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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-29-2015, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Ok so I ordered this guitar for some place in China. To be clear, this is not a Chinese fake. I was parts that I got from China. The body is mahogany w/ a spalted maple veneer. The neck is a three piece neck, maple, rosewood, maple and a 24 fret ebony fingerboard. All this built as I specified for less than $200. You can probably guess why I ordered it from China. I assembled and finished it all in my basement. The pickups are a matched set of Dragonfire Screamers. I think they were like $35 from their website. They sound awesome! The rest of the stuff I got off of eBay and stuff. Now before you judge, the hardware is all pretty good quality and the tune-o-matic is even a roller bridge. So all together I got a completely customized guitar for about $290! Check it out! I did learn one major lesson during this build. Seeing how I prefer the string-thru tune-o-matic bridge set up and my next builds will be the same, this is my word of advice for any new builders using the same set up. Here it is- recess the bridge about a 1/4 inch. Your action will thank you... Unfortunately I didnít and I had to shim the neck in the neck pocket with a 1/4 inch piece of basswood that I shaped to fit the pocket it winds up making the neck a little high off the body but really itís not noticeable when playing it so it worked out but of course I would rather it done right. It sounds like a monster with a hi-gain amp and not too bad clean. It plays nice. The action isnt super low like an Ibanez but its low enough and it feels good, about like a Les Paul but better. I have 4 Ibanez, and an LTD
H-351 and I have to say, this is my favorite out of them. Tell me what you think. Be gentle is my first build other than a kit I posted before!
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JL


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That's pretty damn cool man.......actually, for under $300- it's VERY cool.

I, for one, have ZERO problem with anyone buying these kind of kit guitars. I think they're the perfect "first step" for anyone wanting to get into building/modding.
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Looks pretty good and if it plays well to you thats all the better. Cudos to you for going your own way. I am def not a proponent of the Chinese counterfeit guitars, in fact Im quite against them, but when your designing your own so to speak with no intention of putting someone else's branding on there then go for it!
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-30-2015, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks guys! The more feedback the better. My next project will be an explorer type but I am trying to figure out a way to make it a 24 fret 25.5 scale bolt on instead of the standard 21 fret set neck versions. The manufacturer said they could do it for me but it would cost around $300 bucks but i was kinda wondering if it was even worth doing...
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Looks pretty good and if it plays well to you thats all the better. Cudos to you for going your own way. I am def not a proponent of the Chinese counterfeit guitars, in fact Im quite against them, but when your designing your own so to speak with no intention of putting someone else's branding on there then go for it!
Yeah i definitely dont want to try to fake it... although you can see the body is based on an Ibanez RG body but it is actually a little tiny bit bigger and the horns are more rounded. The head stock is their own thing. I dont think it looks terrible but im not a big fan of it. The reverse headstock is a first to me and I font really like that either but it is different from my other guitars so it's cool but i wouldnt do it again. I'm thinkingof going with the Jackson style head for my next one. Thats the great thing about these chinese manufacturers. If you ask for it, they will do there best to deliver it. It cost 25 dollars more but so what. The ebony fretboard was only $15 dollars more. Go figure...
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I've said this before, there's nothing wrong with guitars made in China as long as the put their own branding on it. Quality won't be as nice as a custom Ibby or gibson but still isn't that bad and hey, you have to start somewhere. The big problem is when companies try to pass off their stuff as true originals and that holds true no matter where it's produced. Right now china is the main ones doing it and unfortunately any company there trying to market their stuff as actually their own get lumped in with all the fakes. So yeah, fakes = bad, origianls (even copies) = good (as long as they put their own branding on it.

In your case byuing a chinese made body & neck, that's all perfectly legit & don't let anyone give you crud about it. It looks good, sounds like it plays well, and most importantly you did a decent chunk of the work yourself.

For the guitar itself, I really love that green color and I think the pure white binding really makes the color pop. The grain on the spalted maple looks really cool too. I think the reverse head looks kinda cool, for sure it will make it stand out. What did you use for the color & top coat?
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thanks! Believe it or not I used computer printer ink. For the front it was a couple coats of black then blue then yellow then blue then yellow (and lots of back sanding) with a touch of violet pearl dust. The back is black then yellow with more violet pear. The body and headstock is finished with lots and lots of True Oil. The neck is finished with natural tung oil.

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