xXBansheeXx
Ubertar Player
Join date: Jul 2008
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#1
I'm building a Frankenstrat replica as a decoration for my buddies shop, so though I intend to make it playable, it just needs to look the part and be cheap. So I need an SSS routed body made out of a solid wood. I don't care what wood, it just needs to be solid and not plywood.

I've been scouring the internet for a couple weeks and the only bodies I've found that will work, people want like $160 for them. But those are nice bodies meant to sound good, I'm just looking for Chinese crap to get the job done! Honestly, I'm looking to spend like $30 for a body. There's no point in spending a lot of money on a decoration.

Does anyone know where I can get the kind of body I'm looking for, for under $50? Does anyone have one they'd sell me? I might be willing to buy a whole guitar kit because I might be able to sell the unused parts to get my money back if the price is right. I told my friend I'd have it done by the end of November, but I just can't find the right body. I'm trying to make it as visually accurate as possible even if it plays and sounds terrible.
Gear:
-Mesa Dual Rectifier (3 Channel) with KT88 and KT66 Tubes
-Peavey 6505+
-Roland JC120
-Ibanez Tone Blaster TBX150H
-Mesa 4x12 Straight Cab
-Marshall 1960BV
-Gibson Les Paul Custom
-Gibson Flying V
-Line 6 M13
xXBansheeXx
Ubertar Player
Join date: Jul 2008
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#3
It's an SSS that was hand routed to an HSS. Some HSS bodies will work, but GFS doesn't carry anything close to what I need. They were the first place I looked. It seems every decent priced body is either HSH routed, or pool routed, neither of which will work.
Gear:
-Mesa Dual Rectifier (3 Channel) with KT88 and KT66 Tubes
-Peavey 6505+
-Roland JC120
-Ibanez Tone Blaster TBX150H
-Mesa 4x12 Straight Cab
-Marshall 1960BV
-Gibson Les Paul Custom
-Gibson Flying V
-Line 6 M13
coolbeanss
Registered User
Join date: Jun 2012
21 IQ
#4
Have a look at guitarfetish.com they have a shit tonne of bodies for $30 in the factory buy out section so chance are they'll have what you need for next to nothing.
xXBansheeXx
Ubertar Player
Join date: Jul 2008
3,288 IQ
#5
We just talked about Guitar Fetish, and they don't have what I need.
Gear:
-Mesa Dual Rectifier (3 Channel) with KT88 and KT66 Tubes
-Peavey 6505+
-Roland JC120
-Ibanez Tone Blaster TBX150H
-Mesa 4x12 Straight Cab
-Marshall 1960BV
-Gibson Les Paul Custom
-Gibson Flying V
-Line 6 M13
GAPendragon
Fist Shaking Pony
Join date: Apr 2010
523 IQ
#6
There are a lot of cheap bodies on sites like eBay. Might need sanding/stripping down but you'd get the wood.
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xXBansheeXx
Ubertar Player
Join date: Jul 2008
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#10
Warmoth has ridiculous prices. If I was making a high end playable guitar, I might consider Warmoth, but the price of one Warmoth body is more than I've spent on every single other part for this project combined.

I checked Rondo, and they do have that one body, but A: I have to sand it all the way down to the wood, not fun. B: $80 is pretty steep considering that I still have to strip it. And C: They want to tack on like $25 for shipping making that body over $100.

There are tons of strat bodies out there for like $60 and under, but they all have HSH routs or pool routs and that just wont work. I find it hard to believe that a body with LESS routing inevitably costs more. There's gotta be a reasonably priced body out there with just an SSS rout.

And for those of you wondering why it's so important that I get such a cheap body, I'm making a YouTube video for a college class on building a replica for under $300. Then I'm just gona hang the guitar on a wall at my buddies shop and never play it. So it doesn't need to sound good, it just needs to look good and not eat up all my budget. I've gotten every single other part and I spent like $225, so I only got $75 left for a body. Which personally, I think is still too much money for a computer machined chunk of Chinese basswood....
Gear:
-Mesa Dual Rectifier (3 Channel) with KT88 and KT66 Tubes
-Peavey 6505+
-Roland JC120
-Ibanez Tone Blaster TBX150H
-Mesa 4x12 Straight Cab
-Marshall 1960BV
-Gibson Les Paul Custom
-Gibson Flying V
-Line 6 M13
GAPendragon
Fist Shaking Pony
Join date: Apr 2010
523 IQ
#12
If you don't want to sand all the way through, there's always paint stripper. It'd still need sanding afterwards but it wouldn't be as much. Or you could buy a red one and just scuff it enough to make the black and white stick I guess.
Quote by FatalGear41
Bassists don't hover on the forum day and night like guitarists. We've got lives to lead, music to play and whiskey to drink.

Quote by Ziphoblat
I'd rather go at my hands with a hacksaw than play lead guitar, and I'm only slightly exaggerating.
xXBansheeXx
Ubertar Player
Join date: Jul 2008
3,288 IQ
#13
Quote by GAPendragon
If you don't want to sand all the way through, there's always paint stripper. It'd still need sanding afterwards but it wouldn't be as much. Or you could buy a red one and just scuff it enough to make the black and white stick I guess.

Chemical strippers don't do so good on guitars from what I've heard. But I'm not that concerned about removing the paint, I'm concerned about finding the right routing configuration without spending hundreds of dollars. But I'm trying to replicate Eddies method which requires bare wood, black paint, tape, white paint, relicing, more tape, and then red paint followed buy relicing and aging. Starting with a red body wont work this way. I could start with a black body, but the original paint will be much harder to sand through to the wood than spray paint so it wont relic properly.
Gear:
-Mesa Dual Rectifier (3 Channel) with KT88 and KT66 Tubes
-Peavey 6505+
-Roland JC120
-Ibanez Tone Blaster TBX150H
-Mesa 4x12 Straight Cab
-Marshall 1960BV
-Gibson Les Paul Custom
-Gibson Flying V
-Line 6 M13
Robbgnarly
Tab Contributor
Join date: Feb 2011
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#15
you may just have to get a hsh routed body. you may find an older sss routed squier body for cheap.
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GAPendragon
Fist Shaking Pony
Join date: Apr 2010
523 IQ
#17
I think the stripper working or not depends on the type of finish you have to get through. Mine worked fine. Though I am still having to sand it now that the actual finish is off.
Quote by FatalGear41
Bassists don't hover on the forum day and night like guitarists. We've got lives to lead, music to play and whiskey to drink.

Quote by Ziphoblat
I'd rather go at my hands with a hacksaw than play lead guitar, and I'm only slightly exaggerating.