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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-10-2011, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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NGD...Mai custom 565

Thursday night I traded my RG1527 for this beauty!! It needs a bit of cleanup and a good setup but this guitar really plays like a dream!!!

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Mai Guitars custom Swamp Ash Jem/565 body (565 route with lions claw, angled jack, and Jem full contour joint)

'91 RG570 square joint neck with MOP tuner buttons

Perfect condition Original Edge w/OFR bar (gonna change this back to Ibanez)

BareKnuckle Painkiller in the bridge- It's gonna take some getting used to, but this is a VERY nice pup!!

DiMarzio Air Norton S in the neck- nice, but not what I was hoping for.

Standard Tele 3-way and 500k pots- This is all going bye-bye. I have an all new setup in mind.
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Sorry...I forgot the pics!!!!



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Re: NGD...Mai custom 565

That's a beautiful chunk of wood.

Appreciate the no-logo as well. To be honest, it gains more mojo like that.

Is it bare wood? Sealed, oiled?
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That's a beautiful chunk of wood.

Appreciate the no-logo as well. To be honest, it gains more mojo like that.

Is it bare wood? Sealed, oiled?
Thanks man!!

I dig the headstock as/is too.........it just seems to fit the guitar.

The body is tung-oiled........
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Re: NGD...Mai custom 565

Really nice piece of equipment but I don't know if I would have done this.....
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Wow, Very Nice!

I have Chris (Mai Guitar) building me a custom right now, His knows his Stuff for sure!
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Sweet guitar Ryc, really like that. BKP's are the business as well!!!
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congrats awesome guitar im lovin it ...totally awesome
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Thought this was supposed to be an LACS?!?

I still love it.
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That is very nice Ryc, love it! H-S config is awesome. Body looks amazing and I bet it sounds great too!
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Thanks so much guys!! This is my first swamp ash guitar, fist BKP, and first AN single.....so it's a lot to take in. It's worlds away from my RG7xx's and my eagle, I can tell you that much for sure.

Surprisingly, it's about the same weight as a basswood RG so, it's VERY comfortable. Chris Mai did a really nice job on the body, but there are a few things that I think could have been better. From what I hear, all of my little issues have been fixed on newer models though.

@P: I think I'm really gonna love this BKP. Unfortunately before I tried the guitar out on my usual rig I re-tubed my amp....ALL 12 OF THEM.........LOL. I should have tried the guitar out beforehand because my amp sounds drastically different now.......everything is sounding WAY too hot.

@F: LACS??? I WISH DUDE!!! If I could get my hands on one of Rob Balducci's guitars for even an hour.......................

@S: I'm loving the H-S too!! H-S-S has always been my cuppa tea, but I'm really digging this setup. I mainly use the bridge and neck anyway and I think the extra wood between looks great.......maybe even adds a bit to the tone too???? It does sound nice, but the electronics gotta go.......once I can split the pups and switch phasing, I'll be a lot happier with it. I do have to say that I'm not thrilled with the ANS yet. Maybe once I get the rest sorted out it'll fall into place.
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I quite liked the ANS in the RG465 I reviewed. Maybe play with it a bit more. I'm liking the AN you gave me. Recently installed it. Great tone, although I'm toying with the idea of dropping an alnico 8 magnet in for a bit more power!
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Very nice, Ryc. The good news with it being oiled wood is that if there are some issues with the body, you can just fix 'em up and then re-oil it.

I love H-S pickup configuration and have it on my 540P as well as my UCGR Strung Out, which is still in pieces.
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Very nice, Ryc. The good news with it being oiled wood is that if there are some issues with the body, you can just fix 'em up and then re-oil it.

I love H-S pickup configuration and have it on my 540P as well as my UCGR Strung Out, which is still in pieces.
Thanks Jesse! the only thing I can't fix is the cavity covers....they're too big. I'll have to make new covers to fit. I think I'll make some more wood ones for them.

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love the old school square neck heel, good to see im not the only one that likes that


Nice looking ax.
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