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Best way to get a strat body for cheap ?

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by inbearsuits, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. inbearsuits

    inbearsuits New Member!

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    As I explained in my recently-posted introduction, I'm new to strats but certainly not to guitars and guitar-modding and I'd like to build me a modded strat.

    I want to keep the classic 3 pickups configuration and general guitar craft and replace the pickups with vintage "gold foil" ones (DeArmonds or Teiscos...). 'Cause I like that tone.

    My first step is to get my hands on a strat, or at least a strat body and neck. Since gold foils PU's are quite expensive these days, I'd like to get the guitar for cheap but I'm reluctant to go "sweatshop-plywood-cheap", iykwim.

    But keep it under 100$ if that's possible... (is it ?)

    Do you see any options available ?

    2nd hand MIK Squier ? Hamer ? Sammick ?

    Some other brand I wouldn't know about ?
     
  2. spanker63

    spanker63 Strat-O-Master

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    If I were you, I'd look for a used Squier SE. I'm not sure if you're looking for a particular color or not, but they come in White, Black, and 3 tone Sunburst. The body is full sized and made of solid agathis. The rosewood necks that come stock are hit and miss, but there are some good ones out there. You can find a used SE here in the states from $25-$75 easy.....

    Seeing as you're in France, i'm not really sure whats going to be available to you though.
     
  3. NEStrataholic

    NEStrataholic Senior Stratmaster

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  5. rcole_sooner

    rcole_sooner Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Watch CL or ebay for body or fixer upper guitar, with a body you like.

    Sometimes you can get MIMs pretty cheap, and the neck and hardware is worth something.

    All depends on the type of body you want.

    Edit: Ha! I didn't notice your location, but yeah, +1, on use your local tools to find folks selling stuff.
     
  6. NEStrataholic

    NEStrataholic Senior Stratmaster

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    This could be a good platform for modding - 75 euros now:
    eBay | Guitare électrique Squier Fender Stratocaster

    Would you need a swimming pool route to accommodate gold-foil pickups? Might want to look for one upfront to avoid extensive routing (unless you are comfortable doing that).

    Also, do you want a full thickness body? If so, that would eliminate a bunch of Squier models. I think '90s era Affinities have the swimming pool route and are full thickness.

    Here are some Coodercasters:
    "Cooder-caster" Strat project underway - Telecaster Guitar Forum
     
  7. inbearsuits

    inbearsuits New Member!

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    I think getting a cheap Squier and stripping it is the way to go... My location IS a problem, even though globalized commerce helps ;) Second hand Squiers are all over the place in France but somehow it's rare to find someone willing to sell for less than 120 euros. Go figure...

    I'll check out Squier SE's.

    Any other ideas ? Non Fender-endorsed brands that might be interesting ?

    I've found a Samick (non Valley Arts) for 50 euros, but I've heard they can really be hit or miss... On the other hand I've a Samick-made Epi that's ok, not great but very playable.

    Or a Hondo h-77 for 100 euros ?
     
  8. inbearsuits

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    This one *looks* pretty good, at least it doesn't have a big CBS-style headstock. I'll try and contact the guy.

    I'm not afraid to route if I have to but I'd figured the swimming pool routing would be easier to handle.
     
  9. musicalmartin

    musicalmartin Strat-Talker

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    I use GFS bodies but the mail costs to Europe and duty make them more expensive .I like Paulwonia bodies ,light and resonant
     
  10. bramaputra

    bramaputra Banned

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    you can buy a wood pice in france, and get a professional make the neck pocket-
    then you do the rest of the guitar your self-
    yes is cost y sending a body international 61$ i payed for transport-
    + tax + Gebyr?
    better find som nuth wood-
    the guy in the pro guitar repair-
    will make your neck pocket for not to much
     

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