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Surprise first purchase of 2024 is phenomenal

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norcalpiper

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So in early January, I was in GC in Sacramento, and saw all the way in the corner of the used section, a Lp Studio in Darkburst hanging there. It was dusty, filthy, and unloved, but I was intrigued because it had binding.
I searched Reverb real quick, and yes, 2018 Studios had binding. So for $900 I bought it. I want to preface that I NEVER buy studios,tributes,etc….but this was interesting. It was also as light as my SG’s, which was nice.

I realized when I brought it home and began cleaning it that it was unplayed. No scratches, scuffs…nothing. Its like someone bought it and left next to an open window or something. It looked amazing after cleaning. ‘57’s and Uktra weight relief capped it off. The sound was not quite what my other normal LP’s sounded like. Little light and airy, probably due to the almost chambering of this guitar. I told me luthier when I took for setup and he said he could fix the tone with a nylon bridge replacement. He was right.

Got it back and its been my number 1 since. Played it out for first time and it was just incredible. One thing that happened for the first time ever in my life. I did not have to retune once. And hour and 15 mins of jam and it was flawless (I wonder if the viscosity of the nylon helps)

Anyway, I am thrilled that my bias was put in check and made me live this impulse by. I’m even thinking of getting the new “modern” Studio.
 

jb_abides

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Nice find. Congrats, and enjoy. ?

Darkbust: you mean the vintage burst, or the smokehouse burst?

Pics!
 

LPR6

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Surprised to hear that a nylon nut changed the tone but not surprised to hear that the guitar stayed in tune. Definitely a characteristic of nylon.
 
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norcalpiper

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It definitely did. It brought the total tone to a very balanced mid range. Before it was super bright to the point that I had to bring down the tone to 5. And that was on the neck pickup. I posted about the tone in another thread. I guess I should add that another top 2024 moment was having the nylon nut installed and having an in-tune gig the whole way through. I had never played with a nylon nut before, but I am totally loving it…..,,and wondering why I don’t hear guitarists raving over them. Are there any problems with Nylon nuts that I haven’t heard (prone to dead spots, become dull, etc.)
 
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