NGD: 53/10 Limited

Discussion in 'Electric Instruments' started by Tramp, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    I love clean tones with lots of sparkle in the top end. A while back, while hanging here, I got intrigued by the 53/10 pickups for just that reason. Long story short, I picked up a beautiful 53/10 Limited in Fire Burst Red from Sound Affects in the UK (great shop!). After the obligatory CITES certification wait, she's here!

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    I'll confess to having been a bit suspicious of the 53 designation on the pickups, since it's hard to image humbuckers with the sparkle of vintage single coils, but these pickups have that in spades. Clean to edge-of-breakup, it doesn't get any better. I can't play like Bill Frisell so can only imagine what someone with those chops could do with this guitar. Playability is also as good as it gets. And, oh yeah, she's gorgeous!

    A while back, I did a post about the DGT being the perfect guitar... for me. I won't take the 53/10 out with the band until next week, but suspect that, when the dust settles, I'll probably still give the nod to the DGT for band work. That guitar spans the full range from clean to dirty better than any I've ever known, largely because the bridge pickup is so amazing. There's a part of me that would love to try the 53/10's neck pickup in the DGT or the DGT's bridge in the 53/10. Either way would be special! But I likely won't.

    In any event, the 53/10 is a keeper!
     
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  2. Great Gazoo

    Great Gazoo New Member

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    Sweet.
     
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  3. jxe

    jxe babe en der wood

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    satin top, gloss neck?
     
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  4. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    Originally satin top and neck. The neck's gone glossy with play.
     
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  5. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Fantastic!
     
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  6. toothace

    toothace We've got, you know, armadillos in our trousers.

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    Beautiful!


    Sweet top!!
     
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  7. Tone-y

    Tone-y New Member

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    Yeah they don't take long to gloss up.
     
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  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Freeze zone

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    Really nice looking guitar.
    Enjoy the 53/10 - I like mine.
     
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  9. Rockmark

    Rockmark New Member

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    Great guitar there. 53/10 pups are tone heaven.
     
  10. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Outstanding! Congrats!
     
  11. Tonart

    Tonart Tone of the Art......or is that backwards?

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    Wow, great top! I have one exactly like yours, so I know how great these are!
     
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  12. markd21

    markd21 New Member

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    That is gorgeous!!!
     
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  13. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Get in, loser, we’re going shopping.

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    Bangin’!
     
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  14. archey

    archey New Member

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    The stain's color suits that top perfectly. They nailed it with that one!
     
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  15. Tramp

    Tramp To and Fro, Mostly Fro

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    The Brown Golds in this run are sweet too, but the FRBs are epic!
     
  16. WA Paul

    WA Paul It’s ok...I’m with Manny dog

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    Congrats! I like the 53/10s. One of my favorite neck HBs and the coil splits are terrific too.

    Mine didn’t come with a satin finish though...
     
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  17. Bill SAS 513

    Bill SAS 513 Just another old guy in a T-shirt

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    Wow!! Congrats!
     
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  18. Bowtiefanatc

    Bowtiefanatc #NeverGibson

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    Oh lawd!!!
     
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  19. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    <swoon>
     
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  20. shimmilou

    shimmilou Established in 1963

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    Beautiful guitar! Congrats
     
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