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Post by corsair on Fri May 30, 2014 6:38 pm

The Vantage X-99, gentlemen... not Matsumoku, probably Chushin-gakki and only needed knobs, bar and a jolly good cleaning!










Neckthrough and, like all Avengers, very light. Trying hard to bond with it at the moment... whether the matte black is putting me off, I don't know??
The pickups are not Maxons and are a little character-less, and not as punchy as MMK 45s...

... and you blokes thought Bendmaster bridges were orphans!!




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Re: New one.... again!!

Post by Barry on Fri May 30, 2014 7:30 pm

From the pix the matte black doesn't look half bad John. I think it's the grotty black hardware that's making it look tired. I wonder how she'd look with some coverless 'buckers (zebra's?) and something fresher looking in the bridge.

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Post by corsair on Fri May 30, 2014 7:38 pm

Dunno, Barry; I like the black hardware - it's all cleaned or newly painted - and the overall stealth, blacked-out approach, to whit my Spectrum LX, but I'm sure the matte black is affecting the way I view it because it seems to handle very well indeed!!

Stupid, eh?!

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Post by Barry on Fri May 30, 2014 7:55 pm

Not really.
I get the same uneasy feeling playing a maple fretboard (not as bad now, getting better). I really prefer rosewood/ebony eh? Just doesn't feel right most times, ya know?

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Post by corsair on Fri May 30, 2014 8:01 pm

True enough! Anyway, who the hell said we had to be rational about this sort of thing?! Laughing 

Another thought just cropped up; is the rationale for neckthru - that the strings are attached to the same lump of wood - negated here because of the tremelo rout?! scratch 

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Post by Barry on Fri May 30, 2014 8:34 pm

Hmm, I would think so..if ya wanna be all anal about it.  Thinking 

Is this an actual neck-thru or set? Outstanding value if it is.

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Post by Westbone on Sat May 31, 2014 2:50 am

You won't get picked up by radar.... Laughing 

Simple but solid looking trem.

Are the mini switches just coil taps or phase ? 2 or 3 way?

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Post by corsair on Sat May 31, 2014 3:30 am

The minis are series/parallel/coil split for each pickup, and yes; it is neck through - there is a catalogue showing it over at Matt.org.

Odd wee trem; those stupid bloody fine tuners are murder on your fingertips as they're quite thin where you twiddle 'em!


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Re: New one.... again!!

Post by Westbone on Sat May 31, 2014 5:26 am

Should get some almost acoustic sounds with one in parallel, one in series both pups on.... Smile
Neck series, bridge parallel.

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:22 am

Really really like that John, nice acquisition indeedy! looks mean.

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