to the end of the 2017 edition of my New Years New Guitar Days (NYNGD). I have done this now for 6 years and I really enjoy recapping my GAS and sharing with my fellow Knuckleheads. As I've said in my manifesto, (and I quote myself):

Hopefully most of the folks here get the vibe from me that I am down to earth, not an egomaniac, not cocky, and not trying to rub anybody's nose in the fact that I have been blessed and have earned some bucks and spend my money. Hopefully most of the folks here -- and I sincerely get this vibe -- enjoy living vicariously through me and think it's fun and cool to come along for the ride. Kind of like that buddy of yours who seems to get all the girls (which I was definitely not that guy) -- you can either be jealous of the guy or high five him and listen to his stories! I've always been one of those high-fivers.

Well, I didn't get this together in time to launch the final guitar on New year's Eve which is supposed to be the plan... work was just too busy in December and I got started late, and I've been slammed in January too (total repeat of last year... ugh. Need to start in November next year!). And this takes quite a bit of time -- I spend about 45 minutes to an hour photographing each guitar (because I am not a pro photographer, I take each shot/angle with six different white-balance settings, and for each WB setting I then take 7 different exposures -- this year, this yielded 4,284 photos in total just to produce the roughly 170 photos for 17 guitars), and then for each guitar I spend another another three hours sorting through the photos to find the best color accuracy and angles, cutting the images, cleaning the images, etc. I love every minute of it, and it's an OCD freak's dream, but it takes time. I'll try to start sooner for next year's run, because I really enjoy launching the final guitar on New Year's Eve instead of (yawn) January 14th.

I've enjoyed reading your feedback and thoughts and POV's. And I've enjoyed feeling like it's maybe a little bit of a smaller world by being able to "hang" and shoot the sh!t about the guitars we love with you guys from around the world:

  • Australia (Ishmun, Stevie)
  • Belgium (Magic Jason)
  • Canada (beej, CHill)
  • France (DrKev, threeminutesboy)
  • Germany (banjoplayer, Dead-Eye, Mick)
  • Ireland (ErnieJohn)
  • Italy (Cordarino)
  • Netherlands (jzeijen, rampage)
  • Poland (look_at_her)
  • Sweden (Keno)
  • UK (Jamie M, Smellybum, TrapperJ)
  • US - Alabama (GoKart Mozart, Razzle)
  • US - Arizona (kbaim)
  • US - California (agt, xjbebop)
  • US - Connecticut (PeteDuBaldo)
  • US - Hawaii (kimonostereo)
  • US - Illinois (edhalen, Flash Gordon, kestrou)
  • US - Louisiana (spychocyco)
  • US - Maine (FantasyMetal)
  • US - Massachusetts (GWDavis28)
  • US - Minnesota (Norrin Radd, RobW)
  • US - Nevada (Stratty316)
  • US - New Mexico (radrock)
  • US - Ohio (mikeller)
  • US - Oklahoma (jlbasscatcher)
  • US - Pennsylvania (Dr.Strangenote, phillybri)
  • US - Rhode Island (gforce013, Tollie)
  • US - Tennessee (jones4tone)
  • US - Texas (ScottO, Sweat)
  • US - Utah (BrickGlass, Warg Master)
  • US - Washington, DC (Wahoonc)
  • Unknown (click track, JasonT, jimw427, johnnyboogie, LesPaul, Samoht, tbonesullivan)

Finally, thanks to BP, Brian, Scotty, Derek, Tomas, Teri, Drew, Dudley, A.J., Joel and the rest of the good folks at EBMM who continue to dedicate themselves to creating the tools that we enjoy -- that help us make our music, help us aggravate our spouses, and bring us together as fellow Knuckleheads!

OK Jeff, enough of your babble. Let's get to the final NYNGD of 2017: NYNGD #2017-17!

This one is really special. A stunning one-off Axis with a Roasted Maple quilt top, black body binding, a basswood back that's finished clear instead of opaque black, a roasted maple neck with black binding, and chrome DiMarizo Axis pickups. Utterly stunning. I am in LOVE with the black binding on the body and the fretboard. And of course the roasted maple neck is a masterpiece.

The story on this guitar is fun: So, I knew what Derek was bringing to the Philly Guitar Show and I came with a pocket full of cash ready to buy. And when I got there I saw the guitars I was planning to buy -- the EBMM JP13 with Floyd Rose (#2017-10), EBMM JP6 Stratus Blue Sparkle (#2017-12), and the EBMM Luke III Burl Maple (#2017-16) -- but there was another special one-off, which was this Axis.

Apparently Tomas found this "laying around the factory" and decided to send it along to Philly... Oh, just laying around the factory, you say, huh? IT'S STUNNING! WHAT WAS IT LAYING AROUND FOR?!?

So I had to scramble to get more money to buy this beauty, but the Philly Show was on a holiday weekend (Bank of America closed) and I was almost sunk. We worked it out, but it was a scramble.

So, how does she sound and play? Actually, different than any of my other Axis guitars! The bridge pickup mostly sounds like classic Axis, maybe a little hotter/brighter. But on the neck pickup setting, this Axis is unique. It almost sounds like a P90. Less gain, less Sweet Child O' Mine, more... I don't know how to explain it. Sounds awesome. Not sure if it's the pickup, the wiring, or the guitar, but it sounds great!

So... that's it for NYNGD 2017! Onto another year of GAS!


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Thanks for looking everyone!

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(The back story in case you're new to my NYNGD: For the past couple of years I've done a fun thing that most of you I think enjoyed, and I thought I would do it again this year. Every year, I am a slacker about keeping my Guitar Gallery up to date... So, as a fun holiday thing, let's launch a guitar in the Guitar Gallery each day leading up to New Years Eve! In the past I've received PM's about my collection and whether I play all of these guitars. :) The same question came up during my NYNGD posts a few years ago and my answer was pretty detailed and well thought-out, so please check it out here!)

(Also, in case anybody gets any funny ideas -- these guitars are not at my house. They are all in my very secure and alarmed studio facility. I usually only have two guitars floating around the house...)


 
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kimonostereo

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Yeah, that was worthy! It's like you're swimming in a sea of maple! Thanks for sharing your collection. I really enjoy this time of year and enjoy reading how you got them and why they are special to you. Amazing collection!
 

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Wednesday, Thursday, Friday !!!!

Amazing one off again!

Congrats and this one well deserve the #1 position beauty/uniqueness
 

threeminutesboy

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But agree, how many like those are laying around ahahahah

jsut curious to know how many treasures EBMM has still laying around ...
 

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Amazing guitar! Looks so smooth and comfortable to play. Thanks Jeff for showing us your guitars on a yearly basis!
 

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Jeff, thats fantastic nice one to end on.Had not seen that one before. The spalted maple Axis I actually had my hands on it at the Dallas show. Glad that one went to you. Extremely nice 2017 haul! Still surprised it was not you who picked up that Koa Axis Pete D received a couple months ago.

Look forward to next years version.
 

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Well I can see why you saved this one for last! What a beautiful guitar! A roasted maple top, wow, I know this is a one-off, but I have never seen anything like that before! And it goes great with the roasted maple neck, which BTW that neck is one of the most beautiful roasted necks I've seen. I have a guitar with a roasted neck and I love the tone I get out of the thing. That combined with the maple top and basswood body, I bet that thing sings. You should have a annual visit to your collection of 1 or 2 people, available only to knuckleheads, and selected by some sort of raffle. We'd all line up.

I think your photos are world class, you do a great job. I've worked with coming up with simple poor-mans setup that gives good results, nothing like yours, but is inconsistent. I don't have any sort of flash or umbrella setup, I just daylight LEDs, they give a great color balance. But I need to introduce more variables like you "I take each shot/angle with six different white-balance settings, and for each WB setting I then take 7 different exposures -- this year, this yielded 4,284 photos in total just to produce the roughly 170 photos for 17 guitars). Great job.

Thanks as always for sharing and doing these NYNGD's. take care
 

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Ok, that is #1. Maybe even #1 of all time for a Axis. Thanks for sharing. I definitely have gas for a Cutlass and an Axis. Cheers.

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Jeff, that is fantastic and that black binding is outstanding!!!!

Glenn |B)
 

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Quilt is my favorite and this quilt is ____ amazing. Bravo, sir! I'd love a JP like this!
 
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Since no one else did already.... DIBS if you ever decide to part with it!

I’m quite partial to the Axis model, being lucky enough to have a handful + of them. This is simply stunning. Art, craftsmanship, function...

Jeff, lucky you to own it and WOW EBMM team! Great stuff!

Have a great 2018 peeps!
 

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OMG ... that's the one! Make that a BFR run ... and on the Super Sport as well.

Jeff ... enormous high five from me, bro!
 
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