Gfs Vintage Shell Thread

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  1. tomringg

    tomringg Well-Known Member

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    Jay over at GFS has done it again, as he says most every day.

    No, but really, this one is kinda cool.

    GFS is offering Vintage brand guitar shells in SG, 335 & 175 (haven't actually seen these) style guitars.
    Look here to find them:
    http://www.guitarfetish.com/Factory...-In-Setneck-SG175335-Style-Guitars_c_629.html

    The offerings seem to ebb & flow. It has been going on for a while & seem to be ebbing a bit more. But there are still some offerings.

    As is typical of GFS & their special buy offerings, I am never quite sure what I will get. The descriptions are somewhat vague & full of hype. The pictures are a nice tease, but for me difficult to look at - you zoom in, doh, now it zoomed out. It is like they really don't want you to look with too much detail. Are the pictures truly representative of what you will get? In this case, they seem to have several listings of the same guitar, some with all the holes drilled, some without the bridge holes drilled (a key feature in my book).

    I decided to take a chance and buy one of the black DG-335 shells:

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    @zacsdad and @idiotsdelight and @Daneman have also bought from this offering. Please feel free to add to this thread! Some details are also in the 'what's on your work bench today' thread.
     
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    After buying the black shell I did some research & found it is a Dave Grohl DG-335 clone. Going back to GFS later that evening, they actually had a blue version (with bridge holes)

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    But alas, I hemmed & hawed on getting a second shell long enough that they sold out of that color with the holes.

    So of course I was now GASsing big time for a second one & they had a red 335 style with bridge holes & I have always been a sucker for that look. So a second purchase was made.

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    why did you post this? i've got so many extra parts laying around and now i'm tempted
     
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    Yeah. Looks like a good deal. I am curious to see what you end up getting. I really think some of their pickups are great value pickups, and the same goes for some of their hardware. Everything I have ever gotten from them that involves necks or bodies have always been flawed in some major way though. But, these are brand name bodies, so maybe it really is a great deal. It's always a crapshoot with GFS
     
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    So do these take vintage or modern tuning keys ? I have a set of vintage kluson style ones ordered.
     
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    The natural one with the "regular" headstock for $99 is appealing. No logos at all either. Fedex home delivery for $22 isn't all that bad by GFS standards either. I've got a brand new set of Buddha humbuckers and a 3 x 3 set of sperzel's sitting in a drawer too....

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    You can get the reducing bushings if the holes are for modern tuners. I actually like the vintage keys better myself.
     
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    Looking at the Vintage website it seems to be vintage tuners and the holes drilled in the back of the headstock seems to match up with that
     
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    Guitars as delivered. They were double boxed & bubble wrapped, but not a lot of protection in the inner box.


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    It states in the item description that some were installed and taken back apart, and others never had anything installed. That natural one I looked at has some closeups of the headstock and it looks like it has never been drilled, in fact there's still a lot of clearacoat overspray on the holes that needs to be cleaned out.


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    @Daneman - You got the blue DG-335? From the Thomann link it looks like those had Wilkinson tuners & I believe those are 10mm (modern). I will check mine tonite.
     
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    The only thing that is slightly intimidating about that particular one is that it looks like nothing was ever installed, including the bridge/tailpiece. I don't have a drill press or the proper equipent for installing that unfortunately.
     
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    Niiiiiiiiiice!!
    Very nice way to build.
    These have the frets installed already too.
    The AXL shells did not (but they were only $20!!)

    If I didnt just get the Ibby Artcore I'd be all over this; dont see any with the bridge holes drilled though.
    I'm sure there is info out there on positioning and locating the bridge holes.
    I think you measure the scale length back from the face of the nut to the center of the the G saddle, but angling the bridge might be tricky.

    Good thing I dont have much for spare parts around......
     
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    As mentioned above, having the bridge holes drilled was a big plus for me.

    Maybe a bigsby or trapeze with a floating bridge?

    The two I bought had the bridge holes drilled in the pictures on the website. But I kept my fingers crossed until they arrived. Fortunately they were as shown.
     
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    Wow....these look really nice. The Vintage Sunburst humbuckers is definitely tempting me....
     
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