DíAngelico NYSS-3b FM.
Grail of semi-acoustics.
This is the first new Vestax model since
First seen in Feb 2013, it is
the Flame Maple top version of its fabulous NYSS-3b.
by the legendary luthier Hideshito Shino, the NYSS-3b is a
small body semi ( just a little bigger than a Les Paul) but
with big sound, superb tone, outstanding character, massive
sustain and excellent quality.
No longer sold in the UK, Europe or the USA, the NYSS-3b is now built in very small numbers for the Japanese market only.
At the end of 2012, Vestax commissioned
just six Flame Maple Top versions to be made. They were
to test customer reaction and I was fortunate to be offered
2 guitars from that first batch, both Sunburst.
The others are finished; two in Transparent Bright
Blue and two in Transparent Wine Red.
They are stunning!
The tone is brighter than the Spruce top, as would be expected,
but only a little. It
has a crisper top end
than the solid Spruce version
whereas the Bass is pretty much the same on both models. The tonal change from Spruce is very subtle but
this guitar feels alive.
It has not yet been decided whether these initial guitars will remain a
"one-off" batch or whether they will become a standard
catalogue model. Either way, they
will not generally be available outside Japan.
I have owned several Vestax D'Angelicos (acoustic, electric
and semi) and they all have in common the most perfect necks
I ever have played. For me the neck
is really important and I am totally happy with these
You just canít put this guitar down - itís a players
instrument through and through. The tone palette of this guitar is