I'll either get my friend to build it when he's back from tour (currently tech-ing for Placebo) or get another luthier/tech of which there are plenty in Glasgow.
It took me many years to figure this out. 100% true.Getting the neck feel right is the most important thing. If you don't like the neck, you won't like guitar, no matter how much you spend on other parts. Don't throw more money at a guitar when you dislike the neck. But, if you like the neck, you'll like the guitar even if it's an inexpensive brand.
Many players are unhappy with something about a giutar because they compromised, they got in a hurry, etc. I have lost count of the number of times a player has griped about not seeing a flaw or damage or other issue on a guitar until they got it home.
Be patient. Play lots of guitars before you plop down your hard-earned money. I took more than a year to find my holy grail Les Paul.
A beautiful looking girl and very similarly to my pet name for Mrs K.As your TDPRI therapist, I recommend this proven remedy:
1. Put away the turd polish. Although everyone adores shiny turds, they make better wallhangers than players.
2. If you can't bear to part with said turd, place the remains in the case and sequester it beneath your bed.
3. Begin a course of immersive partscaster therapy. To Wit:
1. Find a Telecaster neck that you love. Try a bunch, find the one that makes your socks roll up and down, and buy it.
2. Poke around on eBay and Reverb and find a body that makes your heart skip a beat. Since the turd was black, try one in a nice bright color that has features that will endear it, such as binding, thinline style for reduced weight, or to accommodate pickups you've always wanted to use in a build such as TV Jones or P90s.
3. Shop around for a pickguard that intrigues you - maybe Haggard style?
4. Get some pickups you have been dying to try (such as Bootstrap Pretzels for $50 the set).
5. Put quality CTS or Bournes pots in the mix, along with a new tone cap (try a .033?).
6. PureTone jack and Electrosocket package for $12, GraphTech nut for $15, and whatever knobs and switch you wish.
7. Try some different tuners, like Sperzel lockers or Gotohs or some other quality brand.
7. Weld 'er up and see how it goes.
I did this and ended up with Linda Lou, and she's satisfied my needs and kept me from lusting after more Telecasters. Maybe it can work for you too.
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I *LOVE* red guitars. LMK if you wanna get rid of it ...Yes, I probably went through four or five early guitars before I finally realized what it was about a guitar I liked most. They were great guitars, but for one reason or another, they didn't work for me; not to mention ones I got rid of later on because my tastes changed.
Also, I strongly dislike red on guitars. But I have two that are red, and play them very often. One is my only Tele.
You sound like a very well-organized and smart fella!A beautiful looking girl and very similarly to my pet name for Mrs K.
You're idea sounds like a fine one, which means I'll have to stick with the guitar I have for the next 6-12 months because it's my only electric (the others are either acoustics or Godin hybrids). Plus I've a couple of old band reunion gigs in the next few months.
I'll do what I can in the meantime to get it playing/sounding better but nothing that will cost any more than 100 bucks.
I've a wish list on what I'm really looking for right down to the translucent green colour but lacking the confidence for DIY after the health bomb for the past few years.
First things first though, inspired by your suggestion, I've just pulled the trigger on enrolling on a 1 night per week class in guitar restoration and repair at a college in Glasgow.
The college has a very good full-time luthier department.
Thanks. I hadn't thought of that.Oh, and it occurs to me that you can look for meaning in this. If the '72RI is something that represented a milestone or success in your sobriety, perhaps moving on from it is symbolic of no longer needing to hold on to these things to continue your journey under your own power. Take it or leave it, but well done, nevertheless.
You know it's funny, back when I was selling off guitars, I had a raft of Fenders a couple AVRI 52s, an American Special Diamond issue Tele, a really good American Standard Strat, a Les Paul Special with P90s a lovely guitar. I can't remember all the guitars that went through here, both electric and acoustic. For whatever reason, I kept the AV 72 Tele Custom and got rid of the rest. One time I like it, one time I don't but I've given up on ever doing anything about it, I hardly play anymore anyway, one guitar sitting on the stand next to my DRRI is about the same as the next.