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$45 GFS body build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by steve gibson, Dec 29, 2008.

  1. steve gibson

    steve gibson Tele-Holic

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    $45 Rondo body build

    I was curious what could be done with the $45 bodies offered by Rondo and use of low cost parts. I completed this build with $220 not counting the finishing supplies. The neck is a nice two peice maple with skunk stripe off the bay for less than $50 shipped which I stripped, refinished and did a complete fret set-up. The pickups, pickguard and bridge from GFS. The pots are high quality 250s, Fender 5-way switch (first time I have used this switching and it is very impressive). The tuners are sealed and seem to be pretty good quality, made in China. TUSQ nut, Stewmac knobs and plate. Super slinky strings. This also the first time I used a six saddle bridge on a tele and I am not sold. It wasn't that much easier to get to a good intonation. Maybe I would feel differently with brass or better quality saddles. I am very satisfied with the result. It is has an amazing variety of tones including a nice tele twang! I do have considerable time in this project, mostly because I wanted to show what could be done for a small investment. The body is a three peice alder with nice grain (not matched). The guitar wieghs in at 7.2 pounds. It is worth the $63 shipped price but you will have to drill string holes. It was nicely sanded and sealed. I used two coats of shelac and several lights coats of satin nitro sanded with 600 to 1500 grade and buffed with steel wool.
     

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  2. HOBBSTER01

    HOBBSTER01 Friend of Leo's

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    Nice work Steve.
    PM me and let me know where you got the neck.
    How was the fit to the body?
     
  3. Lerb21

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    NICE!

    Now, where can I find one of these $45 bodies?

    I couldn't find it here.
     
  4. bingy

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    Good surprise to see your post...I'm 57 and this kind of thing is my bag!
    Love the project.
     
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    Thats a good looker Steve. I like this for $200 and scraps...
     
  6. steve gibson

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    I'm sorry, I misspoke regarding the body supplier. It is a Rondo body and one of the downsides is the larger neck pocket. One of the reasons I tried this is due to the fact I had a larger neck. I a SX neck but the neck I had was better quality and fit better. A fender neck will be to small for for my taste. I like a tight body to neck fit. The neck I bought on Ebay is no longer being offered.
     
  7. JDRNoPro

    JDRNoPro Friend of Leo's

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    Really nice project - you did well. Re: the neck pocket & fit, I believe the Xavierre necks offered new by GFS fit the Rondo body neck pocket, although a complete Rondo SX guitar is almost the same money as buying a Rondo body plus a GFS (or Rondo) neck separately.
     
  8. Quintin

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    How do they do it for $45? I can't do the math.
     
  9. Freedom Fries

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    GFS T body's for under $80? Wowzers...
     
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