NGD: Cilia Guitars custom CGA7 (pics/spec/demo vid)

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  1. wilchelus

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    Hey all, hope everyone had/is having a safe and happy Christmas.

    I guess, pics first, words later :)

    So, on Christmas Eve my phone beeped and this is what I saw:
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    ...and this is what I received:

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    (***skip to spec's if you don't like reading novels :) ***)

    So, around the start of the year I decided to reach out to Cilia Guitars to build me a new custom. After speaking to them and answering a few questions about what I want and my budget, I was promptly invited to the workshop and showroom.

    When I showed up I was impressed. It's a really professional setup, with 2 levels. The bottom floor housing the office and workshop in the back (one very clean, and bright workshop), and a mezzanine showroom level with beautiful wood flooring, a wall of Cilia Guitars guitars, and many Bogner amplifiers to plug into.

    On arriving, my mate and I were greeted by Charles Cilia who gave us a tour of the workshop, and then took us up to the showroom.

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    I meant to take a photo of the showroom, but every time I've been I've forgotten.

    Anyway, in the showroom he had prepared a demo CGA7 that he had built before. It was a 27" scale though, but he had made sure it was set up to B standard before I got there. Plugged me in, and left me to try it out.

    To save the blah blah'ing...Cilia Guitars has insane levels of attention to detail. The closer you look, the more fine detail you see.

    ...and Charles's setup is good too. Low action, amazingly well dressed frets. Sweet sounding all over the neck.

    Anyway, after leaving us to our devices he came back up to see how I was doing, and the words, "I'd like to order one today" came out of my mouth.

    After this, we sat down, talked spec's and wood types while he typed out my order. Then, he took me to the section of his workshop with all the wood.

    He showed me some Alder, and then he got out all the top woods...I kinda wanted every top... ALL THE TOPS. But I settled on one quilted maple top that I really liked. I was torn between this and a burl.

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    I left a deposit that day, and went home wanting to fast forward time.

    Then, one day, Charles sent this to my phone.

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    Then he called me up and asked me to come in to check and approve the neck carve.

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    There she is.

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    Not too bad, played it for a bit to see how I got on with the neck... Already loved the feel actually. :p

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    ...and then, a few weeks later, my phone beeped again.

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    Then Charles called me. He was checking to see how I was liking the burst and the colour.

    ...and that was that. A few more weeks after that, and it was literally Christmas :D.

    (*** end novel ***)

    Specs:
    - Alder Body
    - 1/4" quilted maple top
    - Matching headstock
    - 25.5" scale length
    - Wenge with walnut stripe neck
    - Ebony fretboard
    - Maple phoenix wing inlay
    - 6100 stainless steel frets
    - Hipshot bridge
    - Graphtech Ghost Piezo saddles
    - Seymour Duncan Pegasus and Sentient humbuckers
    - Sperzel locking tuners
    - 1x volume for pickups (push pull split)
    - 1x volume for piezo (push pull preamp tonal variation)
    - 3 way mini toggle (full electric, blend electric/piezo, full piezo)
    - 2 way mini toggle (LED fret markers on/off)
    - 3 way toggle (pickup selector)
    - stereo input jack (can split piezo and humbuckers to separate channels).

    finish:
    - gloss blue burst
    - transparent black rear
    - oiled neck
     
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    What a fabulous post - and a great Christmas present for yourself
     
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    Gorgeous guitar! Pretty much ticks all the boxes for my dream guitar beyond scale length (I'm too used to "26.5 now :lol:)

    Can you explain a little more how the push-pull pre-amp setup works? Just an active/passive switch essentially?
     
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    Thanks guys :)

    hehe, yeah, I'm too use to 25.5". 26.6" still feels a bit odd to me.

    The pre-amp's always on. It's a different voicing when you push/pull. The tone goes from small bodied acoustic, to dreadnought style (can hear more air).
     
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    That thing looks unreal. Congrats, and what great timing to be ready around this time of year ha :)
     
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    Thanks bsbozzy :). They posted up on twitter too. My pic's seem to have done the rounds. Guitar Porn also posted up some.

    Thanks BluFFaLo. :) It was awesome timing!

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    Here are a couple more vids I did after spending more time playing.

    Auld Lang Syne, on New Years Eve to bring in the New Year metal-like:



    ...and a solo comp entry for another website I frequent. I tried to channel the 80's, with surf style shred on this one:
     
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    While i cant play an instrument to save myself, i can fully understand the craftmanship that goes into building 1 & the final sound it produces:thumbup:
     
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    Charles is a lovely guy, and does beautiful work. There's a similar animal sitting around here somewhere, and I seem to remember it taking forever to pick the top for that one too!
     
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    You could impale a stage invader with that :)

    Cool metal sound, very noice
     

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