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My new N4 Padauk - first impressions!

 
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jimcroisdale
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:12 pm    Post subject: My new N4 Padauk - first impressions! Reply with quote

Hi all,

I recently took delivery of my new N4 Padauk with OFR and black hardware. Delivery was prompt and the package was in tiptop condition.

It took me a good ten minutes to summon up the courage to open the case, but boy, was I glad when I did!

Hands on for the first time, my thoughts were:

1. The case is brilliant. Fits the guitar like a glove and looks very smart.
2. The grain on MY guitar is wonderful. The body is pretty much quartersawn and the stripe is fantastic.
3. It smells gorgeous. Is that the wax/oil finish, or Jon's cologne?
4. Fretting is great. As good as my Ibanez Paul Gilbert PGM301, and that's bloody good.
5. Feels awesome to play, even with the slightly high 'out of the box' action. Was even better when I lowered it. Nice chunky neck like my Charvel, and the Padauk and Ebony feels great to the touch.
6. Routing, fit and finish is flawless.
7. Nuno's signature. Took a while to sink in!
8. Volume knob in just the right place for me - I won't knock it during crazy stage maneuvres. Same with the switch.
9. I like the non-barrel jack socket. Easier to replace when they eventually give up.
10. It's no heavier than my Ibanez, and is more compact.

So I did two gigs over the weekend. After blocking the trem up totally, I used her both times through my Peavey 5150mkII rig. Here's my thought of the beast in use:

1. It's very bright sounding compared to the Ibanez I normally use. I know the paddy's are supposed to be dark, but wow! Top end AND plenty bass. I found that the lack of a single coil was no problem - the L500 does a great clean sound. I also found that the clean channel, when I really hit the guitar hard, did a great crunch sound too, something not possible with the Ibanez on s/c. Less channel switching required. More versatile than a 3 pickup Ibanez!
2. The volume pot is no good for me. It's virtually on/off and swells are impossible. Also, the treble rolloff is ridiculous! I'll be fitting a Dimarzio 500k as soon as my soldering iron is hot....
3. Feels beautifully balanced on a strap.
4. The SEC is a revelation. Why do all guitars not have this?
5. Tuning stability is excellent - and my Ibanez is legendary at this, so anything less would have annoyed me!


All in all, it's the versatile gigging machine I hoped it would be. I couldn't be happier.

Just need to start saving for a spare!

Cheers,

Jim
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the club, man.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UH OH! He's becoming an addict Shocked

glad you dig her! she looks GREAT with black hardware!

PHOTOS!?!?!?!??!?!?!!?!??!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JONNYGORILLA wrote:
PHOTOS!?!?!?!??!?!?!!?!??!




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jimcroisdale
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of pics Jon, did you manage to get one of Nuno signing my N4?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will dig through and find it

YOU still need to post photos

the one I have will be with chrome before the swap Wink
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