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Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by vintage clubber, Aug 14, 2014.
I imagine the heels are different.
When is GF going to start doing Cabronita bodies? Then I might be interested.
Interested to hear about QC after a few have tried them out. Won't bash but chose to buy from Warmoth for my last two assemblies, I had a particular run of bad luck with wood parts from GFS. Warmoth have been great, but you do pay for that quality.
Way I figure it Guitarfetish has heard enough about QC issues. It's no big deal for either skilled labor or CNC machinery to make consistent quality bodies. I believe problems crop up in the conversion from metric to inch although they shouldn't. If we all decide neck pockets should be 2 3/16" and either squared (Tele) or rounded (Strat) then we should achieve the Industrial Age ideal of interchangeable parts.
I also noticed I can buy half a dozen GFS bodies for what I pay for a single Warmouth body.
(spoken with a comical Dirty Sanchez accent
I'd be interested in a Fiesta Red Cabronita Telemaster.
Or Mother of '60s Dune Buggy giant metalflakes.
Fool me once, shame on you....Fool me twice, shame on me.
No more GFS stuff after the last one.......
iv not been brave enough to try their wood stuff. their other parts are fine.
Got a featherweight Pbass body from them that was fine, but hate the 70's notch on all the tele bodies I've seen from them. FUGLY Why can't they get that right?
Can you please tell me what the "70's notch" is?
Here's a GFS body with 70's notch. Many guys never even notice this, but it just bugs me; traditional notch looks way better.
Thanks for the explanation.
Just bought one of the new bodies (strat) and it arrived today. Looks pretty dang good. I haven't checked measurements or anything, but it certainly passes the eye test and is quite significantly better than the old paulownia bodies. Finish is pretty good too.
I stuck a Classic 60's neck on it and it fit like a glove. Color me a happy camper.
I also got my Fiesta Red body today and am very happy. It's as nice as the Mighty Mites I've handled and lighter too. Routes are clean, very good finish, not perfect but very good, neck holes drilled in the correct spot, even if they are a bit smaller on back due to finish build up. I changed my neck order to the paddle headstock as I couldn't pass up the $32 price tag.
Neck looks pretty good too, needs a good deal of finish sanding and general smoothing over, refinement but the fret work seems good. Well seated and should be good once I cut a bone nut and do a fret level, crown, and polish. Neck heel is a hair too wide for the pocket bug I'm hoping a bit of finish sanding will get it to drop in.
Again, Im very happy with the body and neck. Here's a quick mockup, all parts from GFS for $202 shipped; body, neck, jack and plate, neck plate and screws, vintage trem w full size block, Gotoh style tuners (really nice), and aged white pickguard.
Still need electronics, will be CTS and fender switch, orange drop caps, and Artec (dragonfire) cream alnico pickups.
How would you compare their "fiesta red" to Fender's from an eyeball perspective? I was interested in it, but it looked too "red" to me on the website. I can see your photo looks a little more pink than the stock photos. I went with the black, by the way.
The funny thing about these is if there old bodies were as good as they hyped
them up to be, there would be no need for new and improved ones.
I think the FR is very similar to Fenders. It's definitely a light red and not deep. Btw, I got the neck to drop in using 80 and 100 grit with a sanding block. Spent about 1.5 hrs doing some finish sanding, smoothing over. Need a bit more time on the neck heel radius and corners but it's 95% there. I should start a build thread.
That's solid to hear. I love FR. I may need to order one of the tele bodies now...
I'm also planning to get a Tele body at some point. If the quality is consistent in these, then folks are going to be pretty pleased. The strat body was a steal for what I received.
I can buy Fender MIM Strats all day long around here for $249. Not sure why I'd pay the same price for a body and neck alone that I would have to work on and add parts to.
The reason for me to buy the parts is that it's FUN. I enjoy it and theres value in that experience. I wouldn't leave an MIM alone either.
Whelp, this thread was fun while it lasted.
I'm going to order a few of these bodies and necks for a student/beginner line of guitars. I'll report back on the results in a future non-locked thread.