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barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
6/27/23 7:00 p.m.

In reply to Antihero :

P90 neck, and that's about it. Maybe reverse headstock. 
It's hard to justify when a Player Tele can be had for half the price. 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/27/23 8:19 p.m.

In reply to barefootcyborg5000 :

If it was me I'd get a bitchin' neck just like you want from Warmth and attach it to whichever body is the closest approximation to what you are looking for.

 

Harley Benton makes a bunch of cool stuff, I wonder if they will accept Fender necks?

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
6/27/23 9:28 p.m.

In reply to Antihero :

Possible for sure to build one. I don't know if I could do it the way I really want without spending a fair bit more than just buying the fender. Those warmoth necks are nice, I had one on a parts caster, but usually go for more than 300 without tuners. Add a body(even a cheap one) and all the hardware and pickups and it gets nasty fast. 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/28/23 12:31 a.m.
barefootcyborg5000 said:

In reply to Antihero :

Possible for sure to build one. I don't know if I could do it the way I really want without spending a fair bit more than just buying the fender. Those warmoth necks are nice, I had one on a parts caster, but usually go for more than 300 without tuners. Add a body(even a cheap one) and all the hardware and pickups and it gets nasty fast. 

Very true really.

 

Who are you thinking have build it then?

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
6/28/23 1:03 a.m.

In reply to Antihero :

One of two guys. The first is a local master luthier. He does amazing things and is really creative, but getting him to actuall finish it might be an issue. The other is a friend of a friend who has moved from hobbyist to professional, and does excellent stuff but charges accordingly. He gave me a rough quote today, depending on my choice of hardware. 
Or I may just buy a Fender and either redo the fret markers or leave it alone. That's the safe bet. I know me. I'd like to think this will be a lifer, but my history says resale value is also important. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
6/28/23 10:21 a.m.

Or there's a schecter at the local shop for over 6 months now so it might be on sale...

 

Its really good. Feels great, sounds great, nice fit and finish. It just looks wrong. Green? I want white. And a maple board. But the price is better, and and and and. I should take in my amp and see how she chooches. 
 

But I still want the polar opposite of my gothic explorer, which means all white tele. At least in my mind. 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
6/28/23 11:55 a.m.

In reply to barefootcyborg5000 :

My Strat is white. I generally don't like white guitars. It's the only white guitar I own. But when I played it in the store 32 years ago, it just felt so good and 30+ years later it's the guitar I play the most.  Sometimes, the color is secondary. 

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
6/28/23 12:10 p.m.

In reply to barefootcyborg5000 :

I dig that Schecter. Even the color. Do they make them in other colors? Might be an option for you. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
6/28/23 12:24 p.m.

In reply to Tony Sestito :

Yes but not white, and the price is good because the green one has been on the shelf for a long time. It's a small store and they need to move things. 

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
6/28/23 5:26 p.m.

Going to do some "guitar bench racing" here for a minute:

Since upgrading the neck pickup to a rail humbucker, I've been playing my Squier SE Strat A LOT. When I moved into the apartment, I could only bring 2 guitars, so I grabbed that and my Epi Les Paul. I picked that thing up a couple days ago and it pales in comparison to the Squier now, especially in tone. That shocked the hell out of me, since I've always considered it to be my "best" guitar. I guess it's not anymore! 

The biggest shocker was how much noisier it was than the Strat; back when I was in my band, I used to bring it to mess around after practice (I was playing drums) but it would produce ungodly amounts of feedback. I have since lined the cavities with shielding tape and regrounded things which did help, but it's still noisy, even compared to the Strat. And as we know, Strats are inherently noisy. I may use this as an excuse to do what I always wanted to do to it: zebra Alnico humbuckers and new electronics. 

This is the guitar in question:




This is the look I am aiming for:


I've had it since around 2000, and it's got its fair share of nicks and dents, and it's a rocker for sure. It didn't have a pickguard on it when I bought it, and I never put one on because I like the look. With all the other aged cream plastics on it, I think cream/black zebras would look killer in there. Other than the noise, the thing plays perfectly. The pots have been cleaned a few times over the years but I could never get the scratchiness out of them, so getting new stuff makes sense. 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/28/23 8:24 p.m.
barefootcyborg5000 said:

In reply to Tony Sestito :

Yes but not white, and the price is good because the green one has been on the shelf for a long time. It's a small store and they need to move things. 

Schecter makes some good stuff, I saw a tele of theirs I liked but it was also a Pete Townshend sig and I'm not s fan there

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
6/28/23 8:40 p.m.

I'm looking for another mid-priced signature guitar to buy.

For example, the Epiphone Brent Hinds Flying V I bought back in 2016-2017 was I think $900 with the case, his own signature pickups, etc. They have been out of production for years. So now if you can find one used, in excellent condition like mine, they typically start $1400+.

I like both the Kirk Hammett sigs, Demonology and White Zombie, but the are a bit to close to $2k for me (and I suspect being Metallica, they are made in much greater quantities than for the lead guitarist of Mastodon). I'd like to stay on the south side of $1500.

Any ideas? Only thing I'm against is Les Paul as they don't sit right with me when trying to play sitting down. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
6/28/23 8:59 p.m.

In reply to z31maniac :

I had a limited edition LTD that was a great investment. Turned $400 into $950 in a year. I think you're right to stay away from the Metallica sigs, as mine was profitable because it was one of 400. Maybe look at the Brendon Small explorer, since his other models have all gone way up. His sig V is a dream of mine. Called the "Snow Falcon"

z31maniac
z31maniac MegaDork
6/29/23 1:50 p.m.
barefootcyborg5000 said:

In reply to z31maniac :

I had a limited edition LTD that was a great investment. Turned $400 into $950 in a year. I think you're right to stay away from the Metallica sigs, as mine was profitable because it was one of 400. Maybe look at the Brendon Small explorer, since his other models have all gone way up. His sig V is a dream of mine. Called the "Snow Falcon"

Thanks for the suggestion. The affordable explorer seems to be generally panned as pretty bad. My bonus this week turned out to be a bit more than I expected, so I may change the budget a tad. 

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
7/3/23 9:57 p.m.

After much waffling, I decided on an apartment practice rig: I went the audio interface route. 

After messing with the old M-Audio interface I've had kicking around for years, it turns out that it doesn't play nice with Windows 10 or 11, and it doesn't support ASIO audio drivers, so every note you play has mega latency and makes it completely useless as a practice tool. So I snagged this Sterling Audio Harmony interface today. It just happened to be on sale. Perfect. 

So, that's my "practice rig" now. As suggested, I am using Amplitube 5 and it works really well. This thing came with a few plug-ins and a basic DAW app called Bitwig as well, so I will mess with them a bit. But the best part: I can now play along with music right on my laptop. I can control the levels independently, so I can actually hear myself in the mix better than ever before. And if I want, I can even record myself, since that's really what this thing is for. I plan on playing a lot while I am here, so hopefully I can build up my chops enough to actually write stuff again for the first time in almost 2 decades. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
7/5/23 3:01 p.m.

I really don't NEED another guitar. I want one, and I can justify something different from what I already own on grounds of diversity. So I say. 
So I stopped at the getting place because I wanted to talk to the guy who gives deals. He wasn't there. So I asked a few questions and poked around a bit and they have the tele I want, but they also have a beautiful LP studio, black w/ gold hardware. It's the same money. Ish. I don't need it at all.  Already have a single cut with Gibson burstbuckers. And the explorer with PAFs. But I'm sure I could play it for a bit and make a couple hundred on the back end... but I don't need it. Decisions. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
7/5/23 9:43 p.m.

Whoops. 

 

2001 studio. It was a deal, and better suited to what I do, and will retain more value. I didn't need it, but sometimes needs aren't all that important. 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/5/23 11:22 p.m.

Black and gold is a great combo, congratulations!

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
7/5/23 11:47 p.m.

In reply to Antihero :

I went in fully intending to buy the arctic white player tele. Then I saw this absolute tuxedo staring at me from the used section. Sharp looks, thickness and curves in all the right places. Came with a Gibson hard case and cost me less than what I've seen stripped studio bodies go for on eBay. This evening has been too busy for me to have even plugged it in yet. And now the kids are asleep. Tomorrow should be good. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
7/6/23 12:07 a.m.

There is something way cool about a Les Paul Studio. 

barefootcyborg5000
barefootcyborg5000 PowerDork
7/6/23 12:48 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

This is my second one. It feels somehow ...softer... than the other. Maybe slight changes in shape/edge/corner finish between 1996 and 2001. I'm a fan. Even of the chambered ones from 2007 or so. 

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/6/23 7:07 a.m.

My first Les Paul was a Studio made in 1984, a gift from my mother for HS graduation in 1988.  It is my "#1" and will be the guitar I hang on to until I die.  It was my main guitar for a long time and throughout my gigging days (plus a basement flood), so it's had a hard life. Currently needs a refret and new pickups (again...). 

Congrats!

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito UltimaDork
7/6/23 7:19 a.m.

Ooooh, that's nice. Completely opposite from a Tele, but if you found a good deal on that Gibson, I don't blame you one bit! 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
7/6/23 3:25 p.m.
barefootcyborg5000 said:

In reply to Antihero :

I went in fully intending to buy the arctic white player tele. Then I saw this absolute tuxedo staring at me from the used section. Sharp looks, thickness and curves in all the right places. Came with a Gibson hard case and cost me less than what I've seen stripped studio bodies go for on eBay. This evening has been too busy for me to have even plugged it in yet. And now the kids are asleep. Tomorrow should be good. 

My first " good guitar" I had planned on a Gibson Les Paul Faded and had the money in my pocket for a Studio if I wanted.

 

Ended up with the best Epi Les Paul I've ever heard or played. I've been offered a Gibson LP Custom and cash for it but when you know, you know

Ian F (Forum Supporter)
Ian F (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
7/6/23 4:01 p.m.

In reply to Antihero :

Some of the Epiphones are really good.  A number of years ago, I found a Epi Custom Silverburst at a Guitar Center. I was so close to buying it, but I really need another Les Paul like a hole in the head, no matter how good it plays. 

A couple of years later the Adam Jones models came out and the values of all Silverbursts shot up overnight.  Doh...

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