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Discussion in 'Guitars' started by Wenander, Apr 10, 2020.
.. A guitar diy kit from gear4music.
Anyone here built one of those??
My brother in-law bought some kind of cheapie Strat kit for around $150. He would have gotten more value out of a loaf of bread. You have to have them professionally painted and lacquered. If you're going into this with the notion that you're going to spray paint it, then please just spend your money on a really nice loaf a bread.
Which one did you get?
I would hate to eat a $150 chunk of wood.
For $77.70 (excluding VAT) looked alright and had .pdf build instructions. gear4music looks to have good customer service. For that price range is an option to Alibaba.
"oh look. a 3-ply pickguard!"
It´s going to be interresting to see how the body looks. if it got nice wood structure i could keep it as is..i guess most do just that. doing a finish yourself and have it come out looking good is not easy ...
Says it wont arrive for a loooong time.... although maybe your location or batch is different?
Looks okayish, basswood thing means you really will have to clearcoat it at least. Tuners and bridge will very probably be bad.... pickups, who knows.
If the neck is properly fretted and straight then it's all good
I have only built up squire’s
This was one of the first ones.
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This was the second one, but I did not paint this one.
Nice with the revers headstock.
how difficult is it to paint and finish a guitar by the way ? =)
Depends if you want it to look good from 10 feet, 3 feet, or OCD-player-not-bothered-good
I used rustoleam from Home Depot and a cheap gun from Harbor Freight.
I had painted 3 guitars, I mixed the paint with mineral spirits.
I am no pro but at 3’ they don’t look so bad , but then again I never hit them with a clear, and had to be very careful for runs.
This is one of the others
And this one
That particular strat got the left handed mighty mite neck, loaded pickgaurd, then a SD JB jr in the bridge, it started life as an affinity.
Thanks for looking
Let us know how it turns out.
I bought an LP kit from Stewmac a couple of years ago intending to put a tummy cut and a Floyd on it. Three things happened -
Floyd Rose released the FRS for the LP which doesn't require a big ass hole in the body [now residing on an 82 Standard]
I figured out this was a trap so I'd buy more tools from stewmac - particularly neck ones leveling and cutting the nut correctly
I moved and it got put on the waaaaay back burner. Been looking at it again and Floyd has a 15% off sale until 5/1.
Getting the neck level, frets leveled and nut cut to the right height are probably the most important bits of the construction.
As for finish I can't speak to paint but can to dyed and clear coated. If you plan to dye/stain the body and want PRS like colors look at RIT fabric dyes. Water based, inexpensive [apply right out of the bottle and rub like the wood owes you money] and they're pretty much all I use on bodies and cabs. If you don't want to do MORE wood prep stick to the warm side of the color wheel - yellow, orange & red as you won't need to bleach / peroxide the wood first.
Being a lazy cockroach I finally settled on lacquer as the clear coat as it literally melts the previous coat to bond and lays out / levels like nothing I've found so far. Currently using Minwax as I'm too cheap to buy a quality spray rig and I hate cleaning them.
Would this be better?