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How much is a guitar body worth

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Newbcaster, Nov 23, 2020.

  1. Newbcaster

    Newbcaster Tele-Holic

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    Let's say you have a paying customer.

    Say they want a strat. You just get done building the neck.

    Say you suddenly had a stroke and you couldn't work the equipment, but your wife was great at rattle cans and had done your finishing for years.

    How much would you tell her to pay for:

    Alder body, routed

    Ash body, routed,

    Pine body, routed


    Assume all are appropriately kiln dried.

    Assume you don't want to be ripped off just to keep your word to finish a build. Get a good price.

    Please answer as honestly as you can without second guessing the intent of the post.

    I just really want to know what people think.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. Danb541

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    I think you're asking how much for an unfinished body correct? $120.00 give or take $20.00.
     
  3. Guy Guyatone

    Guy Guyatone TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    If I wanted the wood grain to show, I’d pay extra for the ash if it was spectacular. Otherwise $120 seems about right, maybe less for the pine unless it had spectacular figuring as well.
     
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    That's my case.

    It depends between 120€ and 400€.
     
  5. GunsOfBrixton

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    I think the answer comes to what you are trying to accomplish and What was promised to the customer. If you are trying to remain within a certain budget than that determines the price and you go and look for something that fits within that constraint. If on the other hand you want quality no matter the price to satisfy an obligation you feel then just go to warmoth. Or go out and find someone to make one for you say like Ron Kirn. You could even reach out to Rex (TREXF16) and ask him what it would cost to have him make one.
     
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    I did a search for TREX16 but did not find anything. Does he have a site?
     
  7. FenderLover

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    I'd also pay a premium for a 1-piece body. Another premium for figured grain. If given the choice, that's the direction I have gone.
     
  8. Wulf

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    open answer...whatever You are prepared to pay
     
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  9. guitarbuilder

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    If I can't do the work myself, I'd refund any deposit and tell the customer to find somebody else. There are thousands of bodies out there for the customer to choose from. YMMV.
     
  10. IronSchef

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    you don't need to pay more than $95 -- Rosser Guitars on ebay will make custom Tele/Strat/etc bodies ... they are fantastic and well worth the price

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    they have all kinds of bodies, fully customizeable

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  11. schmee

    schmee Doctor of Teleocity

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    Free ....and an "I'm sorry I couldn't finish it for you". As a business, you failed to perform, regardless of the reason.
     
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    Not so sure about that. Did you see the neck pockets on the first 2 bodies you posted? Not exactly what I'd call flat and level.
     
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    I was just trying to give a situation wherein price is the only variable. But beyond that, yes, refund time.

    This wasn't an ethical question, but was designed to limit the only variable being price.

    My reasoning is pure cost/benefit analysis.

    I think there is an multitude of man cave uses for cnc, and I've been threatening to buy one for years

    I've been thinking, In order to bring extra dog treat money into the house, if I could put a cnc on a credit card, I wonder if I should? No more than 2500 and a 4x4foot bed.

    It'd be a fun hobby, and if I could buy wood for 20-30 a blank, it'd pay for itself in no time.

    What says the peanut gallery?
     
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  14. GunsOfBrixton

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    Sorry, I had a typo. It's TREXF16. Hr is a member here. Here is his profile page.

    https://www.tdpri.com/members/trexf16.65102/
     
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  16. EsquireOK

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    Unfinished "typical" guitar body, ash or alder, not thinline, already made (i.e. not made to order), not Fender licensed, not picked over for light weight, clean routing, minimum cleanup/prep required: $150 maximum for typical guitar hardwoods, and probably about $120 maximum for pine or fir. Again, those are maximums for me. And they don't include premiums for light weight or custom/made-to-order work.

    Exactly what I was going to say. Those look exactly like...$95 unlicensed bodies from some guy on E-Bay. Perhaps "well worth the price," but definitely not "fantastic." At $95, you've got to be rushing and cutting corners, and you can see it in a quarter second on two out of the three that were posted.
     
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    NEW-Carve cnc machine (cnc4newbie.com)
     
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