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GFS bodies?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Gene Machine, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. seratone

    seratone TDPRI Member

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    May 16, 2011
    Toronto
    I just got a GFS Paulownia Tele body in Black - 49$ USD - $137 CAN to my door (!) - i was trying to make a super light Nashville T. When I picked it up at the Post Office - I thought the box was empty. It was 2.2 pounds - 5.15 pounds fully assembled.

    The Neck Slot was loose
    The body was about 1/4" thinner than a Standard USA Tele
    The Bridge pickup cavity needed to be chiselled out to allow the bridge plate to sit properly above the string holes. I had to route a Strat pickup cavity anyway so I didn't mind bashing it up a bit. Paulownia is like Balsawood - when chiselled it, it sort of compacts and gets all 'spongey'. It's also incredibly fragile - I put a finger nail impression in the back when I was pushing the furells in.

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  2. kLyon

    kLyon Tele-Meister Gold Supporter

    218
    Mar 21, 2011
    US
    I was thinking about getting one of these for a light airplane guitar... your description is good and complete, but, On Balance? What do you think? How is the finished guitar?)
     

  3. Zepfan

    Zepfan Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 30, 2013
    Horn Lake, MS
    Good luck getting everything to line up. At least that's what all the complaints usually are on these. I have seen some people post about everything being great and in line so you got at least a 50-50 chance.
     

  4. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    Williamsville NY
    If you add up everyone’s experience, the entire range of all quality levels of GFS bodies are uniformly distributed from perfect to firewood. I’m done with them. I’ll pay the cost for a properly made body instead of burning my time and what’s left of my good humor fixing what’s rong right out of the GFX box.
     

  5. harold h

    harold h Friend of Leo's

    Feb 15, 2004
    GFS is the opposite of Kenny Rogers Roasters Chicken-

    its the wood that makes it no good!
     
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  6. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    I recently bought a GFS paisley body and a CV Tele as a donor.
    The body finish was good enough but the bridge pickup would not go into the cavity, not even close.
    Everything else went together fine.

    I did notice when putting screws into the body I had stop turning them when the screws 'looked' right. A hair more and they step out. The finish seems to be a hard candy shell over Styrofoam.

    The other thing that caught my attention was how light the body was. The original CV was something like 8.2 pounds. With the GFS body total weight was only about 5.4.
    I really didn't spend any time with the CV before disassembling it so i really don't know what it sounded like.
    The finished paisley CV doesn't sound very good and has little sustain. Just nothing special about it that will get it taken out of the closet much.
    My experience may certainly not be typical.
     
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  7. BillB

    BillB TDPRI Member

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    Apr 16, 2009
    Delaware OH
    I've used a GFS Telecaster body and their more expensive XGP body. The XGP body was pretty good as it was. The cheaper GFS body wasn't bad (nice finish, correct shape etc) but neck pocket work was required and if you're using a used (drilled) neck, be prepared to plug and re-drill the screw holes. Yes, the Pawlonia makes for a very light guitar but if the neck and everything else is fit properly and tight it can be a nice sounding/resonant instrument. Several years ago I bought a Squier Telecaster Custom II, built in Indonesia with Duncan Designed P90s. It's a Pawlonia body and a great sounding guitar, not to mention it only weighs 5.5 lbs.
     

  8. Tonetele

    Tonetele Friend of Leo's

    Jun 2, 2009
    South Australia
    They are spot on if you use a Fender Licensed neck. Exact proportions as in stewmac.com. In fact you can fit the neck and body and hang the body mid-air- perfect fit. That has been my experience and I have used a few.
    Paulownia is a lightweight ( mostly Asian ) wood and the preferred basis for Brad Paisley's model . He chose that wood and all parts ( see youtube).
     
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