Guitar Recommendation

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Toast, Jul 4, 2019.

  1. Toast

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    I want to buy a cheap guitar I can experiment with. I want to try different pickups, tuners, guitar necks, etc. that I can put on a parts guitar before I attempt to mess around with one of my primo (primo to me) guitars. However, I'm not sure what would be a good beater guitar to experiment with. Since I haven't really played around with pickups, I'm not sure if some guitars are easier to swap out parts on than others. I'm trying to avoid having to use a router and doing lots of surgery, if I can. I'm not partial to a Telecaster body; I just want a guitar that is easy to work on and experiment with. Any recommendations?
     
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    That's a great suggestion. I don't know why I was thinking about buying an entirely new guitar (I got a problem with finding any excuse to buy a new guitar :) I should start with the body and buy the parts to construct a whole guitar. That's a good way to develop some guitar building skills, but I'm sure I'll run into lots of roadblocks. Still sounds fun. Thanks, good suggestion.
     
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    You can pickup a used MIM Fender for about $300. None of it is garbage, so you can mod to your heart’s content and always go back to original and flip it later.
     
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    its fun..i just order random stuff off ebay & this one started with a $15 neck local CL..got $168 into total & putting it together today Stratbuild1.jpg
     
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    Good suggestion. I've started to consider buying a kit guitar, but maybe it's cheaper to just buy a MIM Fender and take it apart and put it back together again. Hmm, I'm glad I started this thread. I've gotten some good ideas.
     
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    Look around for a Squier Standard Strat. They have HSH routing. You can often find them for $100 or less. There are also Squier Affinity and Bullet models but they aren't as interchangeable on parts due to the thinner body and narrower neck profile. If you can find one, the Squier SE "STRAT" model, one that was sold in Strat Packs for about 10 years, are regular Strat sized and great mod platforms. They're getting scarce now though.

    The Fretwire has some reasonably priced kits that are good.

    You can roll the dice on the GFS warehouse section. More work but can be fun.

    And you can buy parts on eBay and see what fits.
     
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    You've inspired me. I'm going to try it.
     
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    Cool, enjoy. I learned so much by trying it. Way worth the time & then it really becomes a personal thing . Man my hats off to the guys who build them from scratch..raw piece of wood crafted into a beautiful guitar !!
     
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    Oh man, great site. I want to get a resonator guitar kit for $200. I wish I had $200 to throw around, I will at soon though :)
     
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    Craigslist and sort 'guitar' between $2 and $75. Wade through the acoustics and you'll find some strat like guitars. cut custom pickguards and you're on your way.

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    That's interesting. If you get some skills under your belt, can you actually make some money buying, fixing, and flipping? Is that pretty common? Edit: That's probably a stupid question :)
     
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    There’s a whole cottage industry out there doing just that. I have a friend who actually got a 1099 from Reverb based on his volume and he isn’t a retailer. He’s just a guy who buys and sells guitars.
     
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    By the way, thanks for all the great responses. I got my next project.
     
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