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Old 02-14-2010, 06:39 PM
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Default McIlroy A25c custom - pics

Hi,

I promised a while back I'd post pics when this arrived. I picked it up on Saturday. All I can really say is ... Wow! Tone, playability, finish - all phenomenal, as we've come to expect from Dermot. Not to mention, he's been amazingly helpful and response throughout (tolerating - and diligently answering - a volley of emails).

I already have an A25c (a 2003 model - the one pictured on the McIlroy website, which sadly I may have to move on now), so I knew what to expect and what this will sound like given a bit of time (or time with the ToneRite), but I was after something with a wider neck and wider string spacing at the bridge. So now I have exactly what I was after - a dream come true!

This is my first custom guitar, with the tweaks being custom extra-wide nut width (46.7mm), custom string extra-wide spacing at the bridge (60mm), Gotoh 510 21:1 machine heads with ebony buttons and an ebony backplate on the headstock.

Solid western red cedar top with black English walnut back and sides from Kew. Sycamore, maple and rosewood purfling. 5 piece mahogany/maple/walnut/maple/mahogany neck. Ebony bridge. Ebony and maple bound fingerboard and headstock.

K&K Pure Western Mini triple soundboard transducer and L R Baggs M1a soundhole magnetic pickups wired in stereo.

'Fraid the pics aren't great - taken indoors in a hurry with terrible lighting. Perhaps one day I'll take some proper shots. In the meantime: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...6&l=7edd0e7752
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Old 02-14-2010, 07:29 PM
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What an absolute beauty, Daniel !

(And the photos aren't half bad, either.)

Gosh, you must be thrilled with that one, for sure. Customized for your playing preferences. And the A25 sound, as we know already, is out of this world.

It will not be until late April that my "AJP35" is delivered. Also with a few custom touches, including tuners very much like yours.

Enjoy that new companion, and please post more photos whenever you can!

Congrats.
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Old 02-14-2010, 08:25 PM
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Looks beautiful. Congratulations on a great looking guitar.
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:27 PM
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Does Baggs make a black or brown M1a now?
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:17 AM
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Thanks.

It's a regular M1a, but I wasn't a fan of the ivory colour, so I took the cover off and dyed it black using Vinyl Dye (I wouldn't recommend paint, as it will probably come off, whereas Vinyl Dye actually penetrates the plastic). Dark brown might have been better. If you really want to go to town, you could make (or have made) a replacement cover in ebony (or whatever wood you'd like).
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Kostal MDC German/claro and OM Euro/Madrose
Larrivee L-05MT
Lowden O35cx cedar/EIR, New Lady, Baritone, O12 and O12-12
McIlroy A25c custom Cedar/Kew black walnut
Montgomery fan fret parlour Euro/ebony
Sands Baritone Swiss/Ovangkol (plus another due 2020)
Wingert Model E German/Braz
Yairi 1960s Soloists
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:17 AM
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Hey Daniel - congratulations on the McIlroy. You must post some new sound clips when you get a chance...that way we can hear your great playing as well as your great guitar!

Well done.

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Old 02-15-2010, 08:40 AM
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As a proud owner of a McIlroy A25c myself, welcome (again!) to the family. Dermot's work is amazing, isn't it?!?
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Lovely! I like the subtle sapwood stripe on the back.

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That is a real beauty. You're going to enjoy it, to be sure.

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Old 02-15-2010, 04:14 PM
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Nice sap wood on the back...
I can hear that sweet cedar top from here!

Dermot can make sonic dreams come true
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