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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-21-2011, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hello Jemsite!I want to do some custom modding on guitars.where should i start should i just buy a beater and try to trick it out?Or should i take the chance with a new model?What i have in mind is Different swirls and Different pickup combos.I want to do 2 Guitars and make them look like my own guitars I primarily play in Low standard tunings so would i be ok with just a basic Basswood Beater?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2011, 08:38 AM
 
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I know with myself personally I'd rather do a lot of mods to a lower end guitar. There's honestly not much of a point (in my opinion) of buying a higher end model guitar with the plan to strip / refinish, etc. A lot of times you can find very good deals on used guitars only because they have tons of surface scratching / paint chips on the body. This would be a perfect candidate for your project.

If you went with a new model you'd probably end up changing your mind once you saw the nice pretty finish on it. Also keep in mind, I'm not sure if this is a first project for you only guitar related and you probably already know this but I'll say it anyway. Try to factor in the materials you'll need in your cost when looking for your beater guitars. I know from past experiences I could of spent a little more money at the time to end up with a Guitar in much better condition than what I had. Sandpaper, primer, painting supplies, sealer, etc add up in cost REAL fast and a lot of times can make up for that difference you saved going with a more beat up guitar.

Like you said though you want to make them your "own". So I would definitely recommended scouting craigslist / ebay for a good deal on a used model you like. Would be the perfect platform for pickup changes and refinishing.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2011, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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I found my old dean ML in my parent's storage unit so I'm gonna work on it.Swirl it and replace the stock pickups with something with some actual output....can you swirl the headstock of a neck?
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Buy a body to test swirl--I have a 570 AANJ in the classifieds. Then buy a neck to fit. Then experiment with pickups and electronics.



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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-22-2011, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
 
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Buy a body to test swirl--I have a 570 AANJ in the classifieds. Then buy a neck to fit. Then experiment with pickups and electronics.
I have a body and neck :P can i swirl the headstock on the neck?
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best results i have had is getting older beat up high end guitars and refinishing them,.
this is gratifying and makes a good playing axe at the end (instead of a polished turd).
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best results i have had is getting older beat up high end guitars and refinishing them,.
this is gratifying and makes a good playing axe at the end (instead of a polished turd).


The Ml sounds ok,not high end...but its not a terd either.
What are some color schemes i could use when i swirl besides PAW?
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