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

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  1. dragonfly66

    dragonfly66 Friend of Leo's

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    AL probably stands for Adam Levine.
     
  2. Tatercaster

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    NGD: scored a ME302 on eBay. Should be here soon. :) This will be my Tele style guinea pig. I'm thinking a Bigsby tremolo would be nice.
     
  3. Tatercaster

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    This will be my first First Act guitar. Anything I should be aware of? I can see that the tuners look kinda cheap, hope that's all that'll need replacing.
     
  4. Pawnshopper

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    (1) The ME302's pickups and bridge are in a slightly different location than they are on a Tele, so you are stuck with the stock pickguard.
    (2) The finish on the ME302 is brittle. Remember this if you install a Bigsby. Of course, a brittle finish is great if you want to relic your ME302.

    Yes, the tuners are low-end. The electronics are OK. The body is solid, lightweight wood.

    I wish that I hadn't sold mine; if you won this recently on eBay, then you outbid me!
     
  5. Tatercaster

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    Sorry I outbid you, but glad to have another Tele. :) I've got some Ping vintage styled tuners that have found a nice new home.

    I've been looking at this particular model First Act for a while.
     
  6. Honga Man

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    Congrats on the ebay score, Tatercaster. Hey, I think you and I PM'd a while back and I promised pics of mine that I never delivered.

    Hopefully better late than never for First Act fans. I have played this at a TDPRI jam and was thinking recently as I played this that I will again. It's nothing great but it does stay in tune and sounds fine through a clean amp like my Hot Rod Deluxe.

    You guys know those stories of guys who get incredible deals and think, "why do I never find those deals?" I'm usually among you in envying others' good luck but I finally got my turn maybe a year or so ago when I wandered into a thrift shop on a whim and found this guitar, minus strings, for $4.99! I got it for $5.23 out the door with tax and still have the receipt to prove it. Here are some pics.

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    Polishing the frets with 0000 steel wool - something I do with every used guitar I bring home. Of course I did the actual polishing outdoors but here's a pic after taping the board with painters tape.

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    Under the hood is quite tidy.

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    There is suprisingly little wiring under here!

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    Hardware is decent. The knobs look great but are plastic.

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    Of course I'm leaving the price tag on the guitar! Too bad it's not on the front. :lol:

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    Not a bad guitar for $5.23, even if putting on a set of strings doubled my cost.
     
  7. Tatercaster

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    Is that neck pickup Strat sized? I haven't laid hands on it yet, but was wondering about upgrades in case I want to put a twin rail pickup in there. Might have to see about the possibility of an aftermarket pick guard too. Nice to know it's routed like that. Nice big cut outs for a humbucker in the neck if I decide on it later.
     
  8. Honga Man

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    Yes, the neck pickup appears to be Strat sized.
     
  9. Tatercaster

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    I played it today. I like it! Very nice for less than $50. :)
     
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  10. Tatercaster

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    Honga man, that is a freakin' AWESOME guitar for $5.00!!

    I paid $400 for my Danelectro '59 DC in '98 and it had a high fret. The frets on this First Act are flawless as far as I can tell.
     
  11. mcknigs

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    Just making conversation here re: First Act necks/fret work...

    There's a FA solid body in a a nearby thrift store. They want $60 for it. I'm not going to buy it because I already own too many guitars, including a First Act ME-951 described earlier in this thread, and a Chinese Squier I bought at that thrift store for $60. I also own a couple FA necks I bought for projects I've yet to complete.

    Sighting down the neck I see the thrift store FA has the same problem that my two FA necks have, which is that there is a slight hump around the second/third fret. When I had one of my FA necks on a guitar temporarily, I determined that the hump caused buzzing for notes played on the first fret. I was able to solve the problem somewhat by lowering the second and third frets a little, and by keeping the action a little on the high side.

    Has anyone else noticed this phenomenon on a First Act neck? FWIW, I had no such problem with the neck on my 951.
     
  12. Tatercaster

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    I was so impressed with my ME302 I bought this for my daughter:
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    Here's the one I redid! It was once yellow but, hey she wanted pink!!!
     

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    Nice job!
     
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    I used some spray can pink paint, then sprayed a clear glossy coat of some stuff that is supposed to leave a glassy like finish (can't remember the name of it , by Krylon I think) . It worked really well until about the third coat. It was winter and basement was kinda cool, and the clear krinkled around the edges of the top. Really gives it a cool effect. It's like a clear "sunburst" effect ! LoL. For a five dollar guit it plays very well ! :lol:
     
  16. Tatercaster

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    What kind of prep work did you do before painting? I'm painting my daughters guitar (pictured above) pink and then I'm planning on making a custom butterfly pickguard for it.
     
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    Just sanded flat filled a couple of divots, sprayed about five coats of paint, about four of the glass coating,. I sanded with fine sand paper and wiped it down between coats. Didn't get really professional, but it did come out nice.
     
  18. OddEddie

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    First act strat identification

    So I picked up a First Act strat copy. Single coil pup, whammy bar & no truss rod cover (no evidence there ever was one). I think it was made around 2008-09? My question is what model is this?? Looks like the ME301 but only single a pick up. The only numbers are on the neck plate "2EC05413504". I own several quality guitars & I gotta say Im surprised at how well it plays and sounds , actually pretty un-believable better than any Fender squire or affinity Ive played. In a blind test I would say it plays better than most $200-$300 guitars Any help would be appreciated
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  19. telrev

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    I just did a little searching, and I think what you've got there is an older AL4042...part of the Adam Levine 222 series. Here's one on eBay:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-Act-222-Electric-Guitar-/251595321037?pt=Guitar&hash=item3a943feecd

    I personally don't have any experience with that particular model, but I have started to draw the line with First Act and limit any potential purchases to between 2005-2011 models....those were the years that the custom shop was active, and in my opinion, that's where the higher quality, budget priced stuff was designed, and I personally believe there was more "hands-on" quality control going on, not just with the high end American made products, but also with the overseas assembled products.

    Of course, this is all personal observation, and I am by no means an expert...these are just one man's opinions. My only beef with any of the First Acts I've purchased is that it seems they've all lacked decent tuners - slap decent tuners on 'em, and they're as stage worthy as any $300 and up guitar.

    I've seen in recent photos that Paul Westerberg is still taking his ME-501 out on stage regularly on the Replacements reunion shows, though, he's done some customization to the paint job such that it's barely even recognizable these days

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  20. OddEddie

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    Thanx TelRev
    I contacted First Act via their website. They were very helpful & quick to respond. Given the serial number they said it was an ME300 made in 2005. Funny thing is my friend bought it new from Toys r Us (as he remembers). I agree that it needs a new pickup, tuners seem OK but would definitely benefit from new ones. Just finished setting the action (almost laying on the frets w/no buzz) & intonation.....spot on. Will be a great little guitar for one of my "beginner Guitar friends or maybe for a traveler. If I didn't already have a nice "Strat" Id keep it for sure
    Cheers All!
     
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