Lucky guitar: NGD x 2

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by markeebee, Feb 20, 2020.

  1. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

    I picked up a couple of new toys over the last week....


    On the right a Tele American Professional. Which is nice.

    On the left..... it's interesting. I bought it on Reverb from a seller in Lithuania, and it belonged to one of the guitarists from Lithuania's preeminent heavy metal band, Katedra (really, I'm not making this up).

    It was originally one of these, from 2005. Three pickups, really awful relic work, and one of those finishes where you can see the grain of the wood.....


    Mr Katedra had converted it to two pickups, replaced the rotary switch with a toggle, and pounded it with a couple of aerosol cans of auto paint, without sanding it. It came to me like this, you can't really see how thick and gloopy the paint was.....


    So, I had at it with some Wet & Dry paper. For so long. So very long. Long long long. Long. But eventually, the weirdest thing happened....the finish settled down into a really nice, smooth, even, satinesque sheen.

    So I decided to ruin it.

    I had a vibrola hanging around, so I pulled out the tailpiece thimbles just to see if I could. Then I stuffed the holes full of old screws and other debris and plopped in some epoxy putty to seal it all up. Then the strangest thing happened.....when the epoxy set it was pretty much exactly the same shade of white as the paint! No touch up required just some (long) time with more sandpaper.

    I nailed the vibrola in something like the right position, then I remembered I had a tunematic roller bridge knocking around somewhere. I think it's a Goldo. Slightly wrong size post holes, so I had to drill them out a bit to get them to fit. Then the strangest thing happened......i slapped some Slinkys on, and the action was amazing right off the bat. And, more, the intonation was spot on, no tweaking required. That, friends, is blooming spooky.

    So it's my lucky guitar now, and I'm keeping it, and one day Scarlett Johansson will wake up and think "if only I had a feller with a weird white SG".
    ZackyDog, j.s.c, Mr Swisher and 16 others like this.
  2. Ricochet

    Ricochet I Bleed Orange

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Congrats! Amazing looking duo.
    The colour on the SG turned out great. Was it one of those GOTW(guitar of the week) models?
  3. dougmon

    dougmon Gretschie

    Jan 9, 2013
    Really nice SG. I like that you put the Vibrola on it.
    new6659 likes this.
  4. floeighty2

    floeighty2 Gretschie

    Oct 1, 2014
    Yeah that SG looks cool! I do love a tele too. Apart from Gretsch, teles and SGs are what I’ve had more of than anything else.
  5. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    Very classsy looking pair! Love the mods!
  6. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Congrats! The SG looks really great and better after the sweat you put into it.
  7. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Nice guitars! So, do you already have all the guitars in black, and now you're getting em in white?:p
    blueruins likes this.
  8. Sid Nitzerglobin

    Sid Nitzerglobin Country Gent

    Jun 8, 2015
    Congrats man! Both look great, & it's extra cool when everything you're trying to do on a guitar just works :)
  9. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    A white SG is something special. I've got a bit of a weakness for them
    audept likes this.
  10. markeebee

    markeebee Country Gent

  11. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Florence, Italy
    Both are really nice, but the SG makes me wanting to go on the market to find my ‘64 Special original vibrola (that was removed way back in the 70s). It looks super cool.
  12. nickurso

    nickurso Gretschified

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    I have a fender pro tele great guitars congratulations

  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Oct 18, 2015
    Beautiful duo which will be able to cover a lot of sonic ground with two guitars alone.
    new6659 likes this.
  14. JeffreyLeePierre

    JeffreyLeePierre Country Gent

    Congratulations for these additions your stable.
    Your first pic looks like a wedding in a sunny country, where also the groom has a white suit!
  15. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

    Jun 6, 2008
    Belfast Norn Iron

    They look good together.
  16. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Great story on the SG - looks x100 better now you fixed it.
    that Mr Katedra really butchered it.

    How has the vibrola settled in

    Good luck with Scarlett :D
  17. Stonepicking

    Stonepicking Gretschie

    Sep 14, 2018
    Portsmouth uk
    Nice. I always liked white teles with rosewood fingerboards.
  18. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    Nice matching duo ! :cool::cool::cool:

  19. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

    I love the look of the larger style white SG pickguard on your guitar. An immense improvement over a black pickguard and, to me, the smaller SG pickguard type. The addition of the Vibrola turns this into a truly classic beauty.
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