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It may be an inexpensive guitar but it is nevertheless a very good one! The neck is very comfortable and the quality of the finish is amazing considering its price range… The cherry sunburst is very nice and lets you see some of the wood underneath… Of course they had to cut corners but overall this guitar is very good! I have planned some major modifications for her and the list is quite long! I got a lot of parts on Ebay for excellent prices so in the end the cost of upgrading this Les Paul will not be bad at all… Here is my plan: Dimarzio D-Activators passive pickups, CTS matched pot set with Sprague Orange capacitors assembled with silver wire, a Graph Tech Tusq XL nut, a set of Hip Shot locking tuners, a Graph Tech Resomax NVS Tune O Matic bridge, a Graph Tech NVT tail piece, a switch craft high quality jack output, steel neck inserts and a deep neck contouring with metal ferules in place of standard neck plate… I haven’t decided on the paint job yet but I intend to keep some red on this baby since the neck is so comfortable that I don’t want to have to re-paint it! Inspiration will come when I start with this project!

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A lot of cool mods planned for this very nice Epiphone Les Paul!

I searched hard but I found one! I couldn’t be happier to find such a fine example of the famous Fender Telecaster. This one is made in Mexico in 2002 but it is flawless and sounds excellent… It needs a good setup and a nice set of strings and it is ready to rock! I do not plan any massive mods on this one, it is almost perfect as it is… I am considering installing steel inserts in the neck to improve sustain but I will give myself time to think about it! In the meantime enjoy the photos!

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Fine specimen of the Fender Telecaster in sunburst color

This lefty MIM black Fender Stratocaster is a prime example of a high quality yet inexpensive guitar… After doing a comparison test with an expensive USA made Strat we came to the conclusion that Mexican Strats can be as good as USA Strats… Keep in mind that this is not a rule! In any case and even with the USA models it is highly recommended to try many different Stratocasters (or any model actually) until you find one that sounds exactly as you want! There are noticeable differences between guitars of the same brand or model. With this beauty I got lucky but regardless I will pimp it to make it even better! I will start with a set of Dimarzio area 58, 61 and 67 noiseless pickups, a Graph Tech Tusq XL nut and a Callaham tremolo block mounted on the stock assembly. I will also slightly contour the heel using a genuine Fender left handed contoured neck plate and since the body is black I may be lucky and only have to repaint the heel section of the guitar and try to blend it in with the rest of the body but if it doesn’t work, I’ll have to repaint it completely… No big deal, just more work!

lefty fender stratocaster black

Beautiful black Fender Stratocaster for a very low price!

This very cool MIM (made in Mexico) Fender Stratocaster has seen a lot of action since its birth in 1998… Its previous owner played the hell out of it and that’s very cool because a guitar should be played! The paint is still excellent but the frets show some wear and the neck’s clear coat is starting to peel… Nothing major but I decided it is time to rejuvenate this baby! I have quite a few plans for her and unlike my SG-400, I will do a lot of mods… I will start with an ebony fingerboard and some 6105 stainless steel frets, some Sperzel locking machine heads, a Graph Tech Tusq XL nut, a Callaham tremolo assembly, Lace Alumitone pickups mounted on a custom pick-guard with a modified Fender S1 switching system… The neck to body joint will be based on the Ibanez system which favors ferules instead of a steel plate… This system allows deep contouring of the heel for great access to upper frets… I will also notch the lower horn a la Herman Li to further improve upper fret access… Read full article for more info!

fender stratocaster made in mexico MIM

This great veteran Strat is ready for some serious pimpin'

8 September, 2010

I bought this awesome Epiphone Firebird SG 400 left handed in a pawn shop in Texas for $155 including shipping! Although it has a few scratches I consider that it is in perfect condition… It was made in China but the build quality is excellent. This guitar is extremely cool and I love the easy access to the upper frets. I can say without hesitation that this Epiphone SG is as good as any Gibson SG made in USA… I will do some upgrades but actually not many because this guitar is already excellent… I will change the bridge, the nut and the pots, that’s about it… The pickups are excellent and the Grover tuners are also good so no need to spend too much money! The finish is still very good and only requires a serious polishing with some major elbow grease!

epiphone sg 400 lefty

A beautiful guitar indeed with a cherry red finish

5 September, 2010

If you ever wondered how to find out what size pot your guitar has, search no longer! Check out my full size diagram plus some other potentiometer photos including matched pot sets from Germany and USA plus the great Fender TBX kit… you can also read the full article here: Click here for full article on guitar pots.

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A comprehensive diagram to help you identify your guitar pot's size

Check out some cool photos of this great guitar! This beautiful instrument was built in 2000 and is a re-issue of the famous Gibson Firebird VII model 1963. It features a mahogany body and neck with a rosewood fret board, 3 mini humbuckers, gold hardware, 3 volume knobs, 1 master tone and a Maestro Lyre Vibrola tremolo system. The overall build quality of this guitar is excellent but I still can’t get over the fact they used a right handed tremolo, which means the arm is facing up instead of down, and that’s extremely annoying! My next step will be to find or build a left handed string comb and that will be a challenge! As far as I know there was never a Firebird lefty made in 1963… I have heard that no more than a dozen left handed Firebirds were made during the whole 60’s but this information is hard to verify! In any case it is a rarity and I am glad I am coming somewhat close to the real thing!

Mint condition left handed Epiphone Firebird VII