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FARG - it's the First Act (is a) Real Guitar Club!

Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by FastMattTX, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Vinny29

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    How are the necks on these First Act AL402 222 Series guitar? They look real flat? Can any tell me what the nut width is and approximately what the fret board radius is? I prefer 9.5, but can lie with 12, anything flatter than 12 is too flat. Also, are they slim, medium,, or chunky? I like a neck with the heft, chunkier the better. I am intrigued by the shape and simplicity of these, one for sale locally in my area.
     
  2. specialguest5446

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    Hi, new to this site, was looking to inquire about a first act guitar of mine, i would say it is considerably rare, 1 of 1! this is the Delia LS model, made for Paul Leary, guitarist of the Bu**hole Surfers. Mr. Leary was kind enough to give me this, and i would love to know all about this guitar if anybody could help me out. questions---
    -what do you think the fingerboard and body wood are?
    -what year might it have been made?

    the serial number is B- 0909045

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  3. Marktko

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    Damn that is a sweet one. Looks to me like the body and style of the VW Garage Master.
     
  4. Marktko

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  5. Marktko

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    Sorry, I’m not sure why or posted duplicate photos.
     
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    You should check out the first act owners Facebook group. Kelly Butler seems to frequent it, and he may have some good answers for you.
     
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  7. Marktko

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    Is the 12th fret inlay a logo for the Butthole Surfers? The inlay sure does resemble a butthole, LOL, which makes your guitar even sweeter. The humbuckers might be aftermarket? I read somewhere that the pickup rings from First Act guitars will only fit First Act guitar bodies or something to that effect but I’m not sure.
     
  8. Kelp55

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    Yep. Kelly Butler designed these Delias, and probably made this one in the Custom Shop. He's still making this design under his own name now.
     
  9. charlie boyd

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    If anyone has an unused/spare FA chrome humbucker bridge pickup ring (the type with the rounded ends) they would be willing to part with, please reach out. d g i b s o n 6 @ c o l u m b u s . r r . c o m
     
  10. Vinny29

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    How comfortable is the Me501 to play sitting down? I have an Ephiphone Les Paul that I hate to play sitting down, just doesn't sit right on my leg.
     
  11. Vinny29

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    Mr. Butler, I have some questions about the First Act Me501. 1) Was there any issues with fret sprout and the neck binding? I have located one locally and am concerned of there is fret sprout that it maybe difficult to deal with due to the neck binding. 2) Is the neck a chunky thick neck which I prefer? 3) Read conflicting information about Nut Width, is is 1 11/16" ? 4) Comfort wise, I play sitting down 90%. Is this as comfortable as a Strat to play sitting down. I have an Epiphone Les Paul that I absolutely hate, does not sit comfortably on my leg, thus I rarely play it always gravitating to my Strats. I have to drive over an hour one way yo get the Me501, trying to make sure it will work for me before I make the drive. Thanks
     
  12. Marktko

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    The me501 is comfortable to play sitting down. I have an me501 and a me535 Borg.
     
  13. Chuckster

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    Scored this Westerberg tonight... I swear it must have been pulled from a damn time capsule. Literally not a scratch on it, original strings, plastic still on the machine heads, literature, oversized pick... just a 10 all the way around. Perfect.
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    ...hanging with its prototype cousin Sheena...
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    Where and how did you find that?!

    An amazing score ...
     
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    Pure luck... FB Marketplace. $200

    I scored the Sheena 2 years ago for $100, then discovered it's an early prototype. Again, pure luck.

    I sold a second Sheena last week and had the cash tucked away when the Westerberg popped up.
     
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  16. Marktko

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    I ran across one of the semi prototype SFA Delia's years ago on Reverb but the guy was asking too much. $500. So I contacted him asking why so much in an attempt to talk him down of course, but also knew there was something up with that early plain forte note logo. Turns out the kid's dad owned the factory that built it and claimed it was the first ever first Delia off the line. I'd assume Pearl River Piano Group out of China. In any case he wasn't budging and at that point I had to inform him the first ever Delia would have been made in Somerville Ma. USA and his was just a copy. Kinda kick myself for not buying it now. This one here's #55 out of Somerville.

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  20. bondoman

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    None of the CE's or ME's are US made although a few were sent to their Boston shop for finishing touches to be sold in their FA store. Also heard differing stories about any being made in Korea as well but popular is no. Here's an old photo of a few of mine. Acquired a few more sense. 20190615_093001 (1).jpg
     
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