#1
I want to start building a new guitar as in buying an old one and replacing all the hardware such as new pickups new nuts - well new everything except the actual guitar and I was wondering for this would any old guitar do or does quality matter in this case - I wanted to customise one with a floyd rose as I already have 2 guitars with hard/stop tail pieces

cheers Jamie
#2
well, yh cheap, low grade wood doesnt resonate as nicely - there's only so much nice pickups and other hardware can do
#3
get one with a proper neck. other than that I'd say it doesn't matter
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#4
You need something with a neck you like, no structural damage and ideally a body that doesn't need excessive routing to incorporate the features you want. If I were you I'd look for something like a Squier, Aria or low-end Jackson. These brands tend to have decent necks and quality control but you can pick used ones up for almost nothing
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I want to start building a new guitar as in buying an old one and replacing all the hardware such as new pickups new nuts - well new everything except the actual guitar and I was wondering for this would any old guitar do or does quality matter in this case - I wanted to customise one with a floyd rose as I already have 2 guitars with hard/stop tail pieces

cheers Jamie


Well Jamie, I guess it would depend on what your goals are with your guitar... If you want to learn how to do it, then it doesn't matter a flip what you start with... If you want to customize a guitar to play and want a quality instrument when your finished, you have to start with some quality up front.

so what's the goal here?
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#6
Try looking at SX's and Douglas guitars. They are perfect for modding.
You could also just get a kit guitar to mod.
#7
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Well Jamie, I guess it would depend on what your goals are with your guitar... If you want to learn how to do it, then it doesn't matter a flip what you start with... If you want to customize a guitar to play and want a quality instrument when your finished, you have to start with some quality up front.

so what's the goal here?


basically I want something that I can play live but also I don't really want to pay a lot of money for it as it would be costly if I screw it up
#10
I belive guitar fetish has RG style bodys thats already routed for a floyd.... or just look on ebay lol ..but i would go with guitar fetish
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Well in the end I found a Washburn on Ebay for £80 which was quite cheap as it is in quite a bad state but thats ok im planning to absolutely pull it apart and put new hardware in it

Here's the state its currently in

#13
HOLY SH*T THAT'S RUSTY! haha if the neck is straight go for it......
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#14
was this buried in the ground at one point??

I have pulled guitar parts out of old basments and stuff but never anything this bad.. good luck man...
#15
I've pulled out all the rusty bits (i.e. everything except the wood) and I'm going to sand it down soon (pics will follow)