#1
went into my local store and one of the guitars that caught my eye was a superstrat, no finish, no logo, dark nice grain, missing 2 front single coils, bridge humbucker, and a floyd rose style missing the trem arm pickup selector switch, and tone knob

its like a 1980s samick guitar for 300 that has been stripped down with the finish removed. not sure if it even works. however, because its unfinished and missing all that its a PERFECT project guitar.

the neck is slightly wide, very thin, with jumbo FAT frets. i wnt to say 25 inch scale. i generally judge by doing a stretch of 3rd fret low E, 5th fret A, 7th fret D with my index, ring and pinky fingers (a riff uses this in man in the box). seemed shorter than a strat.

so, is it worth 300 in this condition? are samicks quality? is it worth throwing 200-300 more into it and throwing on some tung oil and have a nice super strat?

thanks
#2
these days samicks are pretty sloppy, but 80s samicks are, as far as I heard, decent.... especially ones built to be exported
Guitars:
* Custom "does-it-all" Strat
*'12 James Tyler Studio Elite HD Burning Water (HSH)
* EVH Wolfgang Special Stealth HT
#3
They are decent guitars, but in no way worth 300 without the pickups. Also be sure to check out current Samick or Greg Bennett guitars for price comparison.
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#5
well yes but like a lot of companies, guitars 20 years ago can vary drastically.

i mean it was sitting next to 2-3 crappy asian kramers for like 200 each. they werent very quality, you could tell in a heartbeat.

this guitar actually seemed kinda well put together. dark wood body (not sure what it was) with a maple neck. really? not even 300? i mean, electronics would be no more than 10-15 bucks, misc parts maybe another 10-15. trem arm, cleaning, wood finish, 2 cheaper pickups (maybe less than 50 a peice by some undetermined brand at this time) and i figure the whole guitar could be completely revamped for less than 200 bucks with all my labors.

set up trem, trem arm, install 2 pickups, install tone pot and switch, rewire whole guitar, tung oil whole guitar. less than a week worth of work total cost i think easily less than 200.

oh yeah another note:

CARVED TOP, and it was HEAVY. about as heavy as a les paul and about as thick as one too. i guess it was mahogany then. something heavy.
Last edited by ikey_ at Jun 10, 2010,
#6
Like some guys above are saying, I bet it is not worth 300 dollar in its condition. However, if you really want to, I don't see why not. I think it would be a fun little project.... especially if you think the wood is good enough
Guitars:
* Custom "does-it-all" Strat
*'12 James Tyler Studio Elite HD Burning Water (HSH)
* EVH Wolfgang Special Stealth HT
#7
I've played a Greg Bennett single cutaway semi-hollow. School bought it for $500, really nice guitar for the price.

Had a Samick acoustic, it was really nice too. Very thick tone and very loud for a laminate top. Everything about it was really nice. I think it was made in Korea.

So I dunno... it might be a pretty nice project.
#8
nice. but yeah the question is given its condition and what it needs, im not sure it is worth it. it is a nicely shape, and good looking guitar though.

i mean hey, i were to make it great and it sounded and played great i supose its worth it. i dunno. i thought i had found some gem that a guy decided to work on and then just quit...well thats what happened because its stripped down. but meh.
#9
Sounds like it could be an old Epiphone strat. They were made by Samick throughout the 80's and 90's. Probably not worth $300 in that condition. They typically dont fetch more that $150-200 complete.

Check out the website in my signature to see if it looks like any of the old Epi superstrats.