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NGD - Allan Holdsworth

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by jsalvaggio, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. jsalvaggio

    jsalvaggio Tele-Meister

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    Thanks, StevesBoogie!

    I have played other similar Carvin/Kiesel Holdsworth models before, so I'm familiar with the flatter fingerboard radius and jumbo frets. However, Kiesel offers a 10-day trial, which gives me comfort knowing that if for any reason it doesn't grab me, I can return it for a full refund less the return shipping.

    I'm no shredder, just a regular guy who likes a lot of different styles of music. The body is chambered, so it is more sensitive to dynamics, and will satisfy my jazz fusion noodling. My pinecaster will be used when I want the twang.
     
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    I await your report. I have been wanting one of these for a couple years now. My one major concern is that the body will be too small. But I should probably just get over it.
     
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    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Nice, I really love these guitars!
     
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    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I look at that guitar and it makes me go "Studio tool!"
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    And that's because Holdsworth himself was very much into digital recording and was an early adopter of digital gear for live performances, as such his guitars are tuned in for that kind of environment.

    I can see myself sitting behind my PC recording music in the way Holdsworth was in this picture. That small body would be very comfortable to use playing seated.
     
  5. jsalvaggio

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    Thanks, I’m hoping to receive the guitar sometime next week.
     
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    Yes, I agree. My best friend has a studio in his house that looks very similar to this picture. He already mentioned that he wants me to lay down some tracks after I get accustomed to the guitar.
     
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    I have the OG model.
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    This one is an '01 h2. All stock with tobacco burst finish on quilt, abalone dot inlays, and coil splits.
    I love the alder body AND neck.
    It weighs around 6lbs

    It has a strat/tele vibe mixed with some 335.

    Still the most unique guitar I've played in 25 years or so.

    I am curious to know if the headless sound like the regular ones.

    I missed out on getting a fatboy before that were cut from the lineup
     
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    FYI - Kiesel will still make a Fatboy upon request. My friend has a H2 similar to yours, so I'll be able to compare the two side by side. I'll let you know what I think.
     
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    Update - guitar arrived today!

    The build quality is excellent, the neck is big and the fret work is perfect. The pickups sounds great, warm and fat in full humbucker mode. The split coil sounds are ok, but I'm not interested in playing this guitar in the split mode. It is very comfortable to play both sitting and standing, just don't look at the neck because they forgot the headstock ;)

    It's a keeper.
     
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  11. John E

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    I like that matte black, that's sharp. Congrats!
     
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    I've been playing this for 2 hours now, and posted pics separately. I've already adjusted to the missing headstock ;) and smaller body. It's comfortable both sitting and standing. The neck is awesome, the satin finish and jumbo frets along with the flatter radius allow me to play anything. The pickups are warm and full in humbucker mode. I'm not too keen on the split mode, but if I want to play single coils, I'll use my pine caster for that. You should try one out if you get the chance, there's nothing not to like.
     
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    Buying a Holdsworth Sig Guitar - Easy.
    Playing like Holdsworth - Darn near impossible.
     
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    Neck dive, or well balanced?
     
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    It would be almost impossible to have neck dive from a headless guitar. There is no weight up there - no tuners, no headstock, etc
     
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    Well balanced.
     
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    I always wanted one. Congratulations!
     
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    Ouch, that is dangerous info, because I always wanted a fatboy...
     
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    At least you’ll never worry about the headstock breaking off.

    congrats - very interesting! Thanks for the photos.
     
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    Wow, that is a very small body indeed (the guitar, that is!). Personally, I would get a little lost on that fretboard. I’m the old fashioned type that actually needs inlays or else gets lost in space (“Oh, s**t, I meant to hit the E7 but landed on F!!”) But I see that Alan has dots on his :eek:

    Nice guitar though! Actually, I think it would look even cooler with no letters or numbers on the volume and tone knobs, and just have them completely black.
     
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