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    NGD - The 626

    Good news - The 626 arrived!
    Bad news - I can't play it until 4 days time when I go home from uni

    Thanks to my partner for snapping the NGD shot for me:



    I also have the honour of having the 2000th thread in the "Electric Instruments" section! (ok I cheated by making another one up before this one haha!)

    In the meantime, what do you guys want to hear in a demo? I've made a commitment to demo this badgirl, so is there anything in particular you'd like to hear? I'm not much of a metal player but I'll give it a go since there's a lot of interest on how the 408s handle the higher gain stuff.

    Can't want to out on this baby!

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    Cool! Um...what's a 626?
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    408 could handle high gain. I will post some cover of "Metallica" soon too.
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    It's like a 408 but plus 218... Oh well might as well use some time explaining the background behind this (I got nothing better to do!):

    So I have wanted a guitar with a triple pack of 408s ever since those pickups were released on the Sig Ltd. I thought the only way to realise this idea would be to spec a private stock, I even made up my mind that I wanted an Alder body, maple top, maple neck, as a bit of a tribute to the early CEs (you can thank Sergio for that one...). Then the Brent Mason sig came out and I really wanted one, it was so close to having triple 408s that I could just "compromise" and get one of those instead. I even thought about putting a narrowfield in the middle instead of the "305", just because I thought it would a. look better and b. be a little different.

    Then I got wondering if the PTC would mod a Brent Mason with a third 408, or maybe even a NF3 with triple 408s (but then it would sound just like a Brent Mason...) Then I had a bit of a lightbulb moment and wondered if they would convert a DC3 with triple 408s. It's got the Alder body, it's got the maple neck, and (yes swede71) it has a steel trem block. The steel trem block wasn't for any reason apart from it being different, I figured I could always swap it out with a regular US bridge (or a Mannmade one) at a later stage and see which one I prefered in this guitar, it was more about having the option to do it (as sourcing a trem with a steel block isn't too easy).

    A DC3 conversion was so close to my PS spec that it wasn't funny, so I asked the question to Shawn and he said yes! I knew it was going to be a logistics nightmare, me being in Aus and all, so I'd have to get someone to send the guitar to the PTC (with the associated trust issues), and then from the PTC to me. In the end, David Grantham hooked me up with a really nice DC3, he sent it to the PTC, Shawn and Skitchy made it all happen, and now she's sitting next to my front door...

    Why triple 408s? I wanted the flexibility of having those pos 2-4 inbetween quacky tones, full and thick neck hb lead tones, and also clear and musical treble bridge tones. I probably could have got those from a BM, but well, where's the fun in that when I can do a PTC project?

    Why is it The 626? 6 pickups, 26 different pickup combos? 26? wtf? Well I got the PTC to wire in a push-pull to activate the bridge pickup, this way I can get the neck/bridge combos (like on the CU22 Soapy) and also all 3 if I so desire. I'm pretty sure 26 is right, I went through and counted them in Excel once, but then worked out the easiest way to think about it is like this:

    You have every switching combo available (neck, neck/middle, neck/bridge, middle, middle/bridge, bridge, all 3), therefore there's 3 options for each pickup: humbucker, singlecoil and off. 3 x 3 x 3 is 27, but off/off/off isn't really an option, so 27 - 1 = 26. Will I use them all? Most probably not, but it will be interesting experimenting with the different combos.

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    Not only a very interesting guitar, then, and a unique one, but a great story!
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    Interesting we now also share the arriving shipping box on the forum .....thats a cool guitar Justmund...FYI,i have now changed to a NOS John Mann tremolo...same setup,screwed down and blocked with a tremol-no.I had tuning problems with my steelblock trem.Now it works great thanks to the drilled string channels i guess.Will be very interesting to hear your sound report with this guitar.
    I de-modded my CU22 soapbar and made a factory spec setup.Im in love again.I very much believe now PRS guitars are perfect as they are.

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    So we just get to stare at a pic of the box???? Thanks for spreading the torture.

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    I think it's hilarious you posted the picture of the box!!!!
    I'm waiting for someone to post a picture of a tree in the "before and after" thread.
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    Sorry to spoil the fun but he did post this pic in the PTC section.



    This looks so right, so natural, that I can't imagine why they wouldn't start making these as a standard model.
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    Looking forward to the pics and some demos.
    I am interested in the high gain stuff too, as that is what I like to play.
    Me digs long power chord sustains and lead sounds.

    Ahhh, happy new box day

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoreyT View Post
    Looking forward to the pics and some demos.
    I am interested in the high gain stuff too, as that is what I like to play.
    Me digs long power chord sustains and lead sounds.

    Ahhh, happy new box day
    Not really uber high gain, but my 408MT could handle Petrucci's lead sound quite well. 408 Treble throughout the solo here.

    https://soundcloud.com/headbanger76/...epentance-solo
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Beef View Post
    Sorry to spoil the fun but he did post this pic in the PTC section.



    This looks so right, so natural, that I can't imagine why they wouldn't start making these as a standard model.
    Me want one like that!
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    That came out awesome!!! Congrats man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suppalak Klabdee View Post
    Not really uber high gain, but my 408MT could handle Petrucci's lead sound quite well. 408 Treble throughout the solo here.

    https://soundcloud.com/headbanger76/...epentance-solo
    Very nice, I love JP's guitar sound too.
    You nailed the lead sound great!

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    Very cool. Congrats!

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    Yep, as soon as the missus (finds out about and) forgets/forgives the guitar I just bought, I WILL be stealing this idea! I will name and dedicate it to you, though.

    Totally awesome. I can't wait to hear the demo.

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    Those pickups look very natural on that guitar.

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    Ok high gain it is! It's torture I tell ya, I've even contemplated making the 5 hour return drive to go and grab it!

    Quote Originally Posted by Egads View Post
    I WILL be stealing this idea! I will name and dedicate it to you, though.
    haha I'd be honoured! There is "The Markie Mod" and "The Hans Mod" does this mean there's also "The Justin Mod"?

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    That guitar is freaking cool dude. Congrats!
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    Cool stuff buddy!!!

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