NGD: 2019 NK Luminous hardtail

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  1. gunch

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    Bought from NK’s page on Reverb. I knew as soon as I saw the new tailpiece, headpiece and arm contour compared to the 2018 that this thing “on paper” was going to be an ass-beater. Paid 348 USD with free shipping. What I didn’t know was that I bought it right in the start of Chinese lunar new year and they basically don’t show up for work for the whole month of February (or at least it seemed like). Finally got tracking on the 2nd and it showed up today on the 8th, which, is dope. I should have known about the new year thing and I did message them on Reverb in the middle of the month like “Hey whackity smackity doo”. That’s China, babe!

    Bro, same. Except I dropped out of college :lol:

    Is it firewood?
    NOPE. Or at least mine isn’t.

    *Smack* Noice: Decently low action and play-ability out of the box, no buzzing frets, no massively sharp fret ends. Side dots were decently aligned. Could definitely use some passes with a sanding sponge on the neck edges for some rolled edge action and a nice polish. Bridge tuners work nicely though, super stoked.

    Eeeehh: Some dips and marks on the top, bleeding stain on the top cutaways. The 12th fret inlay. Artech pickups are probably non-starters but I’m getting a single EMG 57 and a VMC and a solderless wiring kit.

    Ultra Bummer: None! :woohoo:

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    Verdict:

    If you’re poor as shit and want in on the headless game this is legitimate option. Or if you want to try a headless 7 down the road but don’t want to slam down major coin. My Sterling was firewood. This ain't.

    Blease don’t throw fits about IP theft or bemoan the free market economy, yeah I get it, I’m working poor and I’ll take whatever shiney I can find in the dirt. I’d rather pay the exploited labor directly. I wanted a comfy shred stick I can sit and woodshed with for long periods of time and I got it.

    I give it a solid 4 marcwormjim pumpkins out of 5.

    Any questions or specific things you want pics of let me know.
     
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  2. AkiraSpectrum

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    Looks cool!!
    Nice to hear these (overall) are worth the money as a cheap alternative to these headless designs.

    Enjoy!
     
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    Super entertaining review. Reallllllllly hoping they make 8's soon.

    HNGD!
     
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  4. Dawn of the Shred

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    Very nice looking... Congrats and HNGD
     
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    Cool that these are getting better and better. And that pink color is killer! I could do without the “please don’t talk about IP theft, I’m poor and therefore get to decide who’s art is valuable and am entitled to stolen IP” nonsense, but that is a nice looking guitar for the money. It seems like this company sticks to the strandberg esthetic, though. I’ve never seen any other styles. Seems like with that level of QC we’d see a few different models. Never seen anything different, though.
     
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    Congratulations! Big thanks for giving me GAS!
     
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    HNGD!
     
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    It's hardly a Strandberg copy, body shape is different in many ways, looks nicer and is a better design for classical position: tuners don't contact your leg and cable doesn't exit into your leg.
    Besides, look at all the Fender/Gibson copies that exist.
    I like how the strings clamp at both ends.
     
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    Why do you still think that tuners contacting leg is an issue on a Strandberg. Very confused.
     
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    I'm very close to pulling a trigger on one, what's the tuning stability like with the individuals saddles?
     
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    I have one of those and it doesn't go out of tune much. After a few days of playing another guitar sometimes a little bit of retune is required but nothing big.
     
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    Between the locking pads in the headpiece and the tuners being very slow to move I’d imagine the tuning stability to be pretty good, I’ll have to check when I pick it up again, and probably would be even better with a tusq or similar nut. Specs say it’s “bone” and I haven’t checked the validity of that yet.

    Kind of wish it had a 0 fret since the Boden copies do but :shrug:

    Re: The design source of this particular “Luminous” model, it’s based from a Skervesen “Skerveten”

    Which, if I’m being honest they originated their business by lifting designs themselves so that’s a big w/e from me.

    Also the gig bag does smell pretty badly of chemically vinyl/plasic
     
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  13. ixlramp

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    Practically i understand the tuners are stiff enough for this to probably not be a problem, but, it's sloppy design and i'd rather not risk it.
     
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    But it also doesn’t happen so it’s not an issue at all.
     
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    Not sure about that. From the forum post i remember, it seems that contact is a borderline thing, and depends on your particular playing position. But being a borderline problem is still bad, especially if it is a trem bridge. Contact looks more likely on the 7 and 8 string models because the tuner cutout is less deep. Still an easily solved design error.
     
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    Just tried unscrewing the tuner knob and the bolt is a lot longer and took far more turns than what I saw in a strandberg hardware setup video (How does I headless hardware lol) but it's nbd.

    I still can't wrap my head around the intonation bolts though, you're supposed to detent the string, loosen the bolt and move the whole thing up and down yourself? how is that accurate?
     
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    1st, nice looking guitar, so they are making 7s of this? huuummm interesting...

    My advice for intonation is to loosen the string BEFORE that intonation locking screw...
     
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  18. diagrammatiks

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    Yup. You just gotta get a sense of it.
     
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    Think I may order one of these... Attack of the gear GAS
     
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    Mine is being shipped... Congrats.
     
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