Hey, I never said that I don't have my share of expensive crap.
The zachary's are good, I can justify the price of a one of a kind handmade guitar. I do have to admit that I can be overindulgent at times. Do I need two Zachary's, or the third one he will be building for me? Not really. One would be enough, but I like them and want more.
I played a Samick (That I got for free!) for a few years and was happy. I guess I can be gleeful and tinker with my gear in private, and humbly lower my head in public.
I was a little harsh in my first post, sometimes quality gear costs more to design and build, but there is such a thing as too much. Sometimes you really are just paying for cosmetics and name recognition.
BTW, Racerx2K, What did you end up doing with that Squire I sent you?
I actually had to shelf the project for a while, but am back, working on it, since the weather is cooperating. Ended up needing a neck for another project, so I stole the neck from that one for it.
So far, to date, I have routed the body, to accomodate a neck and bridge humbucker, routed for a recessed trem, and actually had to create a metal bridge bracing, so as not to blow out the wood in front of the trem, because there isn't alot of meat in front of it. Plus, I am going to use a set of trem posts that are connected with a plate, to further add to the structural stability. I also filled in the factory jack location, and drilled and bored for a side jack, ala Charvel. Currently it is sitting in primer, after a sandthrough or two (re-shot the last, recent primer coat, yesterday). Once THAT'S all set, and I do a final primer sand, and all is well, it is gonna get a top coat of 7up green. The stock pickguard has already been modded for the HSH configuration, as well as the trem. The center single coil pickup cover was re-finned in pink, and I have a set of Ibanez/Dimarzio hums sitting there, that will have the bobbins re-finned, as well: The bridge in creme, the one bobbin on the neck pickup in the same, matching pink.
If you look closely to the mods and paint scheme, you MAY realize where I'm heading with this......
By the way, Dino, thanks alot for being such a cool guy, and handing over this guitar for such a schlub as me! Having fun tinkering with it, and learning alot, as I go.