- Jul 1, 2010
- Reaction score
- Victoria, Australia
Body: Alder 42mm thick with black binding
Neck: 3 piece maple
Inlays: Mother of Pearl
Seven string: 25.5" - 27.8" Multiscale
Neck shape: D shape with round shoulders
Hardware: Custom Hipshot USA multiscale bridge and Hipshot USA locking tuners Black
Fret wire: Jumbo Stainless Steel
Pickups: 500k pots, 3 way & push/pull tone pot for coil splitting
Bridge - PVH A5 humbucker
Neck - Old School single coil
The perfect guitar for me is something that inspires me with new pathways to play. Not only is it the medium to voice the music I hear in my head, it can equally be the source of an idea. It is rare to find an instrument with this symbiotic relationship but incredibly exciting when I encounter one. This is such a guitar.
The Ormsby TX GTR Eaton Special represents unparalleled quality from a production model instrument. The build quality is exceptional with specific attention to detail given to typical problem areas like the nut and frets. The pickups are bright enough for spanky funk music and have a nice mellow jazz tone with the tone backed off. Whilst this guitar is probably marketed towards rock and metal players, I was surprised at the fantastic variety of tones the guitar achieves covering stratocaster type territory as well. The weight of the whole guitar is light and comfortable. The D shape of the neck feels natural and stable. Hipshot hardware has proven to be reliable and intuitive as ever.
The Ormsby Eaton model is now my no.1 for most contexts. I guess that speaks volumes about the versatile design. You know you have a winner when the guitar you choose to lounge around on the couch with is the same as your gigging guitar.
This is my first foray into the world of fanned frets and I must say, I am a convert. The fan is subtle enough to avoid any visual confusion or obscure my playing. The low end notes are tight and pronounced with the extra scale length. Conversely, the highs are effortless and slinky with the shorter scale length. Genius. I used to avoid playing my other baritones due to the discomfort of really taught treble strings, but now I have the best of both worlds.
The team at Ormsby have outstanding customer service and make themselves available to every client. Even though I had to wait a couple of extra months than originally planned, it was the way the Ormsby team handled the situation that impressed me the most. Here is a company that treats its customers with respect and understand the importance of transparency and honesty. When you choose to play a guitar, you are also choosing to represent a particular company. As an Australian musician and high school music educator, it fills me with pride every time I pick up my Ormsby to know I am representing an awesome Australian company doing what they are passionate about.
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