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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-19-2003, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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My NOS USA Custom Exotic Wood w/ fixed bridge

Yeah, you read that right! A couple weeks ago I saw this guitar on e-bay and it caught my interest. Reserve wasn't met on the auction, so I ended up working a deal to buy the guitar from the seller after closing. It's a new-old stock guitar that's basically been sitting in a store for sale since 1993. Having spent a good chunk of the evening changing strings and cleaning it up, it now looks and plays great!

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It's a 1993 USA Custom Exotic Wood model, exact model # unknown. It's got a mahogany body with the 1/2" flamed maple top, what feels like a Wizard neck, bound rosewood fretboard w/ offset dot inlays, and a Gotoh strung-thru fixed bridge. The HSH pickups are Dimarzios (Double Whammy in the neck and Super Distortion in the bridge, not sure what's in the middle) with split 5-way switch, volume, and tone controls.

Overall, I was pretty stoked about this find... I'd been looking for a USRG10 for a while, but since I'm a fan of mahogany/maple, this was a much better fit for my tastes.

--B

PS--Couldn't resist... last week I had all the guitars out for cleaning & I took a new collection picture. Several have since been bought & sold, but it'll be a while before I have the time to get them all out again!

Front to back: RG2420-TB Prestige, RG3120-DR Prestige (sold), Jem90-HAM, RG1880-BGS J-Custom, RG7CT-VV Prestige, RG770FM-DBL, JPM100-P2 (sold), UV777-BK, RG421-RB (sold), JPM100-P1, RG-ART J-Custom, RG1220QM-TO USA Custom (sold), Jem7-VWH, MA1FM-NT USA Custom American Master (sold), RG3120-TW Prestige, RGT3120-TP Prestige, RG1680x-AM J-Custom;
Not shown in picture: UCEW, RG-PR1, JPM90-HAM, RG2680M-DBK, RG1077XL-RB
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-19-2003, 01:10 AM
 
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I'm pretty sure that a " " would be appropriate in this case.

So, uh...

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Very nice collection....I especially like the first one....RG2420-TB Prestige
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I'll take them all thanks???
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What's your fav of that bunch?
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Actually, my favorite is the RG2420-TB right in front. It's got my favorite wood combination (mahogany/maple), pickup combination (Tone Zone/PAF Pro), and neck profile (Ultra). Plus, I'm {obviously} a sucker for anything with flamed/quilted maple tops, and the 2420 has a quilt so deep it looks like you could go swimming in it:



My second favorite, after all these years, is still my JPM100-P1.

--B
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Wow the quilt on that one tickles my eyeballs!

Interesting that your new UCEW has a locking nut with a fixed bridge. Does anyone else find that odd?
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Darren--

The nut is really weird. It isn't a locking nut--it's a metal baseplate with a plastic nut glued to it! The baseplate is then bolted through the neck just like a normal locking nut. Every time I look at it I think "wouldn't it have just been easier to glue the nut to the headstock like every other guitar?"

I think the UCEW's in need of a pickup change... something about the combination of Super Distortion pickup in the bridge + mounted on metal rings + strung-thru body + 1/2" thick maple top makes it obnoxiously bright. It busts in to microphonic feedback just looking at it. Plus the Double Whammy isn't really much of a neck pickup (and I find it odd to have a pickup named "whammy" in a fixed bridge guitar). I'm thinking a set of Breeds might be just what it needs to bring it back to a more reasonable level!

--B
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nice acquisition The neck blanks probably came precut for the locking nut, hence the workaround... glen
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Brent, lovely collection. Nice variety of guitars, but you patently have an obsession for maple/mahogany guitars, not that there's anything wrong with that!!!!

Only thing missing is a big ole fat daddy jazz box....pssst I saw a seven string Iby jazz box on our fav auction site, I heard it calling your name, but I'm not sure if it's still there.

Again, fantastic guitars.
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Very nice collection....I especially like the first one....RG2420-TB Prestige
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Actually, my favorite is the RG2420-TB right in front.
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Congratulations on the new guitar! If that's the one I think it is - and you bought it from a guy in Rochester, both Mark DY and myself played that a couple of times. Neither of us had the $ to pull the trigger.

They also have a blue exotic with trem...

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Congratulations on the new guitar! If that's the one I think it is - and you bought it from a guy in Rochester, both Mark DY and myself played that a couple of times. Neither of us had the $ to pull the trigger.
Yep, I bet it's the same one... I think it was from House of Guitars or something like that. It'd looked like it'd been played quite a few times (and quite possibly never cleaned) when I got it, so I spent a lot of time with the ol' polishing rag last night! Seems like the seller wanted quite a bit of $ for it, so there was a little negotiation involved to get it down to the going USA Custom price range!

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Only thing missing is a big ole fat daddy jazz box....pssst I saw a seven string Iby jazz box on our fav auction site, I heard it calling your name, but I'm not sure if it's still there.
I just got a smaller semi-hollowbody a few weeks ago (a Washburn HB35). Maybe I'll work my way up to the 7.

--B
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Wow, that's a lot of guitars! I love that RG1880-BGS J-Custom, she's really nice. Does she have piezos?

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That is a fine collection of instruments. I am glad to see that the RG2420 turned out to be your favorite; looking at it again makes kind of wish I did not get rid of it. By the way congrats on the NOS UCEW; coincidentally last week I also found a guitar that I have been looking for for a long time, an RG1822-TRD J-Custom, I will try to post a pic of it.
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