Originally Posted by Kontalonis
So here's the dilema...
My friend who is an avid guitar player, is head over heels in love with my ernie ball axis sport (as any sane person should be), but he is low on cash. The question is could he buy an olp, do a pickup swap and have a good sounding guitar. Maybe change the saddles to string savers and change the tuning pegs also. I know you cannot compare these two guitars but i'm just curious if he could get an ok guitar out of an olp if he put some work into it?
In response to the original post, yes, you can get one and make a decent guitar out of it. Figure you can usually get on on evilbay for about $120 including shipping (you just have to be patient), then spend about $80 on the Dimarzios or whatever pickups make you happy (if you can't get Diamrzios on evilbay for as cheap as $40, you're not looking) and about another $80 or so on the Floyd (Schallers are usually a little cheaper even). So, now you're around $300 for that guitar plus some more for routing the locking nut if you can't do it yourself, and if he really loves the look, then I think it's well worth it. Plus, you can go back on evilbay and sell the original pickups for like $25 for the pair and recoup some of your expenditures. Or, I think OLP even makes them with floyd types on there now, so all of that could already be done for you, but I think those run about $250 or so. So, then add your Dimarzios, and you're still at under $350.
So, if the guy is limited on cash right now, and really likes the guitar, I say do it, then later down the road when he can get a real Axis or EVH, then go for it and keep the OLP around as a 2nd or to beat the cat or whatever. The way we did mine, you could do that throwing $50 or $100 at it here and there, and not even feel like you've spent $300 on it. Is it the same as getting a nice 1987-91 Radius or Sabre or RG for under $350 (which are getting rarer and rarer at that price), hell no, but if the guy likes the look, then it's a great way to go.