Just bought a Fender body from Eddie Vegas...

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  1. AxemanVR

    AxemanVR I appreciate, therefore I am... Silver Member

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    I've been looking for a classic Fender 3-tone sunburst lacquer body to match a Fender American Original 60s lacquer neck I already have and came across one that looks exactly like how I want it (most of the ones I see these days seem to miss the mark to me) ...


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    I was a little apprehensive, since I'd read a few unflattering comments about Eddie (from people whom I suspect never actually dealt with him directly). A couple people I found that did purchase items from him seemed to think he was alright, so (partly based on sheer curiosity) last Friday afternoon I decided to pull the trigger.

    Earlier today (Monday morning) I did have a quick question about my purchase and actually got a hold of Eddie himself. Besides sounding a little groggy from a weekend of possibly heavy partying (pure speculation on my part) he was actually fairly easy to talk to. He was open to answering all my questions and assured me that the item would be shipped immediately.

    Anyway, we'll see how it goes, but all I can say is the guy at least answers his phone...



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  2. Mr Dunlop

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    How was the price? Decent deal?
     
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    I think so, $1275 plus tax and shipping = $1407 (tax was the part that really hurt!).

    Considering a new Custom Shop Relic goes for something like $4000+ these days, I feel it's within a reasonable range (especially when it's something that's so difficult to find).

    I plan on "un-relicing" that huge wear mark in the rear upper body, similar to how I did it in a previous "Road Worn" project *(scroll down past my "shoe polish" attempt that didn't quite do it for me):


    https://www.strat-talk.com/posts/3434726/


    But, yeah, a Custom Shop body that's almost impossible to find? I think it was a "decent" deal...



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  4. Ace38

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    I thought Eddie died a couple years ago....
     
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    Wow yeah that’s actually not bad for a custom shop body. You’re also right about the sunburst actually looking correct. It’s going to be a sweet guitar with the AO 60’s neck.
     
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    I heard Ed Roman died... if that's what you're thinking...




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  7. Mr Dunlop

    Mr Dunlop Senior Stratmaster

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    That arm wear doesn't look to bad though.
     
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    Yeah, but I prefer adding my own arm wear... ;)



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    That's it, got my Ed's confused!
     
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    Nice, total score. Are you thinking tortoise shell PG? I'm a fan of the arm wear on the upper body when it exposes another paint job or undercoating color. Can't tell if that's what your getting or if it's just plain wood with nitro on top? Either way your going to come out with a really nice 60s Strat, Congrats.
     
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    I bought some parts from him and thought he was really good. Knows his stuff and sources some really interesting and rare things. Some of the bad press is because his prices seem high to some people but my view is he follows the market - charges what people will pay. I have no argument with that.
     
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    Got my strat body for $100.00 from Supra-Tone! 75 hours of labor, now thats custom shop with a little relicing
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    Yep! I found a really cool celluloid tortoise shell pickguard that oozes "vintage vibe". It's currently on a MIM body (with the Fender AO neck I mentioned earlier):


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    This MIM Fender body *almost* gets the 3-tone sunburst right, but the so-called "red" is a little too "brownish" for me and doesn't quite capture the correct hue. Besides, like I also said earlier, I also wanted a lacquer finish too. Plus (and I know this is being nitpicky) the MIM tremolo has a 2-1/16" string spacing and I prefer the 2-7/32" vintage string spacing.

    So, yeah, there's a lot of OCD stuff going on here. But in my defense this is most likely the last big project I'll be taking on for a while, so I figure I'd better get it the way I want it or else it'll always be nagging at me...


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    Wow...the body is even stamped/embossed "RELIC"...
     
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    Custom Shop bodies get that stamp. Common.
     
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    Even my MIM Fender Road Worn 50s Strat got a stamp...


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    Ooof.. Love that body, gorgeous
     
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    No doubt. Gotta get what you want to do it right or it will haunt you when you wake up at 3 AM:thumb:
     
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    Never knew that..good data for future reference.
     
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    Well, got the body yesterday and went straight to getting her shaped up...

    First came the unpacking and inspection - which was pretty much what I expected... although Ed did include some odd “case candy”. Besides an Eddie Vegas pick and business card there are what appears to be three vintage individual replacement strings from Fender and Gibson:


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    Anyway, I was ichin’ to get this thing assembled, so the first task was to make sure everything would fit. With great relief everything did - so far:


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    The last piece of the puzzle, my Fender American Original 60s Strat neck did as well!


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    DAY 2:


    So today, Thursday April 22nd, after I got the strings on and the Fender American Vintage tremolo set up, I went straight to “unrelicing” it (as I promised earlier).

    First I masked it off to protect the areas around the “trouble spots”, then I sanded that huge gaudy wear mark a bit. Afterwards I sprayed a layer of lacquer sealer before giving it several coats of black nitro (both from the “Guitar ReRanch”):



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    I decided to do more of an "outpatient" procedure to avoid taking everything apart again:


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    So far it’s fairly noticeable (up close):


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    ...but from a distance it’s actually fairly impressive, and I’m stoked!


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    So, what's next?

    Well, for the time being I’ll just wait... maybe a couple months! You see, in my experience lacquer takes FOREVER to harden - so I’ll just play it this way for a while before eventually giving it a final sanding and buffing to blend it in.

    Either way, I like how it looks now a lot better than I did before...



     
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