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NGD (Backlund)

Postby ElfDude » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:08 am

I've been so into rockabilly guitars for the last couple of years... been looking all over for another one since I bought that Gretsch Streamliner.
Been wanting something that really made a statement and went well with my oldies trio. I'd finally decided I was going to have an SH550 built with a Bigsby in radiation green metallic. I'd saved up about 75% of the money needed to buy it (I never buy guitars on credit). Was agonizing over which pickups to get for it, as none of the Kiesel pickups really have that Filter'tron feel to them.

Then I saw this thing... a John Backlund design called the Rockerbox II DLX.
To me this thing just screams retro-futuristic-rockabilly. It's made in Korea, has everything I want it to have, is built a lot like the SH550 (chambered out solid back, etc.), costs hundreds less, and makes even more of a visual statement.

So here are a couple of crummy cell pics from work and a few Internet pictures to go along with them.

I'll review it more as time passes. But I'm SO EXCITED now! I want to go home and play with it!

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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby spudmunkey » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:31 am

Design by: John Backlund
"VentiPort" Portholes by: Ned Nickles of 1948-era Buick

THAT is a super cool guitar, and NAILS the look, i think!! I adore the sort of "fin" shped pickguard.

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Postby ElfDude » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:50 am

spudmunkey wrote:Design by: John Backlund
"VentiPort" Portholes by: Ned Nickles of 1948-era Buick

THAT is a super cool guitar, and NAILS the look, i think!! I adore the sort of "fin" shped pickguard.


Exactly... it's like vintage car meets atomic-age rocket ship!
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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby DWG » Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:38 pm

Very cool guitar! Such a great look. Enjoy!

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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby ElfDude » Fri Jul 31, 2020 6:16 am

I played the guitar a lot yesterday and A -B tested it against a few others.

The guitar plays beautifully. extremely well built (as one would expect from Korea these days). The neck is on the narrower side compared to my Carvins and Kiesel, with the exception of my 80s SH225... they feel a lot like each other.

The pickups! I've never owned a guitar with Filter-tron type pickups. Okay, the pickups that came with my Gretsch were called Broad'trons, but they had none of that kind of tone. THey were full-sized humbuckers and sounded like dark PAFs.
I don't know who made these little "trons", but they have the sound I'd hoped for... bright and kinda twangy at the bridge and jazzy in the neck. My only complaint (if you can call it that) with them is that they are vintage voiced, meaning their output is considerably lower than any of my Carvin/Kiesel pickups. So I decided to try lowering the pickups in a couple of guitars I'd like to take to gigs with this one. The result was actually very pleasant. Nice tones from lowered Carvin and Kiesel pickups. I just need to remember which guitars are set up to gig with each other. :lol:
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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby dbone » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:26 am

Nice looking guitar! Enjoy
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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby ElfDude » Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:25 am

Gonna try gigging with it tonight.
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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby ElfDude » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:54 am

I hadn't told my band mates that I had purchased a new guitar... just showed up with it. They loved the look. Agreed that it suited our act really well. A couple of audience members were impressed as well. One came up to me and said, "I want to take a picture of you with THAT guitar!"

I played the first hour of a 90 minute set with it. Sounded nice. Was easy to play. I'm very pleased. Planning to play our whole set with it at the big annual Geezerfest show with it later this month. Hope to get some live shots with it too.
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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby Koshchei » Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:13 pm

Very 1958!

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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby spudmunkey » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:14 pm

Wait a minute...I just noticed that there is no control cavity cover on the back...is that "fin" pickguard covering an accesss hole to the electronics? A bit of a ship-in-a-bottle situation, i think, if you ever planned to work on the electronics!!

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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby ElfDude » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:53 pm

spudmunkey wrote:Wait a minute...I just noticed that there is no control cavity cover on the back...is that "fin" pickguard covering an accesss hole to the electronics? A bit of a ship-in-a-bottle situation, i think, if you ever planned to work on the electronics!!


That's a good question! I haven't peeked under the pickguard. But semi-hollow guitars like the ES-335 are notoriously difficult to work on for this very reason.
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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby spudmunkey » Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:56 pm

ElfDude wrote:
spudmunkey wrote:Wait a minute...I just noticed that there is no control cavity cover on the back...is that "fin" pickguard covering an accesss hole to the electronics? A bit of a ship-in-a-bottle situation, i think, if you ever planned to work on the electronics!!


That's a good question! I haven't peeked under the pickguard. But semi-hollow guitars like the ES-335 are notoriously difficult to work on for this very reason.


That's what i was thinking of, but at least those have f-holes close to the knobs. Not a WHOLE lot better, but a little. :)

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Re: NGD (Backlund)

Postby helldorado » Tue Aug 04, 2020 7:52 pm

Sweet! I love the orange version and the green is really cool too. I've heard good things about Eastwood's quality, at least on the ones built in Korea. I'm a fan of some of the really cool retro designs they bring back. Nice grab!


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