NGD: Ron Kirn (8 string) Telecaster

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Golem, Mar 29, 2020.

  1. Golem

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    This guitar is absolutely gorgeous. It's also lightweight. It just feels right. Ron clearly makes an amazing guitar.

    The person who ordered wanted a 12 string and mentioned that this 8 string was a compromise. Just the D and G strings are doubled. If you play completely clean, you can hear it. With enough gain, the difference between this and a 6 string is more or less lost. It's easy enough to mod to a 6 string. Just take the banjo tuners out and you're left with holes and small grooves in the nut. It'd probably require a truss rod adjustment.

    The only negatives come from the seller describing it as mint. I think the condition is arguably very good by Reverb's definition. The frets have a lot of oxidization (nothing a fret polish form a good tech won't take care of) and oxidization seems to have affected the switch as well. It's getting an out of phase tone in the middle position occasionally and the bridge pickup rarely works. I have been able to get it work twice by jiggling it. Spraying DeOxit wasn't able to solve the problem so when covid-19 is no longer an issue I'll take it to a tech to get the frets polished and figure out whether it needs a new switch or not. Neither of these things should reflect negatively on Ron's skills. I'll get the guitar worked on and leave the seller a good review as I think in the long run I'll enjoy the guitar. It just makes the acquisition slightly bittersweet. It's going to be a while before I can get this thing sorted out and really enjoy the guitar properly.
     
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  2. ndcaster

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    holy cats that's beautiful!
     
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    I had no idea it was going to be this beautiful from pictures Ron took. The grain really pops in the right light.
     
  4. brookdalebill

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    Wow!
    You’re going to be the only kid on your block with one of those.
    Congratulations!
     
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  5. Old Deaf Roadie

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    Very nice. Enjoy!
     
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    Jaw hitting the floor here...gorgeous guitar!!
     
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  7. Mad Kiwi

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    What an awesome idea, AND guitar!!! Jealous.
     
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    Cool axe! Hadn't heard of an 8 string with doubles like that.
     
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    Very, very cool.

    Ron really is an incredible builder.
     
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    Wow! That is some fine craftsmanship there. Stunning! And the first time I've ever seen an 8-string guitar. Enjoy!
     
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    That is a looker for sure. And some interesting design ideas there. Banjo tuners for the octave strings?

    I’ve seen one or two other guitars where there were one or two octave strings to get the 12 string effect without having to tune 12 strings. That one is probably the nicest. Why did the original owner get rid of it?
     
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    He mentioned giving it to his son when he was gigging in a band and how he never ended up playing it as he favored Gibsons. Too bad because it's an incredible guitar (or it will be when I get the frets polished and the switch sorted).
     
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    Whew, that's a beauty!
     
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    Beautiful! Are there two banjo tuners behind the headstock to handle the additional two strings? Amazing wood grain. What a stunner!
     
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    Too bad, as Ron has on his web site the label he made for this guitar specifically for that guy.

    You’ll have to let us know how stable the two banjo tuners are for the octave strings. Also, what kind of songs you end up using this for. I’m interested because I have a 12-string Strat style Ibanez that I use pretty rarely. But when I want that 12-string electric sound, it provides it. I’m wondering if the 8-string is more useful, or about the same.
     
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    Wondering if this might be a conversion for one of my spare , lesser used teles. Is the neck standard width or slightly larger??
     
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    I have a Burns Double Six twelve string which plays well, but sounds ok, and a Jackson Surfcaster which sounds great but I can't play it very well due to the narrow neck. Maybe I should try it as an eight string before deciding to sell it or not.
     
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    Wow, never seen anything like it. Beautiful finish. Congrats!
     
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    hell,I have a hard enough time trying to play 6?
     
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    Sweet.

    Ron does classy work.

    Health to enjoy.
     
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