NGS Bluesman Guitar bodies
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Bluesman guitar bodies are epic builds. Every step of the way whether roadworn or heavy relic is governed by the body tone of the wood.
So yep while they look amazing the thing that’s going on in my mind is how they are going to sound.
Each body is selected from our top of the world supplier’s (Guitarbuild UK) best cuts.
The closeness of grain as it moves away from the bridge and into the lower horn is crucial.
Each layer is decided based on the finish and grain of wood from the outset. Pick-up and bridge selection also playout from the first grain fill to final lacquer.
It’s not an art… but a lot of arts pushed together. The end result is a fine lifelong instrument that will open up you range of playing skills and voices.
Gabzsapka with Katy Hurt live – NGS Relic Guitars Collection
Build your NGS relic SC57 S-caster, SC60 T-caster guitars with bodies and necks by NGS Relic Guitars: F Custom Shop style.
LEAD TIMES FOR MANUFACTURE ARE 28-35 days at present
BLUESMAN SC57 & TC57 SERIES
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Thom Kirkpatrick playing an NGS 51 Bluesman Telecruiser Bass.
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By the time stock ends up bought, sold, used and cruised, the only way to tell if it’s good or dawg is to hold it and crank it up… all the while being highly selective. As a rule I generally select lighter 6.5-7lb bodies for the Bluesman because they retain that woody magic, easy playability and lush tonal clarity.
I’m super intuitive about woods… it’s a guarantee. NG
With the right neck and hardware that sparkle stays in the heart of the instrument characterising the Bluesman.
WHAT GIVES? THE SQUIER and MEXICAN BODY DEBATE
Any pro will tell you the 80s and 90s Squier with a bit of an upgrade is as good as any guitar you could want.
I just picked up a Richwood strat with S Duncans in and it’s sweeter than my Fender MIM… it cost me 85.00 UKbucks inc postage! We all know it’s all about the guitar and not just the decal. Having said that building is all about intuition and quality. NG
While that is true of bodies, when it comes to the neck, aside from a great shape Squiers and Tokai’s often have, the density of the wood isn’t quite the same in later models. In most cases a hot Fender neck feels much harder and can in most cases deliver a distinct tonal range and response. A copy usually feels softer than a true-cut Fender. It could be nothing more than bad, cheap lacquer… or the seasoning of the timber itself.
A special edition copy is likely to be nearly as good as any other. We’ll talk about that next in refit and intonation.
Fender v Squier cont…
Early Squiers are plain old USA Fenders!
If you were to unbolt an early 80s JV Japanese A or E series Fender ‘Squier’ Strat body it would become a US body because that’s where it would have been built in the first place.
The complete Squire would cost 250-350. The US 83 Alder body alone would be worth 350-450.00. Things that make you go mmmmutha.
So when it comes to the body there ain’t much difference at all across the mid and upper Asia, Mex, USA end. Here’s why.
- Most Fenders are cut from USA homegrown or Canadian timbers.
- Most Japanese, China and Asian producers import their timber from USA and Canada.
It could be said that most Fenders are now parts-casters with Seymour Duncs and other add-ons derived from the influence of the best bespoke maker’s of the world.
We only sink Lollar’s or Frailins in our Linton and Bluesman builds these days because they are so responsive and punchy
SO TODAY THE NEW ERA OF GUITARIST BUILT CUSTOM ‘CASTERS IS HERE TO STAY. EMBRACE!
THE NGS BLUESMAN BODY
Bluesman body comes from the NGS collection and will either be a bespoke hand made, licensed, vintage issue, Squire, or Fender.
It is selected for it’s feel and ratio of weight and intonation quality. It has to be 3-4 lb max 2kg and have a real ‘knuckle-tap’ ring to it.
Refit and intonation
The fastidious hand contouring of the edges and pockets in the body give it that extra mojo as contours contain, circulate or release intonation.
We even re-contour Fender edges… they are essentially factory made so in some cases cry out for TLC… NG
Internal surfaces are checked for sound ‘trapping’ and and dead spots removed.
The body sound-board performance is enhanced by every process I use in the shaping and coating up through to final finishing.