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:
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.