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    Over the years, a handful of small builders have, unfortunately, shown us how not to conduct business with forum members... inferior products, undelivered items, long wait times, no refunds etc...

    For those of you who've done business with Chris Locke from Locke Custom Guitars: I'm obviously "preaching to the choir"...

    For the rest of you, here's what a painless transaction is like:

    Thursday, December 18th
    I send Chris an e-mail about an "alternate universe" Franky project I'm considering and ask him if he's interested in taking it on.

    Friday, December 19th
    Chris responds "Sounds like fun, let's do it"

    A few hours later, Chris sends me this rendering:


    Saturday, December 20th


    Sunday, December 21st


    Monday, December 22nd
    Packaged and ready to ship!

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is epitome of customer service... immediate response to inquires, constant communication, progress photos and fast shipping! The guy is a maniac!
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    WGAF?!!

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    Although I've never had the pleasure of ordering from Chris, I've heard nothing but good things. For my next build (not sure when or what, but I've been dying to get going---it's expensive when you're 16) I will definitely be purchasing from him.


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    Thanks for posting this. I've run across his site a couple of times and it's nice to know he's very reliable. As you said, we've heard so many horror stories from members here about bad experiences with other builders that it can't help but make one gun shy.
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    All I can say is HE IS DA MANNNNNNNNNNN. You just can't go wrong with Chris

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    I also have heard outstanding things about Chris and his business. Great to know moving forward. Thanks for posting Jimi

    Rob

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    Yeah that's an impressive turnaround time. Tough to top that.
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    Amen to that from the choir. Chris is awesome and I couldn't be happier with my '78 Frankenstein neck. The most accurate headstock I've seen that wasn't reshaped by jimi11580!

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    All I see are bodies on his website. Does he make necks as well ?
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    ďA patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.Ē

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    Oh yes, some of the best out there as I said. Just send Chris an e-mail, tell him what you want. I can tell you he makes the best '77 Boogie Bodies headstock/VH I neck and the best original black and yellow Charvel strat body and neck that I've ever seen.

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    I am working on my first ever guitar build with Chris right now. He has the body done, and is finishing the neck soon.
    -Going for a Franky build with the Kramer banana style headstock, my favorite version of the guitar.

    Chris has been great to work with so far, very responsive to emails and very professional.

    Seems like a great guy, glad to hear your experience is positive as well.

    Cheers

    -Luke

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    Quote Originally Posted by garbeaj View Post
    Oh yes, some of the best out there as I said. Just send Chris an e-mail, tell him what you want. I can tell you he makes the best '77 Boogie Bodies headstock/VH I neck and the best original black and yellow Charvel strat body and neck that I've ever seen.
    Awesome to know man. Thank you for the info
    A Franky build will be my next move
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    All I can say is HE IS DA MANNNNNNNNNNN. You just can't go wrong with Chris
    This is true!
    WGAF?!!

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    I've yet to order anything from Chris but definitely plan to in the new year. I have a couple of projects in mind and he will be the man I get my stuff through.

    Its great to hear someone who makes this stuff actually come through and deliver the goods.
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    Here is a reminder pic of the '77-'78 era Ellsworth style neck that Chris made for me...(Charvel logo and Tung oil finish by me, but Chris will do an oil finish for you as well for a small fee)...





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    Frankenstein Guitar Project for sale

    This is a Locke Custom Guitars Frankenstein body, Kramer banana headstock neck, Floyd Rose 1984 trem, Schaller tuners, and EVH Frankenstein Humbucker Pickup.

    Chris from Locke Custom Guitars built this for me back in December, and did an excellent job. Chris is a really cool guy and has a great reputation.

    The reason I am selling this is two fold, number one I am in the process of moving and number two I am purchasing some PAF's for my Les Paul. I am a blues player at heart and have become a Les Paul straight into a Marshall or Fender amp kind of player.

    These are brand new parts, and have never been fully assembled. I had Chris do a few things so that this is a bolt up and wire deal. Aside from paint job of your choice the assembly work is basically done.
    Chris mounted the Floyd rose, nut, and tuners.

    Specs:
    -Light weight Northern Ash body with beautiful grain pattern
    -Kramer banana headstock maple neck, with maple cap
    -10" radius fretboard
    -6105 frets
    -Floyd Rose 1984 trem with big block (made in Germany, the real deal)
    -Schaller Tuners
    -EVH Frankie Humbucker, still wrapped in plastic with box
    -Frankenstien neck plate replica, just like the original
    -1971 quarter

    I might be forgetting a detail or two, just ask.

    Much higher quality guitar than the current EVH striped series.

    My loss, your gain.

    $650 for everything plus shipping in the cont. US

    Email me at: lukeje6@gmail.com

    Thanks!








 

 

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