Interesting Custom Build

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  1. slowhand84

    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    So my last 2 purchases at GC didn't work out so well...I ordered an AD2300 but it seems someone ordered it just before me and of course GC's awesome system still had it up and available for sale. No worries, quick refund. Then I ordered what looked like a cool superstrat for dirt cheap...it was mangled beyond belief (there was a thick wad of tin foil keeping the bridge level...I wish I were kidding). So back that went, quick refund again.

    Then today I came across this on good ole GC used...this is made by a company out of Texas that makes cool one-off builds, usually with really great materials/specs for the price. Mostly their stuff ends up being sold by them in the $400-$600 range. I've been eyeing them on Reverb for a few months but never pulled the trigger.

    This came up today for $149.99 and since I actually knew what it was (I had seen it sold for $400 or so a few months back from the Reverb page), I knew I had to have it to fill the offset gap in my collection. I spoke to the store manager and made sure it was all locked in to avoid a repeat of the AD2300 situation, and this baby is on it's way to me.

    Here's a few pics, but it sports an ash body with a deep red finish, flame maple neck, ebony fretboard, vintage style tuners, some pretty raunchy pickups (not sure if the previous owner upgraded them or if they're the stock Asian ones), etc. I like a little quirk in my guitars and the looks of this thing won me over.

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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Funky incoming one-off bump
     
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    Brendan Well-Known Member

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    Funky indeed! Interesting head stock. Almost a Fender shape, then it takes a radical detour. I like it. Grats!
     

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    kungphugrip Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    that looks awesome!
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    that looks like real nice wood - hope it arrives safely!
     
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    CustomBuild is the new line from Thin The Herd guitars, located just a couple of miles from my house. They are Chinese built and then set up here in the states, at least they used to be. They are pretty good, but overpriced at what they sell for on their site IMO. I know a few people around here have ordered from them in the past with mixed results. I hope yours is one of the better ones.
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, that's the one! Couldn't remember the Reverb name, thanks! I figured they weren't built here at that price, but probably all the important stuff happened here (it seems they do all the fret leveling, final setup, etc). For the $500-600 they want for them on their site I definitely don't need one, but for $150 with the risk-free ability to return it in two seconds if it's not great... :)

    This is the review the guy who bought this one left on Reverb (if there are any dissatisfied customers, it's not there...215 all 5-star ratings):

    "Man! What quality guitar! I am blown away. The fit and finish are excellent.Hard to believe you guys can build this and offer it at such an affordable price. I will be purchasing more from you. Super fast shipping as well! Really surprised at the neck quality! Cant say enough good things about it! Thank you!"

    So, I'm guessing this is one of the good ones.
     
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    Lot of unique guitar for that price! HNGD!
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    A few more of their pics from the listing:

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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Also apparently this thing is a beast and weighs nearly 10 pounds, just the way I like 'em. Also has a bone nut, 14 inch fretboard radius, and a C-profile neck.
     
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    That body is absolutely killer!
    Congrats!
     
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    I do like the body shape, but don't know if I could handle that headstock. But if it plays well, I could probably live with it.
     
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    Handle it? Hell man, I'm going to be opening beer bottles with it! :whistle:
     
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    I know you're not supposed to buy mod stuff for a guitar until it arrives, but I came across a killer deal on a set of Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs locally that I think would fit this guitar like a glove. Going to give in to temptation and go grab em in a few mins. Figure if they don't end up going into this custom build they'll go somewhere.
     
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    The body shape reminds me of the James Valentine Signature Music Man put out but with a more conservative set of "ears". I didn't even know the guitarist's name until they put out the signature. I love that guitar.
     
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    Yeah actually, it is sort of similar to that. Hadn't noticed until you mentioned it. I like weird funky guitars. I especially like them with nice woods at a dirt cheap price, so hoping this is a winner!

    Just got the Dimarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs, distressed nickle covers. Should be a great fit if the stock pups are meh.
     
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    That headstock shape looks very familiar! Wasn't there a guy here starting his own guitar company and had a similar design?
     
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    slowhand84 Well-Known Member

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    Not that I've seen, but if anyone has more info I'm happy to hear more! From what I understand these guys sell out of Texas, and they've had a Reverb store for quite some time with many of their custom builds sold.

    Regardless, I'm really not concerned about it. With this being GC if it arrives and it's all messed up there's easy resolutions. I know the guy who actually bought this one on Reverb left them a glowing review after receiving it, so that's encouraging.
     

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