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Historic Makeovers "D" - she's comin' home

dwagar

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:applaude

Kim and Dave jumped through a few hoops to get my guitar ready for today - I wanted it for a gig on Friday night - really nice of them to do that.

I've just got their pix and it looks just beautiful. Beyond what I imagined.

A bit of background: I bought my '01 R9 from Marks about a year ago. It's a Mick Ralphs, so it's got a bit of his 'aging' already, so I didn't want a refin (I know there are lots of Ralphs around, may not be important to some, but it is to me).

Also, being an '01, it had the white, round inlays that I didn't care for. I'd thought of having them changed.

I coveted a Brazilian Board, I have a couple of guitars with Braz now (64-ES330, 60 MM) and have had them in the past. A really dark Braz Board is what I would have liked. But not enough to cough up the $ for another R9 w/Braz.

I also coveted the stuff on Project X's I'd read about. Condom removal, truss rod. Way out of my $ league though, I figured.

Then I saw the announcement for HM. I contacted Kim right away and dealt with him to come up with a price for a 'D'. So mine is the first one of these they've done.

Also, being from Canuckistan, you Americans have no idea what we have to add on for shipping to the US for repairs, etc. So it is best to get it all done in one shot.

Hide glue, new bone nut and refret are all huge bonuses to me.

I am SO impressed.

Here's the 'before' pic, brown board (was an ok board, not dark as I'd like) with those inlays:
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and here's what is on the overnight express right now:
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Just look at that craftsmanship.

This is now the guitar I've always wanted.

of course, I'll come back with a tone and playability report after Friday night.
 

MIKE20

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:applaude :applaude :applaude :applaude :applaude :applaude :applaude :wow :wow :wow ...congrats...
 

fjminor

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Very nice dwager - great job Kim and Dave...:3zone :salude
 

Sean French

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Cool.:applaude
Thier work is beyond phenomenal.:headbange
Very interested in hearing your tonal report.
 

Spicoli

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:wow I'm just blown away every time I see their work. Congrats on a very sweet guitar.:salude I think I may have to just "man up" and send off my R9 for a Braz board .:hmm
 

Browneyes

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Damn dude... that's a HOT board!!!!!!! Beautiful guitar too.. I heard about it when it was in the shop.

Congrats!!!! hope none of these "anti-modding" folks get to this thread.
 

dwagar

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Thanks guys. Yeah, the 'anti-modders' can express what they want, I don't really care.
Look at that board, those inlays, man oh man am I excited.
 

swervin55

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Don:

There are places even in Calgary where you can get help for this addiction....

:lol
 

NHMorgan

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that's sweet lookin. I know there is nothing on the record, but that 01 looks like it may already have had a braz board.
 

dwagar

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Don:

There are places even in Calgary where you can get help for this addiction....

:lol

now you tell me.

I thought I had to drive a couple hundred miles north for that :)

NHM: no, I'm 99% certain it wasn't, could be wrong I suppose. Looked okay though, but I really wanted a dark board. My others are all jet black by now.
And, I'm a believer in Brazilian as a tone wood.
 

MIKE20

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...probably the first Kanuckistani Makeover on the planet...:salude ...
 

lpjunkie

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Do they re-use the binding, or put new binding on? May be a dumb question, but I wasn't sure how it is done.
 

MapleFlame

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Glad you joined the DJ family. I expect tone reports, more pics, and Clips of that BAd girl. Awesome, happy fo ya.
 
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