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ElfDude
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:27 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

A few years back I bought a Chinese ES-335 style guitar and I really enjoyed it. The brand was New York Pro. It looked pretty good. Played pretty good. I put a C22B and a C22N in it and it sounded awesome! I sold it to help pay for my Electric Blue Bolt when I bought it. So far it's the only guitar I've ever sold that I really regretted selling and missed afterward. I've made overtures to the kid who bought it from me but he had no desire to sell it back. Cool

Here's a pic of it.



I've long wanted another semi-hollow but can't currently justify the cost of an SH550. So I recently made an eBay purchase. Using the Make an Offer button I was able to score this import for $189.95 plus shipping. No case, no frills, just the guitar.

The brand name is Harmonia. Made in China. All maple construction as far as I can tell. Headstock is an unoffensive shape (unlike the Epiphone Dot). The build quality is... fair. I think it's very pretty.





There's a little dent on the back of the body, but it's small enough to shrug off. The fretboard is very dry and needs lemon oil. The pickups suck. The neck is fat (some like that and some don't... I think I'm okay with it). My plan all along has been to install Carvin pickups in it anyway so I don't care that the current pickups suck. I'll ditch the pickguard as I think they're prettier without. And eventually I'll replace those black speed knobs with gold top hat knobs I think. Smile

Stay tuned for further developments.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:28 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

What's this? I spy a scratch or crack or something!



I called the seller. I bought the last one. They can't replace it. They're prepared to send me a shipping label and refund my money. I ask if they might be willing to give me a bit of a discount or a gig bag or something instead of me sending it back. They agree to send a free gig bag! Nice!

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:28 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Started cleaning the fretboard. It's cheap rosewood. But I don't really care. Cool On the left you can see how the lemon oiled area compares to the un-oiled on the right.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:21 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Got yourself a cheap beater, I see. Give it some TLC and make it presentable. Then rock out with it. Yeah!
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Delta362 wrote:
Got yourself a cheap beater, I see. Give it some TLC and make it presentable. Then rock out with it. Yeah!


That's the plan! I expect to go through a few pickup variations on this one, and to keep this thread updated with progress reports. Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:57 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Very Cool ED!

And, She is very pretty!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 8:57 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Looks good. I like the new color better.
You still have that hollow body with the SD pickup?

BTW, if I didn't know better I'd say you were singing metal in that pic. If I could photoshop some flames behind you it would be more believable.

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I would have bought an SX, Douglas or Agile from Rondo and then added some C22's

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:54 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I got my used Epi Dot a while back in a trade and I love it. The stock Epi version of the '57 classics sound good to me and I don't plan on changing them. Good luck on your guitar...it's nice looking...

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treg wrote:
Looks good. I like the new color better.
You still have that hollow body with the SD pickup?.


Awww yeah!



treg wrote:
BTW, if I didn't know better I'd say you were singing metal in that pic. If I could photoshop some flames behind you it would be more believable.


But you DO know better! Mr. Green

I was trying to figure out what song it was. I think it's an original we do that my brother wrote. A loudish blues-rock piece called "Suntanned Women". Cool

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telemike wrote:
I would have bought an SX, Douglas or Agile from Rondo and then added some C22's


I kinda wanted an SX but they were sold out and won't have any more until sometime this summer Kurt says. The Agiles (to me) have the same problem as the SH445; the funny stubby little horns.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:32 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm going to have fun with this. Soon I will be experimenting with pickups. Sitting on my dresser I have a C22B and an M22N. On the way (thanks to a couple of very cool Carvinites) are an S22T, an S22J and a couple of AP11s and some single coil adapter rings. It's going to be fun making this guitar my own.

I wish these had easy access to the electronics like solidbodies do... pop off the cover and start soldering! But no, one has to remove the pots and stuff through the f-hole to work on 'em. I think I might install a couple of mini connectors to make pickup swaps after the initial one much easier.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:21 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

No pickguard and gold top hat knobs. Lookin' better already! Cool


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:56 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Here we go. AP11 at the neck and S22T at the bridge (cream pickup ring on the way).
MUCH better. Cool


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OK, that just looks weird. IT either needs two humbuckers or I'd toI want a single coil then use a P-90.

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T-Bone-BBQ wrote:
OK, that just looks weird. IT either needs two humbuckers or I'd toI want a single coil then use a P-90.


Sorry mate, the AP11 stays! My favorite neck pickup EVER! Mr. Green

The S22 at the bridge, dunno if it's permanent or not. It's kind of mellow. But it's kind of pretty.

As time goes by I plan on experimenting with a C22B in the bridge and even another AP11 at the bridge! We'll see what works out for me.

I also think it'll look a little less weird when the bridge pickup has a cream mounting bezel instead of a black one.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:08 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

I was just thinking the neck PU might sound better flipped the other way?

paint the bezel red? idk

I`m getting a kick out of this adventure....
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:35 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

The neck pickup sounds pretty sweet. Smile Before this I'd only heard an AP11 at the neck of my DC135, my Bolt, and a Squier Strat I used to have.

I like it a lot more in my Bolt than in my DC. And that's understandable, there are many differences in construction between the two. But I'd never heard one in a set-neck semi-hollow and have wanted to for a long time.

Now that I have heard it I am not disappointed. Not worried about flipping it at all. Cool

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ElfDude wrote:
T-Bone-BBQ wrote:
OK, that just looks weird. IT either needs two humbuckers or I'd toI want a single coil then use a P-90.


Sorry mate, the AP11 stays! My favorite neck pickup EVER! Mr. Green


I was just teasing you anyways...yeah, it does look kinda odd, but as long as you're getting the tone you want from it that's all that matters.

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T-Bone-BBQ wrote:
ElfDude wrote:
T-Bone-BBQ wrote:
OK, that just looks weird. IT either needs two humbuckers or I'd toI want a single coil then use a P-90.


Sorry mate, the AP11 stays! My favorite neck pickup EVER! Mr. Green


I was just teasing you anyways...yeah, it does look kinda odd, but as long as you're getting the tone you want from it that's all that matters.


I expect it will go through a few more stages of evolution in the near future. Cool

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