Just thought I would follow up on my earlier post on ordering this guitar and pickup. The guitar is fantastic-even better than my expectations. It really captures the sound and feel of a Selmer. It is loud and brash, with lots of balls. The fit and finish while not perfect, are very good, and better than I was led to expect. It had several setup issues that were taken care of the day I got it. It needed a new nut (string spacing was way off), and the bridge needed to be re-notched. There were no side dots! I had these installed also. The tuners were replaced with Gotogh (sp?) tuners before I received the guitar.
The good stuff: The neck is like a boat oar! Just like I like it. I am convinced this adds to the stability and sound of the guitar. I can't prove it, but it is JMO. It has the gypsy sound ala Django and Tchavolo built in. I am so happy with the sound, feel, and playability. The guitar just howls when you really dig in! The neck is one of the most beautifully figured pieces of walnut I've ever seen, and it is 3 piece laminated, with a center stripe.
The Schatten pickup sounds great. The best I've heard so far. It really gives the sound of my guitar, only louder. No onboard noise, either. Of course this is just in my little music room through my AER, not a live gig. I will reserve any real judgement until my next gig, which is Wednesday night. I see no reason for it not to perform to expectations on a live gig, as it just sounded clear and natural no matter how loud I turned it up in my room, and I got NO feedback at all! I have the new model with built-in preamp. I will post a little review on Wed. night after my gig if I have the time and energy.
Sorry for the overly long post, but before I go, I just want to thank Ted, Troy, and Phil for their helpful advice, comments and experience. I think you guided me right on the Gallato. I love it! And to my friend Rick for being the inspiration for the Schatten pickup.
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