I shouldn't go into music stores, but there are three good ones within walking distance, so it happens now & then. I went into one on Monday & fell in love. The instrument is a Nomad, apparently a short-lived Chinese make. It's a sparkly baby-blue with amber gloss bird's-eye maple neck/fretboard. The neck was described somewhere online as a "vintage round C" shape, and I love it. Sounds good acoustically. Today I A/B'd it plugged in (Roland Cube 60 on the "Roland clean" channel) with a late-'90s American Tele & preferred the Chinese one. Price on the tag is $189, which I do not have.
The neck is the thing. I've wanted a beater Tele for some time, mostly to try my Kalamazoo's Melody Maker neck pup in the Tele neck position, but with beaters you get the neck you get. This fatty is the neck I want. The heel is rounded like a Strat neck, not squared like a Tele neck, & the dots are in different places... but it's dead straight, and it plays like butter.
I'm concerned about non-spec hardware. The bridge HAS to go, and God knows what the electronics are. Pickups appear to be Fender spec in size. Other Teles will point at the neck-heel & laugh.... I'm also concerned about getting into a disastrous trade deal. I have a nice little fake Strat which is dead quiet, because I spent about two weeks shielding it, and a vintage drum machine that could bring $200-plus on eBay... and a '60s National tube amp, Champ-style... and some nice vintage pedals... and I still have some plasma left in my blood....
Not sure if I'm looking for advice or just a shoulder to cry on. Anybody know anything about Nomad guitars? These are not the Fernandes Nomads. These were distributed by White Bridge Music, defunct as of last year. Anybody know how to get a guitar obsession out of your mind? I'm having embarrassing physical responses to thoughts of the instrument. I'm dreaming about it. Please help. Send money.
"You can't write a chord ugly enough to say what you want to say sometimes, so you have to rely on a giraffe filled with whipped cream." - Frank Zappa