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Finally decided to opt for a custom 5 build. I wanted something lightweight, slim neck profile, E-C tuning and as versatile tone-wise as could be! After several 'chats' with Jose - Mr Merlos - the spec is as follows:

33" Scale 

Body - Alder

Top - Poplar

Neck through 3 piece with Carbon Fibre

Fingerboard - Birdseye Maple

Single Coil Pick-ups (Merlos Custom)

Active/Passive Electronics (Merlos Custom)

Hardware - Black/Gold

Pictures below for your delectation...

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I like the limited palette....less is more..

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Nice.

The pictures speak for themselves.  I love watching the burl emerge more and more as the top is contoured.

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Liking that sort of binding, don't know how to correctly describe it, the effect most noticeable on the top horn. Also, that's a gorgeous fretboard. Liking fantastic.

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And, the final series of pictures prior to packing and winging its way to me!!

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In agreement with all the posts above....must be hard having to wait for delivery though..

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      The full spec:
      33" Scale 
      Body - Alder
      Top - Poplar
      Neck through 3 piece, with Carbon Fibre
      Fingerboard - Birdseye Maple
      Single Coil Pickups (Merlos Custom)
      Active/Passive Electronics (Merlos Custom)
      Hardware - Black/Gold
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
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