Ngd-boutique Superstrat Edition

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  1. ThePitbullofLove

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    Picked up a Zion in trade last night, Hoover-era. Mann made bridge, ebony board, Sperzel tuners, Bill Lawrence Pickups I’ve been told. I think it’s a “Classic”? Previous owner said according to Zion build started in ‘96 and finished in early ‘97.
    She looks more purple-ish in person than in pix, where she has a reddish cast
     
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    HNGD she sure looks sweet :cheers:
     
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    I am curious as to what those pickups are tbh
     
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    Awesome, always wanted to play a Zion since Keaggy's days from the 90s.
     
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    They were custom wound by Bill Lawrence for Zion in the 80’s and 90’s
     
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    they comparable to anything? Or are they their own unique thing?
     
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    I think the single coils are the finest I’ve ever played. Dead quiet noiseless, with great tone. They sound phenomenal clean and just as good on the dirt channel. The humbucker is nice too, articulate and strong but not overly hot...almost like a slightly hotter tweaked PAF? Not sure..they don’t sound immediately like anything else but they’re not super different either...they have their own vibe I guess
     
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    You have a keeper there, I certainly would. The finish is stellar. Is that a proprietary trem? Looks similar to a prs but not the same. Headstock is awesome..

    Phil's Zion, it inspired me to look into a H/H strat, I picked up an H/H HM Strat in 91.

     
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    It looks vaguely PRS-y because, drum roll please....it is a Mann-Made tremolo system. That’s the guy who collaborated with Paul Reed Smith designing their terms beginning in the early to mid 80’s.

    It’s a six point trem, and it does it's job very well. Paired with a super slick nut, Sperzel locking tuners, and some nut sauce...it is surprisingly stable! I’ve dropped the strings to slack on the pickups and it has come back to pitch most of the time
     
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    I had a nice Blue one...
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    Very similar to the Godin Artisan as well...
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