NGD - Blue Jazz Cat

Discussion in 'Other Cool Guitars' started by Wayne Gretschzky, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Sorry. Did not read the whole thread.
     
  2. dafreeze

    dafreeze Friend of Fred

    Wow, that's just the most amazing guitar I've seen in a long time, Wayne. Huge congratulations!


    But hey Doc, I don't think that's a Les Trem...(ha ha ha)
     
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  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    I was on the verge of buying a gypsy arrow a few years ago. Guys, you know that I love Vs and this one is porn de`la porn.
    It was offered on classifieds for "next to a reasonable price" but not cheap at all.
    In fact I had to sell a liver to buy this one. But I really thought about it for weeks.

    The first reason for not buying it was that I found myself insecure because of it`s over -the -top cosmetics.
    Second: I am used to check a very expensive guitar in person before I buy it and this speciem was located too far away from my home so that I could not to try it before I buy it. That was a no-go.

    The scarf-head-joint headstock, the many tone-options (you know me, guys: I am a guy who realy enjoys one-trick-ponies) and the way that the neck was glued in was irritating me, too.

    Looking back I really regret not buying.
    "Over the top" is the way to go. You owe it to yourself and your audience.

    Sadly Teye does not offer the V anymore and more sadly here are no fundsony my side to buy one if he ever decided on producing them once more. Fascinating guitars.

    Glad that you scored your "very special guitar", Ed.
     
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2019
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  4. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Arrrgh... too cool.
     
  5. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Friend of Fred

    Age:
    54
    Oct 18, 2015
    Hildesheim, Germany
    Let`s hear some more about that guitar, Ed. Please.
    I was so hooked especially on that V.
    I originally stopped searching because of that scarf joint for the headplate and the way the neck was glued into the body. It really turned me off.
    Really.
    It did not comply to my personal notion of a super-high-value instrument.

    How does it sound and feel?
    I am r e a l l y curious.
    I watched dozends of vids and really did not make my decision easy at all.
    I wanted to buy this V because of it`s visual appeal and the artistic coolness of his inventor.
    I loved the vision of the man but the actual execution of his great vision was really non-conformal to my expectations of classic quality guitar craft. Please relieve me.
     
  6. Wayne Gretschzky

    Wayne Gretschzky Country Gent

    Aug 27, 2008
    East Coast
    Well... I've been in contact with Teye himself... he's very accessible. He gave me the whole history of the Jazz Cat design. Turns out he considers himself a "Gretsch Guy" and played a pre-FMIC 6120 in the 90's. He was intending to capture some of the tonal characteristics of that guitar with this new design, hence the Filtertrons, semi-hollow body, and vibrato. He really put a lot of thought into this model.

    I was concerned about the weight, but that's a non-issue. The balance is really nice too. The guitar sounds great all the way up the fretboard, and I mean ALL the way. The fretboard is a little wider than most, but I've not had much issues with that. A few minutes of warm-ups and my brain and hands recalibrate (which is amazing to me). The chart I shared that helps you dial-in specific types of tone is helpful, but it's almost too unlimited, and changing from one to the other isn't natural for me yet (I'm not accustomed to a 5-way pickup selector). The Filtertrons are TV Jones Powertrons... but they sound great to me.

    I'm not sure what else to tell you. I certainly don't play well enough to justify this guitar... but I don't care. I'm glad I went for it, and love the guitar! One thing I have learned working with boutique guitar makers over the past few years (Trussart, Teye, and other)... the guitars are typically great, but the small shop reality is that the customer service isn't always great. Too many people wearing too many hats... info gets lost and follow-up can be weak. I'm thinking that's just what you get when working with such a small shop. My advice is to over-communicate everything. Be a pest, and make sure you're getting what you asked for.
     
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  7. Bertotti

    Bertotti Country Gent

    Jul 20, 2017
    South Dakota
    Wow! That looks great!
     
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