USACG or Guitar Mill for 72 Custom body?

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  1. redddog

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    I'm on the fence. Is there a notable difference between these guys? I know there's a bit of turnover at USACG but is it prohibitive?

    Cost is about the same....

    (I did reach out to T-rex but he can't source swamp ash)
     
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    Suggest you also reach out to Dan at Best Guitar Parts and ask if he can make a 72 Custom body for you. He used to be at USACG. He did three '69 thinline style bodies for me last year and they were terrific.

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    Well Dan is no longer at BGP.. but Brian will be more than willing to accommodate about anything you like...

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    Anyone work with Guitar Mill bodies?
     
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    So Sound Guitar Works has no swamp ash. Who would ya go to next?
     
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    I love Guitar Mill and Rutters for Tele bodies. They are some of the only ones who really know their history/specs, and their craftsmanship and prices are good. And Guitar Mill does top notch lacquer finish work. Plus they are the only big parts maker who gets the early '60s fiberboard ("clay") dots right...and their fret work is the best in the business IMO. Jack Brunson there is great to work with – really top level customer service and technical understanding.
     
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    I just want to reemphasize the willingness of Best Guitar Parts, now Sound Guitar Works, to work with you on bazaar creations,... now realistically they cannot do everything.. but are willing to accommodate far more than other places...

    call 'em


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    I called them and they said they were out of swamp ash. Said it could be a couple of months. I'm bummed. Your recommendation is all I need.
     
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    there is currently a blight of some kinda Ash loving boring Beatles... this makes it difficult for large consumers to purchase the usually haul... However, you, working with a user friendly body shaper can locate a singular piece, adn send it to them to use on your body....


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    Any ideas where to source?

    Thanks Ron.
     
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    I have a tele that I made from a USCG body, and I recently bought a lightweight swamp ash tele body from guitar mill. They are both really nice. I don't think it's a real critical decision. Just see what you can get from each, decide what seems like a better fit to you, and think no more of it and build your guitar. Guitar mill definitely seems to be selling 1 piece and light weight swamp ash bodies for reasonable prices recently. I don't know what's up with USCG but I would give them a call too, and I'd look on eBay and reverb and call Warmoth and Musikraft too if I couldn't find clearly what I wanted on the web page.
     
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