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Is this a "good start" for a new build?

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by axejock, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    There is a "do it yourself" project on our local Craigslist that is kind of interesting. It is actually a project that someone started to build a "Strat Look" 12 string guitar. It has a decent looking body and neck (which obviously do not fit together properly) and a lot of extra parts like a bridge, tuners, decent routing, and sort of a cool color. It is VERY cheaply priced, so I wouldn't expect much, but here are some photos of the thing that show what is there. Is it a doable project, or something to stay away from? (It is probably NOT an Ibanez, even though the headstock says it is!)

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  2. mfranzdorf

    mfranzdorf Strat-O-Master

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    I don’t think I’d mess with it, but that’s me. Feels like you would be chasing more problems than it would be worth.
     
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    79olympicwhite Strat-O-Master

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    I’d try.... looks cool an l ****ing love 12 strings but depends on what your comfortable with
     
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  4. CB91710

    CB91710 This is a Custom Title Gold Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Definitely has possibilities.
    First thing I'd do is swap those keystones for matching knobs.

    And get rid of the purple paint.
     
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  5. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    The neck heel doesn't seem to fit the body cavity and it has the truss rod adjustment at the heel.....that would be a problem. It would all have to be stripped, repaired and refinished, but that could get expensive. And there are a lot of major parts missing like the pickups, I used to have a 12 string electric and loved it, but sold it to get something else. I don't know if this thing would be worth it compared to just buying one already finished.
     
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  6. mfranzdorf

    mfranzdorf Strat-O-Master

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    But... the purple was the only good thing about it!
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I would do some serious measuring before I did anything else. If the scale length checked out, I'd slap a cheap set of strings on it and see how the intonation is. Only if everything checked out would anything else get done.
     
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  8. usul1978

    usul1978 Guitar bricolo

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    It will probably finish in the garbage can, but if it's really cheap and you feel like giving it a go, why not !
     
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  9. axejock

    axejock Senior Stratmaster

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    Thanks for the inputs. I have decided NOT to go for this thing.....the more I look, the more it seems like a nightmare!
     
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    My rule of thumb: If I have to ask someone about a project, I should avoid it. These things should be a labor of passion for the project, because the minutiae will eat your soul and wallet. If I have to ask, I don't have the necessary passion.
     
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