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    ^^This post without pictures is just a tease. C'mon man!

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    It's really not impressive to look at, but it plays like a dream.

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    Some super awesome advice in here already. My partscasters that I've assembled are my favorite guitars. Here's my quick take on your questions...

    1) I usually end up spending between $700 and $1000 per build

    2) Parts...

    Body: Fender sells a a variety of bodies on their site, both MIM and MIA. I found the MIM bodies to be the best quality to value ratio in terms of buying a painted body. If you're looking for unfinished or out-of-the-ordinary specs then Warmoth, Locke, Best Guitar Parts or Musikraft will be helpful.

    Neck: All of my custom necks have been Warmoth except for my Frankenstrat, which was Musikraft. When ordering a neck pay special attention to fret size. Most manufacturers use a few of the same numbers (like 6105, 6100, 6115, etc.) to describe their frets but not all of them define those models with the same sizes. For example, Warmoth's 6105 is much shorter than Dunlop 6105 wire.

    Miscellaneous hardware: I've had great luck with Gotoh SG360 tuners and they're an incredible value. You can find them on eBay for ~$30 for standard tuners or ~$50 for locking. There are plenty of companies who make vintage spec or improved vintage style bridges and other hardware. Stewmac or Allparts are good sources. If you're on a budget check out Guitar Fetish, but I agree with nobozos that you shouldn't skimp on hardware.

    Above all my biggest recommendation is to make sure you understand the neck specs you like. Backshape, radius, fretsize, and nut width will all determine how the neck feels and plays and go a long way in making the guitar feel like a quality instrument to you personally. Also, Warmoth's site has a lot of great material to educate yourself on the various options and specs.

    3) Yes I absolutely think its worth learning the simple skills required to assemble your own guitars. It's really rewarding

    4) Pics...In order, here's my Frankenstrat, My hybrid Tele built out of a mahogany tree that was in the front yard of my wife's childhood home, my two main Super Strats, and my regular Tele. I've assembled a few others for myself and a few guitars and basses for friends too.









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    My suggestion would be, if you want to start out just to get your feet under you, this is a good place to start:

    http://www.byoguitar.com/Guitar_Kits...-and-Wood.aspx

    You can buy bodies, finished or unfinished. You can buy Allparts or MightyMite necks, which are really good quality. They have a pretty good variety of styles of bodies and necks in different kinds of woods. You can even get full kits fairly cheap, but they won't be as of high a quality as the MightyMite or Allparts stuff.

    If it were me, I would buy the body and neck from here, and get the rest as parts and pieces. Pick good quality hardware and electronics from other sources. If you want a really good quality pre-loaded pickguard done right, these guys have about every configuration you can imagine:

    https://920dcustom.com/collections/9...ded-pickguards

    If you want a Floyd Rose Trem, I personally prefer the GOTOH 1996T Floyd to the OFR. If I were to get anything else, it would be an OFR, or the 1984 re-issue OFR.

    If you want a traditional strat trem, Callaham is where it's at. On my MIM strat, I used the original bridge plate, and put on MIM bent steel saddles and a Dragonfire steel sustain block, which works pretty well. I highly recommend a SuperVee Blade Runner as well.

    For a nut, if you aren't going Floyd, I suggest Brass, Bone, or Tusq. You don't really need the Graphite impregnated nuts. If a nut is cut right (there is an art to it) all you should need is a little nut sauce and it will work great with a trem.

    Regardless of what tuners you decide on, try to get staggered tuners. It helps.

    If you were to build the guitar with these components, you could later swap out the neck for a custom Warmoth or Muskraft neck per your specifications.
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    Thanks for all your input everyone! So I'm wondering...are there necks out there with the Kramer beak headstock style? Besides ones that come off an original Kramer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Space Ace View Post
    Thanks for all your input everyone! So I'm wondering...are there necks out there with the Kramer beak headstock style? Besides ones that come off an original Kramer?
    Musikraft has a version of it that you can customize to your specs:

    https://musikraft.com/product-info.php?pid2088.html

    You can also find ones that people make and sell on Ebay, but I have no idea the quality you are getting with one of those.
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    If you're going beak definitely go Musikraft. I love the neck on my Frankenstrat. It's A+ quality and it shipped to me in record time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    If you're going beak definitely go Musikraft. I love the neck on my Frankenstrat. It's A+ quality and it shipped to me in record time.
    I was just poking around their site, and it seemed like they need about two months.
    Do they only make them from orders, or do they have stock on hand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by turnbuckle View Post
    I was just poking around their site, and it seemed like they need about two months.
    Do they only make them from orders, or do they have stock on hand?
    They shipped mine in 3 weeks. I donít know if they just happened to have one in stock that matches my order or what. 2 months sounds standard though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedi McFly View Post
    They shipped mine in 3 weeks. I donít know if they just happened to have one in stock that matches my order or what. 2 months sounds standard though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Space Ace View Post
    I remember a while back a couple of folks on here mentioned that they built their own axes before and claimed it was a better option than some of the "high quality" guitars on the market that run five figures. I've been kind of intrigued by the idea of building my next electric guitar(s) rather than buying, and I think I'm patient enough to take on such a project. However, I've also read that it can be more expensive than buying, and I also realize I have no idea what I'm doing and this is probably going to be a tedious process. But I like the idea of having something unique and personalized for myself...and I'd also like to have some EVH-style guitars without the EVH brand price tag. I even have a few ideas in my head already.

    So my questions for y'all would be:

    - How much do you normally spend on average for a guitar build?

    - Where do you typically get parts from?

    - Do you think the learning and labor process is worth it?

    - Could you post pictures of the guitar(s) you've built? (I'm just really curious to see what kind of stuff you've built).

    I cut a wolfgang body out of a 3 piece basswood blank on a jigsaw I got from driving to exotic woods in south jersey. I had Paul Unkert do the neck and floyd routes when was still in Toms River. I bought a mean street intruder neck and sanded off the finish. Ping floyd rose, Eyeball routed pickup cavaties, a Dimarzio Virtual Hot PAF in the bridge, and I don't remember what I put in the neck. Painted it orange with a blue stripe running through the middle, put a picture of stripe the gremlin from gremlins under the bridge and played that damn guitar til it fell apart on me. There are pics of me playing it in this


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    Quote Originally Posted by nobozos View Post
    It's really not impressive to look at, but it plays like a dream.

    I love that single pickup black/maple street!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    This isnít everything Iíve built but itís a good portion of them.






    Jesus, that blue one is gorgeous!

    Love the design & set up with a nice strat style.

    The circles is really cool, too.

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