Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Re: My Ed's Baby #2
Thanks for the compliments.
As for the neck, there's a lot to address here: the 1983 version of this instrument, at which point he put on the second Kramer-branded neck (the first was a Strat-head with the logo removed) was how it was when I took real notice of Eddie and began absorbing influence from him.
That imprinted on me strongly - that's why my original is a 'Frankenbeak' and so is this one.
Now, Ed's REAL neck was/is actually completely finished - a real oddity for his necks - and so, even though it's MANY years old, it still looks pretty much new to this day. I've seen pictures provided by the fellow who up until late last year owned that actual neck, and I've been able to get other info directly from him. Those pics were completely new, too - he had actually attached that neck to the Fender replica he owned, thereby making, to me and others, the ultimate replica.
However... I don't like playing on a finished neck - I've been hooked on using just Tung oil for yeeeeeears - so I have just that on both #1 and #2. Just couldn't bring myself to go that route.
#1 looks like it does from plain, natural use - I actually tried to KEEP it from getting like that back in the day when that was my main guitar.
So, this one is similarly Tung oiled... and hasn't been played long enough to start really showing that kind of aging.
But it's really /supposed/ to remain pretty new looking - that's more correct.
Now, ASIDE from that, I mentioned above that this neck will actually be replaced on here, as well, with another birdseye beak that is made to slightly different/more correct specs.
That one will also get the vintage Made In _W_ Germany Schallers that I have waiting... this neck was always temporary, so I loaded it with correct-looking - from the front =] - Ping tuners, so that I can just leave those on there when it's time to change it over to the new beak. That one will get a bit of a staining as well, to represent the bit of natural yellowing of the heavy finish that's on the real thing.
The Strat head - there are also a LOT of those around these days (even aside from the 300 Fender replicas) but not nearly as many beaks... which is odd, because there are a LOT of people who share my opinion on favoring that era (US Festival, Jump video, etc.)
That makes this one a little different, as well.... but, come right down to it, I just plain prefer the beak. It's also 22 frets - 2 less than I really prefer, but 1 better than 21 =]
I had actually talked of getting ANOTHER neck as an option to put on there, a replica of the Strat-style head, 21 frets, square heel, the whole thing, because I would REALLY like to do a relic job on the neck to be like the replica's, which represents the condition of the real thing as of right then when Chip Ellis/Fender undertook the project to do the replicas.
... so that's not out of the question, but not a high priority.
... I actually think I'd do a banana head option before I'd do the Strat-head.
Hope that explains my thought process on this.
Re-reading before submitting: ghads, I'm wordy =]
Last edited by steve; 05-13-2008 at 12:27 AM.
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