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#1
This arrived on the brown truck last Friday:



It's a custom GMW guitar, soloist style body, 5 piece laminate neck through. The fretboard's ebony. The frets are 6100 stainless steel. The body wings are mahogany. The pickups are EMG 85X,SAX, SAX. The bridge is an OFR.

Review wise, Lee at GMW was incredible to work with. For those who aren't familiar, his shop used to do a lot of Jackson/Charvel custom work. His prices are good, and the finish and fretwork on this guitar are incredible. They're much nicer than my Andersons, for example. Those big 6100SS frets feel almost like scallops, and being stainless they're super smooth. Great for fast lead work, tapping - stuff like that.

In terms of sound, it's a very aggressive sounding guitar - very bright. I did some things in the specs to try to tame that - an 85X instead of an 81X, a brass block on the trem and mahogany wings. And it's still bright. This necessitated some amp adjustments to make it sound good, which haven't been a problem. Just a matter of EQing to the guitar. One of the upsides of EMGs is that tone control actually works well, so that's helpful too.

The upside of such an aggressive sounding guitar is that there's no mush - ever. The low strings are snappy, and the higher register has a ton of bite. This is great for huge piano-like clean chords.

The EMG-X series pickups are huge winners. They have all the benefits of actives (low noise, high output) but tone-wise are in pretty much the same space as passives. They may be my new favorite pickups.

IMO this is what a soloist style guitar should be like. Jackson needs to get their stuff together - I've owned several SL1s, and none of them were even close to this nice. Since there isn't much price difference between US Jackson and GMW anymore, it seems to me that if you want a high-octane guitar in the Jackson or Charvel style, you owe it to yourself to check out GMW.
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#3
Thats the only 'jackson' i've ever fallen in love with...

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#4
I take it the switches correspond with the pickups? Explain.
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#5
Quote by The3818919
I take it the switches correspond with the pickups? Explain.

One switch changes between the 85X and SAXes. The other two determine what combination of SAXes are on when it's in SAX mode.
GMW hot-rod telecaster
GMW soloist
PRS Custom 24
The Illegal Les Paul
CAE 3+SE
Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
Last edited by Even Bigger D at Jun 21, 2010,
#8
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WOW! Thats sexy. I DEMAND MORE PICTURES!



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#9
Not a fan of the yellow on the guitar(I just don't like the color as a whole, so don't take that too badly ) but otherwise it's a work of art.
#12
MOAR:


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The Illegal Les Paul
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Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
#14
Oh my sweet Jesus. Thats the best looking soloist style body Ive ever seen. Sweet Jesus Christ... you are a lucky man. How much did that bad boy set you back?
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#16
OMFG, i freakin LOVE that guitar its like sexy as hell!!!!!!
#17
I seriously lost my breath when I saw the second pic!

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#18
can you explain a little bit about this bridge? at first i thought it was some version of a fixed FR but in your other photos, you can clearly see the back is routed for the springs.


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#19
Quote by Lovecannon
Oh my sweet Jesus. Thats the best looking soloist style body Ive ever seen. Sweet Jesus Christ... you are a lucky man. How much did that bad boy set you back?


There's pricing on the GMW site. This worked out to about $2500.
GMW hot-rod telecaster
GMW soloist
PRS Custom 24
The Illegal Les Paul
CAE 3+SE
Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
#20
Quote by SYLrules88
can you explain a little bit about this bridge? at first i thought it was some version of a fixed FR but in your other photos, you can clearly see the back is routed for the springs.


It's an OFR with a non-recessed mount. I'll probably eventually adjust it to drop pitch only, but for now it's floating.
GMW hot-rod telecaster
GMW soloist
PRS Custom 24
The Illegal Les Paul
CAE 3+SE
Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
#23
That looks awesome, I like that guys work. Although some things on it arn't 100% to my liking, but thats all personal

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#24
:O wow thats beautiful now i have GAS for my own custom GMW king V (if they'll make that shape, if not a soloist like u bro
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#25
a bit picture of the headstock is DEMANDED!!!
lol, happy ngd man, looks ****ing awesome!!
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#26
Quote by camaross427
a bit picture of the headstock is DEMANDED!!!
lol, happy ngd man, looks ****ing awesome!!

I don't have a pic handy, but there's a movie showing it on the GMW website

http://gmwguitars.com/class/gmwheadstocks.html

I don't think that even does it justice - the top surface of the headstock is subtly curved, which doesn't show in the movie. I think it looks really good in person - probably better than in the movie.
GMW hot-rod telecaster
GMW soloist
PRS Custom 24
The Illegal Les Paul
CAE 3+SE
Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
#27
Absolutely beautiful guitar. I too am a fan of visible through necks, so this is right up my alley.
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#29
Quote by Kurapica
Absolutely beautiful guitar. I too am a fan of visible through necks, so this is right up my alley.

I think it's a great look, especially with the black wings. Natural wings, like BCR and Alembic used to do, look good too. But I think this is even cooler.
GMW hot-rod telecaster
GMW soloist
PRS Custom 24
The Illegal Les Paul
CAE 3+SE
Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
#30
wow, that looks awesome. better than an anderson, you say? (i haven't tried an anderson, but i've tried things like tyler, suhr, huber, I'm guessing anderson is also in that league?)

Not a major fan of the cosmetics, but obviously with a custom you can get whatever you want, and it doesn't affect the quality of the guitar, anyway.
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#32
Quote by Dave_Mc
wow, that looks awesome. better than an anderson, you say? (i haven't tried an anderson, but i've tried things like tyler, suhr, huber, I'm guessing anderson is also in that league?)


Anderson is fairly similar to Suhr and Tyler, yes. All the California guys have some similarities.
GMW hot-rod telecaster
GMW soloist
PRS Custom 24
The Illegal Les Paul
CAE 3+SE
Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
#33
that's what i figured, thanks
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#35
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#36
Nice guitar dude
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#37
Clip:
- neck + middle pickup (in phase)
- CAE preamp, Rivera power amp
- CAE on clean channel
- Neunaber WET reverb between pre and power amp
- no other effects
-Splawn cab
- sadly, recorded with cell phone (hence all the funny artifacts)
- post processing was just noise reduction.

I was going for sort of a spaghetti western thing. Didn't quite get that, but it's a pretty realistic take on what the guitar sounds like clean.

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GMW hot-rod telecaster
GMW soloist
PRS Custom 24
The Illegal Les Paul
CAE 3+SE
Soldano SM-100R
Splawn 4x12

“Life is on the wire…the rest is just waiting” - Papa Wallenda
Substitute the stage for the wire, and he's got it.
Last edited by Even Bigger D at Jul 13, 2010,
#38
I'd have gone with a 60 in the neck, but either way, that is one bitchin' guitar
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#39
sounds good
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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