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Old 05-25-2015, 02:07 AM   #1
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Belated NGD: USA + UK = Hooray!

Up for your consideration is a Jon Kammerer Scorpius* flag guitar. Jon is a luthier in the Chicago area.

If you know my stuff, you know I have 2 other JKGs of the same model. But the others are a semihollow hardtail, and a solidbody with a whammy bar, and each has different pickups, so this one is a little different.



I got it a few months ago, but haven't gotten around to doing its NGD until now.

When it was made, Jon's flag guitars cost @$1800+. When I first saw one and inquired about its price, it was @$3500 for the more complex designs like the American Flag, Union Jack. He does some in camoflage patterns that are similarly priced. What you see isn't paint or stains, but carefully cut pieces of wood put together to form the image you see.

Thought I'd never own one. But last year, he offered me a deal on a prototype Teleclone. So I figured that was it. Then this one showed up on Reverb.

As for what I actually paid for this one? Well...
https://reverb.com/item/457053-2011...tom-made-guitar

Originally, it was listed @$1000 or so, but the seller was very motivated to sell. Every day or so, it dropped in price. That nasty nick in the neck is probsbly what caused its price to drop like it did. But when I play play it, I don't notice that nick. My thumb glides right over it.

Its knobs are also a tad wobbly. So it needs a little TLC.

Overall: a sweet rock machine that plays like buttah.

Now, if only I were not an American.







* Jon has changed the name of this model a few times, so...
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:06 AM   #2
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That was a sweet deal There's something weird about the body shape that I can't really put my finger on, maybe it's the way the lines contour? Anyway, it's not really my thing, but happy new guitar day anyway
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Old 05-25-2015, 09:40 AM   #3
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While I'm generally opposed to anything with a Union Jack on it, that's a nice looking guitar; HNGD
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:02 AM   #4
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That's a very '70's body style; you'll see original PRS's and early Alembics looking like that, and those were just the ones that are still around. Lots of "craft" touches like veneering and inlay and the inevitable "hippie sandwich". It would be right at home with a macrame strap, laid next to a decoupaged stash box.

Very "Walk me out in the morning dew..." ish.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:39 AM   #5
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Killer deal, now you just need a cover like this for your couch

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Old 05-25-2015, 01:25 PM   #6
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But I'm a 'Murican!
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:26 PM   #7
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Nice guitar Danny. Woodwork looks really good.





Your next weird guitar should be a regular guitar since that seems to be weird for you!
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:41 PM   #8
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Your next weird guitar should be a regular guitar since that seems to be weird for you!

Like a Parker Fly, right?

Now, admittedly, I buy and advocate some oddball axes, but if we look at my collection as a whole...

Out of 21 guitars I own, there are 4 LPclones, 2 Teleclones, a Stratclone and a dreadnought acoustic, so VISUALLY, over 1/3 of my guitars at least look familiar, even if the name on the headstock is different than one might expect.
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Old 05-25-2015, 01:43 PM   #9
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Like a Parker Fly, right?

Now, admittedly, I buy and advocate some oddball axes, but if we look at my collection as a whole...

Out of 21 guitars I own, there are 4 LPclones, 2 Teleclones, a Stratclone and a dreadnought acoustic, so VISUALLY, over 1/3 of my guitars at least look familiar, even if the name on the headstock is different than one might expect.


At this point, a Parker would probably be pretty bland considering your collection!




Straight clones or 'inspired by' clones? There's a difference IMO. Like I don't consider a Caddy an LP clone etc...
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Old 05-25-2015, 02:03 PM   #10
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Straight visual clones, not tone-clones- I didn't include the Caddy or my Ravelles in the LPClone count, for instance, nor my RockBeach Camelback as a Strat.

I also didn't count my JKG double-cut hollowbody as an SG, nor my Reverend Manta Ray 390 as a 355.
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Damn, I don't think I've seen your regular guitars like that. Now I'm intrigued




PS What Duncans are in your new one?
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Old 05-25-2015, 03:12 PM   #12
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I wouldn't know by looking, but from the sound of them, I think the seller was right. They sound like the JB/'59 combo I have in my Ravelle gold top.

Sonically, that puts it in the same category as my maple & trem version of this guitar, and more aggressive than the semihollow hardtail which has Golden Age HBs.

FWIW, those Golden Age HBs are a pretty nice deal: sweet low/medium output HBs for not a lot of $$$.
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Old 05-25-2015, 03:17 PM   #13
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I wouldn't know by looking, but from the sound of them, I think the seller was right. They sound like the JB/'59 combo I have in my Ravelle gold top.

Sonically, that puts it in the same category as my maple & trem version of this guitar, and more aggressive than the semihollow hardtail which has Golden Age HBs.

FWIW, those Golden Age HBs are a pretty nice deal: sweet low/medium output HBs for not a lot of $$$.


The JB/59 Combo is solid. I have it in my White LP and am probably going to set my RR that way.


you talking about the Stew Mac pups?



They're okay. I have the Parsons (modified a bit) in my LP clone (the amber one) and I liked them in that guitar. IIRC they are related to Schaller pickups in some way.
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:03 PM   #14
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awesome I've said it before, but really nice woodwork on the top there
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:58 PM   #15
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Damn, I don't think I've seen your regular guitars like that. Now I'm intrigued

Well, here you go, my more mainstream UG NGDs:

Fret-King Super 60HB
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1592737

Electra Omega Prime
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1627786

Malden Bad Karma
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1596100

Reverend Rick Vito hardtail
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1635800

Reverend Manta Ray 390 LE
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1659513

Reverend Roundhouse
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1616192

Rock Beach RB-T
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1659874

Jon Kammerer Dorado
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1642077
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The JB/59 Combo is solid. I have it in my White LP and am probably going to set my RR that way.


you talking about the Stew Mac pups?



They're okay. I have the Parsons (modified a bit) in my LP clone (the amber one) and I liked them in that guitar. IIRC they are related to Schaller pickups in some way.

Yep- Golden age are made by STEWMAC. They're not killer, by any stretch, but I think they're damn good for the price.
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Well, here you go, my more mainstream UG NGDs:

The fact that these constitute mainstream to you... (Nice guitars!)
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The fact that these constitute mainstream to you... (Nice guitars!)

"MORE" mainstream!

I recognize most people have never heard of or seen any of those brands. But they're not as unusual in form as the rest of my stable.
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