#1
So back in august after a year of playing electric guitar i wanted to upgrade from my squier, so i bought an epiphone g-400 , made in 96, for 200$. When i got it i replaced all the screws with new chrome ones cause they were rusted 5$. Got a setup Done 30$. Installed Sperzel Locking tuners 75$. I replaced all the pots 20$, the pickup selector, 20, the output jack 7$ and the wiring 20$. Had the Frets polished and got another set up recently 35$. And 70 for a skb case, 15 for straplocks. Bringing the grand total to 497$.

So whats your story?
#3
Found a steel string acoustic in a Salvation army depot, bought it for $20...
Restrung it - $20
Broke a string as I was restringing it - $20
Action was off so I got that fixed - $20
Bridge was wonky so I got that fixed - $20
Bought a new tuner and case for it - $60
Bought a stand for it $20
Bought a set of new picks - $10

$190 spent on a beautiful acoustic...
NOSE PICKING IS GROSS! Fingerpicking is NOT!
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#4
thats a lot and you probably will change the pups too.
Looking for a new sig!
#5
I bought a Hellraiser, plays the same as the day I got it. No need to put any money into a quality axe.
Schecter C-1 Hellraiser
Peavey 5150
Vader Cabinet 4x12
Roland Cube 30X
Line 6 Toneport UX1
Morley Bad Horsie II


#7
Quote by InsaneWeTrust
Found a steel string acoustic in a Salvation army depot, bought it for $20...
Restrung it - $20
Broke a string as I was restringing it - $20
Action was off so I got that fixed - $20
Bridge was wonky so I got that fixed - $20
Bought a new tuner and case for it - $60
Bought a stand for it $20
Bought a set of new picks - $10

$190 spent on a beautiful acoustic...


Nice. That reminds me of how I started off.

I think I've spent a little less than $1000 so far.
#8
good thread !
all i have to say is ive spent about £40 ($80) on strings since i've had it
swapped out the pickups £47 ($100) (which are being swapped into an ibanez when i get it back)
and it NEEDS a refret desperatly : probably about £10 if i do it myself lol.

but not bad going considering how cheaply i got it for

oh and when i bought it the neck pickup's adjustment screw had fell out and the nut had shifted, n00bs probably thought it was serious stuff but i fixed both of those problems with a screwdriver, a stanley blade and some glue lol
EPIPHONE LES PAUL
IBANEZ S SERIES CUSTOM
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#9
Quote by gtr_101

pots 20$
pickup selector, 20
the output jack 7$
wiring 20$.


Because the official Gibson logo makes everything sound THAT much better
#10
A G-400 for around 200, strap locks about 10, new pickups about 40, all new electronics about 25, just made mahogany pickup rings and an oak pickguard- free
so in total around 275GBP
(for some reason my keyboard doesn't have a pound sign)
#11
I could have saved myself a lot of trouble if I'd bought a brand new Squire Affinity Fretless Jazz instead of building my own Squasuga Fretless Frankenstein. The €100,- it saved me by putting in over 80 hours of unpaid labour makes no economic sense even for a poor loser like myself. A new bass would have been better finished too.
On the other hand; a stock Affinity doesn't have Schaller tuners and Fender Custom Shop 60's pick ups and neither is it made from 35 years old woods. Out of the box it doesn't even have flatwounds. My Squasuga is technically on par with far more expensive guitars.
But this is all irrelavant. The only reason to build one's own gear is for the fun of it. It is a hobby, and hobbies are supposed to cost money.
Last edited by Marcel Veltman at Apr 4, 2008,
#12
to re finish and customise my LP it's cost me:
35GBP or paint (still going up)
120+ GBP on full Electronics replacement
30GBP on tools and sanding gear.

that's 185+ GBP prject and the price keeps going up
and I've hopefully still got a few special custom circuits to go inside it.
GEAR:
Epiphone LP special model 2 (Heavily modded - killswitch and custom midi X-Y touch pad).
Digitech Whammy, Zvex Fuzz Factory, Boss Dynamic Wah, Electro harmonix Little Big Muff, Zoom G7.1ut, Digitech Grunge, Korg KP2.
Marshall AVT 50x
#13
Quote by Pink_Zeppelin
A G-400 for around 200, strap locks about 10, new pickups about 40, all new electronics about 25, just made mahogany pickup rings and an oak pickguard- free
so in total around 275GBP
(for some reason my keyboard doesn't have a pound sign)


To get to the pound sign without it being on your computer keyboard, use these keys...

Alt+156

Hold down the Alt key then use your number pad (not the numbers at the top) to type '156'. When you release the Alt key, the character will show up. If you expieriment, you can get all the extended ASCII characters.

Geeky? Maybe, but I am in IT lol.

Chris
#14
if i do this ill start getting depressed...
Quote by WickedBeast666
Noooooooooooo how could this be! he at all the chocolate in the box
Oh well, now the empty shell of what used to be chocolaty goodness can contain a tasty guitar circuit.


speaking of my homemade pedal
#15
Used Strat $200
Stephens Design Pickups $270 shipped
New pots, pickguard, selector, tone cap, shielding, wiring, and knobs..around $75 I guess.
Fender MIM Strat
Stephens Design Mojos
Analogman Silver TS-9
Teese RMC 2 Wah
Blues Jr.
Microcube
#16
Quote by Uusilehto
Because the official Gibson logo makes everything sound THAT much better


+1

Dimarzio Evo's (G-400) - 120$
Re-Finish - 30$

im going to change the tuners, and new pups as well.
Gear?!
____________
Gibson Classic White Les Paul Studio
Carvin DC-145

Fender Champion 600

Weeping Demon Wah
Metal Muff
Blues Driver


Member 6 of the CARVIN CLUB!!

Ibanez S320 Budget:
0/500usd
#17
500 for the guitar
300 refret, setup, rewiring
200 pickups
50 machine heads
50 tailpiece
20 bridge
25 pots
10 caps
=$1155, half the cost of a new LP standard. Sweet.
#19
Uh, I have an old Epiphone SG Special (lolplywood) and I went through the trouble to fix the action, tighten the screws on a loose tuner, scallop frets 18-22, adjust the truss rod, and adjust the pickup height. I spent no money in the process. I want to sell it for like $100, because that's all it's really worth to me.

The only thing I've had to do to my Ibanez was adjust a saddle on the bridge that I knocked a bit crooked when I was changing my D string, and that's it.

Ibanez ftw.
Gear:
Ibanez RG7321 Seven String
Epiphone Iommi Signature SG
Digitech Scott Ian Black 13
VOX Valvetronix AD100VTH
Laney 4x12 w/Celestion 50s
#20
My Ibanez:
£350 for guitar
£60 for pickups (Irongear , but they just don't cut it for me, getting an SD and two Dimarzios)
£6 for the chinese meal that the fortune cookie came with (I taped the thing inside to the body of the guitar, I liked it)

However come the end of the year for this guitar:
Pickups: £180 (DiMarzio Evo neck - DiMarzio Blue Velvet - Seymour Duncan SH-12)
Custom maple pyramid inlay neck - £220
Paintjob (desert yellow) - £255 (or about £20 if my attempts at painting various guitars for people that are coming up go well)
However many for a decent set of tuners. (I may just stick the stock ones on there til I get some others)

So nearly £700ish, on a £350 guitar, it'll add up to nearly/over a grand.

My carvin however has gone through no mods yet.
However new pickups are a must (some bareknuckle irish tours until I get a second strat, then that'll get the irish tours and this carvin will get HSH treatment, maybe the same as the Ibanez)
Then an OFR stuck in the wilkinson route.
And that should do.
So. . about. . £300 worth of mods at the most a time. However all toghether about £400-£500? (these are all just hopes at the mo )
#21
bought a 95 stratocaster on Ebay a week ago or so (245 dolars)
eletronics and wiring were all screwed so changed everything (20 dolars)
grover 205c6 tunerss, definetely worth it (45 dolars)
a tremolo bar - the original - since it didnt come with one (20 dolars)
a set fo ernie ballers 0.10 (20 dolars)
a neat gig bag (15 dolars)

365 well spent dolars, considering a new one is 430
#22
I just knocked up a figure of £1740 for everything.

That doesn't include strings, picks, and random little parts, or guitars and gear that I've since sold.

1,740.00 GBP

=

3,470.11 USD
United Kingdom Pounds United States Dollars
1 GBP = 1.99432 USD 1 USD = 0.501425 GBP
#23
Quote by RCShadow
To get to the pound sign without it being on your computer keyboard, use these keys...

Alt+156

Hold down the Alt key then use your number pad (not the numbers at the top) to type '156'. When you release the Alt key, the character will show up. If you expieriment, you can get all the extended ASCII characters.

Geeky? Maybe, but I am in IT lol.

Chris


Ah yeah, thanks. I did know about those but i don't know what numbers are what characters.
#25
On a fresh build from scratch depending on quality of wood and parts it's about £350-£450 usually for me.
#26
I bought a cort g-vt (600$ on my country). beautiful guitar on its own but since then
- I changed trem saddles with graphtech - 30$
- I added a tremsetter - 35$

I also want to buy
- Steel trem block - 40$
- Jumbooo frets - 20$ + 100$ (for the luthier)
- Pickups (it has lace sensors but I want dimarzios)

PS: I know it would be cheaper to change the whole trem but it has a very special finish and I don't want to ruin the unique look of the guitar
#27
ESPM200FM: 400

DiMarzio EVO2: 75
Strings: 125

bring a grand total of 600 dollars spent
Like said before if you buy a good guitar you don't need to spend money.
Gear

93 Jackson Dinky Professional Reverse
98 Jackson Kelly KE3

Peavey Bandit 112
Custom 2x10 cab w/Bugeras
#28
Quote by InsaneWeTrust
Found a steel string acoustic in a Salvation army depot, bought it for $20...
Restrung it - $20
Broke a string as I was restringing it - $20
Action was off so I got that fixed - $20
Bridge was wonky so I got that fixed - $20
Bought a new tuner and case for it - $60
Bought a stand for it $20
Bought a set of new picks - $10

$190 spent on a beautiful acoustic...


you spent $20 on a string? What was it a gold plated elixir!? I've wasted a lot of money in my time. That's all you need to know.

Quote by Pink_Zeppelin
A G-400 for around 200, strap locks about 10, new pickups about 40, all new electronics about 25, just made mahogany pickup rings and an oak pickguard- free
so in total around 275GBP
(for some reason my keyboard doesn't have a pound sign)


doesn't mean it's not there. Try holding shift and pressing 3. if that doesn't work then you've probably not got the UK english keyboard activated. If you press shift+2 and it comes up with an @ sign then it's on the US setting. Control panel/regional+language options and somewhere on there you can select your language.
EH


"Show me war; show me pestilence; show me the blood-red hands of retribution..."
#29
It's on the US setting then, I looked around by there earlier but all the settings said english (UK).
#30
Quote by Pink_Zeppelin
It's on the US setting then, I looked around by there earlier but all the settings said english (UK).


ok did you try going on the languages tab in the regional and languages options then pressing the "settings" button in the "text services and input languages" sub-frame? My fault, i guess i should have pointed that out earlier.
EH


"Show me war; show me pestilence; show me the blood-red hands of retribution..."
#31
Strat copy: $200
Grover Locking rotomatics: $140
Partial refret/nut change: $65
New vintage style tremolo bridge: $55
Straplocks: $40
Scalloped fretboard: Blood, sweat and tears
New paintjob: See above

Awesome guitar: Priceless.
SX Stratocaster
Fina Acoustic
J&D Telecaster
Yamaha ERB 300 (Bass)

Digitech Bad Monkey
VisualSound H2O
Ibanez TL5
Boss DS-1
Vox V847

Kustom Dart 10FX
Laney RB1
#32
I recently made a list of what I've spend on my gear, including pedals, strings, picks, everything. Thought it was about €1100 that's about 1700 dollar... wow, that's a lot:P
A hero of war, Yeah that's what I'll be

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#33
Epi Les Paul Standard $600
Gibson modern tuners $40
Gibson Burstbucker Pro pickups (used) $160
Gibson Pots $20
Duncan Straplocks $15

My strat i built from the ground up.
American strat body $100 bucks (AMAZING on ebay)
Neck $120
Schaller locking tuners $70
Fender bridge $70
Electronics and pickguard $225ish
Paint (not too much money just time)
other odds and ends like strap locks and neck plate and input jack and such probably another $50

i love them both
GEAR:
1959 Vintage Gibson Melody Maker
Fender Stratocaster
Martin OMM
Epi Les Paul Std
Pitchblack
Dunlop Wah
EHX Russian Big Muff
EHX Holy Grail Reverb
Palomino V16

For pictures of my gear click http://s464.photobucket.com/albums/rr8/spoutz/Guitar Gear/?albumview=grid nao!

-Matt

Sláinte

#34
OK, let me be more specific also. This is what my 5,2 kg Squasuga fretless Frankenstein Jazz bass cost me;

Kasuga one piece ashen Jazz style body: free of charge
Squire Jazz neck: given to me
20 strips of spruce veneer to fill the fret slots: found lying around in the shed
A set of Schaller open gear tuners with cylindrical posts: € 80,-
A set of Fender Custom Shop 60's Jazz pick ups: € 185,-
Polyutherane sheet for to make frames around the pick ups; € 15,-
Potmeters, knobs, wires and a socket for the output jack: € 25,-
Self adhesive aluminium foil for the shielding: naught
Angled stainless steel sheet for to make the bridge: salvaged from the dustbin
A set of d'Addario medium gauche flatwounds: € 45,-
Two standard strap pins which I modified to go with Boston strap locks: found in a box with miscelanious small parts

Which adds up to € 350,-
Last edited by Marcel Veltman at Apr 6, 2008,
#35
My second (and main guitar) cost me about $130

It's an Ibanez SA120 I bought at an auction with lots of impounded (not sure if that's the right word, English isn't my native language) stuff But hey, I helped the guy pay his debts I also bought a boss ns-1 for $15, a jimmy hendrix wah for $23, a boss ds-1 for $12, a 2x600W poweramp for $30 and a bunch of cabs (can't remember the price). I sold everything (I just didn't need it) except for the guitar and the poweramp + cabs for a nice profit

Anyway, I just had to restring the guitar (the old strings where pure rust) and took 2 springs from the tremoloblock. The previous owner apparently used all 5 strings to lock the floating bridge, it did crack the finish somewhat because of all the force though. But he did a nice job at shielding the cavity. I'm glad I bought this guitar. Seriously, it is WAY underrated!
#36
Well, the Les Paul is easily the most expensive...

The guitar itself, with StudioLogic hardshell: 200 bucks
EMGs: 200 bucks
Extra 9v connectors: 3 bucks
9v batteries: 8 bucks a set
Strings: 6 bucks a set
Gibson Speed knobs: 20 bucks
Wilkinson tuners: 40 bucks

so at any given time: $477
Epiphone Les Paul goldtop (EMG 81/85)
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Fender Telecaster MIM
Epiphone SG Special
Jay Turser JT200 Serpent (GFS Crunchy Rails/Crunchy Pat)
Dean V-Coustic
Ovation Celebrity
Bugera 333-212
Crate Blue Voodoo 120H
#37
Fender strat and amp combo-500
Original Wah Wah-60
SD-1 Distortion Pedal-50 <--WASTE OF MONEY!!!
Epiphone Les Paul STandard (used) 300
so around 910 dollars so far

_________________________

Future Purchases
Jackson RR1-2200
Randall 240 watt-800
Gt-8 effects processor-500
Jimi Hendrix Experience Pedal-200
Random Guitar Parts-200
Zakk Wylde 81/85 pick-ups-200

So about 4000-5000 after its all done...
Last edited by BucketHead103 at Apr 7, 2008,