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Klaus

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Canīt Wait
« on: May 01, 2012, 07:55:56 AM »
Four years ago I moved from Denmark to New Zealand. When I moved I havent touch a guitar for around 15 years. Long story short, I started playing again after I came to New Zealand but have to buy a new guitar and amp because I left everything back I Denmark.
A couple of days a go I finally got my X to send my old guitar to New Zealand (I havent got it yet) itīs a Navigator Strat which I bought from new and now it must be 25-30 years old. To people who maybe dont know Navigator guitars, It (was) ESPīs Top of the line guitars. Some people call them ESPīs Custom shop guitars and many people actually think they are better than a real Fender Strat  :o
So hopefully my old guitar which I havent been playing for nearly 20 years will arive here in NZ next week, thats why I cant wait.
Sorry I just have to share this with you guys.

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Klaus

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 08:54:44 AM »
Since its being sent from your Ex, I sure hope it comes in one piece.  ESP does make some good instruments.  I've heard their quality is better than Gibson's Epiphone line.  Personally, I've never played one, but they look sharp.  Recently Rob Chappers in the UK talked about some of ESP line and the strat like guitar they make won a shootout for the best value.  Glad to see you're getting your guitar back!

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 11:37:46 AM »
Great to hear, hope it's as good as you remember it!

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 12:59:29 PM »
be sure to let the ESP 'rest' from its travels...maybe some dessicant, a quiet dark room for a few days...and you have your favorite adult beverage while it tells travel stories??? :)

in all seriousness, all that travel....i hope the neck is ok, and it plays like you remember.

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 02:17:40 PM »
Considering the name 'Navigator', I think your guitar should handle well the long journey...(sorry, couldn't resist ;D )
Hope everything will be OK seriously! Let us know how it feels, it seems to be a great deal!

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2012, 07:09:17 AM »
Hi here is an update.
I finally got my guitar 2 days ago but not without problems. The New Zealand Customs was charging me for import Tax, Security check and a lot of different fees and of course GST on top. All in all $139 and I just paid $180 for the shipping.
So I was thinking, this canīt be right that I have to pay import tax on a guitar I have owned for nearly 30 years! I called the Customs and the told me, it was because my X who have send the guitar from Denmark had put a $3000 value on the guitar. So they asked me what I thought it would be worth. I told them that I can buy a brand new for around $1000 so mine coudnt be more worth than max. $300 and the they said that sounded fair and they send me the guitar and I didnt have to pay anything, Great.

Ok I finally got the guitar so I coudnt wait to try it out or just se it again, but when I opened the guitar case I nearly got a chock. My X had stored the guitar for 4 years in a barn! Wow it just looked bad, a lot of the screews was rusty, and the freets had some kind of funny stuff on them. I was actually thinking, this will never be the same guitar again, It just looked bad.
But ok, I cleaned the guitar and started to put strings on, but could immediately see something was very wrong, the strings was nearly 1cm over the freetboard! I took a closer look and found out that the neck was starting to come out from the body! I got a screw driver and tightened the screws and yes now it looked like in the old days ;)
I tuned the guitar and coudnt hardly wait to connect it to my amp. It showed up that switches was not working so good any more, but I got it to play and wow that was like getiing an old friend back again.
The guitar is modified so instead of the 5 way switch I have 3 on off switches so I can use any combination of the the pickups.
The pickups are:
Neck and bridge Pick up: ESP Double humbucker but in single coil size! (I have never seen them on any other guitars)
Middle pick up: Esp Single coil.
I have also mounted a switch so I can turn the bridge pick into a single coil and finally the 3 on off switches all have 3 positions, on and off, the third position switches the polarity or phase of the pickups which can give a thin but very funky sound.
I have now been playing on the guitar for the last 2 days and I have to get some new switches but all i all I find it better than my MIM Strat. Way better sustain and the neck is easier to play. If you take a look on the Internet a lot of people find the early Navigator guitars better than even the Custom shop Fenders.
So Im happy again, great  :)

 

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2012, 05:18:41 PM »
Wow, some story there! Glad you got it back and that it's working!

I have never seen that type of ESP. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2012, 06:23:52 PM »
Klaus, before you do 'new switches', maybe try 'DeOxit' on them. it's a spray electrical cleaner....Stew Mac has it, so i would think most guitar shops would have it. If you have a 'dirty' switch' (one that's corroded from storage or beer spilled on the guitar, or whatever) sometimes DeOxit will make the switch work again.

http://www.deoxit.com/

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2012, 06:24:26 PM »
Fantastic Klaus, I am glad you got your old "warhorse" back, sounds like it could tell a few stories. 8)
I would love to see a few pics if possible, I have a ESP/LTD (Made in China ) & have found it to be a fantastic  guitar.
In fact I would not mind a ESP/LTD EC1000 with Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II.

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Re: Canīt Wait
« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2012, 09:44:15 AM »
Glad to know you got it back.. and in somewhat of one piece.. I wonder how may other people have done the same thing?  Just toss some old guitar in barn or garage withouth knowing the damage it can cause.  You got lucky.  Some guitars would of warped or even rotted being in a barn for a few years...