anyone bought a GFS basics body before? i have ordered one

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  1. LutherBurger

    LutherBurger Friend of Leo's

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    Yep, that's the one.

    Flashy. :)
     
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    From what I saw, it’s a totally serviceable body. You should be able to buff the paint to a B+.
     
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    good enough thanks man
     
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    They are not bad considering the price. I summarily destroyed both guitars paint jobs by cracking them with dry ice. I’m hard on finishes anyway so ‘first dent’ theory applies. The Red one was a blem (last one they had) so I REALLY didn’t care about that one.
     
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    yeah should look really classy, to me anyway.
     
  6. ben smith

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    dry ice? to relic them you mean? i can see how that would work yeah. i'm a perfectionist though, i look for flawless, the paint job i did on my thinline was flawless but then i played the hell out of it with the bass picks i used and scratched the hell out of it! but i don't mind if it's my ware done naturally
     
  7. LutherBurger

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    It's bold. That's why I like it.

    EDIT: This is one thing I love about Fender-style guitars. You can assemble one from parts with no special tools or skills, selecting each and every piece to make the guitar exactly what you want.
     
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    don't know if anyone will see this but, i am going to drill a hole in the neck pocket to adjust the truss rod on my neck as it is a heel adjust rod, it makes complete sense to me, does it you?
     
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    Kinda a normal thing for heel adjust truss rods based on multiple drawings I have found...

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    I have used both, and both GFS no name & XGP work well. A few years back I bought a few of those rejects they buy by the dump truck load, now this bodies require more work than if I had cut down my own tree.

    I could post tons of pictures but what's the point, all the builds were sold off to customers.
    I am currently working with three XGP blanks and plan on keeping the finished projects this time. I had an aggressive project timeline when I started these three but have slowed that down considerably and will continue to carefully research components and their installation as I slowly proceed. IMG_20190812_123452.jpg IMG_20190812_152046.jpg
     
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    looks like you got your work cut out there. natural on all of them then? what stains/oils do you prefer?
     
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    yeah ill go ahead with it. thanks
     
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    I bought a GFS Paulownia tele and strat body (matching colors) as a science project to find out what these bodies would sound like. The build needed to be "adjusted" as some things didn't line up perfectly. The finish is hard to help protect the wood because it is similar to balsa wood. Once you install screws, it is best to leave them alone. The most obvious is the string-thru holes are not in line.

    All of that said, the telecaster sounds magnificent and will stand up and perform with the best teles out there, comparable to my higher end tele builds. I used a Edenhaus maple neck, Seymour Duncan 59 humbucker in the neck and Antiquity tele bridge pickup and a Wilkinson bridge. Every time I play this guitar, I question how could I ever sell it.
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    Historically, their cheap bodies range from perfect to so flawed they’re best used as firewood. Watch out for the fumes of burning paint!

    My speculation: This batch was stopped before final detailing and buffing. I speculate that it’s the last batch of bodies that GFS will buy from that vendor.
     
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    I haven't bought one of their "basic" line but I bought this travel guitar body from their closeout section to pair with a 70's Epiphone acoustic neck. It came out good, after refinishing and a little work to get things to fit and line up right.

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    that sure looks sweet! a bit alarming that the ferrule holes are not in line!? fingers crossed. thanks for your input
     
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    hmmm interesting! i live in sweden i hope i don't end up having to pay shipping back to them because that just wont be worth my while. firewood? hahaha damn that don't sound good, i have a feeling i was too hasty, i wanted this tele to be good
     
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    never seen anything like that before cool!
     
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    Thank you kind sir. The string ferrules don't bother me too much when I plug in the guitar and play.
     
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    I would not recommend any GFS product made of wood.

    You can get a much better product for less money from other brands, so there is not a lot of need to buy from them (for most people).
     
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