GFS Parts-Lester, A Cautionary Tale

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  1. RogerC

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    What?! You fixed a ****-up by just buying a new body??!! Where's the fun in that??

    Personally I would've tried several "fixes" that would have ended horribly with each one requiring yet more work to fix the prior fix. I'm sure it would have taken at least 9-12 months and resulted in much anger, frustration, and borderline insanity. On the upside, I would've had some great stories (I know you've read the Mothra incident).

    You can't get stories like that by just buying a new body. I guess I'm just more dedicated to the experience than you are and am willing to suffer to entertain my friends here :rolleyes:

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  2. adirondak5

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    Ahhh , but that was the plan all along Roger , diabolical as it may seem ,after all , Rick ended up with an Elpee of his own . Now remember , Rick has his own foundry and he will more than likely cast his own custom aluminum poker chip for the crack at the switch hole fix . Brilliant I tell ya , tapping at the switch hole and pot holes probing and looking for the weak point , who else woulda thought of that ? If only my mind worked that way I'd probably have 20 guitars hanging on the wall :D:D
     
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  3. R. Stratenstein

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    Oh, Rog, you would not believe the wild schemes that shot through my mind as I stood there with my teeth in my mouth, and this busted guitar in front of me on the bench. Finally it occurred to me-- the simple expedient of doing without lunch for about 3 months, I could buy a replacement and not delay the process, and better yet, NOT HAVE TO CONFESS MY SIN !! Robert had complete confidence in me, so I only did it for him, so he wouldn't be shaken, you understand. Shakespeare said "murder will out", I'm hoping it doesn't apply to petty deceptions for the good of the deceived. But so far I'm sleeping OK, no nightmares about being hauled off to liar's court or anything. Yet.

    And as much as I like to entertain my buds here, and am willing to take one for the team, I didn't think this was all that amusing, and I'm not willing to take that shot THERE, if you know what I mean.

    Besides your stories are better, and are with much classier builds!

    Now, Herb, you promised not to expose me like this! And besides, if you'll remember, I burned up my crucible and burned a hole in the side of my furnace, to I really don't have a foundry just now. Guess my luck started to turn back then, just did not think it would continue on to other projects.

    The main drawback to acquiring guitars in this manner would be that in addition to the 20 guitars hanging on the wall, my stomach would be hanging in 20 tatters out of my you-know-where, from the stress!

    But there might be some cool switch escutcheons cast outta aluminum for the switch, spread-wing eagles, skulls, grizzly bear heads, Harley logos, nekkid wimmen, all kinda stuff.** Iinteresting idea, Herb, I'll have to think on that. Maybe my plan to prevent starvation in retirement has begun to blossom!

    **or maybe just a big, shiny circular cast-aluminum plate that says "I ****ed up the switch hole in this guitar, and this is covering it up" :eek:
     
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    Rick,
    Better your teeth in your mouth than on the bench.....
    Rob
     
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    I would have done the same thing -ordered another body and had them overnight it. But I'm not sure I'd try and fix that body.
     
  6. Zepfan

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    Send it to me, I'll fix it. You'll only see it again in pics though.:p
     
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    Rick, I think you should just order another one for yerself and WIRE IT UP!
     
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    Rick, I sure hate the bad luck with this LP. The good part is that you will have lots of experience with the fix and you will also have a new LP.
     
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    Can't wait to see how your elpee comes out. Will you be making the neck?
     
  10. DrASATele

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    I was wondering the same thing OG.
    Tough luck on that first body Rick.
     
  11. R. Stratenstein

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    To tell the truth, I didn't try too much. It was pretty clearly a major, time-consuming (more than I had, anyway) repair necessary, so I opted for the replacement route.

    Thanks, Zep, but I've had a better offer. One in which I get the body back at the end! :D

    Jeez, Jupe, how many of those things ya think GFS has? I'm just gonna WAIT until the one I busted gets fixed, then WIRE IT UP. With too much REVERB, too!:p

    Thanks, Reb, I was planning on stripping the thing down to see what was busted, and how to fix it, but got a very generous offer from a fellow TDPRI'er to fix it for me, so I'm gonna do that. He hes lots of experience, and can shoot poly finish, which I have not yet done, so it's the right way to go. I'll leave it to him if he wants to reveal who he is, maybe get an interesting thread out of it, but I'll do a brief build-out thread when I get it back and am ready to build it.

    Yeah, Eric, I thought I should. I have a nice neck-size piece of mahogany I've been saving for something (was thinking about an LP Junior, but. . .), and some really nice bloodwood my son gave me a couple of years ago that I think would make a really pretty fretboard. Allen built one a few years ago with a spectacular bound bloodwood fretboard that has haunted me all this time, and I'd like to give that a go.

    Although that dang GFS neck was pretty impressive for the money. Trapezoid inlays and all. About the only non-standard thing about it is that it had a true 24.75 scale, instead of the LP scale, which I forget right now, and the truss rod adjustment tunnel ran right under the nut, so a typical "bell" cover wouldn't work, because the bottom screw had nothing to sink into.

    Thanks, Chris, but there is a silver lining, in that the body wasn't totally trashed, it's readily repairable, and I had a guardian angel offer to bail me out, except for not damaging it in the first place, couldn't have come out much better. And, oh, yeah, I'm gonna eventually end up with a Lester. And a sore shoulder. Dang those things are heavy!
     
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  12. DrASATele

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    Maybe cut that top off, put in some weight relief and put a new "solid" top on?
    24.562?
    Blood wood and Mahogany sounds interesting, don't know about the binding though, do you really want to put yourself through that?
     
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    Glad you're getting it repaired Rick , would love to see the process , hopefully your guardian angel will post pics of the process . A bloodwood bound fret board would look great , can't wait to see that build .
     
  15. R. Stratenstein

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    Marty, you're probably right, but I dunno, I'm in for a hunnerd now and have a body that's finished good enough for me, thinking what could I get for it,, even fixed? $50 on a good day? They buying a real Gibby body and neck , I'd be in for say $300-$350, and probably have to strip and shoot it in addition to all the parts bolting on. Yeah, I would be ahead with the neck already built and installed, and no doubt better resale value, but I'm still thinking I'd like to build the neck (my first scarfed headstock, it will be), and wanna see if I can emulate Alan's excellent work on that bound bloodwood neck.

    Got to get the thing shipped to my G.A. first, need to box it up. I hope I'm up to that bound bloodwood neck!
     
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    You're up for that neck ;) , you going for nibs or nib - less
     
  17. R. Stratenstein

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    Yeah, I'd like to see how it's done, too, but I'll settle for just having it done, LOL! I do need to get off me arse and get it boxed up and off to angel-land or nothing's gonna happen.

    Here's the neck I was talking about. It was Allen's 2014 LaCab Challenge build. As I said back then, this photo is pure guitar porn-art. It's so freaking clean, and perfect, and, jeez. white binding against that red bloodwood, it just gets me hot and bothered to think about it:

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    Obviously, the ElPee would have an angled, scarfed (or sawn) 3 X3 headstock, but could maybe have a bloodwood cap, and continue the binding around it.


    Here's a shot of it all fretted up. Just spectacular, IMO. It may just be too nice for that import ElPee come to think of it.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Subscribed!

    What are you using here for "string guides"? Is that just coated wire? I need to use this!
     
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    I would've cried if that booboo happened to me. I know I know, I'm a softy...

    You did well Rick! Robert will be happy. We'll get a video right?
     
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    Yes, they're single strands of telephone wire, 24 Ga, I think, with the insulation still on. Single strand, it's easier to manipulate than the fishing line I used to use. Couple of twists, it stays put.

    But no need to subscribe, it's done and gone to the owner.


    Thanks, Andre, if that makes you a softie, I guess I'm one, also.

    Robert seems quite happy, I'll try to get a video if he asks me to set it up better, but last time I spoke with him, he's plwased with it just as is! If nothing else, I'll shoot one when I build the body I broke. It should be very close, I plan to do the pups and wiring exactly the same.
     
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