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NGD: 2014 HM RDS R8

DANELECTRO

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Well here's something that I didn't have plans on buying, but when I saw it posted for sale on Kim's website I couldn't help myself from pulling the trigger. This is a 2014 R8 that Kim acquired, gave it the full RDS treatment (BRW, '59 neck carve, top carve, aging, etc), and then offered it up for sale. I had been keeping my eyes out for a used R9 with a big top that would make a good candidate to send to Kim for a makeover and while the figuring on this guitar is subtle, the guitar just looked so damn real that I had to have it. To top it off, it tips the scales at just 8.25 lbs which is the way I like them.

Here are some photos from Kim that show it with the stock plastic and pickups still in place:












I absolutely love the feel of this guitar. The weight is right where I like it, the '59 neck carve feels perfect, and the fretwork is excellent. Its pretty much automatic for me to swap out plastic and pickups whenever I acquire a new Historic. Burstbuckers end up in a drawer in favor of Throbak or Wizz pups, however the Custombuckers in this guitar sound exceptional. I compared the tone to my PAF equipped BB Custom the bridge pup in particular sounds spot-on. The neck pickup is a little darker, but still it has a really nice tone. I also wanted to try out my favorite set of Throbak DT-102s in it so I swapped them out. As expected, the Throbaks sound excellent, but the next time I change strings I think I'm going to slap some DMC covers onto the CBs and put them back in. Here are a few photos taken after installing the Throbaks as well as a better looking guard and rings.







 

markguitar

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Great looking guitar Dan! Your pictures make it look very different in color from the HM pictures. Which better represent how the guitar really looks in person?
 

J.D.

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Wow, the color and aging could really pass as vintage! :jim
 

renderit

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Ohhhhh! Pretty! The yellow with the redback is great on those.
 

corpse

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Smoking guitar. The work is just amazing. Enjoy the honeymoon- but with two now... how do you decide?
 

buckwild

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what a POS...Just Kidding Dan, love it! Great looking fiddle. Enjoy her
 

buyusfear

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Amazing looking axe.
Historic Makeovers really has their thing down to an art.
 

corpse

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This makeover looks as much like a Nicky as anything coming from the CS.
The deadspot by the strings is very cool.
 

Base6

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I call DIBS! Very cool guitar! Amazing.
HM LP's are among the best.

Enjoy!
 
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