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    Waiter, This Needs More Spalt

    So the last thing I expected to be doing today was posting NGD pics to all you fine folks, but the last thing I expected to see on a boredom-fueled pilgrimage to a not-too-distant chain music store was this fine, minty, fungi-bearing specimen just a-hangin' on the pre-owned wall:





    From what I can tell it's a 2014 (the big "O") and one of Sweetwater's "Sweet Stock" ones because I don't think the UK ones had binding here:



    or here:



    or here:




    I have, for the record, been on the fence regarding spalted maple in general, but I have to say that this thing is absolutely STUNNING in person. It's like a super 70's woodgasm of browns, and swirly trippy mapleness. And given some of the minor wonkiness I have seen with many of my ex-SEs, I am extremely impressed with the quality of the finish - the binding is done flawlessly, and looks superb. I think it really ties the room, er guitar, together.

    And even though you can see the three body pieces in this photo, at first glance in person you have to look really hard:



    Here, you will see proof that the (sometimes-debated) the SECU24 maple wide-thin necks are indeed three-piece affairs. Most of the time they are covered up more:



    Sound-wise, no surprises. I have not have an SECU24 for over a year now, but have gone through 4 of them previously - 3 of which the newer, beveled, coil-tappable affairs. This sounds better than I remember my others sounding, with the splits in particular sounding quite good. I threw some .10s on her, the nut seemed to have plenty of room but time will tell. Tone and volume are quite useful, and although I usually remove knurled chrome knobs on sight, but the previous owner took the time to install ones with centers that kinda match the darker binding, and I dig that. Plus, having the extra grip makes me hate the push/pull on the tone knob less.

    All in all, a fine, fine day for this spalty old cantankerous dog.
    Last edited by CantankerousCarl; 08-08-2014 at 09:32 PM.
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    Nice one! Great figure, esp on the headstock!

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    Carl, you are the spalt of the earth. Congrats on a nice get!
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    Very nice spilt on that baby, enough to get really interested in. And I agree, the headstock is amazing looking!
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    Outstanding!!
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    That's fantastic!
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    Nice!

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    Bangin'!

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    Beautiful guitar. I'm thinking one of those will probably be my next guitar. Waiting for Sweetwater to get them back in Stock.
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    I like it a lot
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    Oooo, surprise spalt...and it's a nice one! A great day out, indeed.
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    That is a great looking guitar.

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    Very nice looking guitar. Does that have the 245 pickups or the regular custom 24 pickups? Will you replace the pickups or are they great the way they are?

    congratulations on a beautiful guitar. I think that one picked "you" out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffy View Post
    Very nice looking guitar. Does that have the 245 pickups or the regular custom 24 pickups? Will you replace the pickups or are they great the way they are?

    congratulations on a beautiful guitar. I think that one picked "you" out.
    Thanks Duff, and all. That's a good question re: the pups. They sure look and sound like stock SE pups, I assumed they were the stock ones - Sweetwater's web site says HFS/VB but I will pull them during the next string change...or sooner. This one's a candidate for the MannMade sustain block and saddles...since she's a keeper.

    The last SECU24s I had were sporting Cobalts, which I really liked at the time with the hotter pups and higher gain, fit the sorta-band i was in then. I don't think the Cobalts do anything for the splits, they sound artificial somehow split on these.

    Whatever is in there sounds pretty darn good - again, nowhere near the articulation of the 5x/0x I have been spending alot of time with, but very smooth. I would consider swapping in the future, but I'll need some more time to get to know her. I really dig the S2 #7s I have heard, I think those might sound awesome in here...
    Last edited by CantankerousCarl; 08-09-2014 at 08:00 AM.
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    That is one awesome funky looking guitar. Worth buying for the great looking binding alone. So when your eyes first saw it, did your heart do an extra palp?
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    Awesome...congrats!
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    That actually looks really good, I'm not a big fan of fungus laced wood usually, but I like that one though :-)

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    Nice! Now I'm really jonesing for my SE ZM Spalted from Brian's...

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    Was this spallted beauty a one off? I've never seen an SE with
    Binding let alone on the headstock too.
    Now i'm torn between the ZM or a P90 equipped SE
    Congrat Sir CARL

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    Glad to see someone else that likes Spalted Maple. I have a sister to the one you bought. Congrats. ENJOY!!!

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