Saving an 88 Floral from being parted out
I ran into a guy that was going to part out his 88 Floral on the bay. So, I looked it over and noticed the following bad things: The original pink PAF Pros had been replaced by black Seymour Duncans, the pots were scratchy, the pickguard was chalky, the rear trem cover and rear input jack cover were missing, the body had a few small nicks in it, the body had 2 small screw holes that were there for unknown reasons (they didn't line up for anything that was stock on the guitar), the neckplate was worn, it had the common crack in the neck pocket, the fretboard was dry, and it needed new strings. I noticed the following good: The neck felt great, the frets were good, the fretboard wasn't cracking, the hardware was in good shape, the headstock was in excellent shape, the body was still glossy, the body didn't have any big dings, the neck pocket crack wasn't as bad as many I have seen and was only on the bass side, the knobs and switch tip were in good shape, and the guy wanted $425 for it. So, I bought a set of new pink Evolutions for about $222 shipped. I bought the pots, selector switch, and wiring out of a RG550 from the bay for $20 shipped. I ordered a new pickguard and set of 3 rear covers from Pickguard Paradise for $133 shipped. I have taken the guitar apart and touched up and buffed the body and oiled the fretboard. When the new parts come in I will assemble the guitar and set it up and have about $800 in what will be a "great player". If I don't like it, I think I will be able to get all of my money back selling it on the bay. I guess having a little project and saving a Jem is what will mean the most to me though.