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Any experience with Mike Gee kustoms

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by djphelan01, Dec 31, 2011.

  1. djphelan01

    djphelan01 Tele-Holic

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  2. Jericho75

    Jericho75 Tele-Meister

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    I've been following this guy for a bit and too am curious about his guitars. He does have a few you tube vids of some of his gits. So far from what I've gathered, which I could be completely wrong but it seems he builds these "customs" with parts he finds at pawn shops and maybe online and refinishes or relics them for that custom look.
     

  3. fuzzstache

    fuzzstache Tele-Meister

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    Jan 23, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I bought a 335 copy made by Mike a few months ago, the black one with a P90 in the bridge. It is built very well and Mike is a nice guy if you ever need to talk with him about guitars - I just called him yesterday with a wiring question and he was very helpful. His pickups are of very good quality, tons better than an Epiphone or anything else in this price range. The action wasn't as low as I know some players fancy it out of the box but I still play it as it came and it suits me very well. I will definitely be installing some Wilkinson tuners though, because the stock ones are typical no-name Chinese and not dependable. I'll be honest in that I bought this guitar because of the name on the headstock and how it looked and I do not regret my purchase at all.
     

  4. Doc Nelson

    Doc Nelson TDPRI Member

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    Topeka, Kansas
    I just bought a used reliced Mike Gee Kustoms Tele. It has a faded and distressed butterscotch body and a beautifully reliced neck, with the wear showing perfectly in the right areas where a player would wear on it. It has six individual bridge saddles, but I could put three brass saddles on it. The hardware looks good and authentic, and the pickups and electronics sound great...at least as good as the Fender Custom Shop tele pickups that I have on one of my tele's! This guitar plays, intonates, and sounds killer,, plugged in and unplugged. Sounds great clean, which I prefer most of the time, and it has that great "Tele SPANK!" Sounds great with a little "Sparkle Drive," too! Plays fast and comfortable. It is light, and would be easy to play a 4 or 5 set night with no sweat. I would prefer this guitar over a lot of the good older Fender Tele's that I've played ... and owned. The Kelton Swade guitars play and sound better than this guitar, and all of the Fenders that I've owned / played. But, Kelton's guitars are more expensive than the Mike Gee Kustoms by about $3100. a guitar. Some of the Fender Custom Shop stuff is even more expensive than that, but given my choices...at least with this particular Mike Gee Tele; it would be my "go to" guitar over any of the Fenders. SERIOUSLY! If you are a serious player, and have the money....BUY A KELTON SWADE...you won't regret it! If you don't have the money to do that, but you want a good relic job, and great quality, sound, and utility; buy yourself a Mike Gee Kustom! ...Doc.
     

  5. tuggs56437

    tuggs56437 NEW MEMBER!

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    bertha MN
    i have had mike build a 335 in black and WOW wicked pissa guitar i love it !!!!!!
    i am going to have him build another guitar for me, shipping was great, packing was great
    no problems this is one guitar i pick and play the most ! i do a lot of blues!
    as i said yes mike builds a nice guitar
     

  6. phelge68

    phelge68 NEW MEMBER!

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    I’m Andrea from Italy, and this is my experience with Mike Gee, hope may help someone:

    I contacted him because I wanted him to build me a billy-bo thunderbird.

    Before the purchase, I sent him lots of mails asking questions, and he always replied me very quickly.

    He told the price was 600 $ including shipping (to Italy) and I had to pay him 450$ (with paypal) first, and the remaining 150$ when finished.

    As soon as I payed him the 450$, his replies weren’t as quick as before, sometimes didn’t replied at all.

    I spent 2 months asking him when he could start to build my guitar, and him replying “Sorry I’m full of work right now, I’ll begin asap, etc..”

    So, I warned him that next month I would file a “case/dispute” to paypal, unless he shows me any progress.

    He never replied, so, after 3 months from the purchase, I filed the paypal case, asking to get my money back.

    Next day, he replied “Your guitar will be ready for Shipping tomorrow. We are out of the shop today for the labor day holiday. Please close the case”.

    What !?!? where this guitar comes from, all of a sudden ?! he built it overnight !? maybe with stock leftover parts ?! How could he paint it, since I didn’t decided the colour yet ?!?!

    Usually during the building process (which in his case he says it takes 4-6 weeks), the liuther/builder shows you the progress, sends some photos, asks for details/clarifications, if he’s doing right, there is some communication.

    I asked him to send me a photo, he replied “I am not in shop today. It is a holiday here”, so I escalated the case to claim.

    Next day, he sent me the photos, the guitar looked nice, even though I didn’t told him how to paint it, but at this point I didn’t trust him anymore, so I told him “you send the guitar, then I’ll pay you the remaining 25% and close the claim, or, you give me all my money back”.

    He replied “you have to pay and close the claim first, otherwise if you want the money back, there is a 15% restocking fee since it is a custom order”

    Since we didn’t find an agreement, we stopped the communication, and go on respond thru paypal.

    Then I received this message from paypal “A partial refund in the amount of $382.50 has been suggested to resolve this complaint. Price of the deposit minus 20% restocking fee. If you do not decide on this partial refund offer within 3 calendar days, PayPal will complete the investigation and determine the outcome of the claim. “

    I refused the partial refund, and finally Paypal gave me all my money back.

    The problem is that I lost 37 euros since exchange rate between Dollar and Euro changed in the last 3 months, and another 10 euros for payment and refund transactions (as usual, rate when buying, and rate when paying, are different).

    So, after 3 months, I lost 47 euros (about 55$) and no guitar.
     

  7. Lonn

    Lonn Tele-Afflicted

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    Dec 13, 2007
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    Since this old thread has been resurrected I'll come in. I've run across a number of these guitars in the Indianapolis area and I'm not the least bit impressed. Every one has been a rebadged Squier partscaster of some sort.
     

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